In an average year, more than 4,500 pedestrians are killed in accidents across the nation. Unfortunately, some of those fatalities happen in the greater Chicago area and cause devastation not only to the victims but also to their families and the friends. Many experts believe the term “accident” is a misnomer for these incidents because most are caused by negligence or reckless conduct by someone involved – whether that someone is a driver of a car, a vehicle’s owner, a pedestrian, or even a city or municipality. It is rare that a pedestrian crash happens without any fault on the part of anyone involved.
If one person acts irresponsibly and hurts another, the victim of that crash may be left questioning why they are suffering when they did nothing wrong. Though there is nothing that can erase a collision once one has occurred, the laws in Chicago serve to protect these victims by guaranteeing them protections including the right to seek relief in a court of law. A personal injury lawyer can help you realize whether you have a valid claim if you have been injured in an accident or if your loved one was hurt or killed in a crash.
A pedestrian was hit by a fleeing driver in Chicago on Sunday and the incident left him in critical condition, according to authorities on the scene. The crash happened near the 4000 block of West Division Street just before midnight and began with a pedestrian crossing the street near an intersection. As the man was walking, a vehicle approached the area and collided with him, leaving the pedestrian in critical condition and in need of medical help. Emergency crews transported the victim to an area hospital where his current condition is not clear.
The alleged at-fault driver in this incident failed to stop after the crash and instead fled the scene, according to officials. At this time, the identity of the driver is unknown and the individual has not been apprehended though the driver is being sought for questioning at this time.
Accidents can strike without any notice and can cause devastation to those involved. From injuries to pain and suffering to other losses, the extent of the accident can extend months or even years into the future. If you have been involved in a collision, make sure you understand your legal rights by calling the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today.
We offer a free case consultation without any obligation to all injury victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and for your convenience, we always have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If your life has been affected, call us and let our team fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Single Car Crash on South Side Injures 2, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published April 6, 2015.
Pedestrian critically injured in hit-and-run, by Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published April 6, 2015.