The video below shows a family trying to negotiate a marked crosswalk spanning Armitage Avenue. They approach the crosswalk as a team. The woman goes first, trying to get traffic to yield, while the man walks their child behind. The woman points to the crosswalk and indicates a desire to cross.
What you can't see, just out of frame, is that the driver of the blue car reluctantly comes to a stop just inches away from the lady, immediately rolls his window down and starts yelling while edging forward in a threatening manner. It all happened really quickly, but the driver's intent was clear.
The driver of that blue car should be ashamed of himself. He not only had no right to be mad at the pedestrians, but he had an absolute duty to stop and yield to them. The Illinois Motor Vehicle code requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. 625 ILCS 5/11-1002 states in relevant part, "...the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk..."
If a driver strikes someone in a marked crosswalk they should be expect to be sued for any injuries that arise from that collision. If their insurance is insufficient to cover the judgement they will probably be held personally accountable for the difference. The driver could not only be sued, but could be ruined financially and forced into bankruptcy. The driver will also risk being charged with criminal violations relating to the accident.
If you or anyone you know is ever struck by a car while cross the street in a crosswalk please give us a call. We enjoy sticking up for vulnerable roadway users, and we love holding negligent or wanton drivers accountable for their actions.