In Illinois, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, regardless of where the crosswalk is and whether it is marked. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to watch out for pedestrians, especially when making turns.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, we take traffic safety seriously. Our lawyers have obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for our injured clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car-pedestrian accident, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
Car-pedestrian accidents usually occur because the driver of the car was not paying attention. He or she may have been talking on a cell phone or changing radio stations. When making a turn at an intersection, the driver may have looked for other cars but failed to look for pedestrians entering the crosswalk.
Drivers of motor vehicles have a duty to watch out for pedestrians not only in designated crosswalks, but also outside of crosswalks. Many schools, churches and neighborhoods have signs warning drivers to watch out for children who may dart onto the roadway. Even if you or your loved one was partially at fault for crossing the street outside the crosswalk, the person in the car may also be liable. In Illinois, you can recover damages as long as your fault is not 51 percent or higher.
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after a pedestrian accident so that evidence of liability can be collected and preserved.
There is never a charge to discuss your case with a Chicago pedestrian accident attorney at our firm. Evening and weekend consultations are available. To speak to us, call 312-226-4236.
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