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Pedestrian Safety In Chicago – Report Findings

Recently, the City of Chicago released a report titled “City of Chicago: 2011 Pedestrian Crash Analysis.” (pdf)

The report was created by T.Y. Lin International under the direction of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). The report incorporated data from 2005-2009.

There are several findings of this report that are notable and can be helpful to pedestrians’ safety, especially with regard to safety within crosswalks.

Among these notable findings:

  • “Total Pedestrian Crashes” numbered 3130 in 2009
  • There were 34 pedestrian fatalities in 2009
  • The age group of 15-18 had the highest crash rate per population
  • Taxi involvement in pedestrian crashes in the Central Business District (CBD) was 28%
  • Taxi involvement in pedestrian crashes outside the CBD was 2%
  • Thursdays had the most crashes
  • The “high crash time period” was from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • 80% of fatal and serious crashes were within 125 feet of the midpoint of the intersection
  • Hit and run crashes accounted for 33% of overall pedestrian crashes in Chicago
  • “The most common pedestrian action at the time of the crash was “‘crossing with the signal'”
  • In the 2005-2009 period there were 17,487 total pedestrian crashes

Within the report, it is shown that by numerous measures pedestrian safety has improved over the years. As well, “Chicago has the lowest pedestrian fatality rate of large, densely populated cities.”

However, as the statistics indicate, there is significant risk to pedestrians, even while they are within crosswalks. Special care should be exercised as motorists may be impaired and/or distracted while driving.


Should you or someone you love be involved in a pedestrian accident, be sure to get prompt legal consultation by a fully qualified attorney.

The lawyers at Elman Law Group have decades of experience in obtaining compensation for injured clients. Should you have questions concerning pedestrian or other accidents, please contact the Elman Law Group directly at 773-392-8182 at any time.