There are many reasons why Illinois residents would choose to walk as a form of transportation instead of driving or riding in a car. It is easier and can be significantly cheaper to walk, as well providing significant health benefits. While there are more people choosing this mode of transportation, the number of accidents involving pedestrians is on the rise as well.
A new study from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association revealed that last year was one of the deadliest for pedestrians in recent history. In fact, almost 6,000 people died in pedestrian accidents in 2016, which is up by 11 percent from the year before. It is more important than ever for pedestrians to know how to protect themselves in the event of an accident with a motor vehicle.
Reasons for the trend
Experts evaluating these trends learned there are many factors that can lead to an accident involving both a vehicle and a pedestrian. While cars may be safer than ever before, there is little that can be done to increase the human body’s ability to withstand the impact of a moving car or truck. Some people believe the following factors may play a role in the startling increase in these types of accidents, including:
- There may be fewer places for pedestrians to walk and cross the street safely.
- People tend to drive too fast through areas with high concentrations of pedestrians.
- Driver error, such as the choice to drive while distracted, is a leading cause of pedestrian accidents.
Sadly, there are more pedestrian accidents in low-income areas. Statistically, there are more people walking in these communities, and in many cases, there are fewer sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian zones.
If you suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident that was the result of a negligent driver, you have the right to pursue compensation. Your injuries may be severe, but you do you have to suffer through the aftermath alone.
Building a claim for compensation
After a pedestrian accident, you may be unsure of what to do next, but you have options. You would be prudent to seek a complete evaluation of your case as one of your first steps. With an understanding of your legal options, you can move forward with the most appropriate course of action.
It may seem like a daunting task, but you have the right and the ability to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering after a pedestrian accident.