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Common Locations of Pedestrian Accidents in Chicago

 Posted on October 12, 2023 in Car Accident

IL injury lawyerWhether you plan to travel in Chicago by foot or take the “L,” you can get to your location relatively easily without a car. Affording you much-needed exercise, deciding to take a stroll in the Windy City will allow you to avoid sitting in traffic.

While Chicago proves to be a walkable city, Chicago streets remain dangerous for pedestrians. If you have been in a pedestrian accident, it is best that you speak with a Chicago pedestrian accident attorney today.  

Traffic Accident Statistics

Preliminary data suggests that 7,508 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2022, the highest number on record since 1981.

Data for a recent year data for Illinois revealed the following:

  •  190 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents
  • A 24% increase in traffic deaths
  • There were 1,280 traffic fatalities, a 4% decrease from 2021
  • 40% of fatal pedestrian crashes in Chicago were hit-and-runs, compared to the national average of 20%
  • 80% of severe and fatal pedestrian injuries in Chicago occurred within 125 feet of an intersection

Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians

Intersections increase a pedestrian’s risk of death significantly. Although all intersections pose a safety risk, the following 10 intersections have been identified as the most dangerous:

  1. N. Milwaukee Avenue/W. North Avenue/N. Damen Avenue
  2. N. Cicero Avenue & W. Chicago Avenue
  3. N. Halstead Street/N. Lincoln Avenue/W. Fullerton Avenue
  4. S. Cottage Grove Avenue & E. 79th Street
  5. N. Dearborn Street & W. Ontario Street
  6. S. Ashland Avenue & W. 63rd Street
  7. N. Cicero Avenue & W. Madison Street
  8. N. Ashland Avenue & W. Cortland Street
  9. S. Martin Luther King Drive & E. 63rd Street
  10. N. Elston Avenue/N. Western Avenue/W. Diversey Avenue

These intersections were identified as the most dangerous based on the high number of pedestrian injuries and deaths.

Perhaps not surprisingly, elderly pedestrians stand a greater chance of being struck while using a crosswalk. 

What To Do If You Have Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident 

If you have been hit by a motor vehicle, you should take the following steps:

  • Seek medical assistance—call 911, even if you don’t think you have been injured
  • Document your injuries—take photos of your injuries with a cell phone
  • Contact the police
  • Obtain names and contact information for any witnesses at the accident scene
  • Contact your health insurer and inform them of the accident
  • Contact a pedestrian and bicycle injury lawyer as soon as possible

Insurance companies are in the business of making money and do not want to give you the compensation you deserve. Never provide a statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance company unless advised to be your attorney. 

Once a statement is given, the insurance company may twist your words to try and prove that your injuries are less severe than you claimed.

A Chicago, IL Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Fighting for You

Pedestrian accidents are far too common on Chicago roads. If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, help from a Cook County, IL, injury lawyer is just a phone call or click away. Contact Adler Law Offices, LTD today online or by calling 312-236-2700 to schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation.

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