The Kansas City pedestrian accident attorneys at Dickerson Oxton, LLC have extensive experience helping pedestrian accident victims recover damages caused by another party’s negligence. Our compassionate team of Kansas City personal injury lawyers can guide you through the complex area of pedestrian accident law.
Seek Justice and Hire a Kansas City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
In a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle, pedestrians suffer the most damaging consequences, despite the fact that they are rarely the ones responsible for the accident. Injuries can range from road rash and bruises to spinal cord injuries or even wrongful death. After such a devastating injury, you need the help of an experienced Kansas City pedestrian accident attorney. Victims of pedestrian accidents may struggle with the consequences of their injuries for weeks, months, or even years. We believe you should not have to pay the price for another party’s negligence. We work to recover compensation on your behalf for the full extent of your injuries, pain, and suffering.
While accidents involving pedestrians make up the minority of motor vehicle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 5,000 pedestrians die each year in accidents involving cars or trucks. An additional 76,000 incur serious injuries. Several factors may be to blame in pedestrian accidents, from poor sidewalk or roadway maintenance to inherently dangerous urban design. Contact us to learn more and schedule a free case evaluation today.
What Are Common Injuries Suffered From Pedestrian Accidents?
The pedestrian always ends up with the worse injuries in a pedestrian-motorist collision. A motor vehicle striking a pedestrian can cause many injuries to the latter, from cuts and bruises to catastrophic injuries that will impact a victim for the rest of his or her life. Most pedestrian accidents in Kansas City are devastating for victims. They cause life-changing injuries that required thousands of dollars in medical costs and force the victim out of work. At Dickerson Oxton, LLC, we have years of experience helping pedestrians with all types of serious injuries.
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Severe scarring
- Spinal injuries
- Permanent paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Wrongful death
Injuries from a pedestrian accident may not only be physical. The emotional toll a pedestrian accident takes on a victim can also be significant. For example, the fear and pain of a pedestrian accident can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, with related symptoms such as flashbacks and nightmares. No matter what physical, emotional or financial harm you suffered in a pedestrian accident in Kansas City, we can help. Our lawyers will work hard to make you feel heard and cared for during this difficult time.
What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
In Missouri, determining the cause of a pedestrian accident is often a requirement before the injured pedestrian can recover financial compensation. This is the rule under Missouri’s fault-based insurance system. One of the legal tasks we complete for our clients is to investigate their accidents to determine the cause. From there, we can bring a claim on the client’s behalf against the responsible party. Although many different things can cause pedestrian collisions, certain hazards are more common than others in Kansas City.
Every day, hundreds of drivers in Kansas drive distracted. Many believe they can safely multitask behind the wheel, such as checking their emails while waiting at a red light. Although texting while driving is against the law in Kansas, many drivers do it anyway. Other common causes of distracted driving include eating and drinking, chatting with passengers, dealing with kids in the back seat, looking at a GPS, reading billboards, and rubbernecking. If a distracted driver collides with a pedestrian, that negligent driver could be liable for damages for breaking a state law or behaving carelessly or recklessly behind the wheel.
Lack of Driver Awareness
Driver inattention, or lack of driver awareness, is another common cause of pedestrian collisions in Kansas City. Many drivers are not aware of the traffic laws protecting pedestrians’ rights. They may not understand the right-of-way rules at a crosswalk or intersection, for example. Lack of driver awareness in a certain situation, such as at a red light or in a school zone, could lead to a preventable pedestrian collision. A driver who reasonably should have been more aware of a pedestrian but negligently was not would most likely have to pay for damages. This includes an inexperienced or incompetent driver who did not understand pedestrian rights.
Lack of Light
A large percentage of pedestrian collisions in Kansas City occur between dusk and dawn due to lack of visibility. Nighttime conditions can make it more difficult for a driver to see a pedestrian who is crossing the road. If another driver in the same situation would have noticed the pedestrian in time to stop, the driver could be liable for the crash despite low light conditions. If the pedestrian was jaywalking, however, and a reasonable driver would not have expected the pedestrian to be where he or she was, the driver may not be liable. Low light could also point to the government’s liability for the wreck for poor road design or the failure to replace a broken bulb. An investigation of the crash may be necessary to determine fault for a pedestrian accident in low light. Pedestrians can decrease the risk of accidents in low light by avoiding walking at night or wearing brightly colored clothing and using flashlights.
Who Is Responsible for Pedestrian Accidents in Missouri?
One of the most common questions we hear following an accident is, “who is responsible?” Though it may seem like the car that hit you would be the obvious defendant, there are many circumstances where another or an additional party may be responsible. Finding the liable party for your injuries is one of the most important aspects of your personal injury case. A skilled Kansas City car accident lawyer can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident and identify any parties responsible for your injuries. The following may play a role in a pedestrian accident:
- The actions of another driver. Often, a driver is legally responsible for any injuries he or she causes to a pedestrian. These accidents may arise from driving distracted, drunk driving accidents, or driving too fast for conditions. Our attorneys use forensic evidence, police, reports, and witness statements to determine who is responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable.
- Government negligence. The government is responsible for maintaining roadways and sidewalks, as well as creating a safe pedestrian environment. If an urban area lacks crosswalks or basic safety features for pedestrians, the local government may be to blame. The Kansas City pedestrian accident attorneys at Dickerson Oxton, LLC look for any signs of negligence by the government and pursue these specific claims on your behalf.
- Any other third-party negligence. Pedestrian accidents don’t just occur because of contact with motor vehicles – for example, pedestrians may sustain injuries in construction work zones or because of a negligently maintained property. We help identify the parties responsible so you can gain fair compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
Damages Available For Compensation in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents often lead to serious injuries that require long-term rehabilitation and care. Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys help victims of pedestrian accidents recover several types of damages, including:
- Economic damages. These compensate for the quantifiable expenses of your accident, including medical bills from medical attention and doctor visits, lost wages, and any future medical expenses or loss in earning capacity.
- General damages. These damages address the intangible losses associated with your experience, including physical and emotional pain, suffering, and loss of life quality.
- Punitive damages. When your injuries arise from another party’s gross negligence or intentional misconduct (such as being struck by a drunk driver), you may be able to collect punitive damages, which also punish the defendant for his or her behavior.
Contact a Kansas City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Car accidents that involve pedestrians can be absolutely devastating. If you or a loved has been victimized as a result of a pedestrian accident, our Kansas City personal injury attorneys are here to help. For a free consultation, please call (816) 268-1960 or contact us via our online form.
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