Pedestrians in Illinois have to always remain aware of the vehicles around them. Chicago is especially dangerous for pedestrians who are trying to cross streets on which thousands of cars travel each day. After all, you never know how infrequently a given person drives in the big city and/or under heavy traffic conditions.
That said, you would think that someone who drives in Chicago for a living would be the most careful and vigilant when it comes to watching for pedestrians. Sadly, that isn’t always the case.
A woman reportedly in her early 40s was injured in an auto-pedestrian accident near O’Hare Airport this week. It happened on Tuesday afternoon shortly after 2:30pm outside the baggage claim area on the lower level of Terminal 1. According to witnesses, the woman was talking on her cell phone and walking outside of the designated crosswalk area while looking in a different direction when she was struck by a Hotel Intercontinental shuttle bus. The victim was pinned under the vehicle and dragged about twenty feet. She was rushed to a Chicago hospital in critical condition.
It’s important to point out that police cited the 50-year old bus driver for striking a pedestrian in the roadway. This indicates that even though the pedestrian may not have been as careful as she could have been, the shuttle bus driver does share some responsibility for the auto-pedestrian accident. As a result, the victim may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the 50-year old bus driver and the Hotel Intercontinental (since Illinois law states that all employers are held liable for the actions of their employees) in the hopes of receiving reimbursement for some or all of her medical expenses, lost wages from missed time at work, and monetary damages for pain and suffering.