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When individuals walk to their destinations, they can face numerous hazards and dangers from other travelers. Typically, utilizing a crosswalk can help reduce the risk of an accident, but crosswalks are not guarantees that a pedestrian will not be involved in a car accident. If a person is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, pedestrians could become even more at risk of being seriously injured.

A driver in Illinois was recently charged with felony DUI and other allegations after being involved in a fatal accident. It was reported that the driver was traveling east when he hit a man who was walking in a crosswalk. The victim reportedly traveled 40 feet from the initial point of impact. An off-duty officer who was traveling behind the vehicle involved witnessed the event.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was declared dead from head trauma suffered in the accident. The officer who witnessed the incident stated that the driver did not appear to slow or attempt to avoid the pedestrian. The driver reportedly agreed to alcohol testing six hours after the accident, and his blood-alcohol level was apparently .16.

A car accident that involves a pedestrian often results in a devastating outcome. The family of the victim involved in this incident are likely facing much grief over the loss of their loved one. During this difficult time, they may wish to consider their options for pursuing restitution from the driver deemed at fault for the fatal event. Though a wrongful death claim may not bring their loved one back, a successful case could possibly allow them to be awarded compensation for their loss, for expenses resulting from the accident and other damages permissible under Illinois law.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Chicago man held on $200K in crash that killed pedestrian", Carlos Sadovi, Aug. 26, 2014

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Chicago man held on $200K in crash that killed pedestrian", Carlos Sadovi, Aug. 26, 2014

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