Charleston, IL Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
We Represent Injured Pedestrians in Coles County
Despite there being millions of licensed drivers in Illinois, many people still walk to and from work, school, and countless other locations. Residents who live near shopping centers and larger cities often choose to walk instead of drive.
Although most everyone is taught to use sidewalks and crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the road, pedestrian accidents still happen. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 82 pedestrian fatalities in Illinois from January 1 to July 30, 2019.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car vs. pedestrian accident caused by a careless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm represents injured pedestrians from our offices in Charleston, IL and St. Louis, MO, and we have over 100 collective years of knowledge and experience to apply to our clients’ cases. Our Coles County pedestrian accident attorneys strive for excellence in every case we touch.
For more information, fill out our online contact form or call (217) 394-5885 for a no-obligation review of your claim – your information will remain confidential. We’re here to help you.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
No matter what a pedestrian does to ensure his or her safety, it is careless drivers that present the most significant risk. Any simple misjudgment or act of negligence can quickly lead to catastrophic injuries or even death if a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle.
Some common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Failing to watch for pedestrians while backing out of parking spaces
Children are at the greatest risk of being struck and injured by motor vehicles, as are seniors, who may take longer to cross the street than able adults.
Pedestrians must exercise reasonable care to ensure their safety. The following are examples of pedestrian negligence:
- Ignoring the “don’t walk” signal at an intersection
- Failing to use a crosswalk
- Darting in front of a stream of traffic
Fault is typically determined by negligence, which means that either the driver or pedestrian could be at-fault for an accident, depending on who failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Under the principle of contributory negligence, an injured party’s settlement or award may be lessened in direct relation to his or her contribution to the accident.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Lacking protection of any kind, a pedestrian may be at risk of experiencing significant injuries if struck by a motor vehicle. Such injuries may include:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Deep bruising
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Crush injuries
Such injuries may even paralyze a victim or lead to death.
Contact Our Experienced Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we have a reputation for handling complex litigation. Our Charleston, IL pedestrian injury attorneys frequently retain top experts and investigators to develop powerful cases for our clients, and we are tenacious in our pursuit of maximum compensation for every person we represent.