Pedestrian and joggers are among the most vulnerable users of our sidewalks and streets. Pedestrians and joggers are unprotected in any collision with a vehicle and are almost certain to bear the brunt of the impact. Drivers who ignore traffic signals and signs put pedestrians at risk of severe injuries and even death. According to national statistics, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than drivers and passengers in vehicles to be killed in a car crash.
Under Illinois law, all drivers must now not only stop for a pedestrian or runner in a crosswalk, but must come to a complete stop to let them safely cross the street. In addition, Illinois law requires drivers to “exercise due care” to avoid hitting any pedestrians. This law applies whether or not a pedestrian is at an intersection. Many local cities have additional laws that protect the rights of pedestrians and joggers. Frighteningly, the majority of pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are injured while lawfully crossing the street at an intersection with a “walk signal” or in a crosswalk.
The attorneys of Keating Law Offices are committed to protecting the rights of all pedestrians – walkers, joggers, and runners – who have been injured by the negligence of others. Attorney Michael Keating is a member of the Active Transportation Alliance and the Chicago Area Runners Associations. He is an experienced runner who has completed the Chicago Marathon, the New Orleans Marathon, the New York Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon. The former captain of his high school cross-country team at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, he has over 25 years of experience running the streets, sidewalks, trails and paths of Illinois.
Our firm has experience representing pedestrian victims who have suffered the devastating consequences of being hit by a vehicle. If you, or a loved one, have been injured due to a careless or reckless driver, please contact us today. Every case is unique, but there are some types of pedestrian-involved crashes that are most common and the firm has repeatedly successfully resolved for its clients. Contact the attorneys at Keating Law Offices today to discuss your claim; you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.