As a pedestrian in Illinois, you are always at risk of being involved in an accident due to the negligence, distraction or impairment of other motorists on the road. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to heighten your safety as a pedestrian and reduce your risk of being involved in a serious auto-pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian deaths rose across the nation, and Illinois was no exception. In fact, according to NPR, pedestrian fatalities spiked 11 percent in the past year, which is the largest year-over-year increase ever. Traffic fatalities rose in the past year as well, a 6 percent jump, which means that while more crashes have become deadly, pedestrian deaths have grown faster than expected.
Though the notion that the pedestrian always has the right of way is a good rule of thumb for drivers, this does not mean that you can be negligent while walking. As an Illinois pedestrian, you also play a role in traffic safety. Here are a few guidelines to stay safe when you are afoot.
A man is in the hospital suffering from major injuries — possibly a severed leg — after a horrific hit-and-run accident in Illinois in late January. The 46-year-old was crossing a street when a black Camaro, traveling at a high rate of speed, barrelled through him and just kept going. Despite having no help from the driver, the injured man was fitted with a tourniquet and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Reports say he's in stable condition.
If you or a loved one was the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident, you might be familiar with the pain and grief that goes along with it. If serious injury or death occurred as a result, it is natural to want to figure out the person responsible. Often, it is the driver's fault. But, sometimes, other parties can affect the incident as well. Below are some things to consider when trying to determine who to hold accountable.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be even more difficult when they die because of a senseless act. It can be nearly impossible to come to grips with it emotionally, and the victims are left to handle the burden of medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages by themselves.