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 officials.

Although this instance resulted in an unfortunate accident and serious injuries, there are steps that you can take both while driving and while jogging.

For Drivers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. (312) 620-1261