Pedestrian Accidents

When you have been hit by a car, your injuries are often severe and long-lasting. Call the Southern Illinois personal injury attorneys at Hassakis & Hassakis to get the compensation you deserve.

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Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois


Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois. Each and every one of us has interactions with vehicles while walking every day. Whether walking through a parking lot to do our grocery shopping, out for a run along a city street, or walking to and from work, we are constantly dealing with cars, trucks, and buses who ply Illinois roads. However, the battle between man and car has been settled for quite some time: if you get hit by a speeding piece of metal weighing well more than a ton, you will not be coming out a winner.

In addition, with a growing number of bigger, taller vehicles like SUVs and trucks being sold each year, pedestrian accidents are tragically not only becoming more common, but more dangerous for those affected by them. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, during a four-year period from 2014 to 2018 pedestrian accidents increased 3.3 percent compared to the previous four-year reporting period. The amount of pedestrian fatalities jumped as well, with 183 pedestrians killed in an accident in 2018. This represented a stunning 17.3% jump from 2017, and a 21.6% increase from the previous four-year average.

If you or someone you know has been struck by a car while walking in an area they were legally allowed to do so, it is important to contact a skilled Southern Illinois pedestrian accident attorney as soon as you can. The personal injury lawyers at Hassakis & Hassakis have helped Southern Illinois residents following pedestrian accidents for generations, and have been trusted members of our community because they get Illinois residents the best possible results following an accident, while giving our clients an unmatched level of personal service and support.

What Must Drivers Always Do On The Road?

  • Slow/stop at crosswalks to check for pedestrians
  • Drive slower in areas with pedestrian traffic
  • Be alert for pedestrians when turning right
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk
  • Remain stopped at stop signs/red lights to allow pedestrians to cross
  • Keep clear of crosswalks when stopped at a light or stop sign
  • Do their best to avoid engaging pedestrians

Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers in Southern Illinois

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Being struck by a car is an experience no one should go through, and if you've been injured by a careless driver, you need the help of a personal injury attorney you can trust. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for generations. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois families recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury.

Protecting your interests after an accident

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois


Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois. Each and every one of us has interactions with vehicles while walking every day. Whether walking through a parking lot to do our grocery shopping, out for a run along a city street, or walking to and from work, we are constantly dealing with cars, trucks, and buses who ply Illinois roads. However, the battle between man and car has been settled for quite some time: if you get hit by a speeding piece of metal weighing well more than a ton, you will not be coming out a winner.

In addition, with a growing number of bigger, taller vehicles like SUVs and trucks being sold each year, pedestrian accidents are tragically not only becoming more common, but more dangerous for those affected by them. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, during a four-year period from 2014 to 2018 pedestrian accidents increased 3.3 percent compared to the previous four-year reporting period. The amount of pedestrian fatalities jumped as well, with 183 pedestrians killed in an accident in 2018. This represented a stunning 17.3% jump from 2017, and a 21.6% increase from the previous four-year average.

If you or someone you know has been struck by a car while walking in an area they were legally allowed to do so, it is important to contact a skilled Southern Illinois pedestrian accident attorney as soon as you can. The personal injury lawyers at Hassakis & Hassakis have helped Southern Illinois residents following pedestrian accidents for generations, and have been trusted members of our community because they get Illinois residents the best possible results following an accident, while giving our clients an unmatched level of personal service and support.

What Must Drivers Always Do On The Road?

  • Slow/stop at crosswalks to check for pedestrians
  • Drive slower in areas with pedestrian traffic
  • Be alert for pedestrians when turning right
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk
  • Remain stopped at stop signs/red lights to allow pedestrians to cross
  • Keep clear of crosswalks when stopped at a light or stop sign
  • Do their best to avoid engaging pedestrians

Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers in Southern Illinois

Injury Law Practice Areas


Being struck by a car is an experience no one should go through, and if you've been injured by a careless driver, you need the help of a personal injury attorney you can trust. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for generations. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois families recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents


Cars and trucks can strike people walking around town just about anywhere. However, in our years taking pedestrian accident cases in Southern Illinois, there are a few factors that have led to many of our clients being struck by cars, which include:

