Summer in Chicago is beautiful, and we’re lucky to have a thriving downtown that welcomes pedestrians. Unfortunately, pedestrians are always at risk where they share the road with motor vehicles. In 2012, more than 4,000 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents in the U.S.—about 12 people a day. In the state of Illinois, 1,700 pedestrians were killed between 2001-2009 in traffic accidents. Keeping in mind some information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety may help you stay safe as you walk downtown this summer.
Consistently, over many years, males are more often killed in pedestrian car accidents than females; they account for 69% of pedestrian fatalities. People over 70 are the most likely group to be involved in pedestrian traffic accidents, and the most likely to die from their injuries, even from small collisions. Decreased cognitive ability and vision, slower movement, and weaker bone density are to blame.
About 75% of all pedestrian-motor vehicle fatalities occur in urban areas; the confusion and congestion of city streets, particularly busy intersections, make for dangerous situations. Distracted driving (and walking) is another problem. Around half of all fatal pedestrians traffic accidents happen on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, and 70% of these happen in late afternoon and at night; low visibility and more people walking the streets are the reasons weekend nights see the most fatalities.
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.