Many Chicago area residents walk frequently to their destinations. They may walk to an appointment, the store, to work, or for exercise. Most of the time pedestrians are able to safely share the road with other vehicles, but for Cook County area residents, pedestrian deaths continue to be on the rise.

A summary released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts Cook County in the sixth spot nationwide for pedestrian fatalities. In 2018, 75 pedestrians died because of an accident in Cook County. Cook County leads the state in pedestrian fatalities and also has a significant number nationwide.

A pedestrian accident can happen to anyone at any time. Victims or their family members should speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney will spend the time understanding what happened to their client and who is at fault. They can visit the accident scene and interview witnesses and review police reports to get a clear picture of what happened. They can help their client pursue compensation for their serious injuries or wrongful death. Typical damages paid to an injured person include lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. An attorney understands that their client is going through one of the worst experiences of their life and will work hard to make sure their client’s rights are being protected.

A pedestrian accident is often serious. Pedestrians are not protected by tires and steel and even a small hit can lead to serious injures and even death. An attorney who specializes in personal injury can help their client pursue the compensation they deserve and are entitled to.