  • Speeding—As one's speed goes up in a car, their reaction time decreases accordingly. This is why speed limits usually are lower in areas where there is a lot of pedestrian activity. For instance, in public parks usually speed limits are set at around 15 MPH, and there are also typically speed bumps regularly placed to slow drivers down. The first question we always ask as pedestrian accident lawyers is, "Was the driver speeding?" If the driver was indeed speeding, he or she is at fault without question.
  • Distracted Drivers—Distractions have never been more of an issue on roads in Illinois. While Illinois prohibits drivers from using mobile phones while behind the wheel, drivers often ignore this law and still text, post to social media, or check mail while driving. If a distracted driver was the reason for your accident, you probably have a legitimate case. Proving negligence in these types of cases sometimes requires that we subpoena the defendant for their cell phone records.
  • Disobeying Traffic Signs—Traffic signs are a critical safety measure for pedestrian traffic. When drivers disobey cross-walk signs and traffic signals, it creates a dangerous situation for pedestrians.
  • Drinking and Driving—Drunk drivers pose a great danger to anyone on the road, let alone pedestrians. If your incident involved a drunk driver, a Southern Illinois drunk driving accident lawyer who understands all the laws that pertain to DWIs can make a big difference in your case.
  • Poor Road Conditions—When it snows or rains, drivers are obligated to take additional precautions when driving their vehicles. That means slowing down and making 100% sure they are aware of their surroundings. Rain also creates visibility issues with seeing pedestrians on the road, as well as road markings. Unfortunately, many drivers do not consider these factors and end up striking pedestrians.

What Are Common Pedestrian Accident Types?

Without the protection and safety that is available to those inside an automobile, pedestrians are in a vulnerable position on the road. Therefore, the bodily injuries that result are often catastrophic in nature, including spine and neck, traumatic brain injuries, and more.

The attorneys at Hassakis & Hassakis have taken all types of pedestrian accident cases with injures ranging from minor to severe. Some common cases we have taken include:

  • Crosswalk accidents - Occurs when a pedestrian is legally in a crosswalk and a driver fails to give them the right-of-way
  • Parking lot accidents - Occurs most often when a parking lot is busy; a driver may pull into or out of a parking space and strikes a pedestrian while in reverse.
  • Loss of control accidents - Occurs when a driver has lost control of the vehicle and may run up on the sidewalk, hitting a pedestrian.
  • Hit and run accidents - Occurs when a pedestrian has been struck and the responsible driver does not remain at the scene.
  • Distracted driving accidents - Occurs when a driver is distracted in some way (such as texting and driving) and is not paying attention when a pedestrian is crossing.
  • Bad weather accident - Occurs when bad weather (such as ice or rain) makes conditions treacherous and the driver does not take the necessary precautions (such as adjusting speed or turning on wipers) to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

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What Should I Do After A Pedestrian Accident?

It's important that you know what to do after you've been involved in a car accident as a pedestrian. There are multiple steps you should take not only to ensure you get back to full fitness, but also to protect your legal rights.

  1. Seek Medical Attention Immediately. Regardless of the severity of your accident, you should go to the ER right away. In serious cases, you should call 911 and have an ambulance take you to the hospital; otherwise, it may be better for a friend or family member to transport you. It is crucial you go straight away, even if you do not feel as if your injuries would warrant a trip to the ER. This is because there are many injuries that you cannot see or feel right away, and the only way to rule out the possibility of these injuries is to see a doctor. They may order you to undergo X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to verify that you haven't suffered internal or brain injuries.
  2. Call 911 or the Police For a Police Report. Even if you do not need an ambulance to get medical attention, you should call the police and get an official police report. The officer will create a report that outlines the specifics of the scene of the accident and take statements from witnesses. In some reports, the officer will also indicate who was at fault for the accident. Therefore, it is critical that you get an official account of your pedestrian accident. If you did not call the police right at the time of the accident, you can still call later and file a report with the police. Keep in mind that the driver that hit you will also try to convince you to keep the police and the insurance companies out of the situation.
  3. Call A Pedestrian Accident Attorney- Don't wait weeks after your accident to consult with an attorney, and don't assume that talking with an attorney means that you are hiring them to take your case. Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations to get a Hiring a personal injury lawyer is important and every personal injury lawyer in Southern Illinois has their own style. Not only do you want to hire a lawyer who you feel will be your best representative in court, but you should also ask around and get as much information about your case as you can before even deciding whether to proceed with a lawsuit.

Experienced Southern Illinois Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

For more than 70 years, the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis has been proud to be an active member of the Southern Illinois community by helping our friends and neighbors get the compensation they are entitled to after any kind of personal injury accident. We have helped generations of Illinois accident victims by bringing our unmatched experience, personal attention, and compassionate care to every single one of our clients, no matter how big or small their case may be.

Call our office today at (618)-244-5335 or contact us online for a free consultation with a pedestrian accident attorney to discuss your case. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer with Hassakis & Hassakis in Southern Illinois is prepared to take action to get you back to full fitness and hold all responsible parties accountable for your injuries. It is also our policy to take all our pedestrian accident cases on a contingency basis: this means that if we do not get a favorable result for your case, you will not owe us a fee. Reach out to us right away to begin winning your case.

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