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High Fatality Rates for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Vehicle Accidents

Posted on in Pedestrian Injuries

Chicago personal injury attorneyAlthough walking and cycling are two of the healthiest activities a person can engage in, they can also be the most dangerous. There are more than 6,000 pedestrians and almost 1,000 cyclists killed each year in the United States. Even more alarming is that these numbers keep going up each year, as the fatality rate for occupants in vehicle crashes goes down.

As the popularity of electric scooters continues to grow, it is critical to realize that e-scooter users are also at risk of being injured or killed if they are hit by a vehicle driver.

Victims who survive these accidents are often left with serious to catastrophic injuries due to the lack of protection around them when the vehicle slams into them. In one major study conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), it was estimated that vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists account for $19 billion in economic cost and $90 billion in the societal impact cost in just one year.   

With spring just around the corner, many people will be out on the roads enjoying walking, riding electric scooters, and cycling. And in big cities, like Chicago, many commuters find biking to work is quicker and cheaper than commuting in a vehicle. However, there is often an adversarial relationship between vehicle drivers and cyclists, with both sides sharing equal blame. Both vehicle drivers and cyclists need to learn to share the road and have consideration for the other party. As the NHTSA’s study shows, the cost of loss of life and disabling injuries are much too high.

Let Our Chicago Personal Injury Law Firm Help

If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident while walking, cycling or riding an electric scooter due to the negligent action or behavior of a vehicle driver, you may be able to pursue damages for the losses your injuries have caused you to sustain. Under Illinois law, victims who are injured in vehicle accidents may be entitled to financial compensation for all medical expenses to treat their injuries, loss of income and benefits while recovering, pain and suffering, permanent disability, scarring, disfigurement, and more.

To find out what legal recourse you may have, contact Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz to speak with one of our seasoned Chicago personal injury lawyers. Call 312-804-6102 today to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation.

 

Sources:

https://www.pedbikeinfo.org/factsfigures/facts_safety.cfm

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/23/20927512/traffic-death-crash-statistics-nhtsa-us-2018

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812013

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