Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Hit By A Car in Chicago? We Represent Pedestrians
Pedestrians have the right of way. This isn’t just a simple rule, it’s an absolute necessity. Even at low speeds, a car, truck, or motorcycle can do catastrophic damage to a person. In spite of this, drivers still try to sneak through busy crosswalks and speed through neighborhoods with significant foot traffic.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers can help you pursue justice and compensation. At Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP, we hold negligent drivers responsible for the damage they cause. Our experienced injury lawyers are proud to have established a proven reputation for success. When you need a lawyer willing to fight for your financial recovery in and out of the courtroom, contact us.
Chicago Pedestrian Accident Resources
- Most Dangerous Intersections in Downtown Chicago
- Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
- Steps To Take After A Pedestrian Accident In Chicago
- Free Consultation: Contact Our Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
The Top Ten Worst Intersections in Downtown Chicago for Pedestrians
It should come as no surprise that there are some seriously dangerous intersections for pedestrians in the Chicago area. The advocacy group Active Transportation Alliance Compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in downtown Chicago, and you will likely find many here that do not surprise you:
- Milwaukee Ave/W. North Ave/N. Damen Ave
- Cicero Ave and W. Chicago Ave
- Dearborn St and W. Ontario St
- Martin Luther King Dr and E. 63rd St
- Elston Ave/N. Western Ave/W. Diversey Ave
- Ashland Ave and W. 63rd St
- Cicero Ave and W. Madison St
- Ashland Ave and W. Cortland St
- Halsted St/N. Lincoln Ave/W. Fullerton Ave
- Cottage Grove Ave and E. 79th St
This list is only composed of dangerous intersections within the downtown area, but there are many other intersections around the Chicago area and the suburbs that are dangerous for pedestrians. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 2,855 total pedestrian crashes reported during the latest year of data available within the city. Out of these incidents, there were 2,913 injuries reported and 43 total fatalities.
What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Unfortunately, most drivers on the roadway fail to recognize their responsibilities when they are operating around pedestrians. In general, pedestrians are going to have the right of way in most situations, particularly at intersections and marked crosswalks. Many drivers do not understand when they must yield to a pedestrian, or they choose not to yield, leading to a serious accident.
Aside from failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, some of the most common causes of these incidents include drivers:
- Operating while distracted by their phones or other devices
- Operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Driving their vehicles too fast for conditions
Not every pedestrian accident is necessarily caused by negligent drivers. Sometimes, the municipality responsible for pedestrian crosswalks shares some of the blame. This can occur if pedestrian crosswalks are not properly marked or are poorly maintained. In some cases, traffic signals are not working correctly, which can mislead drivers as well as pedestrians.
What Steps Should I Take After A Pedestrian Accident In Chicago?
Pedestrian accidents often lead to severe and debilitating injuries for victims. Unfortunately, these incidents are not uncommon in and around the Chicago area. If you or somebody you love has sustained a pedestrian accident injury caused by the negligence of another party, there are various steps you can take to help ensure your well-being while also working to maximize the compensation you receive.
Proving negligence after a pedestrian accident in Chicago can be difficult. However, there are various steps you or loved one can take if you are involved in an incident:
- Contact the police immediately. As soon as the crash occurs, make sure somebody calls 911 to ensure that the police and EMS are on the way. Never hesitate to seek medical assistance after a pedestrian crash regardless of how minor the injury may seem.
- Document the scene if you are able to do so. If you are able to safely do so, use a phone or another camera to take pictures of the accident scene. This includes any damage to vehicles, photos of injuries, causes of the crash, and more.
- Get the names and contact information of witnesses. Make sure to get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to the crash. Their testimonies could be valuable when it comes to an insurance settlement or any personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver.
What Are The Benefits of Hiring an Attorney?
Pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle can result in serious injuries or in the worst cases the wrongful death of a loved one. If your family has suffered, then it is important to put a professional on your side who can help you handle the real-world and financial challenges associated with a serious injury.
We take on all pedestrian accident cases, including those involving:
- Wrongful death
- Catastrophic injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Hit-and-run accidents
Chicago pedestrian accident lawyer Steven J. Seidman, has been representing clients in Chicago and across Illinois for almost 40 years. In that time, we are proud to have built a reputation for effective and dependable legal representation. Our firm has earned a number of significant verdicts and settlements for seriously and catastrophically injured clients.
Contact Our Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
Insurance companies have an interest in minimizing their financial liability. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to work with someone whose only job is to maximize your recovery. Call our downtown Chicago office today at (312) 781-1977 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation to review your case.