Were You Seriously Injured In A Car Accident?
Pedestrians deserve the same level of safety as anyone else, but they lack the same level of physical protection drivers enjoy inside their vehicles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 129,000 pedestrians required emergency care after being involved in a car accident in 2015 alone, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that another 5,376 were killed in vehicle crashes that same year (PDF).
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Power Rogers & Smith have provided countless injured victims with the dedicated and experienced legal representation they deserved to secure the compensation they required to cover any bills or damages incurred in their accident. Contact us today to learn what we can do to assist you in your time of need and begin planning your next steps.
Illinois Laws Protecting Pedestrians
625 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/11-1002 makes clear that pedestrians have the right of way when using a crosswalk. In particular, Illinois law directs that:
- If there is no traffic control signal at the crosswalk or if it isn’t working, any oncoming vehicle must come to a complete stop and allow the pedestrian to cross the street when they are on the same half of the road, or when the pedestrian is close enough to the driver’s half to be in danger if the driver continues to move.
- Pedestrians can only enter a crosswalk when their movement will place them in the path of a moving vehicle close enough to be an immediate hazard.
- Oncoming vehicles cannot overtake and pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to allow a pedestrian to cross.
- Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when there is a flashing red signal or stop sign in place at a marked crosswalk or intersection.
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Hire Experienced Representation You Can Trust
If you were seriously injured while crossing the street, it’s in your best interest to seek legal advice to help determine your best course of action. At Power Rogers & Smith, our Chicago personal injury attorneys have dedicated their careers to providing injured victims with the experienced legal representation they require in their time of need. Through our efforts, we have secured more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients and remain committed to providing the legal assistance we have become known for to every new client we take on. Call us at (312) 313-0202 to discuss your situation over the phone, or start out with a free case evaluation today.