Multiple studies found that pedestrian car crash deaths increased significantly between 2009 and 2019. Street design, vehicle design and other factors have been cited as reasons why those walking or biking on or near Illinois roads may be in more danger than they were in years past.
Larger vehicles pose multiple problems for pedestrians
Throughout the past two decades, consumer preferences have shifted toward larger and heavier vehicles. Taller trucks and SUVs are more likely to strike a person in the torso whereas shorter passenger vehicles are more likely to make contact at the knees or below. A direct hit to the middle portion of the body may result in damage to internal organs or increase the risk of internal bleeding. In addition, trucks and SUVs weigh more than passenger vehicles, which means that they create more force on impact.
Pedestrians are already more vulnerable than motorists
When a car strikes a person, the person will typically absorb most of the impact from the collision. Furthermore, an individual who is truck by a car will likely make direct contact with pavement, asphalt or similar surfaces. Therefore, they are more likely to suffer extreme injuries or death even in a relatively minor pedestrian accident.
If you are hurt in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. If you are killed in a crash, your family may receive a financial award on your behalf. Witness statements, driver statements and other evidence may be used to show that another person acted in a negligent manner prior to a collision occurring.