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Could street lights have prevented the fatal car accident on a Joliet Rd?

Posted by David Nemeroff | Aug 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imagine walking down a street at night time, when suddenly you are struck by a car? This happened in Joliet in 2009, due to improper lightening on the city street. Kathy Brockett's has worked for over two years to have new street lighting installed on this segment of road. Her son, Mark Brockett was walking in the street near a viaduct in the dark during the early morning hours of Aug. 23, 2009, when he was hit by two cars.

This portion of the Joliet roadway currently has no street lights. It is projected to have nine lights when the project is completed. It is estimated that the project will be completed by mid-August 2012. Many additional improvements will be made to Route 53 by the state, to make it safe for pedestrian traffic. Mark Brockett was walking near the viaduct in the darkness of the evening when he was hit by two cars. He died from the injuries sustained from the car impact.

Many pedestrian accident victims die as a result of traumatic brain injuries. It is estimated that each year in the US over 1 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident. The results from a brain injury can vary dramatically. Some of the symptoms include mild to severe headaches to seizures. Results from a severe injury can leave victims in a coma. If this victim suffers a severe TBI, this could require a long hospital period and perhaps time in a rehabilitation or commitment to a long term care facility. The most severe cases can result in death. Twenty percent of the victims with traumatic brain injuries die from the injury, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimates also show that greater than five million Americans are left with permanent disabilities from traumatic brain injuries. Requiring long term care, which can be extremely expensive.

According to Chicago injury and traumatic brain injury attorney David Nemeroff, injuries that result from a TBI can be severe to mild concussions, seizures, coma and death. Traumatic brain injuries cause the death of an estimated 50,000 individuals each year. Severe head or brain injuries or traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a TBI, are caused by a severe and sudden hit to the head. Car accidents are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury. Other causes include near drowning's, apoxia accidents or an obstructed airway, myocardial infarcts or heart attack, stroke and aneurysm.

In some cases, brain injuries result from negligence. They can be a result of an auto accident, defective manufactured products, construction accidents or neglected and poorly maintained workplaces. If the brain injury is the result of an error caused by a health care provider this is considered medical malpractice. If this is the cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit should be filed.

If you are considering filing a traumatic brain injury or TBI lawsuit as a result of an accident, it is best to contact a knowledgeable Chicago personal injury and Traumatic Brain Injury lawyer. At Nemeroff Law Offices we have handled many cases traumatic brain injury cases.

Source: Officials to put lights on Joliet Street where son was killed in '09, Chicago Sun times, and August 23, 2011

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In January 2012, David Nemeroff was voted one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the entire state of Illinois (out of 83,000 lawyers) by Super Lawyers Magazine...

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