There was a fatal accident Monday evening (April 9, 2018) in Chicago’s Calumet Heights neighborhood involving a SUV that crashed into a CTA bus shelter. The accident led to the death of one woman as well as five other people being injured.
According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:25 p.m., in the 9400 block of South Stony Island Avenue.
There have been a number of recent accidents in the Chicago area in which people have been fatally struck by vehicles. There was another fatal pedestrian accident Tuesday afternoon (April 3, 2018) in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. This accident happened in a parking lot and led to the death of a woman.
According to Chicago Police, the accident happened as a man lost control of his SUV in a parking lot.
Pedestrian safety continues to be a substantial issue with regard to traffic safety. As seen in many Chicago area pedestrian accidents, these accidents often lead to those who have been hit by a vehicle to be seriously injured. In many cases these injuries have led to the death of the pedestrian.
In the last few days there have been fatal crashes in both Lake County (April 1 pedestrian accident in Beach Park) as well as in Kane County (March 31 pedestrian accident in Aurora.) In both instances the pedestrian died at the accident scene from accident injuries.
As seen in many pedestrian accidents, when a person is hit by a car or other vehicle a broad range of injuries can occur. While these injuries vary in severity, many are serious in nature and often can be life-threatening. As seen in the many Chicago area pedestrian accidents that have been summarized on this site, these accident injuries can lead to either death or various types of permanent impairments. The “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page further discusses the nature and types of injuries, as well as what steps to take if you have been hit by a vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents continue to occur at notably high levels. These accidents often involve the person who has been hit by a vehicle suffering serious injuries. In many cases, treatment of these injuries require hospitalization that may be extensive, as well as a range of other types of medical care. As seen in the Chicago pedestrian accidents that are summarized on this site, many pedestrian accident injuries can be life-threatening in nature, and a significant percentage result in fatal injuries.
One worrisome aspect of pedestrian accidents is those that occur while the person is walking in a crosswalk. On this site, many such instances have been discussed. One post that discusses the issue of how safe is it to walk in a crosswalk is discussed in the December 18, 2017 post titled “Safety Concerns Posed By People Attempting To Walk In Crosswalks.”
Pedestrian accidents remain a substantial traffic safety issue, both in the Chicago area as well as nationally. Various statistics show that pedestrian accidents are at historically high, if not record high, levels. Many of these pedestrian accidents result in the death of the pedestrian.
Motor-vehicle deaths and the national trends is discussed in the February 16, 2018 Wall Street Journal article titled “U.S. Road-Death Rates Remain Near 10-Year High.” The article discusses trends in fatal vehicle accidents, as well as technologies that are utilized to improve driving safety.
Reasons for this high level of fatal accidents are discussed. As well, it is noted that “vulnerable” road users – which include motorcyclists and pedestrians – saw a disproportionate increase in accidents that resulted in fatalities.
There was a fatal pedestrian accident Wednesday (February 14, 2018) in Park Ridge. The woman was hit by a car as she was attempting to walk south across Potter Road near Farrell Avenue.
According to Park Ridge Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. Details on how the accident occurred appear limited at this time; however, Park Ridge Police say the woman was not walking in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.