Pedestrian accidents are all too common in Illinois. According to crash data, there were over 3,700 pedestrian accidents statewide in 2021 alone, with 213 resulting in tragic fatalities.

The causes are maddening – distracted driving, failure to yield, speeding, and impaired driving. Split-second lapses in judgment by drivers permanently alter the lives of innocent pedestrians just trying to cross the street. The injuries can be catastrophic – traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, and broken bones requiring multiple surgeries.

If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own, you need a legal advocate ready to fight for your rights.

Why You Need a Pontiac Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Insurance companies have well-funded legal teams dedicated to protecting their profits, not making your recovery whole. They will do everything in their power to minimize settlements or, worse – deny valid pedestrian accident claims altogether by pointing fingers.

This is where hiring a skilled Pontiac pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm can be the difference-maker in your journey to overcome this crisis. We understand that in the aftermath, investigating complex issues of liability and negligence is the last thing on your mind as you struggle physically and emotionally. That is precisely why you need an experienced legal partner handling:

  • Every interaction and negotiation with insurers to protect your claim
  • Gathering all available evidence to prove the driver’s negligence caused your injuries
  • Consulting authoritative accident reconstruction experts to analyze causation
  • Accurately calculating all damages you have suffered for maximum compensation

Going it alone, you have little chance against the insurance company’s veteran legal team. With our pedestrian accident attorneys driving your case, the odds immediately shift in your favor.

Damages You Can Recover With the Right Lawyer

Partnering with our pedestrian injury team means ensuring your damages get accounted for. These can include economic and non-economic losses such as:

  • All current and future medical expenses related to your injuries
  • Lost wages during your recovery period and potential loss of future earnings
  • Emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages against the driver if their actions were egregiously negligent
  • If the unthinkable occurred, wrongful death damages for your loved one

Our legal professionals understand how to accurately calculate and demand the complete, fair compensation you deserve – not whatever lowball figure the insurance companies offer to protect their bottom line.

Illinois Pedestrian Rights

It is important for both drivers and pedestrians to understand their rights and responsibilities on Illinois roads. According to state law:

  • Drivers must come to a full stop when a pedestrian is in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, at stop signs/lights, and when making turns
  • Pedestrians crossing at marked or unmarked crosswalks where no traffic signals exist have the right-of-way over vehicles
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians with disabilities who are utilizing canes, guide dogs, wheelchairs, or other assistive devices
  • On school days, drivers must be extra vigilant and come to a complete stop when children are present in school zone crosswalks

Pedestrians also need to exercise reasonable care – only crossing at designated crosswalks or intersections, obeying traffic control signals, and avoiding poor visibility conditions. Both pedestrians and drivers share responsibility for traffic safety.

If a motorist fails to properly yield the right-of-way, resulting in you being struck, that driver can be held liable for any injuries sustained. Their insurance should compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other applicable damages.

How an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Firm Builds Your Case

You have suffered life-altering injuries, immense pain, emotional trauma, and face growing financial burdens. You need a partner with the experience, resources, and determination to fully investigate every aspect of your pedestrian accident and build a rock-solid case to maximize your recovery.

That is exactly what our team of pedestrian accident specialists provides. We take an exhaustive approach to gathering evidence and establishing driver negligence:

  • Visiting and meticulously analyzing the accident scene
  • Identifying and interviewing any eyewitnesses to document events
  • Reviewing footage from traffic cameras, dash cams, security systems
  • Consulting accident reconstruction experts to analyze factors like point of impact, speed, reaction times, etc.
  • Working closely with medical professionals to document the full extent of your injuries
  • Handling every communication and negotiation with insurers, preparing to take your case to trial if needed

We leave no stone unturned in pursuing the compensation you deserve. While the insurance companies hope you will accept the path of least resistance, our pedestrian accident legal team is prepared to fight tenaciously every step of your journey.

Why Choose Our Pontiac Personal Injury Law Firm?

When your life hangs in the balance, it is critical to have the most proven, battle-tested personal injury litigators in your corner. At Onward Injury Law, we exclusively focus our skills and resources on representing the injured.

Our personal injury team has decades of combined experience, giving you a true legal advantage:

  • We know the strategies insurance companies and their lawyers will deploy and are prepared to counter them.
  • Our attorneys have earned a reputation among opposing counsel as fierce, aggressive litigators willing to take every case to trial if needed to secure full justice.
  • You will receive direct, personalized attention and be kept informed every step of your case – never passed off to case managers.
  • As a dedicated personal injury firm, we truly understand and have mastered the nuances of pedestrian accident litigation in ways general practice attorneys simply cannot.

You have already endured the unimaginable. Do not prolong the difficulty by hiring a pedestrian lawyer without the proven skills and track record to navigate these complex cases successfully. Real client testimonials speak to the effective, compassionate representation you will receive from our team.

Contact Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation

The journey to rebuild your life after a devastating pedestrian accident begins by securing trustworthy and formidable legal representation without delay. Onward Injury Law operates under a contingency fee model – you pay no upfront costs and only a percentage of your settlement if we are successful.

Located conveniently in downtown Pontiac, we are ready to discuss your case in detail during a FREE initial consultation. Contact us online or call now to get started on seeking the compensation you deserve.

Our pedestrian accident lawyers serve clients throughout the greater Livingston County area. We stand prepared to protect your rights and fight for the justice you have been denied through no fault of your own.

Don’t wait any longer to take the critical first step on your road to recovery. Call our law offices today and gain the power of an experienced and caring legal advocate on your side.