PLEASE NOTE: In response to Covid-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us remotely via telephone or video conferencing.

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid - Naperville Personal Injury Lawyer
Illinois Personal Injury Law Firm

Free Consultations:

No Fee Unless You Win | Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day

Map & Directions
Email Our Firm
X

30 Second Online Case Analysis

Were You Injured in IL?
Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid - Naperville Personal Injury Lawyer
Illinois Personal Injury Law Firm

Free Consultations: 630-848-9294

No Fee Unless You Win | Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day

1730 PARK STREET SUITE 209 NAPERVILLE, IL 60563

When Winning Matters, Your Lawyer Matters

We’ve Recovered More Than

$

For Our Clients

Attorneys
  1. You Are Here: Home
  2.  » 
  3. Personal Injury
  4.  » The dangers of walking or riding a bike around the city

The dangers of walking or riding a bike around the city

Chicago is a walking city. If you live outside the city and head in daily for work, you know all too well the dangers lurking on city streets. According to new statistics, the hazards to pedestrians in and around the city keep climbing.

What do you need to know when out for a stroll on a city or even rural road in Illinois?

Deaths almost double

In 2017, 47 people died in pedestrian accidents in Chicago, up from 27 deaths in 2013. Chicago is not the only place with a steep increase in fatalities over the same period. Across the country, pedestrian deaths and injuries seem to climb year over year.

Distractions a significant factor

It is too easy these days to get distracted by smartphones. Internet videos showing people falling while attempting to text and walk have gone. However, walking and texting is a major distraction, and when you cross a street, falling or failing to pay attention has horrific consequences.

The transportation department reports that an increase in vehicles and speeding account, in part, for the staggering figure. Distracted driving due to in-car electronics is climbing and one of the primary causes of motor vehicle accidents nationwide.

The city’s plan

In response to the increasing fatalities, city officials developed the Vision Zero plan. The program encourages drivers to sign a pledge that promises, in part:

  • To obey the posted speed limit
  • To watch out for pedestrians and cyclists at all times
  • To follow traffic control devices such as red lights and stop signs
  • To slow down approaching crosswalks and come to a full stop if a pedestrian is present
  • To keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road

The program also calls for infrastructure improvements in areas with a high number of pedestrians. These upgrades include extending bump-outs at intersections to decrease the distance pedestrians cross a street unguarded.

Keeping an eye out, whether you walk, bike or drive is imperative to improving pedestrian safety. Paying attention is an integral part of staying safe while enjoying the city.

Archives

FindLaw Network
Rated By | Super Lawyers
Google Reviews
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Avvo Rating | 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Personal Injury
America's Top 100 Attorneys | Lifetime Achievement | Top 100

More of Our Results

Take Action Now! No Fees Unless You Win!

Click to send your case details: