Every week we read of truck accidents in the Chicago news. From reports, it seems that there is no one neighborhood that is safe from these dangerous accidents. They seem to occur everywhere, no matter whether it is the city’s north, west, or south sides. As you also know, summer is an incredibly busy and high traffic season, and causes an increase in truck and motor vehicle accidents. This is especially true in our city, which already experiences a high volume of traffic and congestion on our roads and expressways, but especially during the summer holiday. Unfortunately, it is not just the every day passenger vehicles used by members of communities that cause injury to others, but commercial drivers who are tasked with a responsibility of being safe drivers and representatives of the businesses they serve.
According to recent news by CBS, a woman was killed by a FedEx semi-truck on the Chicago Kennedy Expressway. An Illinois State Police Sergeant reported that the woman ran out onto the expressway at Addison Street and was then struck by the truck. It is unclear why she did this, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
While this specific accident was unavoidable and not the fault of the commercial driver, this incident serves as an example of how important it is for both drivers and pedestrians to be vigilant of each other and follow common safety practice, such as yielding or using appropriate marked crosswalks. If drivers and pedestrians alike follow the rules of the road, more motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents could be prevented.
It is important for pedestrians to always use crosswalks and make crossings apparent to drivers. According to the Federal Highway Administration, there is a clear difference on the effects of safety when comparing marked versus unmarked crosswalks. A study showed that on multilane roads with traffic at 12,000 vehicles per day, a marked crosswalk was associated with a higher pedestrian crash rate compared to that of an unmarked crosswalk. That is why the Federal Highway Administration determined that not only are crosswalks necessary, but they often need improvements, such as traffic signals and pedestrian signals. Other additions, like raised medians, could also slow traffic and make the crossing zone safer as well.
Our attorneys want all members of the community to remain safe, especially during this busy summertime season when there is more foot traffic as people are out in the nice summer weather. With increased pedestrians but the streets busy as always, it is imperative that everyone, both drivers and pedestrians, practice safety, abide traffic laws, and be aware of their surroundings. However, if you have ever suffered personal injuries on the account of another’s negligence, you should speak to a lawyer about your options to find out if you may be able to that individual liable for your injuries, medical bills or loss of income . Our attorneys offer free consultations and would be happy to speak with you about your legal concerns.