Chicago Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Representing Injured Pedestrians Hit by Drivers
Pedestrians who are struck by motorists often suffer life-changing injuries. The legal representation you hire to work on your pedestrian accident case needs to understand what is at stake and know how to fight the fiercest of competitions.
If you live in Chicago and were hit by a driver while walking along or across the street, then you can rely on McHargue & Jones, LLC to elevate your case and pursue every penny of compensation you deserve.
Why you should hire us for your case:
- Nearly 20 years of legal experience
- Millions of dollars recovered for our clients
- Personalized attention
- No fees unless we win your case
Who Is At Fault in a Pedestrian Accident?
Determining fault in a pedestrian accident can be difficult without concrete evidence of what happened. The driver is going to blame the pedestrian and vice versa. Who is correct and who is mistaken? The location of the pedestrian accident and traffic conditions could determine the answer.
Pedestrian accidents happen the most in urban settings, especially along stretches of road like avenues or thoroughfares. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only about one-in-four pedestrian accidents happen at intersections, which is contrary to what most people assume.
At all times, a driver has to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian when it is safe and will prevent an accident. For this reason, drivers are often assumed to be liable for a pedestrian accident. However, there are clear exceptions to this driving rule, and pedestrians can be mostly or partially liable for a collision if their negligence caused it and the driver had little time to react.
Who Is At Fault If a Jaywalker Gets Hit?
Jaywalking is a generic term for crossing an occupied street without using a crosswalk. In Illinois, pedestrians can be cited for jaywalking if it causes a hazard. It can also increase a pedestrian’s liability in an accident if they were jaywalking at the time.
Pedestrians should yield the right-of-way to moving traffic when there is no:
- Walking path
- Pedestrian overpass
If a pedestrian walks suddenly into traffic, then it is likely that they will be found at fault for an accident. But if a pedestrian stands by the side of the road, gauges oncoming traffic, and steps into the road when they believe it to be safe, then the questions of fault and liability will be much more complicated.
Motorists need to pay sharp attention to the road to avoid jaywalkers, especially when they are already in the road. If you cross the road without the right-of-way and a car hits you, but that car should have noticed you and had time to come to a complete stop, then the driver is likely still liable.
How Much Is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
The compensation made available to you as an injured pedestrian will vary depending on the severity of your injuries and their consequences. The worse you are injured, the more medical attention you will need and the more time off work you will require to rest. Both of these factors combine can rapidly increase the overall damages caused by a pedestrian accident.
With the help of our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers, you can demand that the motorist and their insurance company pay for your medical bills and lost wages. You can also demand more abstract damages – called noneconomic or general damages – related to the pain, suffering, and hardship you have endured due to the accident.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
One of the most common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents is broken bones. Pedestrians are often thrown to the ground, which can cause them to suffer broken arms, legs, ribs, and even facial bones. In addition to pain and discomfort, a broken bone can also lead to long-term complications such as infection, joint stiffness, and decreased mobility.
Head injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises on the scalp to more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBIs can be caused by a direct blow to the head or by whiplash from a sudden jolt of the head during an accident. Symptoms of TBIs include confusion, headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and changes in mood or behavior.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when there is damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of sensation or movement below the site of the injury. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include numbness or tingling sensations throughout the body, difficulty breathing or speaking clearly, paralysis below the site of injury, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries involve damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues around joints such as shoulders and knees that result from either blunt force trauma or stretching beyond normal limits during an accident. Common soft tissue injuries seen after pedestrian accidents include sprains and strains as well as contusions (bruises).
Psychological trauma is another type of injury that is frequently experienced following a pedestrian accident due to its emotional impact on victims’ lives. Symptoms may include depression, anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, fear, irritability, anger, insomnia, changes in behavior patterns, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and more.
How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
If you've been involved in a pedestrian accident in Illinois, it's important to act quickly. Under Illinois law, there is a specific period of time, known as the statute of limitations, within which you must file a personal injury claim.
For pedestrian accidents, the statute of limitations is typically two years from the date of the incident. This means that if you fail to file a claim within two years, you may be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries.
While you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn after a pedestrian accident, it's important to remember that you have legal options. Consulting with a pedestrian accident attorney in Chicago can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Don't wait until it's too late - if you've been injured, schedule a consultation with our firm today.
Standing Up for Injured Pedestrians in Chicago
It can be difficult to find your footing and a direction after being hit while walking across or down the street. McHargue & Jones, LLC and our team of pedestrian accident attorneys in Chicago would like to help you make the next move. Our goal is the same as yours: getting as much compensation for your damages as possible.