Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern in the Chicago area, as well as nationally. Such pedestrian accidents are increasing. There have been various stated reasons for this increase. One reason cited is the increase in distracted driving, as well as “distracted” walkers.
Further adding to concerns for pedestrian safety is that many pedestrian accident happen while people are walking in areas that are supposed to be “safe.” As discussed often on this site – both on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page as well as discussed in many individual posts discussing pedestrian accidents – many people who are hit by vehicles are walking in crosswalks at the time of the accident. As well, there are many other accidents – some fatal – which happen as a pedestrian is walking on a sidewalk when they are hit by a vehicle that has left the roadway.