The Number Of Lake County And Illinois Pedestrian Accidents
There have been many recent Lake County pedestrian accidents, some fatal. As well, many others have happened throughout the broader Chicago area and otherwise throughout Illinois. As seen in Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) crash reports, in the year 2014 there were 94 pedestrian crashes, with 6 fatalities and 92 people injured, in Lake County.
The increase in pedestrian accidents is discussed in the Chicago Tribune article of May 30, 2016, titled “As pedestrian deaths rise, IDOT reiterates importance of paying attention.” Various aspects of the year 2015 pedestrian accident fatalities and trends experienced in Illinois are discussed. Two excerpts from that article:
Last year, 146 crashes resulted in 150 fatalities on roads across the state, up 18 percent from 2014 when there were 127 deaths, according to preliminary numbers from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Of those 150 pedestrians killed, nearly a third of the deaths — or 46 — occurred in Chicago, which also saw a 31 percent hike over 2014.
The Governors Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit made up of state highway safety offices, also indicated that distracted pedestrians and drivers may be partially responsible for an increase in pedestrian deaths between 2009 and 2013 after decades of a steady decline.
Lake County Pedestrian Accidents
As seen on various posts on this site, there have been many reasons for Lake County pedestrian accidents. While walking in the county remains popular, it does include risks when done around – and interacting with – traffic. This is especially so given the highly traveled roadways and popular Lake County paths and trails.
People who have been hit by vehicles in Lake County include those that have occurred on:
- December 8, 2016 near Round Lake
- November 15, 2016 in Lake Villa
- November 8, 2016 in Beach Park [fatal]
- October 8, 2016 in unincorporated Ingleside [fatal]
- July 14, 2016 in Antioch
- May 27, 2016 in Gages Lake
- May 5, 2016 in Volo [fatal]
- January 18, 2016 in Antioch [fatal]
- December 7, 2015 in North Chicago [fatal]
- October 18, 2015 in Beach Park
- October 13, 2015 in Beach Park
- September 22, 2015 in Highland Park
- November 16, 2014 in Mundelein [fatal]
- October 29, 2014 in Waukegan
- April 10, 2014 in Waukegan
- December 5, 2013 in Highland Park
- November 16, 2013 in Highland Park
- October 25, 2013 in Waukegan [fatal]
- August 19, 2013 in Mundelein
- September 4, 2012 in Highland Park [fatal]
- September 1, 2012 in Gurnee
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
There are many reasons that pedestrian accidents lead to injuries. Notably, many of these injuries are critical injuries and can be life-threatening in nature. Perhaps foremost among these reasons is that pedestrians have little if any impact “protection” when they are hit by a vehicle. Therefore, the pedestrian’s body absorbs most – if not all – of the impact, and the body is subject to many powerful and unnatural forces.
If a person is hurt due to being hit by a vehicle, there is a broad array of injuries that can occur. These injuries include damage to the neck and spinal column; bone fractures; serious bruises; broken arms; broken legs; and various types of internal bleeding and other “soft tissue” damage.
The severity of these injuries can vary significantly. Many of these injuries and other harm that has occurred may lead to temporary or permanent physical impairments, which may require one or more surgeries. As well, recovery from these injuries may require a significant amount of physical and occupational rehabilitation.
Among the serious injuries that can result from someone being hit by a vehicle is traumatic brain injuries (TBI.) These types of head injuries have been seen in many Chicago area accidents, including a November 1, 2016 Naperville pedestrian accident. In that accident, in which the person struck died on November 5, a woman who was walking on a parkway suffered life-threatening injuries resulting from being struck by a Jeep.
Another Northern Illinois fatal pedestrian accident happened on Saturday night, November 19, 2016. This fatal accident happened in unincorporated Woodstock, on Illinois Route 47. A man was struck by a pickup truck as he attempted to walk across the road. The accident injuries included blunt force injuries to the head.
