Two pedestrians died after they were hit by cars. The pedestrians were killed in separate suburban auto accidents on January 4.
According to officials, a male resident of Chicago Heights died as a result of injuries sustained in South Suburban Park Forest.
In a separate pedestrian accident, Albert Valdez, 53, was walking on 26th Street close to Ash Street at night when he was struck by a vehicle.
Valdez was transported to St. James Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The autopsies conducted by the medical examiner’s office reveal that Valdez died as a result of the auto accident.
Law enforcement officials are still conducting the investigations into the two accident and have refused to reveal the cause of the accidents and the identity of the drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 70,000 pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents each year. Another 5,000 pedestrians die after being struck by a vehicle.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following tips to keep pedestrians safe:
- Cross the street at designated crosswalks or intersections
- If walking at night, wear reflective clothing
- Use sidewalks and avoid walking on the shoulder
- Do not walk while intoxicated as it may affect your judgment
- Never walk with your back to oncoming traffic
By remaining vigilant, pedestrians can reduce some of the risks of sharing the roads with cars. However, not all of the risks can be eliminated.
Sometimes, reckless and inebriated drivers can injured and kill pedestrians who have taken all proper steps.
When this happens, negligent drivers need to be held accountable for their poor decisions. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, contact GWC Injury Lawyers personal injury attorneys today.