Pedestrian Injuries in Missouri By Schultz Legal Group
Jul. 16, 2010 10:57a
Have You Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year on average there are over 4,600 pedestrian deaths, and over 70,000 pedestrian injuries. Sadly, children are often the victims of these accidents. The nature of a pedestrian accident means that the victim usually sustains serious injuries. Whenever an unprotected person is hit at a high speed by tons of metal, the outcome is grim. A pedestrian accident often results in broken or fractured bones, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, paralysis, amputation, brain injuries, head injuries, and/or wrongful death. If you have been hit by a car or other motor vehicle, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, future medical costs, rehabilitation, loss of wages, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. A Missouri personal injury attorney at the Schultz Legal Group can help you file a claim against the responsible driver.
In the vast majority of situations, pedestrians have the right of way. A pedestrian accident is rarely the pedestrian's fault. All vehicle operators are required to exercise a duty of care towards the people around them. All too often, however, drivers are negligent or reckless and cause severe injuries and even death to innocent pedestrians. Factors such as failing to obey traffic signs/lights, texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving, driving under the influence, and racing all commonly cause pedestrian-auto accidents.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is imperative that you retain skilled legal defense right away. Your insurance and the other driver's insurance will likely offer you some money, but not enough to cover all of your expenses. You will need a Missouri pedestrian accident lawyer to ensure that a proper and detailed investigation is done, that the defense is well prepared, that all of your injury-related costs are accounted for, and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Insurance claims are always time sensitive, as witnesses may forget details and evidence can be covered up.
If you or someone you love was a pedestrian victim of an auto accident, contact a Missouri Pedestrian Accident Attorney as soon as possible.
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