Pedestrian Accidents

Some people prefer cars, trucks, or airplane travel, but there is one mode of transportation we all share—everyone is a pedestrian. And while pedestrian accidents may not be as high in number as car accidents, pedestrian accidents can lead to very severe injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you might know this well. You’re likely feeling uncertain about your recovery, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

That’s why the pedestrian accident attorneys at Franks Gerkin McKenna are here for you when the going gets tough. We are your offensive line; for over 40 years, our family has fought for the wellbeing of many Illinois families just like yours. Accidents happen, but the most important part is what you do afterward. Please contact the attorneys at Franks Gerkin McKenna today for dedicated representation from a team that’s rooting for your recovery every step of the way.

What should you expect when you work with us?

When you work with Franks Gerkin McKenna for your pedestrian accident case, we will take every initiative to fully inform you about the court process. This includes what information you should provide and what to expect at every stage.

Our family firm takes a person-centered approach, meaning you will receive the undivided attention of an attorney who is committed to putting your best interests at the forefront. Your trust, comfort, and success matter most to us. We know that coming to our office can be difficult when you’re recovering from injuries, which is why we make ourselves available for after-hours appointments and arrange transportation for you as necessary.

The attorneys at Franks Gerkin McKenna also understand that affording legal services can be challenging. If cost is an issue, we can negotiate a rate that fits your family’s budget.

What must you do after a pedestrian accident?

After a pedestrian accident, there are several things you should do:

Assess your safety

Are you in a safe place? If you’re able to, move out of the dangerous area. It’s extremely important to move out of the way if you’re able to so you are not hit by another vehicle.

Call 911

Pedestrian accidents frequently involve serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, because an automobile is thousands of pounds. When this weight strikes a person, there is likely to be multiple points of impact. Seek medical attention immediately.

Speak with the driver and record information

Depending on how badly you are injured, speak with the other driver if you are able and collect contact information. If the accident was a hit and run, try to record the license plate number, but this is often too difficult to do after being struck by a vehicle. Also, look to see if there are any other witnesses to the accident and get their information.

Document your recovery

This includes saving any receipts and bills that result from your injury. Take photos of your injuries as they progress and heal, as this will serve as evidence in your case.

How can filing an injury claim help me?

You’re already feeling the stress and anxiety of recovering from a pedestrian accident—you shouldn’t have to worry about financing your recovery too. The cost of treating your injuries can be astronomical, particularly for severe injuries, which is why it’s important to seek all the help you can get. The compensation you can receive from your accident covers the physical, financial, and psychological damages you or your loved one experienced. This compensation could include financial support for:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Medical bills
  • Cost of future medical care
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Funeral and burial expenses (for wrongful death)

The amount of compensation you are eligible to receive is largely dependent upon the details of your individual case, but an experienced pedestrian accident attorney can help you secure the best possible outcome.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Illinois?

In Illinois, you have two years from the time of the accident to file a personal injury claim against the party at fault with some rare exceptions. That being said, we never recommend waiting until the last minute to file a claim. It will be much easier to collect accurate evidence and to be sure no deadlines are missed when you contact a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be for a pedestrian accident attorney to prove that your injuries were sustained at a certain place and time. Filing a claim quickly after your accident can increase your chances of getting a fair result and full compensation for your losses.

How Can I Stay Safe as a Pedestrian?

There are several tips you can follow to avoid pedestrian accidents:

  • Always use pedestrian cross walks.
  • Never assume an approaching vehicle can see you or will stop for you. Wait until all vehicles have stopped before you cross.
  • Continue to check for oncoming vehicles as you cross the road.
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses.
  • Wear bright, light colored clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions.
  • Do not cross the road if the red “don’t walk” symbol is flashing, even if you think the road is clear.

We’re a Family that’s Dedicated to Yours

When you contact our Marengo, Illinois office, you’ll be connected with an attorney who will fight to ensure the best possible outcome for you. Our initial consultations are always free, so you risk nothing by calling. With our knowledge, experience, and connections put to work for you, we are confident in our ability to obtain the best outcome for your future.

At the end of the day, we’re the team you want fighting for you. Contact an attorney at Franks Gerkin McKenna today.