In 2010, 4,280 lives were lost in pedestrian car accidents. Although this is down significantly from the roughly 5,600 killed in 1995, it is still too many. When we see statistics like this it is easy to view them as just numbers, but if you have ever lost a family member to the recklessness of a motorist, you know that these numbers have faces and families. However, just because an accident isn’t fatal doesn’t mean it can’t damage a family. (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration)
A 26-year-old woman is still in critical condition this morning after being hit by a taxicab over the Thanksgiving weekend. According to reports from the Chicago Police Departments News Affairs Officer, the woman was crossing the intersection of Clark and School streets just before 1 am, and was taken to a local hospital for immediate medical attention. (Chicago Tribune)
In 2010, there were an estimated 70,000 pedestrians injured, and we know from research and hospital records that a majority of all pedestrian crashes go unreported. These accidents can cause permanent injuries, with many months passing before a victim has the ability to work and earn money to pay their medical bills.
If you live, work in, or frequently visit Chicago, you are among those most at risk for pedestrian car crashes. Nearly three out of four pedestrian fatalities (72%) occur in urban areas. In addition, 70% of all pedestrians are killed at night when the limited visibility can be extremely hazardous to both drivers and those on foot.
When drivers travel through the city, there is a lot going on around them. While drivers have a responsibility to be safe and attentive, as a pedestrian it is important to follow all posted traffic signs, and take measures to ensure your own safety. Always cross at intersections, using a crosswalk and signal, and make sure to be aware of what is happening around you at all times.
However, sometimes these accidents happen regardless of how cautious you are. When multiple tons of steel and metal hits a 100-200 lbs person, the results can be devastating even at low speeds. At Levin & Perconti, our attorneys have experienced first hand the traumatic effects that these accidents have on victims and their entire families. Since 1992, we have recovered more than $400 million dollars in an effort to help our clients cover their medical bills, and rebuild their lives after they are wrongfully injured.
Please call us if you think you may have a case, or if there is any way our experience can help you.