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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 pedestrians were fatally injured after being struck by motor vehicles in 2016 throughout the United States. Over that same time period, more than 120,000 additional pedestrians suffered injuries that required medical treatment. In a large percentage of the motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians, the collision only occurred due to the reckless actions of the driver. If you or a loved one were injured after being struck by a car, you are likely entitled to injury compensation.

At Risk Victims of Pedestrian Accidents  

Unfortunately, the most vulnerable members of our society are statistically more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident. Both children and the elderly are commonly injured after being struck by motor vehicles. According to the CDC, approximately 20 percent of all pedestrians fatally injured in 2016 were people over the age of 65. Elderly Americans are prone to pedestrian accidents due in large part to diminished mobility and vision. Tragically, thousands of children are also injured each year after being struck by a car. 

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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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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that since 2015, there has been a significant increase in pedestrian accidents across the nation, with a particularly sad spike in fatality numbers. Over 5,000 pedestrian deaths were recorded in the United States in 2015 alone, shining an overwhelming light on the ever-growing need for an increase in pedestrian injury prevention efforts.

When Are We Most at Risk?

Considering the fact that nearly everyone is an active pedestrian at some point throughout the course of their weekly commute, it is no surprise that pedestrian injury and fatality are ongoing problems throughout the state of Illinois and around the country on a daily basis. The more often we are exposed to pedestrian dangers, the greater our chances of experiencing an accident of some sort. While anyone can be impacted by an auto collision at any time, there are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of a pedestrian incurring an injury while out and about:

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