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Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

In large truck accident cases, the majority of deaths come from passenger vehicle occupants. That being said, a large percentage of fatalities come from pedestrians. In 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a total of 454 pedestrian deaths due to large truck accidents.


When comparing data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), we can see that pedestrian fatalities make up over 11% of the total 4,119 people who have died due to large trucking accidents in 2019.


Pedestrian Deaths Involving Trucks

Since 2009, the number of pedestrian fatalities involving large trucks has steadily increased. To the Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys of Burnes Libman, we find this rise concerning and scary.


Pedestrian Injuries Involving Trucks

Also according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there has also been a steady increase in injuries involving large trucks and pedestrians since 2016. We have seen a range of injuries across various cases, including bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and unfortunately more. This can leave the victim with life-altering disabilities and ongoing medical bills for decades. 

Picking the Right Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Being involved in a truck collision can be intense, painful, and scary. If you find yourself in the hospital, the trucking company will do anything and everything to put the blame on you. Burnes Libman is a nationally recognized and awarded law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Our firm has a history of winning multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts across a variety of pedestrian accident cases, including a $1.8 million and $1.4 million dollar settlement. Our law firm is responsible for founding the Center for Trucking Safety, a forum where advocates collaborate the improve motor carrier and transportation safety through litigation and legislation.


At larger law firms, your call may not be returned for over a week. You also can be shuffled from lawyer to lawyer, with no rationale or reasoning. The Burnes Libman promise is to fight for you every step of the way.

Frequent Causes of Trucking Pedestrian Accidents

In over thirty years of handling trucking cases, we see a clear and present danger on our roadways. Routinely, tractor-trailers dangerously carry loads, they're accidents waiting to happen. Most are clearly avoidable. Such was the case when we represented a 68-year-old female pedestrian who suffered a lower leg degloving injury while a CTA bus made an illegal right turn.


Unfortunately, despite their ability to cause major damage to you or other pedestrians, there are a variety of unsafe practices that can and have led to trucking accidents in Illinois or across the United States, including:

  • Driver inattentiveness

  • Truck drivers driving under the influence

  • Overloaded or mishandled cargo

  • Speeding

  • Accidents at intersections

  • Left-hand-turn collisions

  • Failure to yield the right of way

  • Disobeying traffic signals

  • Trucking rollovers

  • Poor road conditions

  • Poor maintenance on the vehicle

  • Failure to signal a left or right turn

These experiences have helped us recover millions of dollars in settlements in commercial vehicle accidents and collisions for our clients. Legislation to come as close as we can through written rules, and litigation to punish those who do not exercise due care.

Examples of Burnes Libman Pedestrian Accident Settlements

Have you been involved in a truck accident in the Midwest or United States? Let us represent you and together, we’ll get you the compensation you deserve. We treat every case with the expectation of going to trial.


Below you will find some of our biggest pedestrian accident settlements:

$1,800,000 - Vehicle Personal Injury
A 64-year-old female pedestrian struck by a medical van making a right turn on red causing traumatic brain injury requiring craniotomy.

$1,400,000 -
Vehicle Personal Injury

A 68-year-old female pedestrian suffered lower leg degloving injury while CTA bus making the right turn.


$1,100,000 - Bicycle Personal Injury

A 43-year-old dentist was struck by a motorist while riding a bicycle causing a T-12 avulsion fracture (no surgery).

When to See a Lawyer and Pursue Litigation

If you have been involved in an incident or hit by a semi-truck or automobile, you need to find a lawyer as soon as possible. Trucking and auto companies do not have your best interests in mind, which is why it’s so important to start the claims process as quickly and early as possible. It is difficult to determine liability at the beginning stages, and Burnes Libman is there to help you determine if litigation is a possibility with our free consultation. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings or wages, pain, and suffering, disability, or disfigurement. As each case is different and subject to a specific time limit (or statute of limitations), it is important to consult with a reputable and experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

To contact Burnes Libman for your free case evaluation, call (312) 726-6500 or fill out our Get In Touch form below.

Contact Burnes Libman: Chicago’s Best Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

The experience at Burnes Libman is different than any other law firm. "At Burnes Libman, we're there for you. You'll work directly with one of our top attorneys and we'll fight for you throughout the whole process. We'll be there every step of the way. That's our promise." For a free consultation regarding your pedestrian accident case, contact us immediately below or call (312) 726-6500

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