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Peoria Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Walking is a great way to get around, but not always safe in cities today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2017. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, contact Kanoski Bresney in Peoria as soon as possible. Our experienced Peoria pedestrian accident attorneys are tough advocates for injured pedestrians.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • We are client-oriented and committed to serving the best interests of the people we represent.
  • We have more than 40 years of experience and a successful track record, recovering more than $400 million for our clients.
  • We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we charge you no fees until we win your case.

Why You Need a Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is in your best interests to consult with an experienced Peoria pedestrian accident lawyer. Our Illinois attorneys can investigate your accident to determine who was at fault, calculate the full extent of your damages, and file a third-party claim with the driver’s insurance company on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we can fight for the compensation you deserve in court. In the case of a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, if the driver is not located, we can speak with your insurance company to help you get the maximum benefits through your own coverage.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • As stated by NHTSA, pedestrians were among the few groups of road users in the U.S. to experience an increase in fatalities in 2016, with 5,987 pedestrians killed nationwide.
  • In 2015, the most recent year for which injury statistics are available, 15 pedestrians were killed every day in U.S. traffic crashes and 192 were injured.
  • On average in 2016, a pedestrian was killed in a traffic crash every 1.5 hours.
  • Illinois had 1.15 pedestrian fatalities per 100K population in 2016, as reported by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
  • Cook County, IL ranks among the top ten counties for pedestrian fatalities in 2016, with 74 pedestrians killed.

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?

Although pedestrians are sometimes at fault, many pedestrian accidents are caused by driver error or negligence. Common causes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Failure to signal when turning
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Who Is Liable?

Both pedestrians and drivers have a duty of care. Pedestrians must exercise reasonable care for their own safety. Drivers must also exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. When they fail to do so, they may be found negligent and liable for pedestrian accident injuries.

Drivers have an even higher duty of care, imposed by law, to children. They are required to exercise even greater care when they know or should know that children may be at play in the area.

Contact Our Peoria, Illinois Office Today

Pedestrians are completely unprotected and vulnerable to serious injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Soft tissue injuries

If you or your loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, call Kanoski Bresney right away to schedule a consultation. Our Illinois injury attorneys can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.