Chicago injury lawyer settles underinsured claim in pedestrian accident case

An Illinois pedestrian accident attorney at Abels & Annes has reached a settlement on behalf of a South Side woman that was struck by a distracted driver reading a text message. The accident happened back in April, 2009 in a 6300 block of S. Pulaski Road.

Our client had just exited a CVS pharmacy with her husband when the defendant drove up onto the sidewalk and hit her. The driver later admitted to Chicago police officers that as he was driving out of the CVS parking lot he received a text message from his wife. He took his eyes off the road to read the text, loss control, and drove onto the sidewalk, striking the pedestrian.

After police spoke to all parties involved, they ticketed the defendant for failing to use due care for pedestrians and improper cell phone use. The driver later pleaded guilty in traffic court.

After the collision, the plaintiff was taken by ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center. She sustained injuries to her neck and left leg in the accident.

Over the coming weeks her condition did not improve and she sought additional treatment at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. There, she underwent physical therapy for period of time.

Pedestrian accident lawyers at our office previously collected the defendant’s auto insurance policy limits of $20,000. We believed her claim was worth more than said amount, so we pursued an underinsured motorist claim against the plaintiff’s own insurance carrier. Our office was able to collect an additional $9000 on the underinsured claim.

The defendant was insured with Safe Auto and our client had State Farm.

Contact a personal injury lawyer at Abels & Annes for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an Illinois accident. Call (312) 475-9596 speak directly to a lawyer now.