Every year, over 4,000 individuals are killed in pedestrian accidents throughout the United States, and another 70,000 people are injured. As it is, pedestrians account for 13% of our nation’s total traffic fatalities, but because of the fact that the NHTSA’s annual traffic safety crash data excludes accidents that occur on private property, such as parking lots or driveways, we can safely assume that even these staggering numbers are an underestimation.
The millions of people who live and work in the City of Chicago, including our lawyers and staff, are at a much greater risk than the general population when it comes to pedestrian accidents, as nearly 75% of them happen in urban areas. The reason for this probably has something to do with the ubiquity of distractions on the sidewalks and streets in our city centers, as well as the fact that many people are hurrying from place to place at any given moment. Whatever the reason, it is important to know the facts behind these accidents in order to better keep yourself and your loved ones safe. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Here are a few of the most significant risk factors associated with pedestrian car accidents:
Gender-Roughly 70% of all pedestrian accident fatalities are males.
Age-Pedestrians over the age of 65-years-old account for roughly 20% of all pedestrian accident fatalities, and 11% of pedestrian injuries. When accidents do involve this demographic, the weaker bones and bodies of elderly people are far more susceptible to serious injuries and blunt force trauma, meaning that there is a strong possibility the accident could drastically change the way these victims live their day-to-day lives.
Children-Nearly one in every five traffic accident fatalities involving children between the ages of 5 and 9 is the result of a pedestrian accident. Smaller children are much harder to see, especially when backing out of a driveway in a neighborhood. Like elderly adults, their developing bodies are also susceptible to greater injury in these accidents.
Pedestrians Who Are Impaired By Alcohol-We talk a lot about the dangers of drinking and driving, but drinking and walking is also something to be wary of, especially in the city. Alcohol-impairment, whether in the case of the driver of the pedestrian, was reported in 47% of all pedestrian fatalities. If you are going to walk home after a night at the bar, stay with a group and watch out for each other, this makes you more visible and significantly lessens your likelihood of being injured. (Center for Disease Control & Prevention)
Our Chicago car accident lawyers have helped many victims of pedestrian accidents. In one of our past cases, we successfully recovered a $2.4 million settlement for a client who suffered severe injuries as the result of a Chicago City worker’s recklessness while on the job. The worker, who was operating his city-issued pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol struck our client on a Gold Coast sidewalk, and also injuring three other individuals.
We know how devastating pedestrian accidents can be, and that is why we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence on the road, we are here to help in any way we can.