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School is just around the corner, and many families are making plans to get their children ready to go back to their classes. Depending on how far away the school is for the student, he or she may have the opportunity to conveniently walk to school. However, the students who walk to school need to make sure they know how to navigate their route as safely and smoothly as possible. At the same time, individuals operating motor vehicles need to be aware of certain times when students are likely to walk to and from school.
How Pedestrians Can Protect Themselves from an Accident
Pedestrians always have the right of way, and drivers should always make sure they are prepared to yield right of way to pedestrians to ensure a safe commute for both parties.
When a pedestrian is walking in a marked crosswalk, when school children are close to a school zone crosswalk, and when a pedestrian is walking with a green light or walking person symbol, then the driver must come to a complete stop and give the pedestrian the right of way.
If the driver has consumed alcohol or drugs and strikes the pedestrian, then he or she will need to submit to a field sobriety test. If the driver fails to comply, then he or she will be guilty of a Class 4 Felony. If the pedestrian dies and the driver is noncompliant, then the driver is guilty of a Class 1 Felony.
Pedestrian Fatality Statistics
In 2014, Illinois has 78 pedestrian fatalities, with the City of Chicago having 35 fatalities in the same year. In the same year, the United States had 4,884 pedestrian fatalities and 65,000 injuries.
In 48 percent of the pedestrian fatalities, alcohol was involved, either for the driver or for the pedestrian. Statistics do not give exact numbers on which party was more likely to consume alcohol. However, 34 percent of pedestrians involved had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of the legal limit of 0.08 or higher. During the weekend, 20 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred between 6 and 9 pm.
Contact Your Hinsdale Illinois Personal Injury Attorney
Losing a loved one from a pedestrian accident is the worst feeling in the world. However, the defense process does not have to be too difficult. the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio has decades of legal experience with defending a wide variety of different cases, with the vision of helping clients. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, please contact a skilled Hinsdale personal injury attorney at 630-920-8855 for your free initial consultation.