An unmarked police car was traveling on East 79th Street in South Chicago when it struck a pedestrian. The accident occurred on the 2800 block of East 79th on Wednesday during early morning hours. The male pedestrian was dressed in all dark clothing and the area where the accident occurred lacks sufficient lighting. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses, residing in the area of the accident, told authorities that there is a lack of streetlights in that area and a city alderman stated that the streetlights that are in place are outdated and frequently stop working. After an hour at the scene, authorities had a difficult time investigating the scene because the streetlights had went out and the area had no lighting. Residents complained that city departments that are in charge of the maintenance of sidewalks and streetlights neglect their neighborhood.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to devastating accidents with vehicles because they can be difficult to be seen by drivers. Safety precautions pedestrians are encourage to take are to always wear bright and reflective clothing, walk in well lit areas, and to use sidewalks whenever available. However, these precautions may not always be available and even if all precautions are taken, a driver could strike an individual because they are driving impaired, distracted, or reckless. It is important to contact an accident attorney when involved in an accident to receive a full education of your rights and to explore all avenues to recover compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with pedestrian accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been 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 accident case.