Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
When drivers fail to yield the right of way, they put pedestrians at risk for severe injury. Chicago pedestrian accidents can cause various injuries, including head trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and lacerations, or lead to an innocent pedestrian's death.
Were you injured as a pedestrian? If so, you can hold the negligent driver responsible for your losses. A driver can be found negligent if they are distracted while driving and disregard pedestrian/bicyclist safety.
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At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. We have a proven track record of success in pedestrian accident cases and will fight for your rights.
Contact a pedestrian crash lawyer at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free case evaluation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Did A Driver Hit You or A Loved One in Chicago, Illinois?
If you or a family member has been injured after being struck by a motorist, you might have medical bills that are getting out of control.
You may have missed work and lost wages because of a pedestrian or motor vehicle accident, or you might be experiencing ongoing pain and suffering.
Potential Financial Compensation for Pedestrian Crashes Leading To Injuries and Pedestrian Deaths
Were you among thousands of people injured yearly in the United States in pedestrian crashes? Did you suffer serious injuries through a traumatic car or pedestrian crash? Did you lose a loved one in a fatal accident?
You need the help of experienced Chicago pedestrian injury attorneys to help you get compensation from the party responsible for your injuries.
Hire a Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer to Resolve Your Claim
The pedestrian accident attorneys at our law office are committed to securing the most favorable outcome for people suffering from serious injuries through negligent and distracted driving.
Our experienced Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers have secured seven-figure recoveries for injured pedestrians.
Our law firm regularly represents injured Chicago pedestrians in many practice areas, including those hit by motor vehicles in downtown Chicago and the surrounding Cook County areas, such as Lake County, DuPage County, Kane County, Will County, Tinley Park, and Schaumburg.
No Out-Of-Pocket Charge for Clients
We won't charge a fee until we have settled the case for you to ease your financial burden, as all our Illinois pedestrian injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.
Working with our law office will give you the legal resources you need to go up against auto insurance companies with ample resources of their own. Our personal injury attorneys pay all up-front costs while building your legal case at no out-of-pocket charge.
Resolving Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
Pedestrian injury cases are messy, complicated affairs and require professionals to sort through the facts, identify your claims, develop them, and present them to a jury.
Each injury attorney in our law firm pledges to keep you informed of developments during every stage of your case. Retaining established pedestrian accident lawyers will ensure you have a compassionate representative fighting against the driver's insurance company.
In some cases, the person at fault for causing the pedestrian accident was driving a company car at the time. In these cases, the driver's employer might be responsible for the injured victims' damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
We Have the Experience You Need To Maximize The Value of Your Case
If you had a pedestrian injury in Chicago, you have legal rights to recover damages for the injuries sustained under the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code laws.
Throughout our previous pedestrian accident cases, we have seen a range of injuries, including bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can leave victims with severe, life-altering disabilities affecting hearing, vision, cognition, motor function, and behavior.
Our experienced Chicago pedestrian injury attorneys have seen degloving injuries, where skin and muscle are torn away from the bone, joint injuries, internal injuries, paralysis, and pedestrian fatalities.
We provide a free case review during which a pedestrian accident lawyer will give you a candid evaluation of your case.
The Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC have considerable experience in injury matters, including pedestrian crashes, car accidents, hit-and-run drivers, and collisions with commercial vehicles.
Disturbing Statistics Regarding Pedestrian Safety in Illinois
A review of data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reveals the dangers to which pedestrians on Chicago streets are exposed. In 2018 (the most recent year of pedestrian/car accident scene data released), out of 5,006 reported traffic accidents involving pedestrians, there were 4,711 injuries, with an over 94% injury rate.
When pedestrian accidents happen, there are often life-threatening injuries, with the most common injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal injuries
- Facial and head injuries
- Neck injuries
The traumatic event typically requires the victim to seek medical treatment immediately.
In the confines of the City of Chicago, 2,963 pedestrians were injured, and 64 lost their lives in pedestrian deaths (traffic-related deaths) when they were struck by motor vehicles in documented Chicago pedestrian accidents.
