Pedestrian Injured In Waukegan Car Accident
Pedestrian Accident - January 19, 2024
Pedestrian Seriously Injured In Waukegan Collision With SUV along Sheridan Road
WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS (January 18, 2023) – A pedestrian was seriously injured in a Waukegan car accident while walking along Sheridan Road and Miraflores Avenue.
Waukegan Fire Department officials are saying that the incident took place around 7:20 p.m. on Monday. The pedestrian was just north of the intersection when they were hit by a Chevrolet SUV driven by a 37-year-old woman.
That driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
A full investigation into the Waukegan car accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Waukegan Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable to the hazards posed by vehicles. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Nearly 8,000 pedestrians were killed on our nation’s roads in crashes involving a motor vehicle in 2021. That’s about one death every 66 minutes. One in six people who died in crashes in 2021 were pedestrians.” There are a number of measures that cities can take in order to help reduce pedestrian collisions.
- Cities should make sure that intersections are well illuminated.
- Cities should heavily enforce traffic violations likely to lead to pedestrian collisions.
- Cities should investigate which intersections and streets are disproportionately impacted by pedestrian collisions.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise caution in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1, every driver must exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian. They must also use their horn when necessary and exercise the proper precaution to avoid colliding with any child or obviously confused person. If a driver fails to slow down in order to avoid a collision this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
Pedestrian accidents are often highly preventable. They tend to happen during the early morning and late evening hours when pedestrians are less visible. Victims of pedestrian accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries and may need to take time off of work. Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a personal injury claim.
Investigating An Illinois Pedestrian Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the pedestrian injured in this Waukegan collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other accidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Waukegan pedestrian accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.