Pedestrians are at risk for a collision at any time they step near a road. Even if a person is walking on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, or in a crosswalk, unfortunately the risk for a pedestrian accident exists. In 2012 alone, there were 2,943 crashes involving pedestrians in the city of Chicago alone.
With all of these accidents taking place, the victims of these crashes should be aware of the implication of personal injury laws and traffic rules as they apply to their accident. As each collision revolves around a unique set of facts, it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer who handles pedestrian accidents in Chicago to learn about your legal options if you have been injured. You may be entitled to seek financial compensation to cover your losses including any medical bills you have incurred or are likely to incur in the future, wages you missed while you were unable to work, and even pain and suffering.
A Sunday evening collision between a motorcyclist and a pedestrian left both individuals in critical condition, according to local authorities. Police have confirmed that a 62-year-old man was riding on East Lake Avenue in Glenview when he collided with a 16-year-old female pedestrian who was crossing the street. At this time, officials have not said what caused the collision or whether negligence on the part of either party played a role.
Emergency medical crews responded to the scene and evaluated both the rider and the pedestrian for injuries. Both were transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital where they were initially listed in critical condition; the nature of their injuries and their prognoses are not clear at this time.
Police said the crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. and the incident is still being reviewed by area officials.
Pedestrian accidents are likely to cause serious injuries or even death because unlike the passengers in a vehicle, a pedestrian has little or nothing surrounding her to protect her in the event a crash occurs. The pedestrian’s body often makes direct contact with a vehicle, a road surface, or another fixed object, leading to a serious impact that can cause harm.
Pedestrian collisions can affect not only the victims of the accidents but their families as well. If a loved one is a financial contributor or caregiver for others and that loved one is unable to perform her daily tasks, an entire family can suffer. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we understand the devastating nature of these collisions and that is why we dedicate ourselves to the representation of those who have been hurt.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago, call Abels & Annes, P.C. toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us provide you with a free, no obligation case consultation. We have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call whenever you need help.
If you have been involved in an accident, do not let yourself continue to suffer for the actions of another. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Explosion at Illinois Job Site Kills 2, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 25, 2014.
Man, teenager both in critical condition after motorcycle crash in Glenview, by Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published August 25, 2014.