Fatal pedestrian injuries have recently risen significantly, with too many drivers sharing the roadway, disobeying traffic control signals or driving recklessly. Distracted driving by a negligent driver accounts for a high rate of pedestrian deaths yearly.
Full And Fair Compensation Settlements We've Won for Pedestrians
Each Chicago pedestrian accident attorney in our law office is committed to providing the best possible representation for each client.
While the circumstances involved in each case are different, below are some sample recoveries we've realized for people injured while walking and jogging, primarily within the State of Illinois:
- $3,000,000: Insurance settlement paid to a disabled pedestrian struck by a truck in Chicago.
- $667,000: A pedestrian was injured in a company vehicle accident. The defendant settled the case (no lawsuit was filed) to pay for all damages, including pain and suffering.
- $500,000: Uninsured motorist recovery for a man who was hit, fracturing both legs while using a crosswalk.
- $1,250,000: Settlement for a child hit by a neighbor's car in the Northern suburbs of Chicago
Should you have more questions about the value of your claim or personal injury cases on behalf of a loved one, we invite you to speak with an experienced Chicago pedestrian accident attorney in our office for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.
Your Injury Attorney Will Fight for You
While you focus on recovering from your serious injuries, your pedestrian attorney from our law office will give your case the best chance of a favorable outcome. We will see you through the legal process, providing you with expert legal advice along the way:
- Free case evaluation: We will use this time to get to know the details of your pedestrian accident case and advise you on the best way forward to obtain financial recovery for your injuries.
- File a claim: Once our Illinois law office has established a case against the responsible party, we will file a Chicago pedestrian accident claim with their auto insurance company before the statute of limitations expires.
- Settlement negotiation: After making our demand, the insurance company will likely present a settlement offer. Your injury attorney will negotiate this offer to get the best possible outcome for you.
- Personal injury lawsuit: If both sides cannot reach a fair settlement, your pedestrian lawyer will help you file a lawsuit and prepare your case for trial.
Know Your Rights as An Injured Pedestrian
As someone injured by an automobile accident while on foot, various regulations protect you. Understanding these will help you prepare for your case and give you peace of mind that you have support for your Chicago pedestrian accident claim.
Chicago Pedestrian Safety
There are various laws and road mechanisms implemented to create a safer environment to avoid pedestrian accidents along the roadways of Chicago:
- Crosswalks: Designated lines on roadway surfaces show where pedestrians can legally cross the street. Between intersections, pedestrians can only cross where the correct signage is erected.
- Public Tunnels and Bridges For Pedestrian Usage: Pedestrians are restricted from crossing limited-access streets or highways. Only demarcated marked crosswalks and constructed facilities, such as tunnels or bridges designated for pedestrian crossing employing signage or fencing are allowed to be used when a crossing is necessary.
- Railroad Grade Crossings and Bridges: Pedestrians cannot cross around, over, under, or through any gate or barrier that is closed.
- Traffic Signals: Pedestrians, and motorists, must adhere to the same restrictions and allowances under traffic-control signals.
- Pedestrians Yielding Right-of-Way: When crossing roadways at points not marked by a crosswalk, pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to motorists.
Pursuing A Claim, Even If You Were Partly at Fault for the Accident
You could obtain compensation for your severe injury, even if your actions contributed to your pedestrian crash. However, your damages paid out will be reduced because the law in Illinois applies the doctrine of comparative fault to all serious injury and other tort cases.
Comparative fault means that a person's financial recovery is reduced by the degree to which the plaintiff (injured person) contributed to their damages.
Further, the pedestrian who has been injured must be 50% or less at fault for their pedestrian accident to recover anything at all. They cannot recover compensation if they are deemed more than 50% responsible for causing it.For example, if your pedestrian/vehicle accident case is worth $250,000 and you are deemed 25% responsible, you would recover $187,500. However, if you are found to be 51% responsible for the pedestrian/automobile crash, you will recover nothing.
