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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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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, pedestrian fatalities, automobile accidents, pedestrian accident risks, pedestrian injuriesAccording to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) pedestrian fatalities rose by 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, and smartphone technology was considered the primary culprit.

As drivers and pedestrians continue to utilize their mobile devices while traveling, the fatality rate for pedestrians continues to climb. The 11 percent increase in fatalities from 2015 to 2016 marks the largest single year rise in the history of the United States. Equally concerning, the overall death count of just under 6,000 is the single largest annual pedestrian fatality count in over two decades. The commonly held notion that pedestrians are choosing a safer method of travel by electing to walk has become factually incorrect, as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than than automobile occupants to suffer fatal injuries each trip.

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our personal injury team has years of experience representing pedestrians involved in automobile accidents. If you or a member of your family are injured in an automobile collision, please contact an experienced Waukegan attorney group to discuss your case and legal options.

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