Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

Our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You

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Pedestrian accidents, by their very nature, typically involve far more serious injuries than most other types of accidents. Approximately 5,000 people are killed every year in pedestrian accidents, nearly 20% in hit-and-run accidents. Many more survive the accident but are injured. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to pedestrian accidents. The most common injuries involve pedestrians' head, legs, and arms.

Oftentimes, pedestrians sustain very serious injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Coma
  • Fractured bones

If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation including medical expenses, pain and suffering, wage loss, future medical care, and loss of a normal life. You may be able to make a claim under your own automobile insurance policy.

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How can Drake & Collopy, P.C. help me?

In order to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident, you must be able to prove that some person's negligent or reckless driving caused the accident. The defendant's attorney will often argue that the pedestrian's own negligence caused the accident, especially in cases where the pedestrian was not in a designated crosswalk.

If the accident occurred while you were on the job, you may have grounds for a workers' compensation claim as well. Here are some things you should do if you've been injured in a pedestrian accident:

  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Ensure that an incident report is made as soon as possible after the accident, and request a copy.
  • Obtain the name and address of the driver involved in the accident, the name of their insurance company, their policy number, their driver's license number, and plate number.
  • Obtain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident.
  • Take photographs of your visible injuries.
  • Do not speak with the driver, his or her insurance company or investigator, or any witnesses.
  • Keep a log of all of your medical treatment and bills as well as your physical complaints.
  • Attend any traffic court hearings for citations issued to the driver pertaining to liability.

If you or a family member has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, our team at Drake & Collopy, P.C. has the collective legal experience and knowledge to help you.

Call our firm to begin building your case today.