Pedestrians do have some responsibility in helping to prevent auto-pedestrian accidents. They must observe all traffic laws, walk on sidewalks where possible, and only cross roadways at intersections or marked crosswalks. Unfortunately, following these rules does not completely guarantee that they won’t be hit – or killed – by motor vehicles.
Two such incidents occurred in less than a week in Illinois, and both of them were fatal accidents that occurred during the early morning hours. First, a Chicago man was struck in the Lincoln Square neighborhood early Saturday morning around 1am. According to authorities, the 30-year old victim was in an alley just off Western Avenue south of Foster Avenue. The man was rushed to an Evanston hospital, but died less than two hours later. Chicago Police are still looking for the vehicle and the driver who were involved in the accident.
Then a similar event took place in Rockford Thursday morning around 1:30am. A 34-year old man was hit by a vehicle outside his front door on South Second Street between Oak and Grove Streets in a residential neighborhood just a quarter mile east of the Rock River. The vehicle fled the scene, but it was located by Rockford Police not far away. The driver of the vehicle is still at large. The victim died of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, legs, and arms.
It is imperative that authorities locate both drivers involved in these hit-and-run accidents, not only so that they can be brought to justice, but also so the families of the victims know against whom to file wrongful death lawsuits should they choose to do so. The defendants could be ordered to reimburse the families for hospital and burial expenses, as well as pay the estimated future wages the victims would have earned. The plaintiffs might also be awarded damages for pain and suffering and/or loss of companionship and care.