How big of a problem are pedestrian accidents?

As long as there are people walking the streets of Chicago, there will be instances of automobiles colliding with pedestrians. And the qualified lawyers at the law offices of Attorney Dan Newlin will be here to help you if you’re dealing with such an unfortunate situation. If you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian traffic accident, you might be wondering exactly who is at fault and whether you have a case. Being involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced pedestrian accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your pedestrian accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

The Chicago Pedestrian Plan and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) reported an 8% decrease in these types of accidents form the years of 2005 to 2009. Because of this, Chicago rates as the 5th lowest pedestrian fatality rate when compared to all of the major cities spanning the United States. Despite this, there are approximately 3,000 of these accidents in our city annually. Though pedestrian accidents have reduced in recent years, they are still prominent on highways and roads all throughout the city of Chicago. And whether these accidents cause injuries or fatalities, both are terrible and can often be prevented with proper precautions.

Since the city of Chicago first provided fatality accident information in 1995, when there were about 90, there has been a 60% decrease. And Chicago has also seen a significant decrease in pedestrian fatalities, having gone from around 650 in 2005 to around 500 in 2009. But that does not mean this problem is under control. We can still do more to try to prevent further fatalities form occurring. But if do happen to be involved in one, it can be helpful to have a lawyer on your side. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced pedestrian accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

A Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report suggests that the increase in popularity of outdoor exercise may account for more pedestrians walking outside and hence more accidents occurring. Add to this the rise of talking and texting on cell phones, and other similar distractions, there is now further risk of not paying attention and getting in a car accident.

Beyond this, alcohol also contributes to automobiles colliding with pedestrians. The GHSA report states that over 50% of fatal pedestrian crashes that were reported in 2010 involved a drunk pedestrian. If you have questions about your pedestrian accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

This leads to the question of how such horrific, unfortunate events can be minimized. Options include:

  • The government—both state and federal—should prioritize funds that support pedestrian safety and awareness programs. The more pedestrians are aware, the safer they will be.
  • Increase signage and ensure more pedestrian-only areas on roads so that walkers will be able to get around more safely.
  • Do more research on pedestrian accident causes to help identify potential danger zones in a neighborhood and be able to give pedestrians proper warning.
  • Improve pedestrian infrastructure by making walking trails away from highways or installing stoplight switches that a person walking can activate.
  • Making more crosswalks.
  • Draft new laws and strengthen existing ones that require vehicles to come to complete stops when people are walking in the crosswalk.
  • Implement a policy in which plain-clothed law enforcement monitor crosswalks and cite drivers who roll through them without stopping.
  • Educate pedestrians—from adults to children—on potential dangers, precautions and things like making eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you walking.

You might think that you are safe and cars will yield to you as a pedestrian. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. So it is important that we all try to do what it is in our power to keep pedestrian safety top of mind.

In the event that you or someone you know if involved in a pedestrian traffic accident, dial (312) 888-8000 to get in touch with the lawyers at the law offices of Attorney Dan Newlin & Partners today. Your consultation is free and our experienced team can help explain more about pedestrian traffic law and what you might be entitled to if you were in fact hit by a car or truck.