On Saturday, October 24, 2015, a 7-year-old girl and her 45-year-old father where injured as they crossed the street and two vehicles collided in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood.
The 7-year-old girl was pinned between the two vehicles. She was taken to the hospital where she was stabilized but remains in critical condition. Her father sustained a broken arm and remains in stable condition at the hospital. One of the drivers was cited for failure to yield.
Pedestrian accidents happen frequently leaving traumatic and long lasting effects on the victim and the victim’s family.
According to a report by the CDC, one in every five pedestrian children were killed in traffic accidents. Elderly pedestrians accounted for a large portion of all pedestrian deaths caused by traffic accidents.
2012 CDC Statistics on Pedestrian Deaths and Injuries Related to Traffic Accidents:
- One pedestrian death every 2 hours
- One pedestrian injury every 7 minutes
- Pedestrians 1.5 times more likely to be killed than a vehicle passenger
- 48% involved alcohol
Pedestrians have no protection when struck by a vehicle. A pedestrian is not protected by a steel frame, seat belts or air bags. Because pedestrians have no protection, they are more susceptible to serious and permanent injuries, including death, when involved in a traffic accident.
Tips for Pedestrian Safety:
- Stay alert
- Wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight at night to increase visibility to vehicle drivers
- Cross the street at designated crosswalks and intersections
- Walk on sidewalks
- If sidewalks are not available, walk on the shoulder facing traffic
Attorney Phil Berenz has been handling personal injury cases in Chicago for 15 years. Not only does Phil have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve, he also genuinely cares for you and your loved ones.
Chicago is a bustling city. We want you and your loved ones to stay safe.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Chicago, Take action now for a free consultation or second opinion and call 312-888-6058