All traffic is required to yield to pedestrians on the road and to be aware of their presence even if they cross the street illegally. Any vehicle is capable of severely injuring a pedestrian, but big trucks are extremely dangerous due to drivers’ limited ability to see what is just in front of them and the large size and weight of the truck itself. Truck accidents that involve pedestrians often result in the death of the pedestrian and if a pedestrian survives, his or her injuries may require a lot of time and therapy to recover from.
Causes of Truck Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Many of the accidents between trucks and pedestrians occur when the truck driver is making a turn. The pedestrian may be crossing the street at the time that the driver turns right and the driver simply fails to notice the pedestrian. The same type of incident may occur when the driver is turning left, but truck drivers have a much better line of sight when they are turning left that when they are making a right turn due to the fact that there is a blind spot on the front right side of the truck that is larger than the same spot on the left.
Adverse weather conditions can affect a truck’s ability to stop and some pedestrians are hit by trucks when it is raining or snowing and the truck driver is unable to stop to avoid an accident. Nighttime conditions make it hard for drivers to see people walking near or across the road and accidents may result if the driver does not see the pedestrian crossing the road. In many instances, the driver is going too fast for the conditions to begin with and an accident might have been averted if he or she had slowed down during inclement weather conditions.
Severity of Injuries Sustained By Pedestrians In Chicago Truck Accidents
Trucks are capable of shattering bones and causing deep lacerations to the passengers of vehicles, so it is hard to fathom the amount of damage that a truck can do to the human body when colliding with it directly. Many accidents involving pedestrians who survive occur at lower speeds, such as when a truck turns right at a stop light and hits the pedestrian, but even at low speeds, bones can be broken and shattered and the pedestrian can incur injuries to the back, neck or head. The initial cost for care for some of these injuries is high and if surgery is required, or the injury causes paralysis, the ongoing costs can create a heavy financial burden on the victim.
Lawyers Advocating For People Struck By Trucks In Chicago and Throughout Illinois
Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers is a firm that is dedicated to representing those whose lives have been permanently affected due to the actions of a careless truck driver. We treat all of our clients with dignity and respect and help make the process of recovery as easy as possible by standing by each client for each step along the way. If you or a loved one was a pedestrian injured in a truck accident or other type of commercial vehicle accident, contact us today to set up a free consultation where you can learn more about your rights and how we can protect those rights and earn you the compensation you deserve.