Pedestrian Critically Injured In Chicago Car Accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway
Pedestrian Accident - November 14, 2023
Pedestrian Seriously Injured After Being Hit By Multiple Vehicles On the Day Ryan Expressway By 73rd Street
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (November 14, 2023) – A pedestrian has been critically injured in a Chicago car accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway near the 73rd Street Exit.
Cook County officials are saying that the incident took place around 11:00 p.m. on Friday. A pedestrian was walking along the highway and was hit by several vehicles.
Emergency medical services were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. A full investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Chicago Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year in the United States. 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 2021.1 That’s about one death every 66 minutes. One in six people who died in crashes in 2021 were pedestrians.” There are many factors that could contribute to a pedestrian accident.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
All drivers have a legal obligation to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. 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 to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of pedestrian accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and involve some amount of driver error. A driver may be distracted or traveling too fast for the prevailing conditions. Any person that is injured in a Chicago pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with a serious collision.
Investigating Chicago Car Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the pedestrian injured in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There are many questions that still remain unanswered.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Chicago pedestrian accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. 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.