A simple morning jog early on turned problematic after a 70-year-old woman
was struck by a car. The jogger was immediately transported to the intensive
care unit at Advocate Condell Medical Center after being struck. The accident
occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning in Ela Township
on the east side of Eagle Drive, according to Lake County law enforcement
Although this instance resulted in an unfortunate accident and serious
injuries, there are steps that you can take both while driving and while jogging.
- Keep an eye out for runners and pedestrians at all times of day; just because
it is early in the morning or late at night, it does not mean that there
will not be people walking or running along the road.
- Driving distracted is obviously a bad idea, but it is especially a good
idea to avoid distracted driving with runners or other pedestrians on
the road way. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation,
there are over 5,000 car accidents involving pedestrians every year, and
there is a significant increase of risk of these types of accidents when
the driver is distracted. It is also important to keep in mind that the
most popular times for running outdoors are dawn and dusk, so staying
alert for runners while driving during those times of day is imperative.
- While driving in residential areas, parked cars often obstruct the view
of the sidewalk as well as potential pedestrians entering the road way.
Runners may jut out into the road from in between cars and young children
may blindly run into the street without warning, so it is important to
drive with exceptional caution in those areas.
For Runners/ Pedestrians:
- When running late at night or early in the morning, it is advisable to
wear bright colors and even reflective clothes. This will alert drivers
to your presence before it is too late.
- Travel with a partner if you can. Although it is not always possible, running
or walking with someone else means that there are more people to look
out for cars or other hazardous objects/ areas in your path.
- NEVER run against traffic. Running against traffic is extremely dangerous
for you and the drivers coming at you. Running into oncoming traffic allows
for less time for drivers to see you, and subsequently less time to react
if they need to avoid you.
At our firm, we have experience with car accidents involving pedestrians,
and we would like to help you or a family member win proper compensation
for any injuries or deaths from the accident. If you or someone you know
has been injured as a result of a third-party’s negligence, contact
the attorneys at Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC today for a free consultation.