An 81 year-old woman was walking during the early morning hours when she was struck and killed by a garbage truck in Geneseo, Illinois – according to QCTimes.com. Illinois police reports state that the woman was traveling south on the sidewalk west of Center and Main Streets in Geneseo, when she -attempted to cross Main Street. An oncoming garbage truck made a right turn and struck the pedestrian in her attempt to cross the street. The 81 year-old woman was immediately transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The article states that the Illinois State Police will handle the commercial vehicle aspect of the collision and help Geneseo police reconstruct the accident throughout this extensive investigation.
Our Illinois semi truck accident lawyers know that when any type of vehicle, especially a large commercial vehicle, collides with a pedestrian – there is high potential for serious injury or even death. Recent pedestrian accident statistics for the United States provided by the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show just how severe the results of pedestrian accidents can be:
– Pedestrian Fatalities account for over 11% of motor vehicle fatalities – Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents from 1975-2005 – On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic-related accident every 8 minutes – On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic-related accident every 111 minutes – In 2009, there were a reported 59,000 pedestrian injuries – In 2009, over 4,092 pedestrians were killed in a collision with a motor vehicle
When a pedestrian is struck by a large commercial vehicle, the injuries sustained are often severe and life-threatening. Some of the potential pedestrian bodily injuries sustained are: fractured bones, traumatic brain injury, injury to spinal cord, paraplegia, and even coma.
Every year, our Chicago personal injury lawyers handle a variety of cases involving motor vehicle accidents and pedestrians and have obtained successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Recently, we obtained a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of a 50 year-old woman who was struck by a bus while crossing a Chicago crosswalk. The accident victim suffered multiple injuries including fractures to her pubic, rib, and spinal cord as a result of the accident. The driver of the vehicle ultimately pled guilty for failure to exercise due care and striking a pedestrian.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of a Chicago pedestrian accident, please contact an experienced Chicago truck accident attorney to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.