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Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries Are On the Rise in Illinois

Posted on in Pedestrian Accidents

Plainfield pedestrian injury attorneyOn December 1st, 2018, a 63-year-old Illinoisan was killed after being struck by a vehicle in the northern suburb of Waukegan. After the vehicle struck the pedestrian, the driver fled from the scene and has yet to be located by local law enforcement officials. The victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he was ultimately pronounced dead. The tragedy served as a sobering reminder of the risks that pedestrians face each and every day. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), approximately 6,000 American pedestrians were fatally injured throughout 2017 alone. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. 

Study Indicates Increased Collisions Involving Pedestrians 

Here in the state of Illinois, pedestrian injuries are alarmingly common. According to data reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), 4,600 pedestrians were injured after being struck by motor vehicles in 2016, and 150 people died in these types of collisions. 

Accidents involving pedestrians are more common in urban areas, so it should come as no surprise that a large number of Illinois’ pedestrian fatalities occur within the city of Chicago. Just under 30% of all pedestrian fatalities throughout the state occurred in Chicago. Pedestrian fatalities throughout the city have risen by over 40% since 2013. Law enforcement officials believe that the increased number of pedestrian fatalities are due to increased traffic, drivers traveling over the speed limit, and a steady rise in distracted driving. 

Using Caution as a Pedestrian

The vast majority of pedestrian injuries are caused by the negligence of car drivers. However, there are a few steps you can take to decrease your chances of being struck by a motor vehicle while you are on foot. Only cross the street at marked crosswalks, follow all traffic guidelines, and avoid the use of drugs and alcohol while traveling as a pedestrian. If you choose to walk at night, it is wise to wear bright, reflective clothing to increase your visibility. 

Contact a Will County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer 

If you or a loved one are struck by a vehicle, it is likely that the accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of the driver. An experienced attorney can work to ensure that you receive full compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Attorney Daniel Flaherty has years of experience helping pedestrians injured in motor vehicle collisions. To schedule a free consultation with a Plainfield personal injury attorney, call our office today at 815-577-7500. 

Sources: 

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/pedestrian-fatally-struck-by-vehicle-in-waukegan-township-hit-and-run/

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-pedestrian-deaths-20180214-story.html

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2016%20Crash%20Facts.pdf

 

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