Accidents between pedestrians and cars are on the rise in the US. In the state of Illinois, 172 pedestrians were killed in 2007, and 6,020 were injured, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Pedestrians have the right of way in all crosswalks, marked or unmarked; but not every driver respects this right. And there are kinds of carelessness that result in tragedies. Driving under the influence alcohol and drugs, excessive speed, and distracted driving are a few.
The faster someone is driving when they strike a pedestrian, the more severe the resulting injuries are. Elderly drivers have a higher rate of hitting pedestrians than the rest of the population, usually because of age-related vision problems and reduced cognitive reaction times. Alcohol and drugs can affect a driver’s ability to react to a pedestrian, and they also affect a pedestrian’s ability to cross the street safely—same goes for distractions (talking on the phone, texting, listening to music, etc). But by and large, vehicle-pedestrian collisions are the driver’s fault. Dangerous situations also arise on poorly lit streets at night.
Pedestrians struck by cars, if they survive, can be seriously hurt—leg injuries, brain damage, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, amputations, organ damage, quadriplegia, disfigurement, neck injuries, back injuries—and the the recovery time is long, difficult, and expensive.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Mike Agruss Law, for a free consultation at 312-224-4695. Mike Agruss Law, handles personal injury cases throughout Illinois. Mike Agruss Law, will handle your personal injury case quickly, will advise you every step of the way, and will not hesitate to go to trial for you. This litigation strategy will provide you with the best possible compensation.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law, does not get paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. Therefore, you have nothing to risk when you hire our Chicago personal injury law firm–just the opportunity to seek justice. Call us today at 312-224-4695.