Whenever I attempt to navigate Chicago’s streets on foot it always seems like I am in my very own battle for survival, only the quickest and fittest will make it to the end. But are there actual rules on how to navigate the city’s busy streets? The answer, of course, is yes.
The pedestrian “safe zone” is the crosswalk. Crosswalks, whether they are marked or unmarked, are intended for pedestrians to use when crossing the street. Wojdyla v. City of Park Ridge, 148 Ill. 2d 417. Therefore, pedestrians have the right to use those crosswalks when it is their turn to do so. More importantly, municipalities are charged with liability for that area. Wojdyla v. City of Park Ridge, 148 Ill. 2d 417. That means, if a pedestrian is injured while in the crosswalk, the municipality, may be held liable. But, if the pedestrian is walking outside of those crosswalks, the municipality does not owe the pedestrian a duty of ordinary care because a pedestrian is not a permitted user. Mitchell v. City of Chicago, 221 Ill. App. 3d 1017.
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