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Pedestrian Car Accident
If you’ve been struck and injured by a vehicle – or a loved one has suffered injuries in an accident – contact a Missouri pedestrian injury lawyer as soon as possible. Complex issues regarding claims, comparative negligence, and fault often arise, and a St Louis pedestrian accident lawyer will be the expert you need at your side.
Pedestrian Accident Case Results
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Case involved a young child struck by a vehicle, resulting in brain injury.
What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident
Phone the police and wait for an officer to arrive. Next, collect as much information as you can at the scene of the accident, including the driver’s name, license plate number, driver’s license information, address and phone number, and insurance information. Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any passengers in the vehicle that struck you. Also, make sure to get the contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the crash. If you are a pedestrian who has been struck by a vehicle, immediately seek medical treatment, no matter how minor your injuries may seem. Untreated injuries can sometimes lead to major medical problems if treatment is not received right away.
Take notes during all conversations you may have with the vehicle owner, law enforcement officials, and insurance companies. If you took photographs of the accident, keep them in a safe place.
If you were a pedestrian victim in a motor vehicle accident, you probably have many questions concerning your rights and responsibilities, as well as compensation that may be due to you. Pedestrian accidents in this country are quite common. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 1975 and 2000 nearly 175,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle collisions, with thousands of others injured. Below are some common questions asked by pedestrians who have sustained injuries as a result of accidents involving motor vehicles in Missouri.
How much time do I have to pursue a claim for a pedestrian accident in Missouri?
Statutes of limitations for filing personal injury claims vary from state to state. The more time that passes after an accident, the less effective your case may be. Therefore, it’s crucial that you contact a pedestrian injury attorney as soon after the collision as possible.
What types of claims can I make after a pedestrian accident in Missouri?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to file claims for past and future medical bills, past and future wage losses, as well as pain and suffering. In some cases, you may be eligible to receive punitive damages. If a family member has died as a result of a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover damages for the loss of income and support the family member provided in the past.
Can I get compensation for damages?
You shouldn’t have to suffer financial losses on top of your other pain and suffering. Unfortunately, that is often the case. These damages can include the following:
- Expensive bills for hospitalization, medication and follow-up therapies;
- Temporary loss of income due to time away from your job while you recover;
- Permanent loss of your job or the ability to hold any job;
- Losses stemming from missed vacations or other planned social events due to your accident;
- Loss of ability to enjoy your life or live the same lifestyle you had before the accident; and
- Loss of marital intimacy due to your injuries.
Though no one can turn back the clock and prevent the accident that injured you from happening, we can offer assistance in the aftermath. We encourage pedestrians like you, people injured by the carelessness of a motorist or the failure of a municipality to properly maintain areas where pedestrians were known to be present, to contact us as soon as possible.
What are the most common causes of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian?
- Failure to yield right-of-way at a crosswalk;
- Ignoring a stop light, yield sign or other traffic signal;
- Failure to stop behind a school bus with its arm extended;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance;
- Speeding or otherwise driving recklessly; and
- Driver distraction caused by things such as texting, answering a cell phone or fiddling with the radio.
The kinds of injuries an injured pedestrian may suffer as a result of being struck by a vehicle can be devastating, or even life threatening. They often include one or more of the following:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Spinal column injury;
- Fractured bones;
- Internal organ damage; and
- “Road rash” (severe abrasion) and bruising.
These injuries are not only painful, but can interfere with your ability to enjoy life and perform your job duties. They may also result in long-term or permanent disabilities such as paralysis, loss of a limb or limited range of motion. Brain injuries in particular can rob you of normal cognitive function and sensory perception, or result in seizure disorders.
Should I contact a St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney?
If you have been injured as a pedestrian in Missouri, call me today. As an attorney, I can evaluate your case and potential claims. The call and consultation are both free, and there is no fee unless you recover damages for the personal injuries you sustained. I can be reached 24 hours a day at (314) 322-8515. You can also contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to assisting you during this trying time.
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