Chicago streets are congested and dangerous, but this danger does not just affect drivers. Pedestrians are equally at risk. Take a recent accident where a pedestrian was killed by a semi-truck.
The accident occurred on the 3400 block of North Avenue. Before 8:00 p.m., the police claim that the truck driver was stopped at an eastbound red light. When the light changed, the driver ran over the pedestrian, but the driver had to be flagged down by bystanders because the driver did not notice.
The pedestrian died at the scene, but the trucker was taken to a local hospital for observation. H was also cited for Failure to Yield, and the police department’s Major Accidents unit is still investigating.
Unfortunately, these deaths are becoming more common. In 2020 alone, there have been nearly 20 pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on Chicago streets. But, this does not mean that pedestrian accident victims have no recourse.
If a pedestrian is hurt by a negligent driver, they can sue the driver. Even if that pedestrian is killed, their surviving family members can sue the negligent driver in a personal injury lawsuit.
Personal injury lawsuits hold negligent parties accountable. The victims of their negligence can recoup for all damages suffered, including pain and suffering. While a lawsuit will not take away a person’s pain and suffering or bring back a lost loved one, it can help bring justice and bring back a sense of normalcy to the victim and their family. When an accident occurs, contact an attorney immediately. Time is not on victim’s side.