Improving fitness and rising gas prices are a few reasons why more Chicago, Illinois residents are walking and jogging to their nearby destinations. However, as one of the largest cities in the country, traffic congestion can result in catastrophic crashes between pedestrians and motor vehicles.
According to the City of Chicago, it uses two automated enforcement programs to help improve road safety.
How do programs improve safety?
When drivers do not stop at red lights, crashes are often devastating and involve several vehicles and pedestrians. The goal of the Red Light Camera Enforcement Program is to reduce the number of cars that run red lights. The speed enforcement program protects vulnerable roadway users, such as pedestrians and children in school and park zones. It encourages drivers to reduce their speed, obey traffic laws and pay attention.
How do pedestrian accidents happen?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a pedestrian as anyone on foot, such as runners, joggers and hikers. Individuals involved in a crash who were sitting or lying down at the time of the collision are also considered pedestrians. Some of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians include the following:
- Ashland Ave – West Englewood and Englewood neighborhoods
- Lake Shore Drive – Near Grant Park
- Stony Island Ave – Near Dauphin Park and S. Chicago Heights
- North Ave – Large intersections on the north side of the city
- Archer Ave – Near Brighton Park and McKinley Park
Most pedestrian-involved accidents result from negligent or distracted driving, and they typically occur after dark, frequently involving alcohol.
A collision between a pedestrian and vehicle often has devastating consequences. Documentation of the accident is critical. It can help determine fault and, if needed, provide a basis for a claim that can help pay for medical bills and related expenses.