A Brain Injury Lawyer Represents Clients Hit by Vehicles While on Foot
When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the person on foot can suffer serious injuries. Head trauma could be a result. A Chicago brain injury lawyer represents men and women who have been severely harmed in this type of incident.
Over 60,000 pedestrians are hurt by automobile drivers annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, every year, over 5,000 vehicle-pedestrian accidents cause fatal injuries to the person who was walking.
The agency says the number of these incidents is actually much higher since many pedestrians who experience relatively minor injuries never report what happened to the police. Even some who go to an emergency room do not file a police report. The agency has learned this by reviewing hospital records. Yet if a person has suffered a concussion or other head trauma, consulting a Chicago brain injury lawyer is advisable.
Research has uncovered the most frequent causes. Driving under the influence of alcohol is definitively connected with cars and pickup trucks hitting pedestrians. Turning right with a red light and making left turns without looking for pedestrians also are factors. Drivers speeding through a red-light risk hitting someone attempting to cross on foot with the opposing green light.
Residential streets with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour may often have drivers traveling through significantly faster. This is a distinct risk factor for striking someone crossing a street or even walking along the curbside. Anyone interested in scheduling a complimentary initial consultation with the Shea Law Group contact them now.