Pedestrian Accident

Personal Injury Lawyers for Pedestrian Accident Victims living in Waukegan, Niles and St. Charles

Most pedestrians who take to the streets in Waukegan, Niles and St. Charles make no assumptions about their safety and well-being when they’re out walking about. Yet while it’s reasonable to expect that you won’t suffer injury when traveling on foot, an average of 2,700 pedestrians visit hospital ER’s every year to be treated for injuries. Unfortunately, some pedestrian accident injuries are fatal. At the Makarone Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers litigate for victims of pedestrian accidents in in Waukegan, Niles and St. Charles.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the CDC’s statistics for 2018, there were more than 130,000 pedestrians treated in hospital ER’s throughout the US because they were struck and injured by a moving vehicle, approximately 6,500 of which proved to be fatal. In that same year, the state of Illinois had 167 pedestrian fatalities according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Furthermore, 77% of the injuries attributed to pedestrian accidents occurred in heavily populated urban areas such as the greater Chicago metro area.

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Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

The Los Angeles Division of Trauma researched over 5,800 pedestrian accidents and studied the correlation between vehicle speed, severity of injuries, and chance of the event being fatal:

  •   Fatality rate is 5% at 20 mph
  •   Fatality rate jumps to 45% at 30 mph
  •   Fatality rate skyrockets to 85% at 40 mph

In cases that the Makarone Injury Lawyer personal injury lawyers have handled, we have seen these types of statistics. Due to the nature of motor vehicle-involved pedestrian accidents, injuries are often severe or catastrophic. These injuries frequently lead to lifelong disabilities and long-term medical care.

For those individuals that are fortunate enough to survive these accidents, the most common injuries are:

  • Arm and leg fractures
  • Internal organ damage
  • Joint injuries
  • Muscle and skin sheared away
  • Paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Most of these injuries are severe and take time to heal, while the spinal and brain injuries, can lead to disabilities which maybe permanent. Additionally, in a study conducted by the Chicago Department of Transportation, the following driver actions or behavior led to a substantial number of pedestrian accidents in the greater Chicago area. Of all the accident cases studied:

  •    Failure to yield accounted for 48% of all pedestrian accidents
  •    Hit-and-run collisions accounted for 33% of all collisions
  •    Vehicles turning were involved in 50% of these accidents

As experienced personal injury lawyers, we regularly litigate pedestrian accident, injury, and fatality cases. We are here to ensure that you don’t have to fight this battle alone. For additional information, contact the Makarone Law Firm and speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Waukegan, Niles and St. Charles today.