Pedestrians of all ages are at risk of being hit and injured by a motor vehicle. Historically, male pedestrians are more likely to be injured than female pedestrians - and teen and young adult pedestrians are more likely to require medical treatment for crash related injuries than any other age group.
On December 15, 2015, at approximately 9:27 a.m., a 20 year-old Aurora man was critically injured when he was struck by another vehicle in Sugar Grove. Police say the crash occurred on westbound Galena Boulevard at Route 56 when the Aurora man's Toyota Yaris became disabled, requiring him to get out of his vehicle to push it. At that time, an 18 year-old Aurora man also traveling westbound on Galena Boulevard struck the Yaris and its driver.
A Bensenville woman was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the sidewalk on the 1000 block of West Irving Park Road in Bensenville, Illinois on October 23, 2015. Police say the driver of the truck was exiting the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot when the driver struck the woman. The truck then continued eastbound on Irving Park Road without stopping.
On March 20, 2015, Joliet resident Mark Cipolla was struck and killed while standing on the northwest corner of the intersection of Hickory Street and Western Avenue in Joliet by two drivers who were both driving under the influence.
If you are an injured pedestrian who was hit by a car, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. Your attorney will help you make sure your medical bills get paid and that you get compensated fairly for your injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,092 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in 2009. Just one year before that, 52 pedestrians died and 3,225 pedestrians were injured in the Chicago area alone.
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.