Belleville News Democrat Online recently released a news report detailing a devastating pedestrian accident that took the life of a 22 year-old Collinsville man. Our Chicago accident lawyers learned that the accident transpired around 5:15 a.m. when the accident victim was crossing an unlit section of Collinsville Road in the State Parke Place area, near John Street, when he was fatally struck. The 78-year-old driver who struck the victim was traveling eastbound on Collinsville Road when he struck the victim.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers read that the accident victim was in the middle of the four-lane roadway and wearing dark clothing prior to the fatal collision. Local authorities reveal that the driver of the vehicle saw a dark object in the middle of the roadway and made a drastic attempt to avoid striking it, but unfortunately was unable to avoid the tragic collision. The victim was pronounced dead at around 6 a.m. from apparent head injuries. However, the accident remains under investigation pending toxicology results on the pedestrian who may have been under the influence of alcohol. The driver of the passenger vehicle has not received any criminal or traffic charges as of press time.
Any Chicago accident lawyer will tell you that motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can be severe and life-altering. Drivers of motor vehicles should always exercise the utmost care when traveling in heavily congested areas, such as school zones, when the potential for pedestrian travel is at its highest level. However, pedestrians must always exercise the same amount of caution as motor vehicles before attempting to travel across a busy roadway. Pedestrians of all ages should always look both ways before traveling across a street.
Our accident lawyers in Chicago have expertly handled numerous cases involving pedestrian collisions and have obtained settlements on behalf of our clients who were wrongfully struck in pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles. Recently, our attorneys obtains a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of a 50 year-old Chicago woman was struck by a bus while attempting to cross a crosswalk located at Argyle and Kenmore in Chicago. The woman sustained multiple pelvic fractures, rib fractures, and spinal traverse process fractures as a result o the devastating collision.
If you have been injured in a Chicago car accident, please contact our experienced accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights, relief and representation may be available to you.