Receiving Compensation After A Crosswalk Accident
When there are many pedestrians and high traffic volume in one area, someone is bound to get hurt. In Chicago and numerous suburbs throughout Illinois, that is exactly what happens. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 64,000 people are injured in pedestrian accidents every year.
In most places, when pedestrians are crossing the street at an intersection, they have the right of way. Even when using a crosswalk as instructed, however, pedestrians and bicyclists can be injured. Many motorists fail to look for walkers or bikers after looking to make sure there are no cars, and when that happens, injuries to pedestrians can be serious or fatal.
If you were hurt in a crosswalk or a loved one was killed when a motorist failed to yield, it is important to find a lawyer who can help you receive the protection you need. Klest Injury Law Firm has represented clients throughout Chicago and the surrounding Illinois suburbs for over 30 years. During this time, we have gained the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize the compensation you can receive in a personal injury claim. We have worked with many injured people and others who lost loved ones in fatal pedestrian accidents, so we are familiar with all of the complications that can arise in these cases.
Crosswalk And Pedestrian Injuries In Relation To Age Groups
Although everyone who crosses the street is at risk for an injury, certain age groups are more likely to suffer injuries than others. Due to their height, children involved in crosswalk accidents are more likely to suffer head injuries.
Conversely, although adults are more likely to be seen, they might not move fast enough to get out of the way of a truck. Senior citizens who suffer crosswalk injuries are likely to be less able to recover from those injuries.
When pedestrians follow traffic signals and comply with rules of the road or when bicyclists ride in the bike lane, they expect to be safe from vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, that is not always how it works and negligent drivers can cause horrific injuries to pedestrians.
Causes Of Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Although there are numerous causes of pedestrian accidents, careless and negligent drivers typically cause most fatal accidents. This negligence can include:
- Distracted driving — Drivers who text or talk on cellphones, program their GPS or change the radio are likely to cause pedestrian or car accidents.
- Failing to yield — When motorists ignore the right of way granted to pedestrians, such as by driving through a crosswalk without slowing down and looking for walkers, life-altering accidents can occur.
- Running red lights and speeding — You see it happen often – a car zips through an intersection well after the traffic light has turned red. Drivers who ignore traffic signals and speed limits in this manner cause some of the worst accidents possible.
Dangerous road design also contributes to pedestrian accidents, even when drivers are being cautious. Dangerous intersections – including uncontrolled intersections or poorly designed turning lanes – are a major cause of pedestrian accidents.
Who Pays The Damages After A Pedestrian Accident?
If you or a loved one was injured, your biggest concern may be paying the medical bills. Typically, the insurance company of the negligent party is responsible for paying for the damages.
The negligent party can be a motorist who failed to drive safely, the government entity that designed a dangerous intersection or a manufacturer that created a defective product (like faulty brakes or a sticky gas pedal). We will help you determine exactly who is responsible for the accident and seek compensation from all available sources.
If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago or Schaumburg, attorney Joseph Klest will meet with you at your home, hospital, or another convenient location.