Crosswalks And Safety Concerns Facing Pedestrians

Kane County Pedestrian Safety

As previously discussed on this site, pedestrian accidents involving people who are walking in crosswalks at the time of the collision happen on a regular basis in the Chicago area.  As such, one question that has arisen is whether crosswalks offer a “false sense of security” for pedestrians and others, like joggers and bicyclists.

This issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalk use is of great importance. As seen in many pedestrian accidents summarized on this site a broad range of injuries, many serious, can occur when a person is hit by a car or other vehicle.   Many of these pedestrian accidents have led to fatal injuries.  Various aspects of Kane County pedestrian accidents, including medical and legal issues, are further discussed on the “Kane County, Illinois Pedestrian Accidents And Injuries” page.

The issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalks is discussed in the December 18, 2017 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “Walk at your own risk:  Drivers oblivious to suburban crosswalks.”  The article discusses various aspects of Illinois crosswalk use, as well as various problematical issues that are presented to those who attempt to use them to cross streets.  Among these problems is that cars don’t necessarily stop or slow down if pedestrians are at or in crosswalks, and that overall the situation is in many instances dangerous to walkers.

An excerpt from the article:

The zebra stripes and neon yellow sign invite you to cross. Drivers are supposed — indeed legally required — to stop. And yet, when Daily Herald journalists tested out suburban crosswalks, they found a survival-of-the fittest scenario with pedestrians on the losing side.

Illinois law requires drivers to stop for people within crosswalks and obligates pedestrians to take caution and not walk into the path of oncoming traffic.

But Daily Herald staff members not only encountered drivers who sped through crosswalks as they walked through, but they also experienced high-volume traffic that made it perilous to step onto the zebra stripes.

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The Active Transportation Alliance studied crossing safety in 2014 and found 78 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur within 125 feet of an intersection, and that older pedestrians are most at risk in crosswalks.

“People are not aware of the law, and our streets are designed in a way that encourages people to speed and drive recklessly,” said Kyle Whitehead, the alliance’s government relations director.

As seen in the article, Kane County crosswalks that are considered to be “Risky crosswalks” (10 busiest) is that at Third and South Streets in Geneva.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Safety Issue

Additional details and additional information concerning this crosswalk safety issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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If you were injured in an accident – or represent someone who died in an accident – call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken.  This legal consultation is free and is confidential in nature.

Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.

I-88 Four-Vehicle Crash Near Sugar Grove Results In Fatality

Fatal I-88 Crash In Kane County

There was a fatal four-vehicle crash Friday morning (December 15, 2017) on Interstate 88 (I-88) in western Kane County.

According to the Illinois State Police, the crash happened on I-88 just west of Route 47 near mile post 108.5.  This is near Sugar Grove.

An excerpt regarding the fatal crash, from the December 15, 2017 The Beacon-News article titled “19-year-old killed in crash involving 2 tollway trucks on I-88 near Sugar Grove“:

Samuel Gradman, 19, died after a blue 2003 Infiniti passenger car he was driving failed to yield to construction equipment and struck a black 2015 Ford pickup truck, lost control and proceeded to crash into two parked Illinois Tollway maintenance trucks, police said.

At the time of the crash, the left lane was closed for repair.

Police said the crash, which caused traffic delays, occurred just west of Route 47, near milepost 108.5, where the left lane was closed for maintenance repair.

The driver of the Ford, identified as a 49-year-old Maltma man, was taken to Kidwaukee Hospital for treatment of a minor injury.

The accident investigation continues.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Kane County Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Kane County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 15 Naperville Patch article titled “19-Year-Old Killed In Eastbound I-80 Crash With Tollway Trucks.”

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If you were injured in an accident – or represent someone who died in an accident – call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken.  This legal consultation is free and is confidential in nature.

Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.

Car Crash Resulting In Car Driving Into Elgin Retention Pond

Kane County Car Crash Into Retention Pond

There was an Elgin car crash early this morning (December 7, 2017) in which a car left the roadway and drove into a retention pond.

First responders went to the accident scene, near the intersection of Randall Road and College Green, at approximately 5:30 a.m.

An excerpt from the Kane County Connects article of December 7, 2017, titled “Driver Safe After Car Crashes Into Pond Along Randall Road“:

A 19-year-old driver is safe after her vehicle plunged into a retention pond near the intersection of Randall Road and College Green, according to police, fire and media reports.

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The vehicle, identified by ABC news and other media sources as a Volkswagen, traveled off the road, hit a light pole and rolled into the water at around 5:30 a.m. A dive team was still on the scene as of 7 a.m.

WLS reported that the driver has been charged with driving under the influence.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 7 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Car drives into retention pond in Elgin.”

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If you were injured in an accident – or represent someone who died in an accident – call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken.  This legal consultation is free and is confidential in nature.

Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.

“Chain-Reaction” Crash In St. Charles Injures Two People

“Chain-Reaction” Crash In Kane County 

There was a St. Charles multi-vehicle accident (a “chain-reaction” crash) on Route 31, north of Wood Lane, on November 30 at 5:55 p.m.

According to the St. Charles Police Department, the “chain-reaction” accident occurred as a Jeep Commander traveling southbound on Route 31 struck a Volkswagen Jetta that was stopped in traffic.  This accident began a “chain-reaction” crash, as the Jetta was pushed into a Honda Pilot that was waiting to make a left-hand turn.

Then, another collision occurred.  As seen in the December 1, 2017 Kane County Chronicle article titled “Chain reaction car crash injures 2 in St. Charles” citing St. Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Kintz:

The impact pushed the Honda and the Volkswagen into the way of oncoming traffic, where the Volkswagen struck two northbound vehicles, a Nissan Juke driven by a 25-year-old woman from South Elgin and a Honda Pilot driven by a 32-year-old man from South Elgin, Kintz stated.

Among those injured and hospitalized were the driver of the Volkswagen, a 17-year-old, and the 34-year-old driver of the Honda.  Their accident injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Jeep was identified Michael Potts, 25, of St. Charles. As seen in the Kane County Chronicle article:

Potts received a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Kintz stated.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County “Chain-Reaction” Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Kane County “chain-reaction” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including that seen above as well as the December 1 St. Charles Patch article titled “5-Car Accident Hospitalizes 2 In St. Charles, No Serious Injuries.”

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If you were injured in an accident – or represent someone who died in an accident – call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken.  This legal consultation is free and is confidential in nature.

Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.