Our Chicago accident lawyers were not surprised to read a recent report in the Chicago Tribune about the frequency of pedestrian accidents in our city’s crosswalks. The report found that 80 percent of pedestrian accidents in the city occur at crosswalks where pedestrians have a walk signal. Although a new state law passed last year requires drivers to stop at crosswalks for pedestrians, every day we see taxis, trucks and other motorists flat-out ignoring these street markings.
We feel it is crucial to raise awareness surrounding this study to remind drivers to stop for pedestrians in order to reduce the growing number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians follow traffic signal rules to protect their safety and the safety of others. They expect to crosswalks to provide safe passage, and drivers should honor this system. When drivers ignore these signals, the consequences can be deadly. Pedestrian accidents occur frequently due to negligent drivers, many of whom are distracted distracted due to cell phones, texting, the radio, and other technologies. Because cars are so much larger that people, pedestrians can be seriously injured or even die in pedestrian car accidents.
Our Illinois accident attorneys are well aware of the dangers of Chicago crosswalks. We have helped a number of victims injured in accidents involving the Chicago crosswalk system. One of our successful cases involved a 50-year-old woman who was struck by a bus while she walking through a crosswalk in Chicago. The bus not only hit the woman, but also rolled over her, causing serious injuries. The bus driver pled guilty to failure to exercise due care and striking a pedestrian. She claimed that she never saw the woman in the crosswalk prior to the accident, and wasn’t aware that she had struck or even rolled over the pedestrian until the bus passengers made her stop the bus. Our Illinois accident attorneys settled the lawsuit with the bus company for $1.25 million.
This case is just one example of how we have helped the victims of pedestrian accidents get the justice they deserved. If you have been a victim in a pedestrian accident due to a negligent motorist of any type, or have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, we may be able to help you receive fair compensation. Unfortunately, all too often, drivers are distracted or act aggressively, risking their safety and the safety of those around them. If you or a loved one is harmed in a Chicago pedestrian accident, please contact a Chicago attorney to see how we may be able to help you.