Crosswalks are supposed to provide pedestrians with safe passage if the pedestrian has the right of way. However, as seen in many pedestrian accidents summarized on this site – both in Chicago as well as the suburbs and otherwise throughout Illinois – people have been hit and injured while lawfully attempting to cross in a crosswalk. Often, people who attempt to walk across the street in a crosswalk may “let their guard down” and not necessarily be alert to the possibility that a vehicle may suddenly travel toward them.
As often discussed on this site, many serious pedestrian accidents have occurred while people were walking in crosswalks or otherwise lawfully walking across intersections. While crosswalks and traffic control devices are supposed to provide a method of safe passage for walkers, in many instances accidents nonetheless occur. Unfortunately, many people have been killed in the Chicago area while they were lawfully walking across the street.
There was a fatal Oak Park pedestrian accident Thursday (December 26, 2019) morning. The pedestrian, identified as Karen Daniel, 62, of Oak Park, died at the accident scene after being hit by a pickup truck. The accident occurred near the intersection of Pleasant Street and Scoville Avenue. At the time of the incident, Daniel was walking her dog.
A Steger pedestrian accident occurred Friday, November 22, 2019. This Steger pedestrian accident led to the walker being critically injured. At the time of the accident, the man was walking in a crosswalk.
Pedestrian accidents often result in physical trauma to the person hit by the vehicle. A broad range of injuries can result, varying in severity.
As seen in the Chicago pedestrian accidents discussed on this site, often these pedestrian accidents result in serious accident injuries. These injuries can be life-threatening in nature, and some result in a fatality either immediately (at the accident scene) or at some later time.
Among common pedestrian accident injuries are broken bones, contusions, chest trauma, soft tissue damage, and various types of brain injuries, including concussions.
When someone is hit by a car, a broad range of accident injuries can result. As seen in the Chicago pedestrian accidents discussed on this site, often these pedestrian accidents result in serious accident injuries. Some are life-threatening in nature, which often result in a fatality.
Among common injuries that result when someone is hit by a vehicle is broken bones, bruises, chest trauma and various types of head injuries, including concussions. Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC recently settled a pedestrian accident which resulted in a knee injury. This accident and resulting settlement is further discussed in the August 22 post titled “Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC Attains $775,000 Settlement In Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit.”
Pedestrian accidents in crosswalks continue to occur in the Chicago area. Walking in a crosswalk is supposed to provide safe passage for pedestrians. Many Chicago pedestrian accidents – some summarized on this site under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category – have occurred while a person is legally walking in a crosswalk.
In general, there are many reasons that pedestrian accidents occur. Some involve distraction, either “distracted driving” or “distracted walking.” Other times, when a person is hit by a vehicle it has to do with the driver simply “not seeing” the walker.
Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC recently settled a Chicago pedestrian accident lawsuit on behalf of one of its clients for $775,000.
The case involved an 80-year-old woman, Georgina Melendez, who was hit by a vehicle on March 11, 2017. The accident occurred at 8:00 p.m. at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Leland Avenue.
Crosswalk pedestrian accidents occur in the Chicago area. On this site, many such accidents have been summarized. In most instances someone has been hit while they are walking across the street in the crosswalk. However, in some accidents the person has been riding a bicycle in the crosswalk when they were struck.
While crosswalks are supposed to provide “safe passage” when used properly, often they are not a guarantee of safety. Many fatal Chicago pedestrian accidents have happened while a person is rightfully walking in a crosswalk. Some of those fatal accidents have been summarized in posts found under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category.
There was a fatal Northfield pedestrian accident Saturday (April 13, 2019) evening in Northfield. This fatal Northfield pedestrian accident occurred in the 1700 block of Orchard Lane.
Details on the accident appear somewhat limited at this time. The circumstances of the accident do not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.