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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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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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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,No matter where in the world we are commuting, whether we are traveling by car or by foot, there are certain areas on and around our roadways that tend to be hot spots for car accidents and pedestrian injuries. Traffic intersections remain at the top of the list when it comes to these problematic areas. Thankfully, there are multiple engineering efforts in effect on behalf of our roadway officials and experts, such as special geometric designs and the utilization of various traffic control devices. These efforts work as preventative measures to reduce accident and injury at our intersections, and they are ever-evolving, with new designs and strategies introduced periodically. Your Role in Intersection Accident Prevention Along with these collision prevention efforts, drivers and pedestrians are left to do their part in taking a proactive role in their own safety. Intersections will always be hazardous due to the nature of their surroundings. Pedestrians and motorists meet and converge at traffic signals for a number of activities, naturally producing opportunities for collision. There are certain steps we can take, however, that lower our chances of accident or injury significantly. Remaining alert as we drive or pass through an intersection is our very best defense against experiencing an accident. Here are some common hazards that signal danger as we approach an intersection and how to spot them sooner, rather than later: Drivers failing to yield - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that a common cause of angle and turning crashes at intersections are caused by the failure to yield to oncoming vehicles. Flashing Yellow Arrow signals (FYAs) have been implemented to address this problem. Watch out for drivers who are speeding through these flashing lights and failing to yield to you as you move in their direction. The moment you see this, slow down immediately and approach the signal with extreme caution. Aggressive behaviors - Be on the lookout for any signs of other drivers displaying erratic or aggressive behaviors. For example, if you see someone speeding, tailgating, or swerving impulsively as you approach a busy intersection, slow down, do not make eye contact, and do not challenge the driver in any way. These are signs of angry, intoxicated, or unstable driving, and should be avoided at all costs. If you feel you are in serious danger or that the lives of others are in danger, do not hesitate to pull to the side of the road and notify the authorities. Incorrect (or lack of) use of designated crosswalks - Another hazard to watch out for is a pedestrian crossing the road where no marked crosswalk exists or using a crosswalk incorrectly, such as walking when the signal tells them not to. Pedestrians who fail to obey the intersection signals and signs place everyone who crosses their path at risk for accident and injury. When you witness this, make sure you are not speeding and that you are prepared to stop suddenly.

If you have had the unfortunate experience of being involved in any kind of intersection-related collision, it is important to speak with a qualified Lake County car accident attorney to arm yourself with the resources you need to protect your rights in a court of law. The moment you are injured, call Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 and ask for a personal consultation.

Sources:

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/

https://idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/safety/roadway/index

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf
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