Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

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This morning an elderly woman was seriously injured when a Loyola University shuttle busy struck her at the intersection of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Sheridan Road in the North Side neighborhood of Edgewater. The woman was taken to the hospital after the collision and is in critical condition.

A recent study indicates that 80 percent of pedestrian car accidents occur while a person is crossing the street at the crosswalk. These types of accidents often occur because of the carelessness of a negligent driver.

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A new study that was commissioned by the Chicago Department of Transportation indicates that in the city of Chicago, approximately 80 percent of motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians occur while a person is crossing the street at a crosswalk. In most cases, the victim was hit by a turning vehicle. The Chicago Tribune recently reported, that as a result of these new findings, city officials plan to implement more traffic safety technology to protect people crossing the street.

The city’s findings also indicate that the number of hit-and-runs in Chicago has increased over the time period between 2005 and 2009. Given these statistics, it’s important for Chicago pedestrians to remain alert while crossing the street, even when they have the right of way.

The state legislature has also made efforts to address this matter. A change to Illinois state law in 2010 requires drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. The previous law only required motorists to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. A driver can be ticketed up to $500 for violating the law. Proponents of the new law say that the change was necessary to clear up confusion in enforcement. Under the old rule, a driver could come to a rolling stop through a crosswalk where pedestrians were crossing. Now, motorists have to come to a complete stop when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. The change is meant to make the rule easy to understand and easier to enforce than the previous standard. The best outcome would be that future accidents can be prevented.

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A driver headed the wrong way on Michigan Avenue during Friday evening rush hour, struck two pedestrians crossing the street near the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue. Chicago Fire Department Paramedics arrived on the scene, taking the victims to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. Chicago Police cited the driver with several traffic violations, including negligent driving and disobeying a red light.

Typically in personal injury cases, the insurance company of the negligent party will be responsible for paying damages to the injured party. However, when an injury or death occurs, the insurance company may not always be helpful. Insurance company representatives have been known to contact injury victims only a few days after an accident occurs offering a small amount of money and asking the victim to sign documents. An accident victim shouldn’t feel pressured into settling with an insurance company. In these types of situations, you may wish to consider speaking with an experienced accident lawyer to learn what your options are.

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A Schiller Park man was struck and killed by a vehicle on Chicago’s northwest side yesterday. The fatal Chicago pedestrian accident occurred on the 9800 block of Lawrence Avenue. The victim, 41 year old Leonard Daddosio of the 4900 block of Harold Avenue in Schiller Park, IL, was pronounced dead at Resurrection Medical Center around 9:22 p.m. according to a spokesperson from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The incident was not classified as a hit and run accident. The circumstances surrounding the fatal Chicago pedestrian accident are still being investigated.

Pedestrian related accidents claimed 4,092 lives in 2009 according to the NHTSA. This figure amounts to eleven deaths a day. The administration also reported 59,000 pedestrian injuries in 2009. While these figures show an overall decrease since 1995, the numbers are still alarming. Chicago pedestrians should be careful to use crosswalks and intersection signals at all times. Pedestrians should also make sure to pay extra attention to surrounding traffic at particularly busy intersections and during peak traffic times. Also, the NHTSA statistics reveal that 70% of pedestrian fatalities occur at night. Pedestrians should take extra precaution when using Chicago streets at night and also consider wearing bright clothes.

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Two women were reportedly injured last week when they were struck by a vehicle near Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. According to published reports, the injury victims were crossing Dempster St. at Luther Lane around 6:40 p.m. on January 24th when the Chicago car accident occurred. The victims included a 71 year old Glenview, IL, woman and a 43 year old Chicago woman. They were hit by a 2003 Acura making a left turn onto Dempster St. A witness to the multi victim Chicago pedestrian accident reportedly told Park Ridge Police that the Acura plowed into the pedestrians. The witness also reportedly noted that the pedestrians were in a crosswalk when they were struck.

Both of the Chicago car accident victims were taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment. The 71 year old victim allegedly suffered a head injury and was unable to recall specifics regarding the collision. The 43 year old woman told investigators that the women had waited for the crosswalk signal and were reportedly almost through the intersection when they were struck by the vehicle. The driver of the Acura was issued a traffic citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian according to local authorities. The Chicago pedestrian accident remains under investigation by local aurhorities.

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A south side man was killed yesterday morning in a tragic Chicago car accident on the city’s South Side. According to reports, an elderly Chicago resident was headed east on 92nd St. near the intersection of 92nd and Ewing around 7:30 a.m. when he got into a minor vehicle accident. The accident victim was then struck by a third driver while he was exchanging his information with the driver involved in the initial car accident.

