Date: April 6, 2021

By: Attorney Nicole O’Connor

Tips for Avoiding a Pedestrian
Accident This Spring

Tips for Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident This Spring

Now that spring is finally here, Illinois residents are anxious to get outside and enjoy the warmer temps, fresh air, and sunshine. This may be especially true for those who felt like they were going stir crazy due to the stay-at-home orders this past year in response to COVID-19 restrictions. Walking is one way to get exercise while being outdoors. Depending on their proximity to places, people may also walk to get to their job, go grocery shopping, or visit family or friends who live nearby. Although taking a walk outside can be beneficial both physically and mentally, pedestrian accidents can and do occur on a fairly frequent basis. In some cases, this type of accident can result in serious to life-threatening injuries.   

Catastrophic Injuries While Walking

Pedestrians are susceptible to severe injuries if they are struck by a car, bicycle, or motorcycle since they have no protection. Compared to passengers in a vehicle, there is nothing between them and an automobile speeding toward them. The sheer impact and blunt force trauma can result in catastrophic injuries, both physically and emotionally, such as any of the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Fractured or broken neck, arm, leg, ankle
  • Dislocated shoulder or elbow
  • Internal bleeding/organ damage
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Catastrophic Injuries While Walking

Spring in the Midwest and Illinois, in particular, can bring a lot of rain. Chicago is also known as the windy city, which can contribute to hazardous conditions for walkers. It can also be difficult for drivers to see pedestrians at dusk or nighttime. That is why motorists must take extra precautions no matter where they are traveling since they may not be the only ones on the road. When car drivers, truckers, or motorcyclists engage in reckless behavior behind the wheel, it can cause devastating consequences. Going too fast for the conditions is unsafe for a driver and others on or near the roadway. Studies have shown wet pavement can cause an automobile to slide or increase the time it takes to come to a complete stop. 

A few examples of this form of negligence that increases the likelihood of a pedestrian accident include: 

  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failure to yield or stop
  • Drowsy/fatigued driving
  • Speeding 
  • Distracted driving (eating, applying makeup, texting or talking on a cell phone)

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Attorney

Unfortunately, pedestrians may be at risk of severe and even fatal injuries if they are struck by vehicles. If you or a loved one was hurt while walking, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was caused by a negligent party. An accomplished Woodstock personal injury lawyer from Prime Law Group will carefully review the details of your case and guide you through the legal process of filing a claim. We will work tirelessly to ensure you receive a fair settlement so you can get on with your life. To schedule a confidential consultation, call our office today at 815-338-2040.