An 87-year old pedestrian was severely injured in Chicago on Friday morning when a drunken truck driver struck him while he was attempting to cross the street. A report by Chicagotribune.com states that the pedestrian was crossing the street at approximately 7:05am in the 400 block of North Broadway. The driver, a 26 year old of Rogers Park, reportedly drove through a red light and hit the pedestrian in the process.
The victim of the accident was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition and remains there today, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. Officers were able to arrest the driver soon after the accident. He was recently charged with felony DUI resulting in serious injury, and cited with striking a pedestrian, running a red light, and driving without insurance or a driver’s license. Police say he was expected to appear in Cook County Bond Court on Sunday.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes in the United States. In relation to the above report, while the average pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to get killed in a motor vehicle accident than the driver or occupants of the vehicle, statistics further show that elderly people account for 18 percent of all pedestrian accident fatalities (Illinois Department of Transportation). Reasons for this include the fact that elderly pedestrians oftentimes have more frail body structures and move at generally slower paces across roadways.
To prevent an accident from taking place, it is important for all pedestrians to always keep an eye out for motor vehicles, in addition to wearing bright clothing and always walking in available paths, sidewalks, and crosswalks in order for motorists to see them in return. It is also important to make sure that streets and intersections are crossed at appropriate times and there is plenty of time available to do so.
As for drivers, yielding to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks is required in most situations. Driving responsibly and attentively and following the general rules of the road is always expected. The number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities each year is at a fairly high level in Illinois and throughout the country; unfortunately, drivers similar the one in the above report increase this level through their negligent actions, including traveling through red lights, drinking while driving, etc.
Our law firm wants to encourage all pedestrians and motorists to avoid the risk of injuries or death in an accident by taking the necessary safety measures when on the road. In the case that a pedestrian, or any individual, is injured or killed as the result of a negligent motorist, legal recourse may be available to them or their families. It is advised that all victims seek quality representation after an accident. Our Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are experienced in helping victims compensate for injury or medical expenses due to the negligence or recklessness of a driver. Please contact us for more information.