Recent focus has been paid to pedestrian safety in Illinois and across the nation. As with many urban areas, Chicago has both a large number of pedestrians on any given day as well as many pedestrian accidents that occur every year. Many factors combine to explain the number of pedestrian collisions that take place, including the fact that drivers do not always respect the rights of those who are walking. But often, pedestrians simply believe that a collision will never affect them personally because they are cautious, safe, and follow all applicable traffic rules while walking.
Unfortunately, even the safest, most law-abiding pedestrian is at risk for being involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago if a motorist in the area acts in a negligent or reckless manner. When a crash occurs, the results can be devastating and can claim the life of the pedestrian involved or leave a victim with serious, sometimes lifelong injuries. The damages stemming from these crashes can be immeasurable and can stretch far beyond financial losses like medical bills and rehabilitation costs. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand the implications of your accident, including whether you have a valid claim for relief, if you have been hurt due to the actions of another.
Shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Friday, a collision occurred between a motorcycle and a pedestrian on Illinois Route 53 in Romeoville. Authorities responded to the scene of the incident near Chambers Drive and assessed both the pedestrian and the biker involved. The pedestrian sustained critical injuries and was transported by emergency crews to an area hospital for treatment where he died a short time later. It is unclear whether the biker was injured in the crash.
Officials began an investigation at the scene and determined that the motorcyclist was riding northbound when the crash took place. At this time, it appears that the pedestrian was also in the roadway though it is not clear whether he was walking in the same direction as the biker or was walking against traffic. It is also not clear whether any other conditions led to the impact or what speed the motorcycle was traveling prior to the crash.
When a pedestrian is injured or killed in a collision, it can be difficult to move forward with the normal aspects of life, yet alone know where to turn to obtain the legal relief that you and your family deserve. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our team of injury lawyers wants to help by providing you with a free case consultation without any obligation on your part if a pedestrian crash has affected your life.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., you will speak with a licensed lawyer when you call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and you can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We understand that collisions can happen at any time, so at Abels & Annes, P.C., we will make ourselves available whenever you need us and we never charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery in their case.
If you have been hurt or if your loved one has lost his or her life, do not let the accident continue to add suffering to your family. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Driver in Fatal Huffing Incident Sentenced to 5 Years, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 18, 2014.
Man dies after being hit by motorcycle in Romeoville, Chicago Tribune, published September 20, 2014.