In 2015, the number of pedestrians that were killed by vehicles increased 31 percent from the previous year. According to the Chicago Police Department total, 46 pedestrians who were struck by vehicles died. Our firm represents clients who have suffered personal injuries in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois, or who may be a survivor of a pedestrian killed in a road accident as a result of the reckless or negligent conduct of another person.Why has there been an increase in pedestrian accidents?
While no signal cause can be pinpointed for the increase, one thing is common between pedestrians and drivers. More people are using cellphones while either walking, so they are not alert for oncoming cars, or while driving so they fail to see pedestrians. Illinois has passed a ban on texting while driving, but drivers continue to engage in the dangerous activity. Illinois has no similar ban for pedestrians using cellphones.
Illinois has adopted a modified comparative negligence standard which means an injured person may only recover if they were less than 50 percent at fault. However, if for example a pedestrian was distracted when involved in an accident, their fault, if less than 50 percent may reduce the amount of damages they can recover.Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
Injuries suffered as a result of these types of traffic accidents can be severe and life altering. You may have injuries to your head or neck, nerve damage or spinal cord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone or limb, lost the use of a limb, or even lost an entire limb. Death is also a realistic possibility when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle because they lack protections such as seatbelts or airbags.How Levin & Perconti can help if you have been in a pedestrian accident:
Our firm understands that the goal after going through such trauma is to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
Levin & Perconti has successfully handled many cases involving pedestrians and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for victims and their families, including a record-setting $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy who was run over by a City of Chicago Fire Department truck while playing in an open fire hydrant on the Fourth of July, resulting in the loss of his leg and half of his pelvis.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Illinois pedestrian accident or you are survivor of a pedestrian who has been killed in a road accident, contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options with a Chicago accident lawyer.