Despite the general rule of pedestrian right of way, careless drivers continue to hit people crossing or walking along Illinois streets, causing serious injury and death. In 2007, 172 Illinois pedestrians were killed and another 6,020 were injured, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
At the Chicago, Illinois law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our attorneys have spent the past 25 years representing those injured in motor vehicle accidents – and we know that too often, drivers fail to acknowledge basic rules of the road when they encounter a pedestrian. If you were injured by a negligent motorist while walking along or crossing an Illinois street, call our injury lawyers today at 312-361-1823 or contact us via email for a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights.
Pedestrians have certain rights in Illinois; drivers are required to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks (whether marked or unmarked). However, not all drivers observe these rights, and the many factors involved in pedestrian accidents include:
- Speeding – the higher the speed, the higher the likelihood of a severe pedestrian injury.
- Elderly drivers – pedestrian injury rates are higher among older drivers, often because of age-related vision problems.
- Alcohol – imbibed either by the driver or the pedestrian.
- Low light conditions – more pedestrians are struck during the evening and other periods with lowered visibility.
Despite these and other factors involved in pedestrian accidents, many drivers will attempt to blame the accident on the pedestrian to avoid legal liability. This lack of responsibility can seem particularly unjust to the pedestrian recovering from such serious injuries as:
- Severe head trauma
- Brain damage
- Leg injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck and back injuries
Coping with your medical issues may be challenging enough without handling a legal claim or dealing with uncooperative insurance adjusters. The attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are ready to help.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian because a driver failed to obey traffic laws, you have the right to file for compensation. At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our personal injury attorneys conduct thorough accident investigations to determine blame accurately. We know that the smallest details may become the evidence needed to prove speed or driver inattention, even when the driver states otherwise. If the driver’s insurance company attempts to refute your claim, we will deal with them directly – we’ve been handling insurance companies for more than two decades and we will seek proper compensation on your behalf.
If you have suffered serious injury as the result of a pedestrian accident, the Chicago, IL attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. can help you make informed decisions about your legal rights. As our client, you will be backed by a team of legal professionals, medical experts and investigators who are dedicated to your cause. Please call us today at 312-361-1823 or contact us via email for a free, no-obligation consultation.