Chicago has seen increasing numbers of pedestrian accidents in the last year, many of which resulted in death. Given that pedestrians lack the same type of physical protection that drivers have, they are much more prone to injury in the event of an accident. In addition to loss of life, pedestrian accidents can also result in lifelong disability, painful recovery, lost earning capacity, and diminished quality of life.
For those who have been in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to know who to turn to for assistance. You may qualify for compensation that will ease the burden of your injuries, but to get that, you need legal help. Hart & David provides the legal acumen and experience needed to recover damages from a pedestrian accident.
Accident Causes and Injuries
Pedestrians are often hard to spot, especially on streets where there are vehicles parked on the sides of the road, after nightfall, or in inclement weather. In many cases, an accident results because either the driver or the pedestrian is distracted by using a phone and is therefore not paying attention to his or her surroundings. In other cases, accidents could result from one of the following causes:
- Running traffic lights
- Failing to yield right of way
- Distraction, whether by texting, eating, or some other cause
- Failure to see pedestrians while backing up
- Turning on a red light without checking the crosswalk
- Traffic violations on the part of the driver
- Failure of the pedestrian to observe traffic laws
Sooner or later, these factors will lead to an accident, and the resulting injuries can be very severe. These injuries include:
- Head or brain trauma
- Nerve damage
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Bone fractures
- Torn or sprained muscles
- Dislocated joints
- Bruises, cuts, or scrapes
- Spinal cord damage, including paralysis
Serious injuries resulting from a pedestrian accident can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income, prolonged pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and even permanent disability. While monetary compensation won’t necessarily restore everything you’ve lost, it can help reduce the burden you carry as a result of your injury.
Your ability to get compensation depends on who is at fault. In Illinois, the law uses a comparative negligence standard for determining who can recover damages from an accident. In order to even consider getting compensation, you need to have less than 50 percent of the fault for an accident. Even then, playing some role in your own injury, such as walking into the crosswalk while texting, will likely reduce the amount you’ll be able to get from litigation.
Many factors come into play when it comes do determining fault, so analyzing the evidence is a high priority. Experienced lawyers can guide you on how to assess the evidence and events of the accident and determine the settlement you’d most likely be able to get.
Getting Legal Help
If you were injured as a pedestrian, you need to seek legal assistance quickly if you hope to recover damages. Skilled personal injury lawyers such as those at Hart & David can point you in the right direction and represent you during settlement negotiations and in courtroom settings. To learn more, contact our attorneys today.