A semi truck hit a 17-year-old student as he crossed U.S. Highway 30 in New Lenox, Illinois on Friday morning. The Lincoln-Way Central High School student was crossing the highway in front of the school around 10 a.m. when the accident occurred. The teenager lived in Manhattan and had many friends at school, according to the Superintendent. Witnesses say that several students cross the highway in front of the school despite the danger. It is unclear why he was arriving at school at the late hour or how the semi truck struck him. The accident is under investigation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in accidents with vehicles in 2012 in the United States. In addition, 76,000 pedestrians sustained injuries, meaning a pedestrian is killed every two hours and one is injured every seven minutes in a traffic accident. Pedestrians are encouraged to take every safety precaution available to avoid an accident. Wearing reflective clothing, using sidewalks, and only crossing streets at crosswalks or safe crossings can prevent a tragic accident. Like many accidents, a victim may take every precaution to avoid an accident, but if the driver is not driving responsibly the accident still occurs. Contacting an accident attorney is important in order to receive the proper handling of your case.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with pedestrian accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been injured in a pedestrian accident. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 95 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential pedestrian accident case.