To many that call Chicago home, the roads and streets around the city become more difficult to drive every year. With increasing population, increased passenger vehicles, and the ever-present threat of inclement weather, many in Chicago are choosing to use alternative means of transportation as they travel the area. Whether it is a public bus, “L” train, or bicycling, most of these residents will have one thing in common – at some point, they will walk as part of their trip.
Almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point or another in a typical day and therefore threats to pedestrian safety should be important to all. But they are often ignored or downplayed in daily life because some believe that an accident is unlikely to happen to them or that the pedestrians who are hurt may be to blame for their collisions. Instead, many of the pedestrian accidents that happen annually in Chicago are the fault of a negligent or reckless driver who fails to yield the right-of-way or who otherwise fails to recognize the rights of those that walk, and nearly all of these accidents lead to injuries on the part of a pedestrian.
It can seem unfair if you are victimized due to the actions of another and you are the one who is let to suffer, and in fact, it likely is unfair. But this does not mean that you must suffer in silence. Instead, if you were hurt in a Chicago pedestrian crash, the laws of Illinois may enable you to seek financial compensation for your injuries and your losses against an at-fault driver or others who may be liable to you. As the facts surrounding a crash determine what relief may be available, you may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney to learn about your options and your rights if a crash has left you injured.
A Friday morning accident between a vehicle and a middle-aged pedestrian claimed the pedestrian’s life, according to local authorities. Just before 6:30 a.m., the crash happened in the 3600 block of West Addison Street, not far from the Addison station on the city’s Blue Line. Police have not yet confirmed many details surrounding the accident other than the fact that it involved a private vehicle and a 58-year-old woman and that the woman lost her life as a result.
Officials responded to the scene where they began an initial investigation but they have reported that it will be some time before their work is finalized and it may take time before additional details come to light. The results of the investigation may also determine whether any citations will be issued or whether any charges will be brought in this incident that proved fatal this morning.
If you have been involved in a collision while you were a pedestrian or if your loved one was injured or killed in a crash, the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. want you to know that you may be entitled to help and that you may have a right to seek financial compensation for your losses.
We believe that everyone should understand what the laws mean with regard to their collision before they make any decisions so we offer a free case consultation to those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we provide it without any obligation on your part. We believe in fighting for the best possible outcome in every case we handle, and if you have been injured, we want to fight for you as well.
Do not wait. After a crash, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Guilty Plea in DUI Case Leads to 6 Year Prison Sentence, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published January 15, 2015.
Woman dies after being struck by car on Northwest Side, by Alexandra Chachkevitch and Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune, published January 18, 2015.