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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.  


Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and has traditionally been designated as the “official” kickoff for holiday shopping. So for the next four weeks, motorists can count on increased traffic, especially during the evening hours and weekends, as people take to the roads and head for the malls. However, with the increased amount of people on the roads, how does one stay safe from car crashes? Planning your shopping expedition can help decrease the risk of finding yourself handing over your insurance card to another driver instead of your credit card to a sales clerk.

The first thing you should do is make a list of what gifts you are planning to buy. Then look at the stores where you will be looking/purchasing these gifts. Try to plan your shopping trips by targeting stores that are close to each other, decreasing the number of trips you will have to make. Planning when to go shopping also helps. If you have a flexible schedule, the least crowded times are during the week in the morning hours.

Although there is much heavier traffic on the roads, one of the most common places for car accidents during the holiday season is in parking lots. It can be frustrated driving around a mall parking lot – full to capacity it seems – in search of that one empty parking space. Many drivers tend to take on an “every man for himself” mentality and may not follow the rules of the road, or common courtesy, in their search for a space.

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