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Chicago pedestrian accident lawyerIllinois State Police are continuing to investigate a collision that took place recently on I-94. The accident, which occurred near the Bishop Ford Expressway, only involved one vehicle, but it resulted in fatal injuries to a pedestrian. 

Thousands of pedestrians across the country choose to walk to work each day. While walking is an environmentally-conscious, healthy, and therapeutic way to make your commute to work, it does come with a certain level of danger. In 2015, 129,000 Americans were hospitalized due to injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one suffer an injury while commuting to work, it is entirely likely that your injuries were due to the negligence of a driver. 

Pedestrian Injuries Across the United States 

Pedestrian injuries continue to pose a major problem, especially throughout America’s urban centers. In 2015 alone, 5,376 American pedestrians were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions. That means that an American pedestrian is fatally injured every two hours. Due to the size and weight of motor vehicles, pedestrians are highly likely to suffer fatal injuries in a collision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in pedestrian accidents than motor vehicle drivers or passengers. 

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Waukegan pedestrian accident attorneyThroughout the United States, a pedestrian is killed every one and a half hours. In total, 5,987 pedestrians were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions throughout 2016 alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this represented a nine percent increase in total pedestrian fatalities in comparison to 2015.

With an increased number of Chicagoans out to enjoy the summer months, this time of year represents an increased risk of pedestrian accidents. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motor vehicle accident this summer, you should be sure to understand your options for pursuing compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Practicing Pedestrian Safety 

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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, hit-and-run crash, hit-and-run accident, pedestrian fatalities, Lake County automobile accidentEach year, more than 1,000 Americans are fatally injured in hit-and-run accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of hit-and-run incidents is on the rise nationwide. Throughout the three year span from 2009 to 2011, the NHTSA recorded a 13.7 percent increase in fatal hit-and-run accidents.

Recent studies suggest that the uptick in fatal hit-and-run accidents has a disproportionate impact on pedestrians. Roughly 60 percent of all deadly hit-and-run accidents involve pedestrians as victims. Even more concerning is the fact that one-in-five pedestrian fatalities occur as hit-and-run accidents.

How to React to a Hit-and-Run Incident

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b2ap3_thumbnail_child-pedestrian-fatalities-Waukegan.jpgOn April 19, a two-year-old boy was fatally injured while crossing the street in West Englewood. The two-year-old victim was holding his aunt’s hand when a van turned off of 71st Street onto Damen Avenue. The vehicle struck both pedestrians. This latest tragedy serves as a stark reminder that children are some of the most susceptible pedestrian accident victims when hit by vehicles.

In 2016 alone, just under 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives in automobile accidents throughout the country. The alarmingly high number of fatalities marks an 11 percent increase in statistics from 2015. 

The most worrisome aspect of pedestrian injuries is the fact that young children tend to be one of the most impacted demographics. Roughly 15 percent of all pedestrians injured annually are children aged 14 years or younger.

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rights of pedestrians, Waukegan pedestrian accident attorney, pedestrians with disabilities, pedestrian accidents, pedestrian injuriesIn 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, there were over 5,000 motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in Illinois, with 4,666 of these accidents resulting in injuries and 150 accidents resulting in pedestrian fatalities. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable in collisions, and being struck by a car, truck, bus, or other vehicle can result in severe, debilitating injuries.

In order to avoid these types of accidents, both drivers and pedestrians should understand the laws governing pedestrians in Illinois.

Right of Way and Pedestrian Responsibilities

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