Motor vehicles injure thousands of walking or running Americans every year. The impact of a heavy auto hitting an unprotected human body can cause severe life-altering injuries or death. When a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident injures you, it can force you to take time off work for recovery, pay thousands of dollars in medical bills, and deal with severe, debilitating pain. These accidents are usually the result of driver negligence.
If you’ve suffered an injury as a pedestrian, discuss the case with the attorneys at Clifford Law Offices. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing all types of cases. We have recovered over $4 billion in settlements for our clients. Additionally, we will make sure you receive responsive communication throughout the entire case. We will reply as soon as we can to all calls, emails, and other forms of correspondence.
Under Illinois law, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, your own insurance company, or file a personal injury lawsuit.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Illinois
Negligent drivers, low visibility, impaired and distracted driving, and many other factors contribute to the high number of pedestrian accidents that occur in the United States every year.
According to a 2017 report by the Illinois Department of Transportation:
- In 2015, 5,030 pedestrian accidents occurred in Illinois.
- Of these crashes, 146 were fatal.
- Of these crashes, 4,666 resulted in injuries.
- Of those injuries, 1,096 were A-injuries, severe injuries that hinder a person’s mobility and quality of life.
- Property damage occurred in 218 of these crashes.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions can cause serious damage. Often, these crashes result in severe internal bleeding, broken bones, and crushed organs, which lead to the death of hundreds of pedestrians every year. Common types of pedestrian injuries include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Brain damage
- Amputated or mangled limbs
Usually, the occupants of the motor vehicle suffer little to no injuries after hitting a pedestrian, because seatbelts, airbags, and the car itself protect them. However, the injuries that pedestrians suffer can easily be fatal if they do not receive immediate medical attention.
Seeking Justice for Injured Pedestrians throughout Chicago
Under Illinois state law, you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver in a pedestrian accident case. This is the best option if you have suffered especially severe injuries that require expensive medical treatment and put you out of work. Filing a claim with an insurance company will only give you compensation up to policy limits, which may not be enough to cover the extent of the damages.
With a pedestrian accident lawsuit, you can recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Hospitalization costs
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of future earnings due to disability
- Other costs related to the accident
Illinois operates under a pure comparative negligence standard, meaning that you can recover compensation if you are not completely liable for the accident. Often, the defense attorney of the at-fault driver will attempt to assign blame on you by claiming you were jaywalking, that you ran into traffic, or you committed another act or traffic violation that would put you at fault for the accident. Having a skilled pedestrian accident attorney on your side can help you combat these claims.
However, if the court finds you partially liable, it will reduce your settlement. For example, if the court finds you 20% liable and the final settlement amount is $5,000, you will only receive 80% of the settlement, which is $4,000.
Contact our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Today
Clifford Law Offices will fight for your legal rights and to recover the maximum possible damages after a pedestrian accident, working closely with you from consultation to settlement. Our pedestrian accident lawyers have extensive experience representing all types of injury cases. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options and to schedule a free consultation.