Barry Zlotowicz is a Chicago pedestrian accident attorney who is dedicated to maximizing your recovery for injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident. Chicago is a huge urban center with thousands of citizens walking to easy-to-reach destinations. Downtown Chicago is flooded with workers making the daily commute to and from work from the collar counties. Unfortunately, downtown Chicago is also filled with taxi cabs, buses, Uber and Lyft drivers and thousands of other cars. Collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians are inevitable.
Cities like Chicago are very “walkable” cities and tend to have more pedestrian-car accidents. This is especially true in Chicago where pedestrians often don’t use pedestrian crosswalks. An article in the Chicago Tribune entitled “Pedestrian deaths in Chicago are up despite safety measures” details how Illinois pedestrian accident fatalities increased from 49 deaths in 2007 to 56 pedestrian fatalities in 2008. Nationally, 13 pedestrians die in auto accidents each day!
A Chicago pedestrian accident is particularly dangerous because it involves an automobile traveling at high rates of speed colliding with a human being. When you walk, you are fully exposed to potential injuries if you are struck. This often results in:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
These injuries often produce ongoing pain and disability, even after the initial healing process. This can mean time away from work or school, disabilities, and even difficulty returning to your previous career. You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering, and our attorneys will work hard to help you receive fair compensation. Although no amount of money can fix your injuries, it can help you to receive top quality care and pay for the medical bills you experience during this time.
If you are a pedestrian that has been struck by a car, even if you feel you may have been at fault, you should still contact a pedestrian accident attorney immediately. Your attorney can help ease you through the process of receiving compensation, and can work directly with the insurance company so you don’t have to.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
A new study was recently released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association that analyzed pedestrian accidents from 2017. There were some alarming statistics. According to the report, pedestrian deaths have “grown substantially faster than all other traffic deaths.” From 2007 to 2016, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 27 percent compared to a decrease of 14 percent for other traffic-related deaths. And pedestrian accidents as a percentage of total vehicle accident-related deaths increased from 11 percent in 2007 to 16 percent in 2016.
Why the increase in pedestrian accident deaths?
The reason for the increase in pedestrian accident related deaths appears to relate to the rise in the use of cellphones and marijuana use. There were 7 states that legalized the use of marijuana between 2012 and 2016. These include Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. According to the GHSA report, these states combined reported a 16.4 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities in the first six months of 2017 compared to a 5.8 percent increase in all other states.
Check out this video clip on CBS News entitled “Rising trend in pedestrian deaths may be linked to pot, phone use.”
No numbers were provided specifically relating to cell-phone related pedestrian accident deaths. However, GHSA study states that the number of smartphones increased 236 percent between 2010 and 2016. And according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance database, the number of cellphone-related emergency department visits is greatly increasing as well.
Illinois pedestrian accident statistics
In the first six months of 2017, there were 66 reported Illinois pedestrian accident fatalities. That was actually a decrease of two fatalities from 2016. Illinois ranks 12th in the country in the number of pedestrian fatalities. But that is not surprising based on the size of Illinois’ population and the massiveness of the Chicago metropolitan area.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the most recent review of Chicago pedestrian accident statistics which was done in 2015, revealed that in 2014, there were 2,655 crashes involving one or more pedestrians. An additional 789 crashes were reported in suburban Cook County.
Vision Zero Chicago
As a Chicago pedestrian accident attorney, I am always looking for new and interesting information about pedestrian and other motor vehicle-related accidents.
Chicago has a great new concept called Vision Zero Chicago where the city has created the goal of eliminating all deaths and serious injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes by 2026.
Our office just settled a case involving a woman who was hit when a car driven by a former friend hit her while she was standing in a driveway. We recovered the full policy limits of $100,000.00 on her behalf for her injuries, which included a severely fractured leg which required an open reduction internal fixation surgery to repair it.
Your Chicago pedestrian accident attorney is here to help
If you are injured in an Illinois pedestrian accident, call our office at 847-305-4105 for a free consultation. If retained, our office will handle all aspects of your claim.
- Investigate the matter
- Obtain the police report
- File a claim with the vehicle driver’s auto insurance company
- File a claim with YOUR auto insurance policy as you may have coverage
- Help you obtain medical treatment
- Order your medical bills and records
- Assemble the data in a demand package for the insurance company
- Resolve your dispute
- Obtain reductions of your medical bills or health insurance liens
If you have been injured in a Chicago pedestrian accident or your loved one was injured or was the victim of a wrongful death as a result of a pedestrian-car accident, contact an attorney by clicking here or telephone us at 312-848-9783