Pedestrian Car Accidents in Illinois
Pedestrian accidents take place every day in Chicago and the northwest suburbs. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the major urban areas in Illinois see the most accidents. In 2012, there were 4,930 pedestrian crashes. According to the Chicago’s Transpiration Department, pedestrian deaths have risen over the last five years. Experts say several reasons could be the rise of vehicles on the roads, high speed vehicles, and distractions from electronic devices from both the drivers and the pedestrians. The Center for Disease Control focuses on preventative measures to decrease these numbers. CDC has introduced programs pedestrians can use to keep themselves safe from injury in a pedestrian accident.
In Illinois, the majority of the pedestrians involved in accidents are children or high school age children. In Chicago, it was reported in 2011, children’s ages 5 to 14 were the second highest group for pedestrian crashes in the city. From 2005 through 2009 the number of crashes involving children (ages 8-18 years old) decreased by 28%, from 964 to 698.
Also, mens are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a crash then females. In Chicago, 52% of all pedestrian crashes and 54% of fatal and serious injury crashes involve men. Lastly, the main age group for males in accidents are 0-14 years, which makes up the largest population to be involved in pedestrian crashes.
When Do Pedestrian Accidents Take Place?
As reported in the City of Chicago 2011 pedestrian crash analysis, 17% of all crashes occurred on a Thursday, which according to several studies is the worst traffic day. The crashes include fatal and serious injury crashes. However, Saturday showed to have the fewest accidents. Crashes that take place in the late evenings on weekends typically involve age groups 19 to 29-year-old.
For example, most crashes occur from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for all age groups except for seniors. Seniors are most likely to be in an accident mid-day.
Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Take Place?
With this in mind, the Chicago Tribune states that the city has put out “Vision Zero” to decrease the chances of traffic deaths and crashes. The city plans to push for safety education mainly focusing on high-crash areas such as low-income neighborhoods on the south and west sides.
At any rate, pedestrian accidents lead to the most fatal to a pedestrian. A distracted driver or a distracted pedestrian could both lead to accidents causing injury to both parties. Some actions that may lead to collisions between vehicles and pedestrians include:
- Talking or texting on a cell phone
- Running a red light
- A distracted pedestrian stepping in front of a vehicle
- Failing to stop at a stop sign
Such accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. For example, some of the injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Scrapes and bruise
- Head injury
- Dislocated joints
- Back and neck injuries
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