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Pedestrian Accidents

Charleston, IL Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

We Represent Injured Pedestrians in Central & Southern Illinois

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 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
  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict
  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement
  • Tractor Death and Injury $2,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement
  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement
  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict
  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement
  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement
  • Worker Killed by a Pickup Truck Driver $1,200,000 Settlement
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The Right Attorney can Make a difference

  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome & 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

OUR CLIENTS COME FIRST
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Thank you for all of your hard and honest work. You made this not-so-good experience work out in my favor.”

    - Sharetha N.
  • “Lindsay always kept me informed, responded promptly to my phone calls and emails, gave me sound legal advice and encouragement as I recovered from my injuries.”

    - Therese S.
  • “We are pleased that your firm took our case and stayed with us through the course of the negotiations.”

    - Ken and Donna S.
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  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell