Despite there being millions of licensed drivers in Illinois, many people still walk to and from work, school and supermarkets. Residents who live near shopping centers and larger cities 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 more than 4,800 pedestrian accidents reports in 2011 and 2.6 percent of them were fatal. Almost all the other victims of these incidents were injured.
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.
For more information, fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form to your right for a no-obligation review of your claim – your information will remain confidential.
Alternatively, call our legal team at (855) 522-5291. At Tapella & Eberspacher, we're here to help you.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
No matter what steps a person walking on the street takes to ensure their own safety, it is careless drivers that they must watch for. Any simple misjudgment or negligence can quickly led to pedestrian injuries and even the loss of life.
Some common causes of pedestrian collisions 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 greatest risk of being injured by a motor vehicle as are seniors who may take longer to cross than an able adult. Additionally, those who are walking must also exercise reasonable care to ensure their own safety.
Some common factors that contribute to pedestrian negligence include:
- 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.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Despite advances in vehicle safety, it is very difficult for a person to protect themselves should a vehicle crash into them.
Some types of injuries they might suffer include:
Depending on the type of collision that occurred, the injuries may even paralyze a victim or lead to death.
Contact our Car vs. Pedestrian Lawyers
Every year thousands of accidents involving pedestrians occur due to driver negligence, if you have been a victim you may be entitled to compensation.
Tapella & Eberspacher have a reputation for handling complex litigation and out attorneys will retain top experts in areas such as accident reconstruction to make a powerful case. Along with legal counsel we can help guide you through the litigation process to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
We have offices located throughout central and southern Illinois and proudly serve the following areas:
…we also represent victims in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
For more information on how we may be able to help you with your pedestrian accident claim, contact us today at (855) 522-5291 – your initial case consultation is completely FREE and we don’t get paid unless you win.