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Chicago Pedestrian Accident Kills Teen Girl

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.

Report Details Auto Accident Death Rate Trends in the United States

Look at any newspaper and you’re likely to see a headline about a distracted driver accident. With dashboard GPS and connectivity systems in so many new car models, it seems that driver distraction is only getting more prevalent. Certain cities and states, however, are clearly doing something right to help reduce car accident fatal injuries.

According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration recent revision of their latest “Traffic Safety Facts” publication, many regions are showing drastically reduced auto accident fatality rates. In the District of Columbia, which has some of the country’s most dense traffic, collision deaths went down between 2009 and 2010 by a whopping 17%, from 29 to 24 fatalities. In Maryland, traffic crash fatalities dropped 10%, with 493 crash deaths in 2010 compared to 549 the previous year. And in Georgia, there was a 3.7% decrease in fatalities linked to car accidents, truck crashes and motorcycle wrecks overall, down from 357 in 2009 to 315 the following year.

In many states, however, the news was not good. For instance, Alabama’s motor vehicle accident deaths increased 1.7%, to 862 fatalities compared to 848 the year before. Illinois traffic deaths rose by 1.8%, from 911 to 927 deaths during that same time span.

Whether your area is showing a reduction or increase in auto wreck deaths, Chicago personal injury attorneys at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm urge all drivers to drive cautiously, particularly because of new in-dash technologies. It’s also important to remember that every area presents its own unique traffic hazards. In urban areas, rush hour traffic is often where rear-end crashes occur, while winding country roads and long stretches of highway are where auto accident injuries such as head-on brain or spinal cord injuries are more likely.

There are many factors that influence car accident causes. Nationally, the NHTSA report details accident statistics pertaining to everything from age to time of day. For instance, fatalities among motorcyclists 50 and older increased by 119, whereas motorcyclist fatalities for drivers under 50 declined by 84 deaths. Nighttime auto accident fatalities went down, which is a surprise, considering that poor visibility is always a risk on the road; of the 998 fewer total fatalities nationwide in 2010, there were 857 fewer fatalities in nighttime crash rates.

The study is a great resource for anyone considering moving to a new part of the country. It could be helpful in determining which cities or states may have safer roads, especially for families with child passengers and/or teen drivers. No matter where you are, drive safely.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident or you lost a family member due to an auto crash wrongful death, you need a tough, reliable personal injury attorney on your side. Call Chicago personal injury lawyer Mike Slocumb at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation. We can help.

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Chicago pedestrian injury accidents a serious danger

Attention Chicago pedestrians! Serious injury accidents happen all the time in Illinois. In 2010, a total of 114 people were killed and 5,013 were injured in pedestrian accidents in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Most pedestrian accidents (3,114) happened on busy “city streets and roads” in major urban centers like Chicago. That might explain why Chicago is the 38th most dangerous city in America for pedestrians, according to a recent New York Times article. Other American cities high on the list include Atlanta (11th), Birmingham, Alabama (16th), Baltimore (32nd) and Washington, D.C. (34th).

Pedestrian accidents happen fast. Knowing what to do can be difficult. You need an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. Serving clients throughout Illinois, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Alabama, Atlanta and the rest of Georgia, our knowledgeable Chicago personal injury attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping pedestrian injury victims just like you. We understand what you’re going through after an accident. You might not be able to work. Bills pile up fast. And insurance companies can often be uncooperative. They don’t scare us. We’re ready to take on anyone who stands in your way to justice and get the compensation you rightfully deserve. We will carefully examine the details in your case. We regularly review accident reports to determine if the driver who injured you was breaking the law and put you in harm’s way. Put your trust in a Chicago personal injury lawyer who puts people first. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

Pedestrian accidents often happen when you least suspect them. The vast majority (62 percent) of pedestrian injury accidents in Illinois in 2010 happened during daylight hours.

Serious accidents demand serious attention. Don’t leave your future to chance. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, take action now! Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. Your initial consultation is free. You don’t pay unless you win. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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