The injured Chicago car accident victim was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The deceased was identified as Raymond Veloz, a resident of the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue in Chicago. The driver that struck the Chicago car accident victim was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid striking a pedestrian. Initial reports indicate that sunlight may have played a role in one or both of the Chicago car accidents. The matter is still being investigated by Chicago Police.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Chicago car accident, you should contact an experienced Chicago motor vehicle accident attorney to investigate the accident and protect your rights. To speak with a Chicago area car accident attorney with over twenty nine years of experience advocating on behalf of accident victims, please click here.

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A Chicago area hit and run accident claimed the life of a suburban woman earlier this week in North Aurora, IL. The fatal crash occurred early on Monday October 25, 2010,

near 42 S. Grant St. in the town of North Aurora, IL. According to reports, the driver of a southbound van on Grant St. struck two individuals that were standing near a parked car on the street. The van allegedly clipped the parked car before striking two pedestrians that were standing in front of the parked car. The parked car belonged to one of the Chicago car accident victims. The driver of the van reportedly fled the scene of the accident immediately after striking the two Chicago car accident victims. The at-fault driver turned himself in to the North Aurora Police Department at 5:01 a.m. the next day

The two car accident victims were discovered lying on the pavement near the scene of the crash. Emergency personnel took the injured pedestrians to Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, IL, where one of the victims was pronounced dead. The other Chicago car crash victim was treated for unspecified injuries at the same hospital. The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team and North Aurora Police Department have joined to investigate the fatal Chicago car crash. No charges have been filed against the driver responsible for the crash.

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Two pedestrians were seriously hurt yesterday in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood when they were struck by a pickup truck. The Chicago pedestrian accident occurred at the 500 block of North St. Clair St. at Illinois St. near the Tribune Tower. According to reports, the pedestrians were attempting to cross the street around 7 p.m. when a gray Chevrolet Silverado began to make a left turn onto Illinois St. The male and female pedestrians were each midway through the crosswalk when the Silverado struck them. The driver of the Chevy Silverado stopped at the scene of the accident to assist Chicago police with the car-pedestrian accident investigation.

Police report that both of the Chicago car accident victims were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital immediately following the accident. Chicago Fire Department officials have revealed that both the victims were in serious to critical condition when they were taken to the hospital for treatment. An eyewitness to the accident reports that the female accident victim may have suffered a head injury as she was unable to speak and appeared to be bleeding from the head. The Chicago area car-pedestrian accident is still be investigated by local authorities.

Car-pedestrian accidents can often be devastating for pedestrian accident victims. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty nine years of experience representing victims of Illinois car accidents. If you have any questions or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

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A Winnetka teen was critically injured Friday afternoon after having been struck at the intersection of Green Bay Road and Winnetka Ave. in north suburban Winnetka, IL. The pedestrian-car accident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. According to local police, the injured teen was crossing the street when she was hit by another teen. The injured girl was transported to the intensive care unit at Evanston North Shore Hospital where she was treated for severe brain trauma related to the Chicago car accident. The driver reportedly panicked and then fled the scene following the crash.

Bail for the teenage driver of the vehicle involved in the car crash was set Monday at $500,000 by a Cook County judge. The teen is being charged with failure to report an accident, failure to give information to render aid and failure to exercise due care. The unusually high bond is due to the driver admitting that she had smoked marijuana the day before the accident. The parents of the teenage driver were unable to bond her out and she is being kept at the Cook County jail’s medical center at Cermak Hospital. Both blood and urine tests have been ordered of the teenage driver. She has not yet been charged with driving under the influence.

Teenage drivers are often involved in serious car accidents due to many factors including driver inexperience and a higher rate of DUI car accidents. If you would like to speak with an attorney about a Chicago area car accident, please click here.

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A south side Chicago car-pedestrian collision left three people in critical condition in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood early Saturday morning. The accident reportedly involved a Chicago Fire Department (CFD) sport utility vehicle, an AT & T truck and a pedestrian. According to reports, the Chicago car crash occurred at approximately 8:27 a.m. at the intersection of South Kedzie and West 59th St. The force of the collision sent the Fire Department vehicle over the sidewalk curb where it struck an elderly female pedestrian.

The 71 year -old pedestrian accident victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of her injuries following the accident. The drivers of the Chicago Fire Department vehicle and the AT & T truck reportedly suffered critical injuries as a result of the car accident. Those motorists were taken to Holy Cross Hospital. The Chicago car-pedestrian accident is still under investigation.

Chicago car-pedestrian accidents can have devastating results for both drivers and pedestrians. Accident investigation is especially important in car-pedestrian accidents. If you have been involved in a Chicago area car accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin the investigation process. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience representing accident victims. For a free consultation with an Illinois injury attorney, please click here.