About every 110 minutes, a car accident involving a pedestrian occurs in the state of Missouri, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Car crashes involving pedestrians are generally the most deadly types of traffic accidents due to the fact that pedestrians have nothing to shield them from the impact of heavy motor vehicles.
Factors that can increase the chances that pedestrian versus car accidents will occur include (but are not limited to):
- Poor street lighting at night and/or lack of reflectors on crosswalks
- Malfunctioning signals at intersections
- Lack of signage or fading paint associated with crosswalks
- Vehicle equipment failures, particularly brake system failures
- Driver negligence, such as drivers not paying attention to the road, falling asleep at the wheel or having slowed reaction times due to alcohol or drug impairment
In the first three examples, the city or entity responsible for keeping roadways safe would be the liable party and, as a result, could be named the defendant in a pedestrian accident lawsuit. Alternatively, a vehicle equipment manufacturer or another driver would be the negligent party (respectively, in the last two examples) and could be forced to pay victims compensation for their injuries and losses in a pedestrian accident lawsuit.
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident in or around the St. Louis area or elsewhere in Missouri, please call Brown & Brown, LLP at 314-333-3333 or 573-333-3333 for a free consultation. Our firm also has an office in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Call us at 618-888-8888 for representation in the southern area of that state.