As our dependence and addiction to smart devices take over our lives, hit and runs have become a common occurrence. With people glued to their cell phones, people fail to look both ways before crossing the street or see pedestrians in time to slow down. The good news is if you are involved in an accident like this in Illinois, you are protected by law – provided you are not the negligent party. Here are some you should be aware of:
Pedestrian and Driver Rights under Illinois Traffic Laws
In the state, pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. Oncoming cars must yield to them if they cross a road with a signal. If they cross the road from a point that does not have a crosswalk, they still have this right, even if they are breaking the law by doing so. Drivers must be mindful of pedestrians and avoid a collision.
According to the law, pedestrians have this right over any vehicle that stops at an intersection which has a crosswalk or a red signal. If pedestrians wish to cross the road that does not have a crosswalk or has an unmarked crosswalk at its intersections, they must give right of way to oncoming vehicles.
Pedestrians will break the law if they walk on or along the side of the road when a sidewalk is available to use. Also, if pedestrians are under the influence of alcohol or a drug while crossing and are a hazard, they should remain on the sidewalk.
Drivers who see pedestrians crossing the road have a duty of care to avoid colliding with them and to warn them by sounding their horns. They also must exercise caution in case a pedestrian is a child or an elderly person who may be confused or disoriented.
If a pedestrian is hit by a car, they can file a lawsuit against the driver for damages – if the driver was at fault. However, they have two (2) years from the date of the accident to make their claim or lose their right to sue. By filing a lawsuit as soon as the accident occurs, they can increase their chances of winning their case as long as they have an experienced attorney in their corner.
If you were involved in a hit and run accident and suffered injuries or other damages, get in touch with us at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. We have been fighting for the rights of auto accident victims for two decades and have perfected our negotiation skills.
The attorney on your case will review the events surrounding the accident from the time it happened and ensure you get the full compensation you deserve and need. Insurance companies don’t intimidate us, we intimidate them because we are dedicated to protecting your rights. Call us today for a consultation and get the money you deserve. You can reach us at our offices in Libertyville, Waukegan, Woodstock and Antioch, Illinois.