Frequency of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average a pedestrian is killed every one-and-a-half hour in traffic accidents throughout the United States. In 2018, (the most recent year the accident data was released) there were an estimated 6,227 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, this was the highest number in three decades.
Eighty (80) percent of these pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas. Illinois is ranked ninth (9) among all the states in the number of pedestrian fatalities in 2018 (the most recent year the accident data was released). That is a nineteen (19) percent increase from 2017. Pedestrian injuries are an undeniable problem for people living in Chicago and across the State of Illinois.
Most pedestrian accidents occur on sidewalks, marked crosswalks, and in intersections controlled by traffic signals and signs. Because the pedestrian is where they are supposed to be and following due care, it is more often than not that the motorist is at fault. The cause can be driver’s negligence in using care or yielding to the pedestrian, or because they were distracted with a mobile device.
Common Questions Victims of Pedestrian Accidents Have
If an individual suffers from a pedestrian injury in Chicago, Illinois, they have legal rights to recover damages for their sustained injuries under the laws of the Motor Vehicle Code. The attorneys at Sherwood Law Group acknowledge that most pedestrian accidents are traumatic events and impact all aspects of the victim’s life. While we have extensive experience with personal injury cases, we know that it is a new situation for the victim, and thus they may have several common questions related to their accident.
- How long can I wait to file a lawsuit after my accident?
- What can I do if my family member was killed in a pedestrian accident?
- What compensation am I entitled to?
What Should I Do if I am Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
The first step to ensure victims who are injured immediate safety is to seek emergency or non-emergency medical treatment depending on the severity of your injuries. This is crucial to seek immediate attention and medical care if you are injured as a result of the accident. Due to the adrenaline rush, a victim may not be aware of the severity of their sustained injuries. Only a prompt doctor diagnosis will reveal the true extent of the injuries.
Once the victim is examined by a doctor and is safe, they should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Speaking with a qualified lawyer will give the victim the legal resources needed to pursue recovery. Because personal injury cases can be complicated and time-extensive, personal injury lawyers can ease the stress for the victim by walking them through the process.
The personal injury attorneys at Sherwood Law Group have considerable experience in all types of injury matters, such as: motor vehicle collisions, hit-and-run drivers, and accidents with commercial vehicles. Our attorneys have seen a huge range of injuries from these aforementioned accidents, including bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and other traumatic injuries that leave the victim with severe, life-altering disabilities. We offer every potential client a free initial case consultation and accept all cases on contingency. This postpones the payment until we resolve the case. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, call us at 312.627.1650 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will help you to determine if the accident was the fault of a negligent driver. We are here to help pedestrian accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.