While we all know that pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles and trucks are extremely dangerous, we often think of these accidents occurring in specific locale. Many people might assume that these accidents happen in busy cities with congested roads or off of highways with vehicles traveling at high speeds. While accidents are common in these areas, it is important to remember that pedestrian accidents can and do happen everywhere, even in locations where we least expect and feel safer. By knowing this fact, as pedestrians we can be on alert for dangers wherever we are traveling.
For instance, recent news by the Chicago Tribune has indicated that a skateboarder was fatally struck by a truck in McHenry County. The victim, a 17-year-old, died from multiple injuries to the head, spine, chest, and abdomen. The driver of the pickup truck that hit the teen has been charged with drunk driving. The pickup truck driver suffered no injuries from the accident.
Drunk driving is an especially serious legal and ethical issue because injuries and fatalities that result from these accidents are always preventable. No one has to ever die from a drunk driving accident because no one ever has to drive drunk. It is the reckless choice of a driver to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated. When drivers do this of their own volition they are knowingly putting others at risk of serious injury or death, where instead they could have chosen to carpool, take a cab, spend the night, or not drink at all.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries or death. However, when it comes to drunk driving, these accidents do not need to have happened at all. When pedestrian accidents do occur though, a legal professional can help victims with their rights. Our firm recognizes how serious, whether from drunk driving or not, these accidents are. That is why we zealously fight for victims of vehicular negligence throughout Illinois, such as a recent case in which our attorneys recovered a $10 million settlement for a young boy was run over by a Chicago fire truck.
Since we know how dangerous DUI accidents are, consider how many lives could be saved if drunk driving did not persist. Our firm believes in using the law to not only bring justice to victims and their families but to use lawsuits as legal examples to punish wrongdoers and prevent future accidents from occurring. If you or someone who you love has been in an accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence or recklessness, legal action may be the right choice for you. With over 20 years of experience, our attorneys would be happy to lend their knowledge and discuss your situation and legal options with you. Call us today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your potential case.