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Developing a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan: Is It Necessary in Chicago

by Jared Staver in Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury

There is no shortage of pedestrians in Chicago. Whether you’re walking to work or crossing a few blocks to meet your friend for lunch, you are at risk for a pedestrian accident. In an effort to reduce pedestrian accidents, many cities are developing a pedestrian safety action plan. Is this necessary in Chicago? Keep reading to find out.

If you sustain an injury in a pedestrian accident that was not your fault, don’t hesitate to consult our highly skilled Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We may be able to help you collect fair and full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Chicago

Fortunately, there have been less reported pedestrian fatalities in Chicago from January to March this year than the previous four years. As of May 2019, only five pedestrians lost their lives and there were no bike-related deaths. Here’s a brief overview of these five pedestrian accidents:

  • The driver of a van hit a 53-year-old man at Montrose and Central in the Jefferson Park area.
  • An 82-year old man was struck by a car on the 8500 block of South Cottage Grove Ave.
  • A speeding car driver hit a 77-year old woman on the 7600 block of Addison Ave. in Belmont Heights.
  • At 51st and Western in Gage Park, a semi-truck driver who was turning right struck a 14-year-old boy.
  • The driver of a Volkswagen Beetle hit a 50-year-old woman on the 3000 block of North Cicero in Belmont-Craigin and left the scene.

Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

There are a variety of reasons pedestrian accident arise but the most common ones include:

  • Distractions: When drivers and/or walkers are on their phones and not paying attention, pedestrian accidents are likely to occur.
  • Dark clothing: If pedestrians don’t make an effort to make themselves visible at night by wearing brightly colored clothing, drivers may not see them.
  • Alcohol use: Both intoxicated driving and intoxicated walking are serious issues that can cause pedestrian crashes.
  • Left-hand turns: Even if they use crosswalks, pedestrians may get struck by cars turning left as drivers may be focused on navigating the intersection rather than allowing pedestrians to legally cross the street.
  • Failure to use sidewalks: Some pedestrians walk on the roadways rather than sidewalks and put themselves at high risk of getting hit.

What is a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan?

The main purpose of a pedestrian safety action plan to reduce the number of pedestrian-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities that occur. The plan also strives to promote walkability by improving the environment for pedestrians.

Despite the fact that pedestrian fatalities have decreased in Chicago, the city could still benefit from a pedestrian safety action plan. By implementing a plan, there would likely be increased safety and quality of life on Chicago’s streets.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a strong advocate of this plan as it believes it can make a positive difference in the pedestrian safety in various communities. While it’ll take time to identify weaknesses in Chicago’s current pedestrian environment and come up with resolution, it would be well worth it as it has the potential to save lives.

Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident that was the result of another party’s negligence, consult Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We have successfully represented many victims of pedestrian crashes and can ensure your rights are protected. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.