Pedestrians, in most situations, generally cross the street at specified and controlled locations, expecting that cars will obey the relevant traffic signals. When a driver fails to meet that expectation, the pedestrian is unable to move out of the way quickly enough to avoid being hit. Unprotected and vulnerable, pedestrians then become at risk for death or serious injury. Both are on the rise in Illinois, and throughout the United States. If one has happened to you or someone you love, the following can help you understand your rights, including your right to pursue fair compensation.
Understanding the Risk
The rise in pedestrian accident deaths is not a particularly new trend, but it is one that continues to trouble health and safety professionals. This past year, the national increase reached its highest number since 2005. Federal officials estimated an increase of nine percent during just the first six months of the year. In Illinois specifically, the death toll rose from 127 in 2015 to 150 deaths in 2016.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Though there are, undoubtedly, accidents in which a pedestrian failed to cross at the appropriate area, was intoxicated and wandered into traffic, or otherwise contributed to their own death or injuries, most can be traced back to the fault of the driver. Many simply fail to yield to pedestrians, either because they refuse to acknowledge the state mandate or are unaware of it. Other accidents are caused by those who were driving distracted or intoxicated. In both situations, drivers failed to act in a responsible manner and failed to act in the best interest of the pedestrian.
In such situations, victims or their loved ones may have the right to pursue compensation for damages, losses, wrongful death, and medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. Unfortunately, the process is highly complex, and pedestrians and their families are often offered lowball settlements, or they experience delays and claim denials that can place them at risk for financial troubles. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help mitigate these issues.
Contact a Skilled Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need someone who is willing to fight for your rights and protect your best interests. Contact an experienced Kane County personal injury attorney to discuss your case and to get the answers you need. Call 630-907-0909 for a free consultation at Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C. today.