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CHICAGO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

Pedestrian accidents hurt thousands of people in the Chicagoland area every year. In many cases, victims are left with severe injuries that may prevent them from working, engaging in the activities they once enjoyed, or even living without around-the-clock medical care. At the Pinkston Law Group, we are dedicated to helping injured victims recover compensation and know how to get you the compensation to which are entitled under the law.

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Common Causes of Chicago Pedestrian Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2017 alone. This total breaks down to approximately one death every 88 minutes. Since pedestrians lack safety gear such as seat belts, helmets, or airbags to protect them, they are much more vulnerable than drivers inside vehicles or even those on motorcycles.

Pedestrian accidents happen all too often on our roadways, yet most, if not all, of these accidents are preventable. Understanding the risks and causes can help both pedestrians and motorists to take preventive actions to save lives and reduce the number and severity of the injuries. No matter the cause of your pedestrian accident, contacting a Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a valid claim for compensation.

Risk Factors in Pedestrian Accidents

Many risk factors, some of them preventable, contribute to pedestrian accidents. They include:

  • Alcohol consumption by both motorists
  • Age, as studies show that Americans over the age of 65 and children under the age of 15 are most at risk
  • Increased vehicle speed
  • Walking in an urban area
  • Walking out at night, especially without reflective gear
  • Crossing roads at non-intersections

When you hire an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney, they will study the circumstances leading up to your accident. If risk factors can be attributed to the at-fault driver, they can be used to show liability for your injuries.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be attributed to a number of different causes, including:

  • Driver inattentiveness – Whether a driver is eating, texting, daydreaming, or paying attention to their passengers instead of the road and their surroundings, their inattentiveness can be life-changing or even deadly for pedestrians.
  • Aggressive driving – Chicago is a busy city with lots of traffic, which, unfortunately, includes aggressive drivers. Aggressive drivers are more likely to ignore traffic signals, speed, make sudden movements without warning, and turn unlawfully. Such carelessness and disregard for others often lead to accidents, including those involving pedestrians.
  • Left turns – More pedestrians are struck by vehicles turning left than by those turning right, primarily because the driver and pedestrian are looking in different directions. The driver is usually looking at the intersection, watching for oncoming traffic and the chance to make a turn. The pedestrian is focused straight ahead into the crosswalk. With neither party paying attention to each other, accidents will happen.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, it is highly advisable to get legal help immediately.

Enlist the Help of a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney 

Personal injuries can leave you wondering how your bills will get paid and with lasting physical injuries and pain. The person liable for your injuries should be held financially accountable to you. We can do everything in our power to ensure this happens. To discuss your legal options in more detail schedule a case evaluation with an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, don’t hesitate to contact us today. The sooner you reach out for help, the more likely you are to recover financial damages.

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