Pedestrian accidents continue to be a major traffic safety concern for many reasons. One reason is that various statistics show such accidents to be increasing; as well, pedestrian accidents are cause for concern due to the extent of injuries – many fatal – that usually accompany such accidents. Various aspects of pedestrian accidents are further discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.
As frequently noted on this site (and also seen in many pedestrian accident summaries) many pedestrian accidents occur while people are lawfully trying to cross the street while in a crosswalk. In order to “highlight” such crosswalks – and otherwise draw more attention to them – cities and states have tried to enact various measures. These measures have included installing “high-visibility” street signs alerting of crosswalks. Another measure has been to install flashing “beacons” at crosswalks.