The Digital Journal reports that new data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that pedestrian fatalities rose 4.2 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year. In addition, the number of pedestrians injured greatly increased from 59,000 to 79,000, which is a startling 19 percent increase. This unfortunate spike in pedestrian-related accidents comes after a 14 percent decline from 2000 to 2009, according to a yearly report issued by the national safety coalition Transportation for America. The article urges transportation experts to research and discover why the number of pedestrian accidents has increased in order to figure out what can be done to prevent this very dangerous type of accident.
Pedestrian accidents are very serious and can occur for a number of reasons, including motorists who drive recklessly and speed. Another contributing factor seen all too frequently is alcohol impairment, on the part of either the driver or pedestrian. Inattention, however, appears to be one of the top causes of pedestrian accidents, showing the need for everyone (whether on foot or in a motor vehicle) to pay attention and focus on road safety. Pedestrians who survive an accident can often sustain very serious damage, such as a brain injury, as they have nothing to protect them from the force of an oncoming vehicle.
To prevent a potentially dangerous IL pedestrian accident, cross the street only when clear and always look to both the left and the right. Also, cross at a corner or at an intersection, and walk (don’t run) into the street when it is safe. Most importantly, walk alertly; look for signs that a car is about to move, and pay attention to what’s going on around you to increase your safety and decrease your chances of being involved in an accident.
Following these simple safety tips can help Illinois residents avoid a dangerous pedestrian accident, but motorists who are not as cautious may endanger the lives of innocent pedestrians. The pedestrian accident attorneys in Chicago with the Bradley Law Firm can help you receive compensation for your injuries if you are involved in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver. For a no-cost consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, please call (312) 252-1488.