When an average Chicago resident goes through his or her daily life, that citizen may come into contact with multiple forms of transportation. Some will use personal cars to drive to work while others will take a CTA train or bus to their destination. A growing number of those in Chicago use bicycles to get around the city while others prefer the traditional big city transit: taxi cabs. Regardless, nearly all citizens are a pedestrian at some point in their day, whether walking from a parking spot or a bus station or simply walking their entire trip.
Walking is the most common means of transportation in Chicago but it gets only a small amount of attention. Though almost everyone walks, few focus on pedestrian rights as much as they do the rights of drivers and other motorists. As a result, thousands of pedestrian accidents take place in Chicago annually and most result in injuries to the walkers involved. The injuries most commonly sustained in pedestrian crashes range from bruises and cuts to broken bones and head injuries. In the most severe cases, a pedestrian loses his or her life. While dealing with the fallout from a collision, a victim should not have to worry about whether his or her bills will be paid while missing time from work. To make that a possibility, Illinois enables victims of these crashes to seek relief through the use of a civil claim, and it is a victim’s right to obtain assistance from a personal injury lawyer.
Shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, a pedestrian was hit and killed on the Near West Side of Chicago. Police responded to the scene and have reported that the pedestrian was in the area of the 1100 block of West Roosevelt Road when a vehicle approached and struck the victim, killing him. It is unclear what caused the collision at this time but officials have reported that citations will be issued in this case. The investigation is ongoing as police continue to sort through all relevant facts in this matter.
With a large number of pedestrians in Chicago combined with the large number of vehicles on the streets at any moment, it is possible for a pedestrian and a car to occupy the same area at the same time, causing a collision. But the majority of these accidents are preventable and are due to an error or mistake on the part of one or more individuals involved.
When negligence plays a role in a collision, a victim may be entitled to financial compensation to cover all damages sustained. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have represented numerous pedestrian accident victims over the years and our team is passionate about fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt.
If you have been involved in an accident or if your loved one was injured or killed, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us provide you with a free case consultation. There is no obligation on your part and we will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
When an accident occurs, make sure your rights are protected. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. Representing 2 Victims of Chicago-Bound Megabus Crash, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 16, 2014.
Pedestrian, 57, killed in University Village/Little Italy neighborhood, by Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune, published October 16, 2014.