A 17-year-old Oakland park girl was struck by a vehicle around 5 on a Friday morning as she was reportedly walking in the roadway while intoxicated.
Our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers know that in a case like this, the pedestrian would most likely be found at-fault. However, the fact that this teen was intoxicated at all was a primary issue for investigators with the Olympia Fields Police Department.
Reports were that prior to the crash, the teen had been attending a local house party. There, she had been served alcohol provided by the 21-year-old resident. That individual has been arrested on one count of providing liquor to a minor and a second count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
This fact alone may make him liable for her death in a future civil lawsuit, should her family choose to file one.
The driver who reportedly hit the girl stayed on scene afterward. Had he not, he could have faced charges of hit-and-run.
Last year, the City of Chicago released a comprehensive report detailing pedestrian safety concerns, trends and precautionary measures. The analysis looked at all pedestrian-related incidents reported between 2005 and 2009.
Encouragingly, overall pedestrian accidents were down about 20 percent since 2001 and about 9 percent from 2005 to 2009.
But we're still looking at a number that is troubling. In 2009, there were 3,130 pedestrian crashes in Chicago that year, many of those resulting in serious injury and death. That year, more than 500 people were seriously injured and 34 people were killed in pedestrian crashes, researchers reported.
Those individuals with the highest rate of crashes were between the ages of 15 and 18.
In the Central Business District of the city, taxi cabs accounted for nearly 30 percent of pedestrian accidents.
For the most part, these crashes were occurring at high rates between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., with the second-highest time between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Nearly 80 percent of all pedestrian crashes occurred within about 120 feet of an intersection, while about half happened in the intersection itself.
Pedestrian crashes involving children under the age of 14 were most likely to occur on local streets, while nearly 80 percent of pedestrian crashes overall happened on collector and arterial roadways.
Meanwhile, pedestrians who are older are more likely to be struck in a crosswalk than in other age groups.
One of the most dangerous areas for Chicago pedestrians is several miles that stretch between the Loop and Near North Side on the east all the way to Austin on the west. This area had the most number of fatal and serious pedestrian crashes in the city.
Also, a two-mile corridor along 79th Street is where four of the top 20 pedestrian crash intersections in the city are located.
Disturbingly, Chicago has double the number of hit-and-runs in pedestrian crashes than the national average. Here, 40 percent of pedestrian crashes involve a hit-and-run, while it's 20 percent nationwide.
Across the city, more than 50 percent of pedestrian accidents happened at intersections equipped with signals. Another 40 percent happened when the vehicle was turning left and 15 percent happened as the vehicle was turning right.
If you have been injured in a Chicago pedestrian accident, contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1.