CHICAGO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
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In 2018, pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reached a 28-year high with more than 6,200 people losing their lives, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 16 percent of all traffic deaths in 2018, and the Centers for Disease Control estimate tens of thousands of additional pedestrians are treated for non-fatal injuries each year.
As more Americans drive heavy SUVs, crossover utility vehicles and trucks, it is increasingly likely pedestrians will suffer severe and possibly fatal injuries in crashes. At-fault drivers often ignore crosswalks or traffic lights, fail to yield at an intersection, drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are distracted by talking or texting on a phone. Before entering into negotiations with a driver’s insurance company, pedestrian victims and their families should contact a personal injury attorney.
In 2019, Cavanagh Law Group obtained a $2.4 million settlement for an 81-year-old woman who suffered serious head trauma after being struck by a car in a grocery store parking lot in Pennsylvania. The firm retained the nation’s best accident reconstruction expert and commissioned a computer simulation of the crash.
About Cavanagh Law Group
Cavanagh Law Group has obtained more than $650 million in verdicts and settlements in Illinois and across the United States. Our veteran trial attorneys are aggressive advocates who practice every facet of personal injury law and take on cases of all sizes. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win. At Cavanagh Law Group, we pride ourselves on attentive customer service and being there for families in their times of need. Our well respected, award-winning attorneys are available 24/7 for your questions and concerns. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 312-425-1900.
Frequently Asked Questions
Call the police immediately and file a police report. Even if the damage was minor, it is essential to document what happened with a law enforcement agency. Take photos at the scene.
Never admit fault. Your testimony could be used against you at a later date. While you are required to speak to police, there is no obligation to talk to another person’s attorney or insurance company. Avoid providing written or oral statements.
Report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible — but don’t admit fault. Many insurance companies have rules requiring policyholders to report crashes within a certain timeframe. Check your policy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines.
Visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, it is imperative that a medical professional documents your injuries.
Hire an attorney. Cavanagh Law Group’s team of veteran trial attorneys will help you obtain maximum benefits through meticulous research, proven strategy and expert testimony.
Yes. Illinois has comparative negligence laws, which allow injured parties to have some degree of fault in an accident and still recover reduced damages. The amount of money recovered may be proportional to the degree to which a person is at fault. Insurance companies make determinations following interviews with witnesses and involved parties and a thorough review of the accident report.
Under Illinois law, people have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. That timeframe drops to one year if the claim is against a municipal government, such as a city or county.