Pedestrian Accidents In Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Aurora and Cicero

Whether you live in Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Aurora and Cicero, it is not uncommon to see numerous pedestrians walking the city streets on a daily basis. Unfortunately, far too many drivers aren’t paying attention when pedestrians are crossing the street or are out walking about. As a result, these individuals are extremely vulnerable to catastrophic, and in some cases, fatal injuries. At the Makarone Law Firm legal firm, our personal injury lawyers specialize in a wide range of cases including pedestrian accidents. With years of experience in representing the plaintiffs and helping them get maximum amount as compensation has ensured complete customer satisfaction.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the following Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, pedestrian accidents are not a rarity:

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  • 14% of all vehicle crash fatalities involved pedestrians
  • 15% of pedestrian fatalities involved individuals who were 70 years of age or older
  • 19% of pedestrian fatalities were attributed to hit-and-run drivers
  • 73% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas
  • 4,743 individuals died in pedestrian accidents in the US
  • 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries
  • Of the 76,000 injuries, 18% or 14,000 involved children under the age of 15

Furthermore, statistics released by the Illinois Department of Transportation show that 4,700+ individuals suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents, nearly 850 of which were fatal. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or perished in a pedestrian accident, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer from the Makarone Law Firm legal firm. We have helped countless number of people over the years and can be of assistance with your claim. Call us today.

What causes Pedestrian Accidents?

Even the most alert motorists tend to focus more on the other vehicles on the road with them than pedestrians. Keep in mind that the term “pedestrian” also includes bicyclists, joggers, people in wheelchairs, skateboarders, and scooters as well as those individuals traveling on foot. In addition to not paying attention, drivers tend to hit pedestrians:
  • when backing out of their driveway or a parking area
  • when backing out of their driveway or a parking area
  • when driving through parking areas and pedestrians are walking in them
  • when turning at intersections
  • when turning into a driveway or parking area

Remember that the duty of care that motorists have when operating their vehicles also applies to pedestrians, not just other vehicles on the road with them. Drivers must also pay close attention to areas where children are likely to be present such as parks, retail shopping areas, school zones, and especially residential neighborhoods. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries when struck by a moving vehicle, call the Makarone Law Firm legal firm and speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer today. We are here to walk you through the whole process and ensure that your rights are protected.