The temperature in Chicago is expected to rise above 80 degrees for the first time in what feels like ages today, and many urban dwellers are hoping and praying that this spring weather is here to stay. Chicago is a wonderful place to be during the summer. Whether you choose to spend your summer days along Lake Michigan, shopping on the Magnificent Mile, at Navy Pier, exploring Millennium Park, or just strolling down the sidewalks among the multitudinous outdoor restaurants, walking anywhere in Chicago is an experience in and of itself. However, our lawyers want to remind you that as the temperature rises for the spring, so too do the number of pedestrian car accidents.
Whether you are in the suburbs, the country, or in the middle of the Loop, the unfortunate reality of the matter is that many drivers do not actively look out for pedestrians when getting from point A to point B. This sort of negligent and reckless driving results in more than 4,000 deaths per year, and adds on another 70,000 injuries. To put that into perspective, that is one crash related pedestrian death every two hours, and an injury every 8 minutes. (Center for Disease Control)
Today, authorities from the southeast suburb of Summit are investigating the details of an accident that left a 47-year-old man dead on Monday morning. According to reports from the medical examiner’s office, the man was unloading material from a parked vehicle when a car hit struck him. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene just before 6 a.m.
Although most statistics show that our country is getting gradually safer when it comes to pedestrian accidents, those positive statistical trends don’t mean anything if a reckless driver has seriously injured you or someone that you love. At Levin & Perconti our lawyers understand that these statistics are not just collections of numbers, they represent real people. Each case is unique, and we know that many of our clients have been injured so badly that they are relegated to a hospital bed, and are forced to take on the burden of more and more medical bills with no way of earning income or returning to work to make a living.
With more than two million permanent injuries caused by car accidents each year, we have provided a helping hand to families in need for more than twenty years, and we are committed to ensuring that no one has to pay for the careless mistakes of someone else. In recent years we have taken on public transit, insurance companies, and even the City of Chicago to make sure that our clients would be able to live with their injuries and feel capable and confident that they can move forward with their life. In the latter case, our attorney’s reached a $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy who was ran over by a Chicago Fire Department truck, and this money allowed him and his family to pay for the extensive surgeries and pending medical care associated with his accident.
If you or someone you know has been hurt or injured by someone else’s negligence, feel free to give us a call, and find out how we can help you.