As we have discussed before, truck accidents are oftentimes more dangerous than collisions with passenger vehicles due to their large size in height and weight. When such a large vehicle like a tractor-trailer collides with a smaller motor vehicle, the accident is often severe resulting in serious personal injuries or even fatalities. However, there are times when truck accidents can be even more grave, such as when pedestrians are involved. Truck accidents are already extremely dangerous, but when taking away the protective barrier a motor vehicle offers in a collision, pedestrians can suffer life-changing permanent injuries if they survive the crash.
According to a recent report by ABC 27 WKOW, a truck crash occurred near the city of Rockford that took the life of a pedestrian. Around 1:30 in the morning, the truck was traveling southbound on I-39 near Baxter Road in Winnebago County when it struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian died following the accident. According to the report, no charges have been filed, and at this time the Illinois State Police are still investigating the accident.
While it is unclear from this report whether anyone was negligent, pedestrian accidents such as this are still all too frequent. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011 there were 4,432 pedestrian deaths in the United States and 4,280 in 2010. Injuries from these accidents are also high. In 2011 approximately 69,000 pedestrians were injured nationwide. Unfortunately, children are often the victims of pedestrian accidents. Of the 69,000 people injured in 2011, 11,000 of those people were children aged 14 and younger.
Our lawyers understand the gravity of pedestrian accidents. Injuries suffered as the result of pedestrian accidents are often severe and impact vital parts of the body. For instance, common injuries include those to the head and neck, nerve damage, or spinal chord paralysis. Some victims suffer loss of use of a limb or have even entirely lost a limb too. Our lawyers also understand that the goal of pedestrian accident survivors is to get their life back together, and they do not want to, nor should they have to, suffer financially. Victims need to get medical costs covered, as well as lost wages from missed time at work or from their inability to work anymore.
If you or a loved one has suffered in a pedestrian accident, you should seek the help of a legal professional. In the past, our firm has helped victims and their families recover compensation for their injuries, suffering, and financial hardship from pedestrian accidents, including record setting verdicts and settlements. One such case included a $10 million settlement for a young boy who was run over by a City of Chicago Fire Department truck. Our law firm offers free consultations, and our lawyers would be happy to discuss your situation with you and go over your legal options. Call us today, and we may be able to assist you with your potential case.