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Dangerous Chicago Intersections Contribute to Thousands of Pedestrian Accidents Each Year

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traffic accident, Illinois injury attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer,Chicago is a busy metropolis where a majority of people rely on public transportation and walking to navigate the city. Despite the cold, winter months, foot traffic remains steady due to work commutes, holiday shopping and activities, and out-of-town visitors. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning reports that from 2004-2010, there were an average of 3,395 pedestrian accidents per year.

There are a few streets more congested than others around the city, which can lead to an increased number of accidents. The Chicago Tribune published an article that listed three of the more dangerous intersections for pedestrians including:

  • Damen, North and Milwaukee avenues six-way intersection;
  • Cicero and Chicago avenues on the West Side; and
  • Lincoln Park’s Halsted Street/Lincoln Avenue/Fullerton Parkway.

The city’s Active Transportation Alliance launched its Safe Crossings campaign to promote intersection safety for pedestrians. Its director mentioned installation of pedestrian countdown signals and improvement of crosswalk markings could make a huge difference for not just walkers, but cyclists and those who use public transportation.

Looking both ways before crossing the street is the widely known safety rule for pedestrians, but these tips are also helpful to keep in mind:

  • Use a designated crosswalk to cross the street;
  • Avoid dark clothing and increase visibility when walking at night; and
  • Opt to walk on the sidewalk or on the shoulder of the road facing traffic, if a sidewalk is unavailable.

Injuries as a result of a pedestrian crash, such as scrapes, bruises, and broken bones, are similar to those experienced in motor vehicle accidents. Back and neck injuries, headache pain, and dizziness all can occur as a result of this type of accident and may lead to days or weeks of medical treatment and follow-up care.

Victims of pedestrian accidents may also experience emotional trauma, a decreased quality of life, and lost wages due to disability depending on the severity of injuries. If you have sustained injuries resulting from a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible for compensation.

Our attorneys have the experience necessary to fight on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Illinois, contact an experienced Chicago pedestrian accident  attorney today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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