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Pedestrian AccidentsDrivers are often reminded to pay attention while driving to reduce the possibility of traffic accidents. When drivers are distracted, they are more likely to cause accidents resulting in injuries to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Pedestrians are especially more vulnerable when involved in a car accident, and are one and a half times more likely to be killed in a car accident than a passenger. While thousands of pedestrians die each year nationwide, hundreds of thousands more suffer injuries that require serious medical attention as a result of car accidents. The elderly and children, as well as intoxicated and distracted pedestrians, are most likely to be involved in a car accident.

Pedestrians have rights and obligations under Illinois law just as drivers do. Pedestrians crossing a road at a clearly marked crosswalk when the light allows crossing generally have the right of way. Drivers who wish to enter the intersection must stop and wait until all pedestrians have crossed before proceeding. However, pedestrians crossing when the pedestrian lights are red, or running across at the last second can expect cars to be moving and may be injured as a result.

If a pedestrian is involved in a car accident, his behavior can become the focus of the subsequent negotiations with the driver's insurance company. If a pedestrian was on the phone, reading a book, or engaged in any behavior that would have distracted them from crossing the street safely can be used against the pedestrian to reduce the compensation they seek. In Illinois, a person whose actions contributed to causing the accident by more than 50 percent cannot recover damages for any injuries suffered as a result. A pedestrian who is less than 50 percent at fault for the accident may still recover for injuries; however, any amount awarded is reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to them.


crosswalk laws, Illinois bicycle accident attorney, Illinois drivers, Illinois pedestrian accident attorney, Illinois pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys, motor vehicle accident, traffic offensesCars, pedestrians, and bicycles must all share the road and abide by the rules of the road. However, drivers often act as if they have the right of way and disregard any pedestrian or bicyclist. The results can be devastating for the pedestrian or bicyclist, and may include severe and permanent injuries or even death.

Accidents between drivers and pedestrians or bicyclists may occur because the driver is distracted or is disregarding traffic laws. When the driver operates a car negligently or recklessly, he or she can be liable for injuries caused during the accident. Given the potential for life-threatening injuries from a car and pedestrian accident, one would think that drivers would operate cars more carefully. This, however, does not appear to be the case.

Illinois Drivers and Crosswalk Laws

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