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Waukegan pedestrian accident attorneyThroughout the United States, a pedestrian is killed every one and a half hours. In total, 5,987 pedestrians were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions throughout 2016 alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this represented a nine percent increase in total pedestrian fatalities in comparison to 2015.

With an increased number of Chicagoans out to enjoy the summer months, this time of year represents an increased risk of pedestrian accidents. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motor vehicle accident this summer, you should be sure to understand your options for pursuing compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Practicing Pedestrian Safety 

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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, hit-and-run crash, hit-and-run accident, pedestrian fatalities, Lake County automobile accidentEach year, more than 1,000 Americans are fatally injured in hit-and-run accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of hit-and-run incidents is on the rise nationwide. Throughout the three year span from 2009 to 2011, the NHTSA recorded a 13.7 percent increase in fatal hit-and-run accidents.

Recent studies suggest that the uptick in fatal hit-and-run accidents has a disproportionate impact on pedestrians. Roughly 60 percent of all deadly hit-and-run accidents involve pedestrians as victims. Even more concerning is the fact that one-in-five pedestrian fatalities occur as hit-and-run accidents.

How to React to a Hit-and-Run Incident

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b2ap3_thumbnail_child-pedestrian-fatalities-Waukegan.jpgOn April 19, a two-year-old boy was fatally injured while crossing the street in West Englewood. The two-year-old victim was holding his aunt’s hand when a van turned off of 71st Street onto Damen Avenue. The vehicle struck both pedestrians. This latest tragedy serves as a stark reminder that children are some of the most susceptible pedestrian accident victims when hit by vehicles.

In 2016 alone, just under 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives in automobile accidents throughout the country. The alarmingly high number of fatalities marks an 11 percent increase in statistics from 2015. 

The most worrisome aspect of pedestrian injuries is the fact that young children tend to be one of the most impacted demographics. Roughly 15 percent of all pedestrians injured annually are children aged 14 years or younger.

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rights of pedestrians, Waukegan pedestrian accident attorney, pedestrians with disabilities, pedestrian accidents, pedestrian injuriesIn 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, there were over 5,000 motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in Illinois, with 4,666 of these accidents resulting in injuries and 150 accidents resulting in pedestrian fatalities. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable in collisions, and being struck by a car, truck, bus, or other vehicle can result in severe, debilitating injuries.

In order to avoid these types of accidents, both drivers and pedestrians should understand the laws governing pedestrians in Illinois.

Right of Way and Pedestrian Responsibilities

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,Every day, traffic converges all across our state’s roadways, often causing unfortunate pedestrian accidents that are at times inevitable. While we cannot avoid each and every pedestrian accident that takes place, a number of collisions are able to be prevented, however, especially when drivers are at their utmost level of alertness when operating vehicles and are made aware of the dangers they pose to those commuting by foot. Studies show that drivers making left turns at intersections are particularly prone to causing accident and injury to pedestrians when their paths cross. Drivers who collide with pedestrians commonly experience injury as well, at times making impact with other vehicles in the midst of the collision.

Pedestrian Accidents More Common in Urban Areas

Pedestrian accidents and injuries are reported to be much more common in busier, urban areas, which further confirms other statistics that show intersection-related accidents - such as those that involve left-turning drivers - do in fact pose an increased, significant risk to pedestrians and bicyclists. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 40 percent of pedestrian accidents happen solely at intersections. All of these findings make sense, considering urban intersections are full of sprawling, constant traffic activity.

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