Fault In Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Many pedestrian accidents are the fault of motorists. Accidents that happen in crosswalks are particularly notable, as people who walk in crosswalks “with the light” often expect to do so safely. However, in many cases crosswalks and the rights they are supposed to provide to “walkers” are ignored by motorists. Various statistics show that Chicago pedestrian accidents – including those fatal – often happen while people are walking in a crosswalk with the “walk” signal. As discussed in the October 26, 2011 post, titled “City of Chicago Initiative To Highlight Pedestrian Accidents And Pedestrian Safety“:
About 80 percent of vehicle-pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur at intersections and commonly involve people crossing the street with the walk signal, according to a new city study released this summer. The No. 1 cause of the accidents was drivers failing to yield, the analysis found.
A Lake County accident in which pedestrians were struck while in a crosswalk was seen in Antioch on Thursday night, July 14, 2016.
Also of note is when a person is hit by a bicyclist. While these types of accidents don’t necessarily frequently happen, they nonetheless have occurred in the Chicago area. These accidents can lead to serious injuries. One example of such an alleged accident in Chicago was summarized in the December 16, 2014 post titled “Accidents On Chicago’s Lakefront Path.” Another such alleged accident happened near Lake Bluff on the Skokie Valley bike path in August 2016.
Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents
There are many steps that one can take to minimize the risk of being hit by a car while walking. Being aware of “dangerous intersections” for pedestrians in an area can be highly beneficial.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published pedestrian safety tips at its “Everyone is a pedestrian” site. Walking safety tips are also provided for children and older adults.
The CDC document titled “Walk This Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety” offers the following tips:
Whenever you’re walking, keep these tip2 in mind:
- Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
- Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
- It’s safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if one is not available, walk on the shoulder and face traffic.
- Avoid distractions such as electronic devices that take your attention off the road.
Injury Costs And Expenses
There are many types of expenses that can be directly incurred when someone is hit by a car. Typically, medical bills will be high, especially if the person does not have health insurance. Many people who have been hit and injured by a vehicle seek to obtain injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. This compensation can include many different types. The amount of such compensation varies depending upon many different factors, including the types and severity of the injuries. Compensation can include that for:
- Medical costs (past, current and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Other economic damages
A personal injury lawyer can provide an overview as to what types of compensation – as well as what amounts – may be reasonably expected given the specific characteristics of the accident, the injuries, and the overall medical situation that has resulted.
What To Do If You Have Been Injured In A Pedestrian Accident
The above discusses various aspects of accidents involving pedestrians. As discussed, pedestrian accidents often cause accident injuries – and in many cases these injuries are serious in nature, and can be either life-threatening or fatal.
Should you be injured in such a collision, there are steps you should take to protect both your health as well as your legal rights, including your rights to potential injury compensation if the accident was the fault of another person or entity.
From a medical perspective, it is recommended that you get a comprehensive medical exam if you are hit by a car or another vehicle. There are many health and legal reasons for this recommendation. One of the reasons is that some accident injury symptoms are not immediately apparent, what some call “delayed onset.” A thorough medical examination can check for accident injuries that have occurred, but may not yet be apparent. There are many examples of people who have suffered serious accident injuries but aren’t aware of these injuries for a substantial time period. A delay in treatment of these accident injuries can create a dangerous health threat. In some cases such delay in proper health care treatment can become life-threatening. Serious injuries with symptoms that may not immediately manifest include various traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and internal bleeding.
From a legal perspective, it is highly recommended that you speak with an Illinois personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. While many people who have been recently injured in an accident may find this to be inconvenient, there are various steps you should quickly take to protect your legal rights and to help you attain compensation for your accident injuries and other harm that may have occurred. The personal injury lawyer can determine if the filing of a personal injury lawsuit is appropriate. [For those who represent a person that has died due to an accident, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be warranted.]
If you were injured in an accident, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions – including the filing of a lawsuit – may be appropriate. This discussion is provided free of charge and is confidential in nature.
Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases. Through this extensive experience, the Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its court trial performance. As seen in many of its cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase potential accident injury compensation.
Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…clients are not charged legal fees unless and until they get money.