As a driver, you always need to be aware of your surroundings. As a pedestrian, the same holds true. If you take your eyes off the task at hand for any reason, it increases the risk of an accident.
As a pedestrian, getting hit by a car can be a very traumatic experience. Whether you were seriously injured or only suffered a few cuts and bruises, you are likely to be suffering mentally and emotionally, and you will be at a much higher risk for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is important, therefore, to make sure that you know your rights when it comes to recouping damages for the suffering that you have endured, the wages that you have lost and the medical expenses that you have had to pay.
Like most people, there will be times when you are considered a pedestrian. For example, you may enjoy walking or biking to and from the office. Or maybe you're a pedestrian when walking from the parking lot into your office building.
It doesn't matter if you send your child to the bus stop alone or accompany him or her, nothing changes the fact that safety should always be on your mind.
Within the first three days of October, a 67-year-old man died in a pedestrian accident that occurred in Champaign, Illinois. Reports indicate that the accident happened at around 8 p.m., as the man was crossing the road near Bradley and Willis Avenue.
As a pedestrian, you may worry about being struck by a motor vehicle. This is only natural, especially if you will be walking in close proximity to heavy traffic.
Early Sunday morning on July 30, a woman was standing on the bike lanes near the University of Illinois, close to her parked car. She was fatally struck by a vehicle as it was driving on the bike lanes. It is reported that the 41-year-old woman was in the process of getting out of her own parked car when a moving vehicle hit her at around 1.30 a.m.
In a classic example of "no good deed goes unpunished," an Illinois man is currently nursing his injuries after being struck by a pickup truck. The accident occurred in Alabama while the victim was involved in a cross-country bicycle ride for charity. According to sources, a Ford F-150 struck him as he was on his way to the charity ride's next stop. The driver of the truck did stop after the accident occurred.
Last Friday evening, a 58-year-old woman died after being struck by a vehicle in Illinois. A 54-year-old man, who was also on foot, suffered injuries in the auto-pedestrian accident. A third victim, the 28-year-old female driver of a different automobile also suffered injuries. This two-car auto-pedestrian accident reveals how even when the at-fault driver did not strike the people on foot, it can still result in a dangerous situation, injuries and even death.
More and more Chicago residents are choosing to walk instead of drive. Most people agree that walking is healthier, and in many cases more enjoyable, but there are some hazards associated with walking. As you might guess, these hazards revolve around the motor vehicles pedestrians often encounter.