Pedestrian Accidents: What To Do If You’ve Been Injured
Thousands of pedestrians are killed every year in the United States as a result of traffic accidents. Tens of thousands are injured and many will never recover from the physical and emotional trauma. Illinois experiences its fair share of casualties with thousands of auto pedestrian accidents occurring each and every year throughout the state.
Cities like Chicago are particularly hazardous for individuals traveling on foot. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the vast majority (73 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities occur in an urban setting. Unfortunately, many people take their lives into their hands when they walk to school or work every day.
Quick Facts And Figures
- Exactly 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2012.
- Traffic accidents led to an estimated 76,000 injuries in 2012 alone.
- Pedestrians account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.1
- The state of Illinois recorded over 6,000 auto pedestrian accidents in 2006.
- Those crashes led to 5,532 pedestrian injuries.2
Leading Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
A combination of factors contributes to the vast majority of accidents involving pedestrians. While motorist error is responsible for many crashes, pedestrian negligence is also to blame in some cases. Some of the most common causes of auto pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Distracted walking
- Running red lights
- Low or poor visibility
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescribed medication
- Walking under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescribed medication
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured In An Auto Pedestrian Accident
It’s important to know what to do if you suffer injuries as a result of an auto accident. As a pedestrian hit by a car, you may have a legal right to pedestrian accident compensation. Therefore, the key is learning how to obtain redress. Importantly, contacting a personal injury attorney is critical to protecting your rights and ensuring a favorable outcome.
Understanding Negligence Laws
Whether or not you’ll be able to receive compensation for your injuries depends on who was at fault for the accident. That, in turn, is determined by a state’s negligence laws which apply to both the driver and the pedestrian.
That means that if you walk out into the middle of an intersection while the Do Not Walk sign is flashing, you may not be able to bring a lawsuit against the motorist who hit you. If, on the other hand, a driver was texting on his or her phone, then you will most likely be able to sue for damages. Consequently, if both parties are at fault, a court may only award damages on a partial basis. Under Illinois law, a pedestrian is only eligible for compensation if they are less than 50 percent at fault.3
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- U.S. Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data, Published in April 2014. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/811888
- Illinois Department of Transportation. Quick Facts. Illinois Crash Information 2006. http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/quick/2006/pedestrians.pdf
- Illinois Department of Insurance. http://insurance.illinois.gov/autoinsurance/comp_Negl.asp