What to Do If a Car Hits You in Chicago, Illinois
Call 911 for emergency care after a pedestrian/car accident, even if you believe you are unhurt or did not suffer serious injury.
You may not be aware of the severity of your pedestrian accident injuries until the adrenaline you are experiencing from the accident begins to wear off in the hours or days following the crash.
Receiving a prompt diagnosis from a doctor at a hospital will protect your health and preserve your future right to obtain adequate financial compensation for the medical treatment of your severe injuries.
- Once the police arrive at the pedestrian/auto accident scene, they will investigate the incident, get information from you and others involved on how the accident occurred, and fill out the police report documenting what happened.
- If friends or companions are available, have them collect contact information from any individuals who witnessed the event.
- Once you are safe and have had medical care, speak with an experienced pedestrian injury lawyer about filing a claim against all insurance companies involved.
FAQs About Chicago Pedestrian Accidents
Our law firm is sensitive to the fact that most pedestrian crashes are traumatic events and impact all aspects of your life.
While we have handled many cases, we never lose sight of the fact that this is likely a new situation for you. Below are some commonly encountered questions related to pedestrian accident injuries.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit For A Pedestrian Accident That Happened In The City Of Chicago?
The statute of limitations for all pedestrian accidents in the city of Chicago falls under Illinois state law that mandates plaintiffs to file a claim or lawsuit within two years from the date of the incident.
However, there are several exceptions to the law. A pedestrian injury attorney can help determine how long you can file your compensation case.
Can I File a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit on Behalf Of My Child If They Were Hit By A Vehicle?
Yes, parents can sue on behalf of their child for severe injuries related to getting struck by a vehicle. To sue for negligence, you must show that the driver hit the child by acting unreasonably or recklessly, causing your child's damages.
If that person shows that your son or daughter was responsible for the car/pedestrian crash, you might lose. However, children under five generally cannot be held liable under the laws of Illinois.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit If My Family Member Was Killed In A Pedestrian Accident?
Yes. After a fatal accident, state law allows the decedent's next of kin to pursue a claim for damages, including medical and burial expenses, lost financial support, and companionship.
The law on fatal injuries in a traffic accident generally applies to immediate family members such as spouses, parents, or children.
Most fatal pedestrian accidents happen Monday through Friday during and after rush hour.
What Compensation Can I Recover for Injuries Related To A Pedestrian Accident In Illinois?
In Illinois, an injured pedestrian can recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages related to their accident.
- Economic damages refer to compensation for your pedestrian injuries, including medical expenses, future medical care, lost income, current medical bills, and loss of future earning capacity
- Non-economic damages refer to disfigurements like scarring, pain, suffering, and emotional distress
You can sometimes collect punitive damages if the defendant's conduct was malicious, wanton, fraudulent, or reckless and indifferent to your safety.
Punitive damages are more commonly pursued in drunk driving and hit-and-run accidents.
What Can I Do If the Driver Who Hit Me Did Not Have Auto Insurance?
Were you injured in a pedestrian/car accident with a driver who did not have auto insurance? If so, you may make an uninsured motorist (UM) claim under your own insurance company policy.
When filing a UM claim, you can recover the same elements of damages as the law would allow you to recover as if you were pursuing a case against the at-fault party to resolve your pedestrian accident case.
Some procedural requirements include uninsured motorist coverage claims involving Illinois pedestrian accidents.
An experienced Chicago pedestrian crash attorney reviewing your auto insurance policy can determine the best action.
Let Our Chicago Pedestrian Accident Attorney Start the Claims Process for You Today
Were you involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago? Our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, have considerable experience in all bodily injury matters and pedestrian crashes, including car accidents, hit-and-run drivers, and collisions with commercial vehicles.
Contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer today at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form for a free consultation as soon as possible.
Start the process toward total compensation for your injury claim before the statute of limitations expires.
Contingency Fee Agreement
We accept all financial recovery cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning no upfront fees are required to initiate your personal injury claim.
All confidential or sensitive information you share with your personal injury attorney remains private through an attorney-client relationship.