DGAA bLAWg

Pedestrian Traffic Accidents in Illinois

Web Admin - Thursday, March 13, 2014

illinois pedestrian accident attorneyWhile many traffic accidents can cause the victims serious injuries, accidents involving a car and a pedestrian can be particularly devastating. The pedestrian’s complete lack of protection can leave them especially vulnerable to injury. In fact, of the hundreds of pedestrian-vehicle accidents that happen each year in suburban Cook County, almost 25 percent of them result in fatal or incapacitating injuries, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s crash summary report. Pedestrians should be aware of the common causes and consequences of traffic accidents, as well as the legal ramifications of one, in order to keep themselves safe.

Causes and Consequences of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents

Traffic accidents involving pedestrians have a wide variety of different causes. One of the most common causes is simple carelessness on the part of the driver. Failing to stay alert for pedestrians at crosswalks and in the street can lead to serious accidents. Evening and night driving can also exacerbate these problems because the low light makes people more difficult to see. 

This is especially true for elderly drivers whose increased risk for vision problems already makes them more likely to be involved in car accidents. Violations of traffic laws are also common causes of pedestrian injury, especially driving under the influence and speeding. Accidents resulting from speeding can be particularly problematic because the higher speeds can cause more severe injuries to the unprotected pedestrian.

When these accidents do happen, the injuries that arise can be quite serious. Pedestrians can experience a range of injuries, including:

  • - Broken bones;

  • - Head trauma;

  • - Brain injuries;

  • - Paraplegia;

  • - Quadriplegia;

  • - Amputations;

  • - Disfigurements; and

  • - Injuries to the neck, back, and spinal cord.

The Legal Side of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents

These sorts of accidents can give rise to personal injury claims on the part of the pedestrian if they suffer a serious enough injury. The personal injury case will hinge on the legal concept of “negligence.” This means that the driver, or their insurance, will likely have to compensate the pedestrian for their injuries if the court finds that the driver acted negligently, meaning that they acted without reasonable care for the other people around them. This concept is also important when judging the pedestrian’s actions, because the pedestrian may have been negligent as well.

For instances in which both the pedestrian and the driver were negligent, Illinois judges fault based on “comparative negligence.” The doctrine of comparative negligence means that a person’s ability to recover for their injuries is reduced if they were also acting carelessly. For example, if a pedestrian is 20 percent responsible for their injuries, they would only be able to recover 80 percent of their costs. Furthermore, if a pedestrian is more than 50 percent responsible for their own injuries, they cannot recover at all.

If you have recently been involved in a pedestrian-automobile accident, contact an Illinois personal injury attorney in your area. We represent clients in matters like this in many northwest suburban towns, such as Crystal Lake, Des Plaines, and Arlington Heights.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Pedestrian-Bicycle Collisions in Illinois

Web Admin - Thursday, March 06, 2014

illinois pedestrian bicycle accident attorneyPedestrians walking down the sidewalk or crossing the street know to watch out for cars, but many are unaware of just how dangerous a passing bicycle can be and what to do in the event that they end up in an accident with a bike. Collisions between bikes and pedestrians are surprisingly dangerous and more common than many people expect. While exact numbers are difficult to find, since many bike accidents go unreported, a study from Hunter College estimates that over 1,000 pedestrians are hospitalized each year for injuries resulting from bike collisions in New York State alone.

Part of the reason for this is a lack of understanding on by both cyclists and pedestrians about what rules of the road bikes must obey. This leads to confusion on the part of the pedestrian about what the cyclists will to do in any given situation. The Illinois Secretary of State maintains a good guide regarding how traffic laws apply to bikes, but the rule of thumb is that a bicycle in the street must obey all laws that any other vehicle would, and a bicyclist on the sidewalk must obey the laws and signals used by pedestrians.

Harm from Bicycle Accidents

While bicycles lack the mass and speed of a car, they can still do serious harm to unprotected pedestrians in an accident. Some of the most common severe injuries that result from these sorts of accidents are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Pedestrians can develop these types of injuries if they suffer a hard blow to the head after a bike knocks them down. The most common symptom of a TBI is a concussion, but they can also result in nausea, vomiting, headaches, seizures, and even coma in more serious cases. Bike accidents can also frequently cause broken bones, depending on the speed at which they happen and the way the pedestrian falls.

