Dedicated Illinois Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Going out for a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood may seem like a safe, low-risk activity compared to, say, bicycling or motorcycling (after all, most of us don’t wear helmets or protective gear to go walking), but the truth is that nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in accidents, and more than 75,000 pedestrians are injured. Oftentimes, these injuries are the result of a car or truck hitting the victim, and they can have devastating, life-altering consequences for a plaintiff, necessitating many years of medical care, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.
Insurance companies are motivated to get plaintiffs to settle for as little compensation as possible and even to put the blame on the victim for the accident in order to prevent plaintiffs from recovering at all. At Lee & Fairman, our pedestrian accident attorneys work hard to represent the interests of victims and their families, making sure that liability is not denied by defendants and that plaintiffs are not strong-armed or intimidated into accepting less than what they deserve in compensation for their injuries and suffering.
Common Factors Involved in Pedestrian Accidents
The classic pedestrian accident scenario involves a vehicle colliding with a pedestrian, either on the sidewalk, in the street, or elsewhere, but a number of different factors can play into the accident, which will affect the victim’s chances of recovery and amount of recovery. Common factors involved in pedestrian accidents include:
- Negligent car or truck drivers or motorcyclists who fail to follow traffic signals or signs or otherwise yield to pedestrians
- Vehicles that leave the street and enter on a sidewalk due to driver error or vehicle defect
- Alcohol-impaired vehicle operators who fail to notice pedestrians
- Pedestrians who are alcohol-impaired and fail to notice vehicles
- Pedestrians who jaywalk or otherwise enter street improperly
- Construction equipment or vehicles improperly blocking sidewalks, forcing pedestrians into the street
- Negligently designed sidewalks and crosswalks, putting pedestrians at risk
As you can probably guess, these factors can go both ways, and defendants will try to shift the blame to the pedestrians to avoid compensating them for their injuries.
Obtaining Compensation For Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Illinois
Recovering a settlement or a jury award in a pedestrian accident will require you to prove that a defendant breached a legal duty which caused you injury, and for which you require money damages. Proving that a defendant was negligent and that this caused your injuries can, in many cases, be a very challenging process, as a defendant and its insurer will want to avoid liability, again by minimizing or shifting liability to the pedestrian. Attorney John Fairman and the attorneys at Lee & Fairman have many years of experience in litigating personal injury matters involving pedestrian accidents, and we will work to reconstruct the accident scene, locate eyewitnesses, and put your best case forward in showing liability on the part of the defendants.
Beyond demonstrating the defendant’s fault, proving the full extent of a plaintiff’s damages can be the most crucial aspect of a pedestrian accident case. Because the injuries associated with pedestrian accidents can be so severe, it is important to find an experienced attorney who will fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve, including all future medical costs, pain and suffering, and any and all lost wages and lost income potential you might suffer over your lifetime as the result of your accident. Lee & Fairman has that experience, and we will put it to work for you in making sure all of your needs are met.
Get Help With Your Chicago Pedestrian Accident Claim
At Lee & Fairman, we offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and no fee is charged unless we recover compensation for you. For any type of pedestrian accident claim in Chicago or statewide, contact attorney John Fairman at Lee & Fairman, LLP for a free consultation with knowledgeable and experienced Illinois pedestrian accident attorneys.