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DuPage County Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Westmont Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Oak Brook, Elmhurst, and Throughout Illinois

In 2013, approximately 15,000 pedestrians were admitted to the emergency room for auto crash-related injuries in the U.S. In addition, more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents.

"Pedestrian accidents," which refers to pedestrians being hit by a motor vehicle, can result in serious medical injuries or even death. Pedestrians involved in a traffic accident may experience costly medical bills and lost wages as a result of their injuries. If a vehicle struck you while you were walking or bicycling, you might be eligible to receive damages from the driver.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we strive to ensure clients receive the compensation they are owed. Contact us for a free initial consultation to see if you are eligible to receive damages from your accident.

Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Injuries in a pedestrian accident can vary in severity. Some of the injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident include:

  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Internal organ damage
  • Skull fracture
  • Death

These injuries can result in an extended hospital stay and mental trauma. If these or other injuries were sustained after being hit by a vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation by the negligent party. In addition, if you have a loved one who died in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party to require them to cover funeral costs. Contact a dedicated and compassionate personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio to discuss your case.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by environmental factors, and they can also be caused by certain actions taken by drivers and pedestrians. Some of the causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Low visibility when driving at night
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Speeding
  • Pedestrians crossing the road while the “do not walk” signal is on

How to Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

Although accidents are sometimes inevitable, there are ways you can increase your own safety and that of those around you. You can stay safe while walking near or across a street by:

  1. Wearing white or light clothing when walking near a street during the evening.
  2. Making sure your bicycle is equipped with reflective sensors if driving at night.
  3. Always walking on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, be sure to walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic.
  4. Staying off your phone. Studies show that the use of cell phones while crossing the street can lead to pedestrian accidents.

Illinois Law Regarding Pedestrian Accidents

While proving negligence and fault in a car accident can be difficult, Illinois law specifies that drivers must practice care to avoid striking pedestrians or bicyclists. Keep in mind, however, that proving negligence in a pedestrian accident could be more complex if you are partially or completely at fault. For example, you may be partially negligent if you crossed a street while the “do not walk” signal is on and a vehicle struck you.

If you are unsure as to whether or not the other party is negligent in a pedestrian accident, contact one of our personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for a free initial consultation.

Contact a DuPage County Personal Injury Attorney

If you were hit by a vehicle while walking on the sidewalk or across a street, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Consult an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio to discuss your legal options. We serve clients in DuPage County, Will County, and the western suburbs. Call us at 630-574-2288 or contact us online.

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