Although it isn't possible to right the wrong of a pedestrian dying due to the negligence or wrongful behavior of a reckless motorist, Illinois courts will strive - as best they can - to make surviving family members whole. That said, measuring damages relating to the loss of a loved one in a Chicagoland pedestrian accident is never a clear-cut process in a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are several important factors that can help or hinder a pedestrian's ability to pursue a vehicular accident injury claim. These factors deal with whether the motor vehicle driver was at fault or negligent in the collision.
As a pedestrian, there is one thing you want to avoid at all costs: a collision with a motor vehicle.
As pedestrian, you may enjoy the fact that you don't have to fight traffic, waste money on gas, or deal with other drivers.
You've heard it many times before: Motor vehicles must yield to pedestrians and pedestrians have the right of way. It's because of these standards that Schaumburg residents have avoided many fatal and injurious accidents.
Imagine your husband was taking his dog for a walk in the neighborhood, but he never came home. A drunk driver, too drunk to pay attention to his surroundings, struck him. Although emergency responders did their best, your husband eventually succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and didn't survive.
Most people in Chicago spend a lot of time walking to get where they are going. Unfortunately, the city is not always safe for pedestrians. To address that problem, the City of Chicago Department of Transportation has begun to implement more than 250 measures that should improve pedestrian safety in the Windy City over the next several years. The plan's priorities include making pedestrian areas around schools, parks and public transit safer. The plan also includes adding pedestrian islands to multi-lane roadways, using crosswalk countdown timers for pedestrians and installing improved beacons and signals. The city also will build more speed humps to slow traffic in residential neighborhoods.