Being active outdoors is essential for living a healthy lifestyle. Whether you choose to walk, jog, ride a bike, buy a Segway, or use a low flying jet pack, being out and about has a way of making you feel better, both physically and mentally. But let’s not kid ourselves; living in Chicago is very different than living anywhere else in the state of Illinois.
Large urban areas, because of their abundance of cross walks and bustling traffic are responsible for roughly 75 percent of all pedestrian car accident fatalities. This subject is especially pertinent this week, as the news has reported on four different incidents of pedestrian fatalities in just two days. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Yesterday in an article from the Chicago Tribune, Aurora police asked for the public’s help to find a man involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 57-year-old woman on Monday night. Later in the day another article spotlighted the charging of a 24-year-old Logan Square man in connection with another fatal hit-and-run car accident that occurred in November. Yet another released on Tuesday featured the latest in a court case involving the tragic death of a young boy in Lake County. The last article reported on the death of a 73-year-old woman killed by a truck accident in the Illinois Medical District earlier this week.
Pedestrian car accidents statistics have remained fairly consistent for the past few years, with roughly 5,000 fatalities and 70,000 injuries annually. They are a serious problem in the United States, accounting for 11 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities, second only to occupant deaths in fatality causation. I’ve done the math so you don’t have to, and that equates to a person being injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes. (Walking Info)
Because most of us would lose to a Fiat 500 in a weight contest, it is safe to say that pedestrians often don’t have a chance when it comes to collisions with most motor vehicles. These accidents can cause some of the most debilitating and long-term injuries that our lawyers see in a given year. Many victims are left in the hospital, or bed ridden for many months, with no way of returning to work or generating income to offset their accumulating expenses.
Our lawyers are committed to ensuring that the victims of negligent or reckless motorists won’t have to struggle to pay their bills, and will never be punished for an accident they could not have avoided. Our lawyers reached a $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy run over by a City of Chicago Fire truck resulting in the loss of his leg and much of his pelvis. These types of lawsuits are necessary to protect victims, and also serve to hold careless drivers responsible for their actions.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to reckless or negligent actions on the part of others, please take advantage of our lawyer’s free consultations to explore your legal options.