What to Do after a Bicycle Accident

The steps to take after a bicycle accident are similar to those that follow a car crash: make sure everyone is ok, call for medical attention if necessary, alert the police, and exchange information with the other party. The major difference is that bike accidents are more prone to turning into hit-and-runs. While bicyclists are obliged to stay at the scene of an accident just like drivers, many do not realize that they have that duty, and some who do know choose to flee the scene anyway. The best course of action here is to get as much identifying information about the fleeing cyclist as possible, and then make a report to the police.

If you have been the victim of a pedestrian versus bicycle accident, reach out to an Illinois personal injury attorney today. They can help you seek the full and fair compensation that you deserve. Our firm lends its experience and knowledge to clients across the northwest suburbs, in places such as Inverness, Deer Park, and Crystal Lake.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Recent Posts


Tags

insurance attorney Illinois attorney Arlington Heights injury attorney Illinois elder law attorney Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney slip and fall Jay Andrew Long Grove estate planning attorneys trustee vacation home Chicago employment attorney Illinois traffic attorneys Arlington Heights traffic attorney pregnant women Barrington personal injury lawyer Chicago car accident lawyer traffic tickets license revocation Forcible Entry Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Deer Park traffic accident attorney Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Illinois speeding lawyer Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer insurance dispute Illinois collections attorney rollover accidents health insurance dispute underfunded trust BAC Schaumburg injury lawyer Chicago traffic lawyer South Barrington real estate attorney Palatine probate lawyer Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Barrington business law firm Buffalo Grove probate lawyer operating agreements Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Illinois LLC creation Super Mario digital evidence Landlord Tenant Ordinance Crystal Lake employment lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Thanksgiving Illinois insurance claim attorney overtime violations Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Palatine personal injury lawyer pedestrian-automobile accident personal injury claim Rolling Meadows accident lawyer BAIID Rolling Meadows employment attorney Schaumburg Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer personal injury accidents Inverness DUI lawyer Mt Prospect Attorney estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Policy Cancellation probate fees spinal cord injury Family Medical Leave Act Buffalo Grove employment lawyer wrongful termination Schaumburg construction accident lawyer insurance claim golf accidents Illinois personal injury lawyers liability claims internet DUI Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Illinois estate planning attorney personal injury claims Illinois living will Des Plaines real estate attorney Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois registered agent Palatine law firm construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation sexual harassment traffic offenses boating under the influence ObamaCare Long Grove real estate lawyer automated cars Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer BUI gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys severance agreements Long Grove estate planning Illinois employment lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Crystal Lake accident attorney advance healthcare directive Retaliatory Discharge Chicago will attorney Arlington Heights estate planning attorney defective products Barrington real estate lawyer Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Palatine civil attorney Deer Park DUI lawyer trust payments Palatine insurance lawyer Deer Park criminal attorney creditors Arlington Heights trucking lawyer guardianship attorney traffic violations defense employee discrimination Des Plaines civil attorney Illinois small business Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents probate claims icy parking lots Barrington civil litigation attorney Des Plaines real estate lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorneys holiday statistics Inverness elder law lawyer Deer Park accident attorney Schaumburg Attorney dog bites life insurance claims wills and trusts car accident lawyers Mount Prospect elder law attorney distracted driving accident victims estate attorney Illinois Human Rights Act Illinois traffic laws Illinois personal injury lawyer real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer modern family estate planning dram shop law texting and driving Des Plaines Arlington Heights insurance attorney POA Illinois workplace discrimination attorney llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association commercial real estate Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Schaumburg personal injury attorney Schaumburg real estate lawyer homestead rights Des Plaines drug lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer underinsured motorist wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace ken apicella sole proprietorship estate planning trusts Chicago corporate attorney Colin H. Gilbert Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Palatine punch death Illinois civil litigation lawyer Palatine employment attorney right to work landlord tenant law Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Chicago employment lawyer Colin Gilbert Kenilworth estate planning attorney Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer living trust pain and suffering Barrington litigation attorney Barrington employment attorney revenge porn Inverness accident lawyer medical research Illinois construction accident attorney Illinois rollover accident lawyers Arlington Heights personal injury attorney drugs compensatory time Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney defective products lawyer medical marijuana personal injury Legal Info Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Schaumburg probate attorney Inverness injury lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers uninsured motorist Palatine civil litigation lawyer Inverness personal injury attorney Des Plaines personal injury