Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Springfield
Providing Knowledgeable Legal Advice After a Serious Injury
The human body is not equipped to withstand the force of being struck by a motor vehicle. Accident victims frequently sustain brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and other serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash, the injury attorneys of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC can investigate the cause of the pedestrian accident; negotiate aggressively with the insurance company and work diligently to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
Pedestrian Accidents in Missouri
In 2011, 75 pedestrians were killed and 1,377 were injured in Missouri traffic accidents. This means one person was killed or injured in a pedestrian traffic crash every 6.0 hours in the state.
Careless drivers are frequently to blame for pedestrian crashes. Common causes include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Speeding or aggressive driving
- Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a cellphone while driving
- Failure to obey stop signs and traffic signals
- Right of way violations at intersections or crosswalks
- Inattention while backing out of a driveway, alley, or parking space
Determining Who Is at Fault for a Pedestrian Crash
Under Missouri law, both pedestrians and drivers have certain legal obligations. For example, drivers must exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian and take extra precautions when encountering a child or incapacitated adult. In addition, drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in both marked and unmarked crosswalks. When another driver stops to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear must not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
At the same time, pedestrians are required to use common sense, such as looking both ways before crossing and walking on sidewalks where available. Pedestrians crossing at an intersection must also obey “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” signals. When not crossing at a crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield the right of way to all vehicle traffic.
Pedestrian Accidents Result in Severe Injuries
Pedestrians are lucky to walk away from a truck or auto accident unscathed. According to the state of Missouri’s 2011 traffic crash statistics, 91.2 percent of pedestrian crashes resulted in a death or personal injury. Common injuries include head trauma, fractures, contusions, internal injuries, back and neck injuries, and abrasions. In the most serious crashes, victims may suffer more dire consequences, such as permanent brain damage or paralysis.
To deal with the long-term repercussions of a serious crash, we help injury victims recover money damages from the negligent driver who caused the pedestrian collision, which may include compensation for medical bills and lost wages. The family of a pedestrian killed in a crash may also file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for their losses, from funeral expenses to the loss of the victim’s love, affection, and companionship.
Call Today to Discuss Your Accident
At Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC, our seasoned pedestrian accident lawyers in Springfield help injury victims recover from serious pedestrian collisions. Whether negotiating with the insurance company or pursuing your case at trial, we work diligently to obtain full and fair compensation on your behalf.