When a car collides with another vehicle, there is always a chance that the occupants will suffer serious injuries. Still, vehicles are equipped with crumple-zones, air bags and other safety features to keep their drivers safe; safety features that are not afforded to the victims of pedestrian accidents. In 2010 alone 4,280 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents throughout the United States. If you add that to the 70,000 people who were relegated to emergency rooms in the same year because of other pedestrian accidents, it is clear that these incidents aren’t all that uncommon.
Yesterday, a suburban Chicago man was charged in a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a 61-year-old Tinley Park man. According to a Tinley Park Police Commander, the defendant was brought into custody just one day after he allegedly hit the victim with his pickup truck while he was crossing 159th Street on 80th Avenue. The suspect was tracked down through evidence left at the scene of the accident, particularly, his license plate. Prosecutors charged the 22-year-old defendant with aggravated driving while under the influence as well as failure to stop after an accident involving personal injury or death. (Chicago Tribune)
On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes. That means that every 8 minutes, a family might be losing a loved one. These accidents may start on the road, but they end at home. Our lawyers know better than anyone that if you don’t have proper representation, you may be left footing the bill for huge medical costs, all while being unable to work because of your injuries.
Living in an urban area like Chicago, pedestrians are at an even higher risk of being killed or injured by a passenger vehicle. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that a staggering 86% of all non-fatal pedestrian accidents occur in urban environments, and with the high cost of living in Chicago, being unable to work for weeks or even months at a time can be devastating for you and your family. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
In one pedestrian accident case, our attorneys worked with a client who was seriously injured by a bus while crossing the street in her Chicago neighborhood. The bus driver pled guilty in traffic court to failure to exercise due care and striking a pedestrian, and as a result we were able to settle the case for $1.25 million. This money allowed our client to recovery and regain her peace of mind, and that is something all injury victims deserve.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian car accident, call us to see what we can do for you.