attorney car crashes Illinois pet lawyer suspended license brain injury Illinois personal injury attorney Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer DUI attorney personal injury lawyer boating accidents insurance claim denials swimming pools installment contracts Barrington boating accident attorney Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Deer Park traffic lawyer insurance adjusters work unions Arlington Heights lawyer Palatine criminal defense lawyer startup company premises liability low-ball insurance settlement Illinois medical malpractice claim murder defense Crystal Lake car accident lawyer changes to mortgage law traffic laws FMLA Crystal Lake law firm Illinois personal injury Rolling Meadows business lawyer Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Illinois tax attorney traumatic brain injuries underage DUI drug crimes foreclosure Palatine workers compensation lawyer trucking accidents liens Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Transfer on Death Instrument back injuries Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer DUI penalities Palatine construction attorney elder abuse insurance agents Illinois workers compensation lawyer Illinois business law atorneys Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Inverness insurance attorney business litigation personal injury law firm Arlington Heights Attorney Arlington Heights criminal lawyer rent to own real estate contracts Palatine estate planning lawyer caregiver Crystal Lake traffic attorney Palatine traffic accidents filing a medical malpractice claim Fourth of July Crystal Lake tax lawyer Illinois injury lawyer Schaumburg criminal law attorney Inverness corporate attorney Illinois jet ski accident lawyer slip and fall accidents employee rights employee misclassification Palatine Attorney Illinois red light cameras jet ski capital gains tax medical malpractice claims Arlington Heights tax lawyer rest breaks drug crime Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Inverness real estate lawyer car crash injuries Barrington attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyer PTSD Chicago biking tips Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer comp time independent contractor insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, anesthesia errors Barrington drug crime attorney Schaumburg elder law lawyer wrongful death estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, child safety Arlington Heights real estate lawyer unfunded trust Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Palatine injury attorney marijuana crimes attorney Chicago estate planning lawyer tax attorney real estate zoning manufacturing fatal car accidents preventing accidents GM ignition switches Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Illinois defective products attorney estate planning federal regulations for LLCs Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Crystal Lake personal injury attorney IRS hands free device blood alcohol content real estate closing motorcycle accident texting while driving Illinois bicycle safety Inverness probate lawyer Long Grove real estate attorney Buffalo Grove traffic attorney employment attorney life insurance Crystal Lake business law attorneys car accidents Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act rumble strips appealing an insurance claim Employment Discrimination Law fiduciary rule healthcare Illinois criminal defense attorney Arlington Heights TBI attorney Palatine elder law attorney jet ski accidents commercial leases Deer Park employment law attorney Illinois will lawyer estate planning attorney senior citizens Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Barrington personal injury attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act real estate Arlington Heights employment attorney Illinois estate planning minimum wage insurance claim dispute Barrington injury attorney speeding Illinois wills and trusts Buffalo Grove corporate attorney landlord privacy laws license mortgage Inverness estate planning lawyer Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer Des Plaines accident attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Liquor Control Act Des Plaines pet law attorney traffic crimes truck collisions medication errors real estate contract medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers denied insurance claims healthcare claims criminal Palatine corporate attorney Schaumburg car accident attorney Palatine trusts lawyer civil litigation attorney trench injuries eluding a police officer Illinois medical malpractice lawyers hiring employees Illinois Sales Representative Act Exclusions Illinois real estate lawyer reckless homicide ACA Chicago attorney Palatine business attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute products liability estate planning for college students Des Plaines DUI attorney Barrington employment law firm Palatine real estate lawyer drug crimes lawyer pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality digital assets meal breaks Chicago insurance claim attorneys Illinois trusts attorney insurance disputes nursing home negligence breach of contract Affordable Care Act investment property Detainer Actions Palatine drug lawyer Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer wage theft financial advisors trauma after an accident Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney power of attorney owner responsibility Chicago lawyer employees social media after death bike accident construction accidents real estate attorney fiduciary rule delay drunk driving Buffalo Grove injury lawyer condo Crystal Lake injury attorney Crystal Lake will lawyer power of attorney for healthcare home inspection lawyer job lawyers Schaumburg criminal attorney Des Plaines insurance attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. estate tax Illinois corporate lawyer denial of life insurance Schaumburg estate attorney surgical mistakes overtime pay no contest clauses consent to a search Inverness traffic law firm auto accidents whistleblower protections car accident living wills Illinois car accident attorney IRA benefits wills Illinois home inspection Illinois real estate estate planning lawyer Illinois mortgages product liability Deer Park personal injury lawyer blended families Illinois boating accident lawyer Crystal Lake car accident attorney medical malpractice special needs trust driving condo association pet law workers compensation Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Long