Early this morning, our Chicago accident attorneys read on The Chicago Tribune website about a pedestrian safety campaign along Wacker Drive. The City posted 32 mannequins up and down Wacker Drive this morning to represent pedestrians who were killed by cars last year in Chicago. The purpose of the campaign is to draw attention to the significance of pedestrian related car crashes, and to motivate drivers to be aware of the pedestrian’s presence on the street. Along with the mannequins, the safety campaign implemented messages citywide, posted on buses, garbage cans, and notice boards, as well as talking with cab drivers, schools and elder drivers.
The Chicago Tribune reported, “About 80 percent of vehicle-pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur at intersections and commonly involve people crossing the street with the walk signal.” The most common cause of pedestrian accidents and fatalities is when drivers do not pay attention to the illuminated walk signal, or simply don’t yield.
Along with the citywide awareness, the campaign will also install crossing flags in certain neighborhoods with the pedestrian icon painted on sidewalks. The Chicago Department of Transportation continues to offer new pedestrian initiatives, along with Illinois state law requiring cars to not only yield, but to stop when pedestrians are present. This pedestrian safety awareness campaign comes just three days after a woman pedestrian was killed on the West Side of Chicago.
Our Illinois pedestrian accident attorneys have successfully handled many pedestrian related accidents, and if you or a loved one has been involved in this type of accident, we may be able to help you. Some of our successful cases include a $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy who lost his leg and half of his pelvis when hit by a fire truck, a $1.25 million verdict for a woman pedestrian who was hit by a bus, while in a crosswalk, and a $1.25 million settlement for an elder woman pedestrian who was hit while she was walking across a bus terminal.
Because pedestrians have no protection, when hit by a car, the damage can be incredibly severe. These types of accidents can result in extensive medical bills, wage loss, and serious disability. Although filing a lawsuit cannot undo the past, it can help the victim or the victim’s family to receive fair compensation and some piece of mind Knowing that all wrongdoers have been held accountable. Please contact our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers to discuss your potential lawsuit, and see how we may be able to help you.