It doesn’t matter how strong you are, how fit you are, or how tough you are, when you compare your body of flesh and bone to a two ton steel frame automobile, you simply don’t have a chance. In 2010, 4,280 people were killed and 70,000 more were injured in pedestrian car accidents, averaging out to roughly one fatality every two hours, and an injury every 8 minutes. (Center for Disease Control)
This week police continue to investigate the death of a man in an apparent hit and run accident. Around 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, authorities responded to a report of a man down in the roadway near the southbound entrance ramp from Washington Street to Route 41 in Gurnee, and discovered the victim on the side of the road. Officers say that the man was unresponsive upon their arrival, and that Gurnee Fire Department medics found no signs of life. The 31-year-old man was later identified, but no vehicle has been linked to the accident. Police believe that red light cameras near the accident may be able to shed light on the incident, and ask anyone with information to come forward to help the investigation. (NBC Chicago)
There has been a 23% drop in the number of pedestrian fatalities since 1995, and that means even with more cars on the road, people are becoming more aware of the issue and are likely walking and driving a little bit safer. However, pedestrians are still over represented in traffic accident data, accounting for 13% of deaths but only 10.9% of total trips, and this means that they are still more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash. (WalkingInfo)
As we stated earlier, pedestrians have absolutely no protection when an automobile hits them. They have no airbags, seatbelts, or crumple zones to soften the blow, and they often suffer traumatic and life altering injuries as a result. These can range from a minor injury such as a broken bone or dislocated limb to severe permanent injuries like brain, nerve, or spinal cord damage. Any time you or someone in your family experiences a serious injury, it can have deleterious affects on your entire way of life, and can leave you burdened with thousands of dollars of medical expenses.
Our Chicago lawyers have been successfully handling pedestrian car accident cases for more than 20 years, and we know how stressful and worrisome these legal disputes can be. Our concern first and foremost is getting you the compensation you deserve to help you transition and recover. If you think you may have a case, don’t spent another day worrying, let us help you. Remember that most states have strict time limitations for filing accident lawsuits, so take action soon after your injuries to protect your rights.