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Pedestrian Accidents

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
  • Speeding

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.

Pedestrian Negligence

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
  • Concussion
  • Lacerations
  • 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.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, call (217) 394-5885 or contact us online.

A History of success

millions recovered for our clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of
    four involved in a single car wreck
    in a highway construction

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

The Right Attorney can Make a difference

  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf,
    & won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Client testimonials

  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When everything was done, Billie took me aside and comforted me. This was not an easy case emotionally but she made sure we were ok. I loved Billie and would use her again. Hopefully, we never have to ...”

    - Shelli W.
  • “I could not have asked for a better experience. I was very hesitant to pursue this, but Billie made it all okay. Thank you!”

    - Shelly
  • “Overall my experience was quite positive. My attorney assured me that my experience and injuries deserved compensation. Most importantly I no longer had to speak with insurance companies. I would reco ...”

    - Jennifer B.
  • “I appreciated the hard work and dedication to my case. Dawn was great! I really appreciated her and all her hard work.”

    - Levi R.