15 May 2023
Michael Cerasa | Choosing an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer

Illinois Pedestrian Car Accidents

Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable road users, and they are disproportionately injured and killed in car accidents. In Illinois, there were 4,940 crashes involving pedestrians in 2017, and 148 pedestrian deaths. This means that, on average, a pedestrian is killed in a car accident every 2.5 days in Illinois.

There are a number of factors that contribute to pedestrian car accidents, including:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are distracted by their phones, eating, or talking to passengers are more likely to fail to see pedestrians.
  • Speeding: Drivers who are speeding are less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
  • Drunk driving: Drunk drivers are more likely to make mistakes that lead to car accidents, including hitting pedestrians.
  • Darkness: Pedestrians are more difficult to see at night, which increases the risk of an accident.
  • Poor weather conditions: Rain, snow, and ice can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, and they can also make it more difficult for pedestrians to walk safely.

There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the number of pedestrian car accidents, including:

  • Enforcing traffic laws: Police should strictly enforce laws against distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving.
  • Improving infrastructure: Cities and towns should make it easier for pedestrians to walk safely by installing more crosswalks, sidewalks, and bike lanes.
  • Educating the public: Drivers and pedestrians should be educated about the dangers of car accidents and how to prevent them.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.