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. Statistics reveal that about 70,000 people are injured and nearly 4,500 are killed annually in pedestrian accidents across America.
The Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. believe in providing the personal attention that our clients need not just to get settlements and win cases, but to put your life back together after suffering a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian accident victims can be anyone, but the greatest numbers of fatalities involve children and the elderly. Because pedestrians are exposed when entering a crosswalk, the impact from a vehicle even moving at a slow rate of speed can cause serious injury and death.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
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 property or on a college campus, for example, 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 and results in a pedestrian accident, that person or entity could be held liable for your injuries. Examples include poor lighting, uneven sidewalks or slippery walkways.
The personal injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. can help you win the compensation you deserve for your pedestrian injury. Your first call to us will not cost you a penny, because we offer free consultations. If you live in the Chicago area, please contact our law firm to learn how we can work for you. And we never charge unless we win your case.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today or text “Walnerlaw” to 41513 for a FREE consultation.