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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Often when we hear about the impact speeding has on car accident statistics, we typically associate crashes with other vehicles on the roads. While speeding undeniably causes numerous pile-ups and other vehicle-to-vehicle collisions, it also poses a serious threat to pedestrians and those using other modes of transportation.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk anytime they encounter traffic, but speeding drivers place them at an even greater risk. Before you put the pedal to the metal, consider these eye-opening facts according to the Illinois State Police:

  • Speeding is the cause for approximately 32 percent of fatal crashes;
  • It is often only one single vehicle that is responsible for a speed-related crash - it only takes one driver to cause serious damage; and
  • Since 1992, speed has been found to be one of the biggest factors in fatal crashes caused by driver error.

A significant percentage of speeding drivers who have caused collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians have been found to be driving under the influence. When it comes to speeding-related injuries and fatalities, though, the reason for a lead foot is never excusable. Willfully speeding, whether under the influence or not, can mean tragic consequences.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,While most people are at least mildly familiar with concussions and how they are caused, very few have even heard of a subdural hematoma. Yet researchers estimate that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States suffer from this potentially serious brain injury each year. More than half of these brain injuries are caused by automobile, bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents. Even more concerning is that victims, nor their doctors, may end up catching it before the condition becomes life-threatening.

Subdural Hematoma Causes

Very different from both traumatic brain injuries and concussions, subdural hematomas are insidious conditions that, over time, can become severe or even fatal. They are most common in elderly individuals because, as the brain ages, it begins to shrink and pull away from the dura, leaving the veins attached the dura more exposed and vulnerable. So much so, in fact, that even just a minor bump to the head or sudden jarring can cause injury.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Pedestrians are already at a high risk of mortality when involved in an automobile accident, but a recent study suggests that wheelchair users are especially vulnerable. This new information encourages drivers to be more aware of pedestrians in wheelchairs. It also highlights the need for added diligence in creating safer areas for all pedestrians.

The Devastating Statistics for All Pedestrians

In the United States, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed in automobile accidents each year. Another 76,250 are injured each year on roadways. They are especially vulnerable when weather conditions become hazardous, and when distracted drivers fail to pay close attention to the non-vehicle members out and about each day.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer,Media and the Internet have saturated the public about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly the perils of texting and driving. This law firm has published many blog posts regarding the deadly dangers these behaviors can result in. However, there is growing concern about the dangers of distracted walking, especially among young people. And now a new government report has revealed that pedestrian fatalities are again on the increase, leading many to believe that the cause of this increase is due in part to “petextrians” – people who text while walking.

The report was prepared by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA). According to national statistics, pedestrian fatalities showed a steady decline over the past four decades. By the 2000s, just over 10 percent of motor vehicle deaths in this country were pedestrian deaths. However, over the past five years, a steady increase has begun, to the tune of 15 percent. In 2013, approximately 4,700 motor vehicle accident deaths were pedestrians. That means that every two hours, a pedestrian is killed.

The report found that an increase in the number of people who use their cell phones while walking. In fact, that number has doubled since the year 2005. Activities many pedestrians engage in are talking on the phone, texting, or listening to music with headphones on. Unfortunately, these activities leave many people not fully aware of their surroundings, with many petextrians ignoring traffic signals or forgetting to look both ways while crossing the street.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,In late July, a 54-year-old Tinley Park woman was struck and killed in hit-and-run accident just after midnight. The woman, a pedestrian, was not immediately killed, but later succumbed to injuries in a nearby hospital. Her story is not uncommon. While several other types of common contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents have continued to decline—such as drinking and driving—the instances of hit-and-runs have actually continued to increase in recent years.

Data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration  shows that the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents has increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011. In the same period, there was an almost 14 percent increase in the number of fatalities which occurred in these accidents, meaning that not only are hit-and-runs becoming more common, they are becoming more severe as well.

Most hit-and-run perpetrators are especially difficult for police to track down, and they often are never apprehended. This is because surveillance cameras are rarely high-quality enough to capture license plates or facial images of the driver, and a lot of the time, bystanders or would-be witnesses do not want to get involved. Primary evidence for officials to recover information about the crime disappears immediately following the crime itself.

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