When thinking about car accidents, most of us are aware of how the drivers and passengers involved can suffer serious injuries. However, few people realize how many pedestrians suffer injuries every year in traffic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that close to 5,000 pedestrians lose their lives in traffic accidents annually while another 75,000 are injured. Traffic accidents are the most common cause of pedestrian accidents although individuals on foot can also suffer injuries from slip and fall incidents.
Like other personal injury accident victims, pedestrians must prove that someone else acted in a negligent manner if they wish to recover compensations for their injuries. At The Rooth Law Firm, we have been bringing such proof to negotiation tables and courtrooms in Illinois since 2004. We have developed the know-how and skill for creating strong cases in pursuit of maximum compensation for our clients. Our aggressive approach is based on a passion to right the wrongs you have suffered at the hands of the careless and negligent. That is why we fight tooth and nail to bring you the justice you deserve under the law.
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Pedestrian Accidents in Illinois
The most common environment for pedestrian accidents are urban areas, such as in greater Chicago. According to the National Safety Council, over 80 percent of all pedestrian accidents occur in these areas on the open road. The most common time of day they occur is at night when visibility can be limited. The Council also reports that alcohol involvement also accounts for approximately 42 percent of pedestrian deaths. The majority of pedestrian deaths occur through being hit by the front of a vehicle.
Speeding is always an important factor in any traffic crash. This is especially true when pedestrians are involved. Without any body protection against an impact, pedestrians are at risk for the most severe injuries. This makes them the most vulnerable of all individuals in traffic. Even cars traveling at such low speeds as 35 mph can cause serious physical damage to a pedestrian.
Common pedestrian injuries can include:
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder displacement
- Back injuries
- Jaw fractures
- Other bone fractures
- Internal injuries/bleeding
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include distracted drivers, such as those talking on cell phones or texting, drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, drivers who speed or fail to follow traffic laws, drowsy drivers, and drivers who are just not paying attention. These behaviors can be made worse in bad weather, at night, and in crowded traffic conditions.
Pedestrians also have a responsibility while in and around traffic to avoid accidents. They should walk safely, stick to crosswalks, and not dart out into traffic. A significant number of pedestrian accidents are caused by individuals staring at their phones while walking as well as pedestrians walking while under the influence of alcohol. Indeed, insurers of the opposing party will work hard to place fault on the pedestrian.
Because Illinois operates under a comparative fault law, a pedestrian may be partially responsible for an accident. Whatever your portion of the fault is deemed to be will reduce your compensation by that amount. If your damages amounted to $100,000 and you are found to be 25 percent at fault, your damages would be reduced to $75,000. Your fault as a pedestrian must be under 51 percent to recover any damages at all. Because the issue of fault can dramatically affect your case, it is vital that you have a legal professional on your side.
You Can Rely on the Experience, Skill, & Determination of The Rooth Law Firm
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in or around Evanston, we highly recommend that you contact our firm to speak with our Evanston pedestrian accident lawyer. It is never a good idea to rely on an insurance company. Their priority is not what is best for you but what is best for their company. At Rooth Law Firm, we are totally committed to providing you with effective advocacy at every stage of the legal process.
Contact us at (847) 869-9100 to make arrangements to discuss your case with our attorney today.