Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that in a recent year, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. In the state of Illinois alone, as reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation, 843 people were killed and 4,749 were injured in pedestrian accidents in the most recent year for which statistics are available.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to serious injuries or death in a collision with a motor vehicle. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates in Chicago, our team of pedestrian accident lawyers is well-versed in pedestrian accidents. It is our mission to protect your rights, hold those who caused you harm accountable, and pursue compensation for your injuries to the fullest extent of the law. If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, speak with an experienced Chicago pedestrian accident attorney.
Factors that Contribute to Pedestrian Accidents
GHSA reports that over a decade, pedestrian fatalities increased by 27%, while all other types of traffic deaths decreased by 14%.
Under the law, pedestrians must exercise reasonable care for their own safety. In some cases, pedestrians may contribute to accidents by:
- Darting in front of a vehicle
- Failing to comply with “walk” signals at intersections
- Failing to use marked crosswalks
- Entering and disrupting the flow of traffic
Driver negligence causes a large percentage of pedestrian accidents. All drivers must exercise reasonable care while operating a motor vehicle, and failure to do so is negligence. Drivers have a special duty of care under the law when operating a motor vehicle around children, as they are smaller, less visible, and less predictable than adults. Common ways in which negligent drivers cause collisions with pedestrians include:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Distracted driving
- Failure to obey traffic signals and signs
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to signal when turning
- Disregarding traffic or weather conditions
Recovering Damages for Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians injured in traffic crashes may recover damages if someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. Negligence involves doing (or not doing) what a reasonable person in a similar situation would do to protect others from the risk of harm. To show negligence in a pedestrian accident case, the plaintiff (injured party) must prove the defendant (responsible party):
- Owed a legal duty of care to the plaintiff, and
- Breached that legal duty through action or inaction, which
- Caused the accident or injury, and
- Harmed or injured the plaintiff as a result.
Holding Responsible Parties Accountable in Chicago Pedestrian Accidents
Our Chicago injury lawyers at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates are tough legal advocates for injured people. We obtained what was the largest verdict for a personal injury claim in Illinois history. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, then schedule a consultation with an experienced Chicago pedestrian accident attorney. We can thoroughly investigate the accident, access the full extent of your injuries, and aggressively pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve.