With so many pedestrians walking in Chicago, there are far greater chances for serious pedestrian accidents.
According to a recent study released by the Department of Transportation, a large percentage of Chicago traffic fatalities between 2010 and 2015 resulted from pedestrian accidents. Drivers are often at fault for causing pedestrians' injuries.
Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
Injuries suffered as a result of these types of traffic accidents can be severe and life altering. You may have injuries to your head or neck, nerve damage or spinal cord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone or limb, lost the use of a limb, or even lost an entire limb. Death is also a realistic possibility when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle because they lack protections such as seatbelts or airbags.
How Lloyd Law Group can help if you have been in a pedestrian accident
Mr. Lloyd and his team understand that the goal after going through such trauma is to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury.
Our experienced team will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries such as fractures (broken bones) involving surgical repair, head injuries, various back & neck injuries, and death in some cases. We will work to help you make a monetary recovery for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, disfigurement, loss of normal life, and any other losses sustained in the accident.
Common Types of Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Even a compact car is bigger and much heavier than a person, and when a mass of metal and glass hits a human being even at a slow speed, the chance for injury is great.
It's not uncommon for pedestrians who have been hit by cars to suffer:
- Broken bones
- Concussion or other head injury
- Back and neck injuries
- Herniated disc in neck or back
- Nerve damage
- Dislocated joints or limbs
- Painful soft tissue injuries
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises
Some of these types of injuries can take a significant amount of time to heal. Some may result in permanent damage that affects your ability to work or perform simple household tasks for the rest of your life.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will discuss with you not only your existing medical bills, but what costs you expect to incur for future treatment or therapy, and whether you've lost income or will lose future income as a result of your injuries.
Other types of damages you may be able to recover include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of normal life, and disability and disfigurement. Your attorney's goal will be to convince the driver's insurance company or a jury to compensate you for all of those costs, or as much as is possible given the limits of the driver's insurance coverage.