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Waukegan Pedestrian Accident Attorney Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were struck and killed by motor vehicles in the U.S. in 2017, and many thousands more were severely injured. These figures beg two questions: What are the most common causes of these accidents, and when does the fault lie with the pedestrian versus the driver?

Alcohol Plays a Factor in Many Pedestrian Accidents

When a pedestrian is struck and killed by a car, it is more common for the pedestrian than the driver to be legally drunk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. OIf all pedestrian fatalities, 33 percent involved an alcohol-impaired pedestrian and 13 percent involved a drunk driver.

You may wonder if a drunk pedestrian injured by a car can recover damages from the driver. The answer is, it depends on the totality of the circumstances. If the driver was obeying all traffic laws and a drunk pedestrian just stepped out in front of the car, the pedestrian would probably be assigned all or most of the fault for the accident. If the pedestrian is found to be at least 50 percent at fault for the accident, the pedestrian will be barred from recovering any damages from the driver, in accordance with the Illinois law of modified comparative negligence.  

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Waukegan Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

On February 4, a 15-year-old pedestrian was fatally injured when she was struck by a drunk driver in Chicago Ridge. The young girl was a student at Oak Lawn’s Richard High School. The very next morning, a 20-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle near the Rush University Medical Center. According to Chicago police, the woman suffered a broken hip and was treated at Chicago’s Stroger Hospital. 

For pedestrians in the greater Chicago area, the risk of being struck by a motor vehicle is very serious and all too familiar. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 4,600 pedestrians were injured in car accidents in 2016 across the state. Of those injuries, 150 ultimately proved fatal. 

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Chicago pedestrian accident attorney, Chicago pedestrian injury attorneys, pedestrian deaths, pedestrian fatalities, pedestrians killed, Chicago pedestriansMajor cities always have more pedestrian accidents than suburbs or rural communities. This, of course, is for obvious reasons: the greater the number of people walking around a busy or congested traffic area, the greater the number of occurring accidents.

In recent years, several major cities across the country have taken serious measures to bring the number of accidents involving pedestrians way down, though it does not necessarily seem to be working.

As reported by the New York Daily News, pedestrian deaths from motor vehicles are on the uptick in New York City. And noted in a report issued in January by the New York Police Department, there could be an estimated 200 pedestrian deaths caused by motor vehicles in New York by the end of 2014. Different police statistics show that this is a significant increase from the 156 pedestrian fatalities in 2013, the 152 reported in 2012, or the 142 reported in 2011.

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