Pedestrian Accidents

Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Fighting For Pedestrian Accident Victims in Illinois

The lawyers at Cogan & Power know all too well the devastating consequences of pedestrian accidents. Our exceptional legal experience in pedestrian accident cases has resulted in a number of substantial verdicts and settlements, including a $1.2 million verdict for two teenage brothers who suffered a fractured leg, traumatic brain injury, and emotional distress after they were hit by a car. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys at Cogan & Power, P.C. will advise you of your legal rights and work to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical bills and lost wages

Call Cogan & Power, P.C. today at (312) 477-2500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our pedestrian accident attorneys in Chicago.

Illinois Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Pedestrian accidents are more common than you might think, but for a victim, the trauma is anything but ordinary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, 324 people require medical treatment each day for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident. In Illinois alone, more than 5,200 pedestrians were injured, and more than 100 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicle drivers in 2009, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common in busy urban areas like Chicago, where foot traffic intersects with bustling streets and crowded intersections. Some of the most prevalent causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted Driving: In a time dominated by smartphones and technology, distracted driving poses a significant threat to pedestrians. Drivers who divert their attention to texting, calling, or other distractions often fail to notice pedestrians in crosswalks or crossing streets.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving: Speeding and reckless driving jeopardize the safety of pedestrians by reducing a driver's ability to react in time. Excessive speeds amplify the severity of pedestrian accidents, often resulting in life-altering injuries or fatalities.
  • Failure to Yield: Drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks or intersections contribute to many accidents. This negligence can result in catastrophic consequences for pedestrians lawfully navigating the streets.
  • Poorly Maintained Infrastructure: Negligent maintenance of sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic signals can create hazardous pedestrian conditions. Uneven surfaces, faded crosswalk markings, or malfunctioning traffic signals can lead to accidents that could have been prevented with proper maintenance.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Impaired drivers pose a serious threat to pedestrians. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs seriously impairs a driver's ability to react, increasing the likelihood of accidents involving pedestrians.

What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

Potential damages in a pedestrian accident claim may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for present and future medical costs related to the pedestrian accident, including hospital bills, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages and Future Earnings: Recovering lost wages due to time away from work during recovery and compensation for any future loss of earning capacity resulting from long-term injuries.
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages compensate for the physical and emotional pain endured because of the accident, including the impact on the victim's quality of life.
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy Costs: Compensation for expenses related to physical therapy, rehabilitation, and other necessary treatments to aid in the victim's recovery.
  • Wrongful Death Damages: In the unfortunate circumstance of a pedestrian fatality, surviving family members could be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, loss of financial support, and the emotional toll of losing a loved one.
  • Punitive Damages: In extreme negligence or intentional misconduct cases, punitive damages may be granted to deter the responsible party and others from engaging in similar behavior.

Contact Our Chicago Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Today

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be dealing with painful injuries, facing mounting medical bills, and worrying about future costs. At Cogan & Power, P.C., we strive to make your recovery process easier by providing educated legal advice in a friendly, warm, supportive environment.

Moreover, because we focus on Chicago accident and injury cases, including auto accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents, we are well versed in the legal and factual complexities surrounding your personal injury claims. We will communicate and negotiate with any involved insurance companies in an attempt to reach a favorable settlement. If one is not possible, our Chicago injury litigation attorneys will vigorously advocate on your behalf in a court of law. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.

Contact the Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your accident.

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