Increasing Number Of Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern, due to various reasons.  As seen in the pedestrian accidents that have been discussed on this site (in posts found under the “pedestrian accidents” category) such accidents in Chicago as well as in the greater Chicago area often involve serious accident injuries.  Many such accidents are fatal.  Due to the harm caused by these accidents, lawsuits are often filed to collect accident injury compensation.

Various aspects of pedestrian accidents – including the types of accident injuries that typically occur as well as what you should do if you are hit by a vehicle – are further discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.

Pedestrian accidents in which people are struck while walking in a crosswalk continue to be a traffic safety problem in the Chicago metropolitan area as well as nationally.  On this site, there have been many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents – some fatal – in which pedestrians are hit as they walk in crosswalks.

Another source of concern with regard to fatal pedestrian accidents is the increase in their frequency.  This increase is likely due to many reasons, including increasing traffic and congestion as well as driver inattentiveness.

The February 21 article titled “Surge In Pedestrian Deaths Shows No Sign Of Slowing:  Data.”  The article discusses trends and reasons for the increase in Chicago fatal pedestrian accidents.

Two excerpts:

Fourty-four pedestrians were killed in the city in 2016, up 26 percent from 2014, according to data presented to the mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Nationwide, pedestrian deaths increased approximately 10 percent in 2015, making Chicago’s increase especially troubling, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said.


A “significant number” of fatal pedestrian crashes occur in crosswalks — and end with the driver fleeing the scene, Scheinfeld said.

The article also states that such fatal crashes are concentrated in 14 Chicago neighborhoods, which are listed in the article.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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