Chicago pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety issue. Walking that is done in and around traffic entails risks. As seen in many Chicago pedestrian accidents, people have been hit by a vehicle even when they are lawfully walking in a crosswalk. These “crosswalk accidents” have led to many serious injuries as well as pedestrian fatalities.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in the year 2016 there were 2,712 pedestrian accidents in Chicago. Of these accidents, 2,604 resulted in accident injuries and there were 37 fatalities. There were many other pedestrian accidents in the broader Chicago area. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in the year 2016 there were 4,741 pedestrian accidents in Illinois, of which 4,501 resulted in injuries and 141 were fatal accidents.
There are many reasons as to why pedestrian accidents tend to cause serious and possibly life-threatening injuries. When a person is hit by a car or other vehicle, there are strong physical forces transmitted to the pedestrian. Often, the pedestrian’s body is subject to these strong forces in an unnatural manner.
A broad range of injuries can occur as the pedestrian is struck by the vehicle, and these injuries vary in their severity. Among common accident injuries are broken bones; abrasions; bruises; concussions and other types of head injuries; neck and spinal trauma; and various types of internal injuries and internal bleeding.
Due to the likely serious nature of accident injuries that occur after a person is hit by a vehicle, there are various recommended steps that should be followed after a pedestrian accident in Illinois. It is critical, from both a medical and legal perspective, that a thorough medical examination is conducted to properly assess and treat any and all accident injuries. This medical examination is typically done in the hospital emergency room (ER). Many such accident injuries may not be readily apparent immediately after an accident. These injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and internal bleeding. Such bodily harm can be serious in nature, and potentially life-threatening if not promptly properly treated.
As well, legal issues – including the ability to get compensation for injuries if the accident was not the fault of the pedestrian – should also be addressed as soon as possible. There are a number of steps the injured pedestrian should take in order to protect legal rights as well as the ability to collect injury compensation.
Many people that have been hit by a car or other vehicle seek to get compensated for their accident injuries, as there are many types of expenses and other circumstances that can cause financial issues and potentially ongoing hardships. For instance, in addition to medical bills, the injured pedestrian may be forced to miss work. If the accident injuries are serious in nature, there may be a prolonged temporary or permanent inability to work.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a Chicago pedestrian accident, the pedestrian accident lawyers at the Elman Law Group can get you the money you need to offset the expenses and other financial issues that have occurred due to the injuries, as well as get compensation for other hardships such as pain and suffering. The Elman Law Group has a proven court trial capability in achieving attractive court verdicts. We have achieved many notable lawsuit results through both court verdicts as well as settlements over the last 25+ years and 10,000+ Illinois personal injury lawsuits we have handled.
The Elman Law Group provides a free, no-obligation legal consultation to those who have been injured in accidents. Tony Elman, the Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, can be contacted at (773) 392-8182 at any time to discuss the injuries and the legal process in attaining money for the injuries and other harm that has occurred.