St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The St. Louis pedestrian accident lawyers of Dixon Law provide the greatest level of care and legal guidance for St. Louis and Missouri residents. When you or someone you love has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, and you’ve suffered severe injuries and have lost work and wages because of those injuries, you need a pedestrian accident lawyer to protect your interests. The Pedestrian accident lawyers at Dixon Law can guide you through your pedestrian accident claim and see to it that you and your family are provided for during this trying time. Whether you need financial assistance because of loss of work, medical bills, or to pay for the costs of recovery associated with any injuries sustained because of the accident, Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm can and will provide you with expert pedestrian accident legal guidance.
When you or someone you love has been in pedestrian accident and needs a pedestrian accident attorney, you need the best in the industry. Christopher R. Dixon and the St. Louis pedestrian accident attorneys of Dixon Law strive to provide the best results possible. Christopher R. Dixon is recognized as a Top 100 Trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and when you choose Chris for your legal guidance and counseling for a pedestrian accident case you will be taken care of.
Accidents involving pedestrians are much more common than most people realize. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), every year close to 80,000 pedestrians are injured as a result of being struck by a car or truck. Approximately 5,000 of these injuries are fatal. Pedestrians encompass everyone from children walking to school, to members of the workforce walking to lunch. In essence, we are all pedestrians.
Due to the staggering number of pedestrian accidents and deaths, the NHTSA and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are launching a new set of tools aimed a reducing this epidemic. These tools include their everyone is a pedestrian website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and all other interested parties, as well as grants to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths.
The unprotected nature of pedestrian accidents results in horrific injuries and deaths. Today’s growing distracted drivers are fueling these unnecessary losses. Those injured are entitled to reimbursement for all of their harms and losses.
Driver Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
Determining fault in a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident should be simple – after all, a human being is no match for a two ton car or a five ton truck. In reality, insurance companies will do everything they can to place blame on the victim.
A driver may be liable for a pedestrians injuries if he or she did any of the following at the time of the accident:
- Went over the posted speed limit
- Failed to yield the right of way to you in a marked cross walk
- Drove while intoxicated
- Drove while distracted
- Ignored traffic signals or signs
- Disregarded hazardous weather and/or traffic conditions
Pedestrians should always do their part as well by using cross-walks and paying careful attention to traffic control devices. Section 300.375 of the Missouri Revised Statutes provides that when there are not any traffic control devices/signals in place, the driver of the vehicle shall always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway.
Causes of Pedestrian Caused Crashes in Missouri
In the State of Missouri, 57,270 pedestrian accidents occurred in 2017 alone. While a portion of these accidents were caused by driver error, a substantial amount of crashes occur because of a pedestrian’s failure to exercise reasonable care for their own safety and use caution around passenger vehicles. The most common causes of pedestrian caused crashes in Missouri include:
- Failure to use a crosswalk
- Not waiting for the “walk” signal before crossing at an intersection
- Crossing a busy interstate
- Attempting to cross the road without making sure the path is clear
- Walking into traffic
If a pedestrian commits any of the above acts of negligence, it can be argued that the pedestrian violated Missouri’s laws regarding pedestrians right of way and yielding. Missouri’s revised statute regarding pedestrians states, “pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway.” (§300.390)
Premises Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
Not all pedestrian accidents involve motor vehicles. Property owners have a duty to neighbors, postal works, guests and others lawfully on their property, to keep their property free from defects and hazards which are likely to cause injury. The following are common types of non-auto pedestrian accidents which are responsible for thousands of injuries each year:
- Poorly maintained sidewalks
- Uneven surfaces
- Broken escalators
- Security defects
- Swimming pool accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wet floor accidents
- Hidden snares and traps
- Dog bites
- Construction sites that are not properly roped off
Common Missouri Crosswalk Accident Injury Claims
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the problem is so common that in 2017, every 88 minutes, approximately one pedestrian was killed in the U.S. due to a driver or pedestrian’s negligence. Most pedestrian accidents involve speeding or distracted driving which can result in critical injuries or even death for a pedestrian. Typically, the most common types of injuries involved in a crosswalk accident include:
- Head trauma such as concussions, brain damage, hemorrhaging
- Neck or spinal injuries that can cause paralyzation, decreased mobilization, and a decline in life satisfaction
- Amputations and fractured or broken bones
- Severe mental and emotional distress, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD
- Death. In 2006 roughly 600 pedestrians were killed while using crosswalks in the U.S.
The most common demographic for crosswalk accidents in St. Louis is adults over the age of 65, who might have decreased mobility, and children under the age of 15 who are likely to be distracted while crossing the street, or less likely to use a crosswalk at all. The best way to prevent a crosswalk accident in the first place is by knowing the most common causes of crosswalk accidents and how they can be prevented.
Proving Fault in St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Claims
If you have suffered injuries because of a pedestrian’s negligence, it’s essential to gather evidence of the pedestrian’s carelessness (witness accounts, footage from traffic cameras, police report), seek medical attention (obtain a copy of your medical report that details your injuries from the accident), and hire a Missouri Pedestrian Crash Lawyer to represent your case. After the accident, the other party’s insurance company might try to deny your claim, and attempt to pin the blame on you for the accident by citing acts of negligence, but an experienced lawyer can protect you from the other party, prove the other party’s negligence, and demand compensation for your harm and losses.
Hiring a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Sadly, even when pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence or recklessness, insurance companies will try to thwart victims’ efforts to receive reimbursement for their harms and losses. Reducing or refusing to pay claims is how insurance companies turn a profit; therefore, if they can, they will try to prove that the victim was at fault for the accident. In order to deny your claim, they may accuse you of any of the following:
- Crossing the street outside of marked cross walks
- Walking into traffic and causing a disruption in the flow
- Darting into traffic
- Ignoring the “walk” signal at an intersection
St. Louis accident lawyer Chris Dixon is familiar with these tactics and has successfully proven the innocence of his clients – the victims – in disputes with large insurance companies.
If you have sustained an injury as a pedestrian, contact accident attorney Christopher Dixon for a FREE case consultation. Chris is recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial lawyer and a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Our lawyers are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case by calling (314) 208-2808.