Grove estate planning attorney clemency privacy license reinstatement small business bad faith insurance claims car crash breathalyzer test living trust vs will TBI Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Illinois employment law attorney Illinois insurance disputes Home Remodeling Repair Act IRELA Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys LLCs insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Joliet general practice lawyers Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer foreclosed rental property hit and run accident Barrington estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Arlington Heights accident attorney Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney personal injury attorney Chicago trucking accident attorney Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer accidental death benefits license suspension liability Inverness real estate attorney Deer Park real estate law firm boating DUI insurance agent negligence life insurance policy Illinois DUI attorney Rolling Meadows first degree murder medical malpractice compensation Barrington estate planning lawyer caretaker rights bicycle dooring accidents Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers in terrorem provision Illinois employment attorneys Schaumburg corporate attorney irrevocable trust Class A misdemeanor Schaumburg personal injury lawyer fault based insurance Des Plaines injury law firm forming a corporation in Illinois loopholes traumatic brain injury Illinois job attorney motorcycle accident lawyer gift taxes Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer insurance dispute attorney rollover car crashes Barrington Traffic Lawyer vacation home fines employment lawyer federal crimes Barrington employment law attorney workplace sexual harassment Illinois employment laws digital information Illinois traffic ticket lawyer new real estate form trusts Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Des Plaines criminal attorney criminal defense Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Illinois employment law firm sexual images living trust benefits murder Deer Park workers compensation lawyer murder charges agent income distribution deducation loss of consortium mass shooting traffic accidents Buffalo Grove law firm Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Barrington criminal lawyer food poisoning residential real estate pizza emoji probate lawyer DMV Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Des Plaines collections attorney Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Crystal Lake employment attorney Schaumburg civil litigation attorney insurance denial appeals Crystal Lake employment law attorney Rolling Meadows traffic attorney employment contract unpaid assessment commercial leasing Illinois trucking safety Kenilworth estate planning lawyer trucking accident lawyers Illinois insurance claims lawyers employment law insurance claim denial School Visitation Rights Act Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Illinois workers compensation attorney natural gas Illinois medical malpractice case Illinois traffic accident lawyer Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney institutional trustee problem employees Schaumburg estate planning attorney South Barrington real estate lawyer Illinois insurance attorney Illinois Illinois traffic attorney Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney college kids Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer traffic violations insurance negligence dynasty trusts estate plan DGAA workers comp Palatine employment lawyer Schaumburg traffic lawyer probate process Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Crystal Lake pet attorney controlled substance pedestrian accident Whistleblower Claims deadly crashes Arlington Heights car crash attorneys crossover accidents Illinois probate lawyer Chicago estate planning probate cell phone tower data cell phone traffic deaths Palatine corporate law attorneys field sobriety test Illinois lawyer Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Illinois employment law probate claims process civil litigation Illinois business lawyer Do Not Resuscitate Rolling Meadows real estate attorney elder law Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers pedestrian accidents FSLA criminal record distracted driving accidents unpaid overtime Illinois driving without license Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Schaumburg employment law attorneys employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, denied insurance claim Schaumburg insurance lawyers Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers workers compensation benefits paid sick leave head on collisions Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument deed transfer preventable medical errors Rolling Meadows Attorney expungement employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney real estate attorneys Des Plaines tax law firm Illinois pedestrian accident attorney taxes car collision Schaumburg employment attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorney IRA trust transfer involuntary manslaughter Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers drunk driving statistics marijuana Attorney Ken Apicella insurance denials civil rights violation Home Sale Contingencies Illinois law Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Illinois workplace lawyer car accident lawyer Illinois Smoke Detector Act natural gas explosion insurance claim delay Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Chicago insurance law firm Illinois insurance lawyer drug possession criminal law Barrington criminal defense lawyer DNR dealing with problem employees Illinois estate planning law firm CAM employment law, Illinois employment laws disability benefits personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys real estate leasing unauthorized overtime Palatine employment law lawyer Illinois employment law attorneys Arlington Heights employment law attorneys insurance claim dispute attorney spinal cord injuries Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Illinois medical malpractice attorney insurance claims corporate law DUI defense life insurance lawyer Self-Directed IRA Accounts Inverness civil lawyer cell phone accidents Palatine traffic lawyer Fair Labor Standards Act attorney fees Rolling Meadows criminal attorney bicycle accidents Barrington workers compensation attorney pet bites

Archive