Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Chicago
Were you hit by a car while walking?
Thousands of innocent victims are injured or killed each year in the United States when they try to do the seemingly harmless act of crossing the street. Driver negligence results in an astonishing number of pedestrian accidents each day with nearly 70,000 people injured and nearly 4,500 people killed annually in pedestrian accidents across the U.S.
Pedestrian accident victims can be anyone, but the greatest numbers of serious injuries and fatalities involve children and the elderly. Left exposed at a crosswalk, even the slowest moving vehicle can leave an innocent bystander with severe injuries, or even result in the death of a pedestrian.
At Walner Law, our team of Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers will work hard to get accident victims justice. After all, the aftermath of a crash can really change things for victims and their family members. It’s important to be able to focus on recovery from a pedestrian accident, and not about lost income or other financial woes.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Even if a collision occurs at a reduced speed, such as in a parking lot, a vulnerable pedestrian often suffers severe or life-threatening injuries if struck by a motor vehicle.
Injuries can include:
- Fractured bones
- Brain injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Wrongful death
Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian accident can be the result of many factors which most often result from the negligence of motorists, including:
- Drivers who fail to follow the posted speed limit
- Pedestrians crossing the street in a driver’s blind spot
- Preoccupied or inattentive drivers
- Drivers who do not stop at pedestrian crossings or when a pedestrian has the right of way
- Pedestrians failing to cross at crosswalks
- Drivers who run red lights or stop signs
- Pedestrians crossing on a walk signal without looking to see if the crosswalk is clear
- Drivers and/or pedestrians who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Premises Liability Cases
If a pedestrian accident occurs on private or commercial property, it may fall into the category of a premises liability claim. Businesses and property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions for the people who cross their property. If a hazardous condition was caused by the negligence of a property owner or manager, that person or entity could be held liable for your severe injuries. Examples of hazardous conditions include poor lighting, uneven sidewalks, or slippery walkways.
Building a Pedestrian Accident Case
When seeking compensation for injuries or damages stemming from a pedestrian accident, a responsible driver’s insurance company may try tooth and nail to avoid paying to cover your medical expenses. Insurers will argue that a pedestrian did little to avoid an oncoming vehicle, such as entering a crosswalk at the wrong time or not looking both ways when crossing the street.
At the moment of a traffic accident, it’s important to contact emergency officials immediately to assess the scene. A responding paramedic will provide immediate medical attention to quickly determine how severe your injuries may be. Police officers will be able to file an accident report which should ultimately demonstrate the fault of the driver. Our accident attorneys will break down your injury or wrongful death claim with the help of the most evidence possible to demonstrate that a driver was negligent behind the wheel.
The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Walner Law® can help you receive maximum compensation for your pedestrian injury. If you live in the Chicago area, please contact our law firm to learn how we can work for you and your family members. We never charge unless we win your case.