When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the injuries are often catastrophic if not fatal. If you have lost a loved in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible. Under the Illinois wrongful death and survivor acts, the decedent’s next of kin can recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and medical expenses resulting from the wrongful death of their loved one.
If you think your relative may have died as the result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you can contact Staver Law Group for a free consultation. During this free consultation, we will discuss the circumstances of the accident and determine what avenue of recovery best suits your needs. The experienced Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Staver Law Group have helped countless families obtain the compensation they deserve and we are here to guide you through every step of the process.
Fatal Accidents Involving Pedestrians
On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours in the United States. The vast majority of pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas and a significant portion of these incidents happen between 6 to 9 p.m. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than a passenger vehicle occupant and the risk of a pedestrian fatality increases with the impact speed of the vehicle.
In Illinois, there were 125 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 and 27 of those deaths occurred in Chicago. The Chicago Department of Transportation conducted a study in 2011 which found that the majority of pedestrian crashes were due to drivers not yielding to pedestrians. Early data from The Governor’s Highway Safety Association shows a 24% increase in pedestrian fatalities in Illinois for the first part of 2015.
Drivers owe a duty of care to avoid a collision with pedestrians or cyclists and pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. Under Illinois law, drivers must exercise proper precautions when they encounter a child, confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person on the roadway. Additionally, drivers should yield the right of way to disabled pedestrians or pedestrians using a wheelchair. Pedestrians also owe a duty of care to those using sidewalks and roadways, which means obeying traffic signals and using the same amount of caution a reasonable person would under the circumstances.
Find Out How The Staver Law Group Can Help
At Staver Law Group, we understand how devastating it can be to lose someone close to you. Our compassionate attorneys will explain your legal options and help you navigate the legal process. We are dedicated to putting our clients’ interest first and you can rest assured that we will be there to guide you every step of the way.
The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Staver Law Group have a proven track record of achieving excellent results for our clients and we always fight to obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. In the past, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of families through negotiated settlements and high-profile trial wins. We do not ask our clients to pay us unless we win their case or obtain a beneficial settlement. Contact our Chicago car accident lawyers today at for a free consultation.