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If Punxsutawney Phil is to be believed, spring temperatures will soon be on the way, and that means that people all over the City of Chicago will soon be emerging from their homes to enjoy the warming weather and longer days. With this in mind, our lawyers want to remind you that individuals living in urban populations make up approximately 70% of all pedestrian car accident fatalities nationwide. While it is impossible to totally guarantee one’s safety in the constantly shifting urban environment, following these pedestrian safety recommendations can significantly decrease your chance of becoming a victim. (NHTSA)
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On average, there is a car accident-related pedestrian fatality every two hours across the United States, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. That adds up to more than 4,000 deaths and 70,000 injuries every year. Pedestrians were one of just a few demographics of United States road users to experience an increase in annual fatalities last year, so it is important to remember the little things that we can all do to curb these accidents.

Our lawyers believe that proactive education is one of the most efficacious methods of accident prevention, and that the more people know, the more they can do to keep themselves safe before a pedestrian accident and take care of their families after an accident. What follows are a few things that everyone should know about pedestrian accidents.
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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)
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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a pedestrian is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle collision. Each year, some 4,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents across the United States, and an additional 70,000 are injured. It’s hard to wrap your head around just how physically and emotionally devastating these crashes can be when they are just facts on a page. But as car accident lawyers, we know that the affects can be severe and long lasting, not just for the individuals involved, but for entire families and communities. The unfortunate reality is that pedestrian accidents happen with incredible frequency, and they can occur anywhere, and to anyone.
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Chicago is an incredibly busy city with people always on the go. Throughout Chicago, but especially in the Loop and downtown area, you can see people utilizing all modes of city transportation in the same area: personal vehicle, taxi, train, bus, bicycle, and by foot. However, no matter the mode of transportation, everyone must always be vigilant and avoid negligent behavior. Because we are such a busy city with so many people traveling fast and with places to go, we must be aware of each other and always practicing safety as to not put others in danger and cause accidents.

Unfortunately, crashes do happen, and can be especially dangerous when they occur in the busiest and most congested areas of the city. According to a recent article by ABC News, one person died after a Chicago bus crashed into and came to a stop on a pedestrian plaza. In addition to the loss of one life, eight others were injured, and multiple cars were involved in the crash. At the time of the crash, the CTA bus was turning off Lake Street at the intersection of Michigan Avenue. The bus collided with four cars and then came to a stop on a pedestrian plaza. The bus driver received a ticket for failing to stop at a red light and failing to exercise due care. Due care, as many of our readers know, is something we always stress the importance of in our blogs. Exercising due care is a legal responsibility everyone on the road must uphold, and when we breach this duty and act negligently, accidents can and do occur. When people suffer injuries or death as a result of someone’s negligence, they will be held liable and accountable under the law.
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Getting a driver’s license is an important part in a teen’s life and a big step toward adulthood, but that step comes with a lot of responsibility. While teens may feel they are growing up and more independent, they often do not realize the duties that come with this new ability nor appreciate and grasp the risks and need for safety. Furthermore, with less experience on the roads, teens often do not have the same physical driving skills as experienced adult drivers do. This means their judgment and reaction times are often not as good as other drivers, which can mean a higher risk for motor vehicle accidents.

However, even though teens may have less experience and years of driving under their belt, they must be held to the same standard as all other drivers. Because they have been granted a license and the ability to drive, they also have a legal duty of care to be safe and not be a cause of injury to others on the road. Just like other drivers, when they fail in this regard and act negligently or recklessly, they can be held responsible under the law through traffic citations and/or personal injury lawsuits.

