As of December 2018, there have been 160 pedestrian fatalities in Illinois according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. While walking may save on fuel costs and be a greener option, there is a definite risk involved with traveling on foot. In fact, that risk seems to be on the rise each year. In 2016, there were only 141 pedestrian fatalities in Illinois the entire year.
While we may not be able to pinpoint an exact cause for the increase in pedestrian accidents and fatalities, we do know that they have one thing in common – pedestrians and drivers. We also know that there has been an increase in the use of cell phones and other mobile devices while people are driving and walking. This means that people walking may be distracted by their mobile devices and may not be alert to crosswalks and oncoming cars. Although texting and driving is now illegal in Illinois, many drivers still engage in this dangerous activity.
Illinois also has modified its comparative negligence laws so that an injured person may only be compensated for their injuries if they are found to be at fault less than 50%. If their fault is less than 50%, but they are still found to be at fault, their compensation may be reduced according to the percentage that they are found at fault.
Injuries that pedestrians suffer in accidents with vehicles are often severe and life-changing. This is particularly true if the injuries involve a person’s head, neck, or spinal cord. Other severe injuries may include nerve damage, broken or dislocated limbs or bones, or even loss of part of or all of a limb. Death is also a realistic possibility when a vehicle strikes a pedestrian because a pedestrian does not have safety features such as airbags and seatbelts.
When a person suffers injuries in a pedestrian vs. car accident, he or she may be entitled to a variety of damages. These damages may include things that are easily measured in value such as loss of present and future wages and medical expenses both present and future. Other compensation may include damages that are harder to determine such as pain and suffering. In the event that the person died as a result of the accident, the family may file a wrongful death claim that could result in compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, and more.
The attorneys at Rittenberg, Saks & Robinson, Ltd. understand that if you have been injured in a pedestrian vs. car accident, the result could be life-changing and devastating. While we may not be able to restore you physically, we can help ensure that you will not have to suffer the financial burden of such an accident. We will review your situation and advise you of what your legal options may be. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us do the work so you can focus on your recovery.