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Study Says Chicago Is Exceptionally Dangerous for Pedestrians

Those who live or work in Chicago know that the constant movement of people and traffic can be both exhilarating and frustrating. It can also be very dangerous for pedestrians, who are hit and killed by vehicles at breathtakingly high numbers in our city.

The Dangers Facing Chicago Pedestrians

Approximately 3,000 accidents between vehicles and pedestrians occur each year in Chicago.

The vast majority of Chicago pedestrian accidents occurred at intersections, according to a recent National Highway Transportation Safety Administration study commissioned by the Chicago Department of Transportation. The accidents usually happened to people who were crossing with the light; this may be contrary to instinct for some, who would assume that pedestrians would be safest at these times.

Although the chief danger arises from cars that are turning at intersections, pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere in Chicago. Hit-and-run accidents are common, with two per day that cause injuries or death. Rates of accidents involving taxis are very high in the central business district.

Chicago's Plan for Pedestrian Safety

Because failure to yield is the top cause of Chicago pedestrian accidents, police will step up enforcement of the state law requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

Chicago will also improve traffic-safety technology. The city plans to install pedestrian countdown clocks in all of its nearly 3,000 intersections. It will use Leading Pedestrian Interval devices, which allow pedestrians extra time to start walking before the light turns green.

Remedies for People Injured By Negligent Drivers

Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles can suffer serious injuries or death. This means medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

An experienced attorney can assist the injured pedestrian or family members in seeking compensation. A Chicago pedestrian accident attorney will pursue compensation from the driver and the driver's insurance company to pay for the victim's damages.

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