In a recent article by the Chicago Sun-Times, a teen driver was recently cited for a fatal car accident that killed a pedestrian in Arlington Heights. As a result of the 16-year-old hitting the woman, she died two days later. He was issued four traffic citations. The 57-year-old woman was walking her dog and crossing Grove Street near Kaspar Avenue in Arlington Heights, when the teen who was traveling westbound, struck her. Police cited the teen for reckless driving, speeding, driving with an obstructed windshield, and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. He will be appearing in traffic court his month.
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Train safety is a serious issue and not one to be treated lightly. Many people in the Chicagoland area rely on trains for their day-to-day traveling, including the CTA el and Metra commuter train. While the trains are a great mode of transportation that are convenient and affordable, we must always remember that these are still giant vehicles that move at very high speeds, and thus should use caution when around them, getting on and off trains, and waiting at train platforms.

According to a recent article by Patch, a commuter was struck by a Metra train near Lisle. Police relayed it is unclear whether this was an accident or an incident of self-harm. The incident occurred in the late afternoon, when a train and pedestrian collided. The train, Inbound No. 1272, hit the person east of the Lisle station.

Operation Lifesaver stresses that not only is it illegal to walk on tracks, it can save your life and keep you from danger. While commuter trains may have a schedule, they can be early or late, so regardless of a posted schedule, stay away from tracks except for designated crossings. Be sure that it is safe to cross and that a conductor or track signal gives you the go-ahead to cross the tracks. However, while commuter trains may have a schedule, remember that freight trains do not. They do not travel at fixed times, so always look for and expect the possibility of a train at a rail crossing or highway-rail intersection. Furthermore even when you are not crossing tracks but simply standing near them waiting for a train or waiting to pass, it is important to keep your distance. A train can actually extend three feet or more over the steel rail, so it is important to keep a wide zone of safety from the train tracks. It is also imperative to always be alert when around train tracks. Avoid being on your phone, texting, or listening to music and any activity that would distract you and take attention away from your safety.
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Car accidents are traumatic events for victims and their families when they involve victims who suffer personal injuries or death. These accidents also take away the safety of other people on the road and make them vulnerable, especially as we all see more and more accidents in news headlines. This is especially true when there are hit-and-run accidents. In instances such as these victims are left helpless and wrongdoers avoid being held accountable. Unfortunately, these hit-and-run accidents happen every day in our Chicago neighborhoods.

In recent news by CBS Chicago, a pregnant woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the Englewood neighborhood. The accident occurred in the early afternoon in the 6000 block of South Halsted Street. The woman, a pedestrian, was crossing Halsted while carrying clothes to the laundromat down the street when a speeding car struck her in the crosswalk. Several witnesses ran to the woman’s aid, and she was brought to a local hospital, but unfortunately died several hours later. What’s worse is that this driver never stopped after hitting the woman, and was only taken into custody after being pulled over a mile away in the 5300 block of South Union Avenue. The victim was already a mother to a five-year-old.
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Every year, some 4,000 individuals are killed in pedestrian accidents throughout the United States, and another 70,000 people are injured. Unfortunately, pedestrians represent one of the few demographics of road users that have experienced an increase in fatalities in recent years, and this is a trend that we can all play a role in reversing. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

One of the most well-known efforts to curb pedestrian injuries and fatalities is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Everyone is a Pedestrian campaign, which is attempting to educate both drivers and pedestrians on ways to stay safe and share the road. Here are a few of the campaign’s most important tips for drivers and pedestrians:
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We all have our own preference when it comes to transportation. Some of us drive cars or SUVs, while others prefer to get from place to place using cabs, the L train or Chicago’s CTA bus system. Yet, regardless of how we get around, there is one thing that all of us have in common-at one point or another we all become pedestrians. This idea is the driving force behind the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ‘Everyone is a Pedestrian Safety Campaign.

Pedestrians were one of only a few demographics of United States road users to experience an increase in annual fatalities last year, with a total of 4,743 people losing their lives because of pedestrian accidents. Our lawyers represent clients who have suffered personal injuries in the City of Chicago or anywhere else in Illinois, as well as the survivors of pedestrians who have been killed due to the reckless or negligent actions of another person. We understand just how debilitating injuries associated with pedestrian traffic accidents can be, and that is why we are committed to helping prevent them. Here are a few NHTSA tips for how pedestrians and motorists can work together to make everyone a little safer.
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