Jeremiah Burgess Killed In Peoria Car Accident By Northeast Jefferson Street and Abington
Pedestrian Accident - June 1, 2022
Jeremiah Burgess, 37, Died In Peoria Pedestrian Accident Near The Intersection of Northeast Jefferson Street and Abington
PEORIA, ILLINOIS (May 31, 2022) – A pedestrian identified as Jeremiah Burgess has tragically died in a Peoria car accident by Northeast Jefferson Street and Abington.
Peoria County officials are saying that the accident took place around 4:00 a.m. on Thursday. Jeremiah Burgess was struck by a vehicle at the intersection and severely injured.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Despite the best efforts of first responders, Jeremiah Burgess died due to the severity of his injuries.
It remains unclear if the driver involved will face any citations for the crash.
Liability In Peoria Pedestrian Accidents
Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 7,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2020 alone. Nearly a third of all pedestrian fatalities involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Older adults and younger children tend to be at the greatest risk of being involved in a pedestrian collision. There are a number of steps that drivers should take in order to avoid hitting pedestrians.
- Drivers must always scan the road ahead of them and slow down during times of reduced visibility.
- Drivers should try to be well-rested before they operate their vehicle. Driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
- Drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Many pedestrian collisions are due to drivers that are speeding. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-601), no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver strikes a pedestrian in the roadway while they were speeding, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any pedestrian accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may have recourse through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any accident. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability for a crash. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Peoria Pedestrian Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jeremiah Burgess. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Peoria pedestrian accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.