Pedestrian Killed In Fairmont City Car Accident On Interstate 55
Pedestrian Accident - March 1, 2022
One Person Killed In St. Clair County Collision Along Interstate 55
ST CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS (February 28, 2022) – A pedestrian has tragically died in a car accident on Interstate 55 in Fairmont City.
Illinois State Police are saying that the collision took place around 2:00 a.m. on Monday. A male pedestrian was walking along the roadway when they were hit by a car.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, the victim died due to their injuries.
Two people in the car were treated for minor injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Fairmont City Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. They are more likely to be overlooked due to their small profile. They also lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. According to The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), “in 2019 most pedestrian traffic deaths occurred in urban settings (82%), on the open road (73%) versus intersections (26%), and during dark lighting conditions (80%).” There are a number of different factors that could potentially contribute to a pedestrian accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The vast majority of pedestrian accidents can be avoided when drivers slow down in areas with pedestrian traffic. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-601), no person may drive a vehicle at a speed that would be unreasonable or unsafe given the prevailing conditions of the road. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be examined.
- The vehicles involved should be thoroughly inspected.
The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim will typically include a victim’s next of kin such as their spouse or children. An Illinois wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Fairmont City Pedestrian Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man killed in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Fairmont City? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping accident victims get the information and support that they deserve. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.