Chicagotribune.com recently made a report about a man who died after attempting to cross Lake Shore Drive and was then hit by a taxicab. Our Chicago car accident attorneys learned that the accident happened at approximately 11:10pm on Saturday in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near Montrose Harbor. Police say the man was allegedly warned by a friend to not attempt crossing the road, but he did anyways and was hit by the taxi. It is not stated whether he was using a crosswalk or not. The report states that a nurse who was northbound on the drive stopped and tried to help the man before ambulances could arrive. She told emergency crews that she found a faint pulse, but the man’s injuries were too extensive for him to be saved. Police say the taxi driver remained uninjured.
Our Illinois auto accident attorneys are aware of the frequency of pedestrian accidents on roadways throughout downtown Chicago and the serious injuries that potentially come with these accidents to those involved. While the man in the above incident seems to be responsible for walking across the street at an inopportune time and thus causing the taxi to hit him, other pedestrian accidents are caused by distracted or negligent taxicab drivers. As previously stated, it is not made clear whether the man was using a crosswalk or not. If he was, the taxi driver would most likely be liable for the accident.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers took interest in the number of pedestrian accidents in downtown Chicago and their causes, specifically related to taxicab drivers. Last August, the Chicago Tribune revealed the results of a five-year study conducted by the Chicago Department of Transportation regarding pedestrian accidents that occurred from 2005 through 2010. The results of the study include that there were a total of 18,377 pedestrians involved in an accident during this time period, 16% of which resulted a serious injury or fatality. The vast majority of Chicago pedestrians, almost 80%, were struck by motorists while legally using a crosswalk. Taxi cab drivers were responsible for 28% of pedestrian accidents that commonly occurred when the motorist was turning.
The Chicago Tribune later conducted its own investigation of taxi cab drivers, sparked by the death of a total of five pedestrians by taxis earlier this summer. Results uncovered an unexplained pattern of dismissing cab driver citations by city prosecutors. Many believe that changes in enforcement and possibly licensing of cab drivers may be in order.
Taxicabs have become a convenient way for many residents and visitors to reach their destination in minimal time, not only downtown, but also throughout the state of Illinois. Nonetheless, as our Illinois car accident lawyers are aware, many taxi cab drivers fail to observe the proper safety precautions, whether it is through exceeding the speed limit, cutting off other vehicles or pedestrians in traffic, or simply failing to obey the rules of the road. As a result, these drivers can potentially cause serious injuries to themselves, their passengers, other motorists, and as highlighted in the above reports, pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has suffered from personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a negligent taxicab driver, please contact of team of Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti to find out what rights may be available to you. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.