If you drive on the streets of Illinois, you have a duty not only to other cars on the roads but also to pedestrians in the area. That duty requires motorists to operate with care and to avoid collisions whenever possible, but despite this requirement, collisions continue to happen every day. Whether multiple cars collide or a car and a pedestrian, there is always a serious risk of injuries or even death resulting due to the forced involved in an accident.
Among all the types of traffic accident, pedestrian crashes account for a disproportionately high number of injuries and fatalities. While a crash with a pedestrian is less common than a crash involving only cars, it is much more likely to cause harm to those involved, especially those who were outside of a vehicle at the time of impact.
While these victims may be unable to prevent a crash from taking place or from erasing the harm once it has been done, they are not without options. A typical accident victim in Chicago has rights guaranteed by the law that may enable them to bring a claim for their injuries, a type of legal action that is different from any traffic tickets that may be issued in a crash. These claims can help a victim obtain payment for their damages like medical bills, surgical costs, rehabilitative care, time missed from work, pain and suffering, and the loss of a normal life.
It can be difficult to know exactly who is legally liable for your injuries and what type of relief may be available because each collision is unique and variable under the law. If you have been hurt or if your loved one was killed, you may find the answers you need by speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, including McHenry County.
Yesterday morning, police in McHenry County confirmed that a 41-year-old man lost his life in a traffic accident that involved two trucks. Officials reported that the man was walking in the area of Route 120 near Kent Road when a box truck approached and collided with the man. Witnesses reported that the pedestrian was able to return to his feet briefly before a semi-truck approached, striking the man for a second time and leading to the victim’s death.
Police are still sorting through the details in an effort to determine what caused the man and the trucks to be in the same place at the same time and whether negligence on the part of anyone involved played a role. The outcome of an investigation will determine whether any citations will be issued.
If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident or if someone you love was hurt, do not let your rights waste away. Call the injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you move beyond your crash.
Our firm is located in downtown Chicago but we have experience representing injury victims all across Illinois and if you have been hurt, we want to represent you as well. We offer those who call us a free case consultation without obligation and we always have a licensed lawyer standing by to take your call, 24 hours a day.
Everything discussed during the case consultation will be kept confidential and if we take your case, we will not charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf. We are here to help you and to fight for the relief you deserve, regardless of the type of crash in which you were injured. Call us today toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us help you move forward after your accident.
Prior Blog Entry:
Motorcycle Crash Turns Fatal in Chicago, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 3, 2015.
Johnsburg man, 41, killed in pedestrian accident, by Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune, published August 4, 2015.