St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Keeping the Streets Safe for Pedestrians
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable party in traffic collisions. Still, many motorists fail conduct themselves with care when around them. It is not uncommon for a careless motorist to fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians, speed through highly populated areas, or even fail to look for pedestrians at intersections.
If a motorist struck and injured you while you were a pedestrian, you may have the right to financial compensation. Our award-winning attorneys at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm are highly knowledgeable in this area of the law, having handled countless pedestrian accident cases in St. Louis, Missouri. We firmly believe that negligent parties must be held accountable for their actions and that they must provide you with compensation for the harm they caused. That’s why we’ll put our over 100 years of collective experience to work for you.
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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Every pedestrian accident is different, but some of their most common causes include the following:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to check for pedestrians
- Failing to yield to pedestrians
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Violating traffic laws
- Road rage
Although you may know what caused the pedestrian accident in which you were injured, you will have to prove it before a judge and jury. Doing so may be difficult without the help of a skilled trial lawyer. Don’t leave your case up to chance; hire a lawyer with a track record of success, like ours at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm.
Is the Pedestrian Ever At Fault?
It is uncommon for the pedestrian to be liable for an accident, but not impossible. They may be considered partially at fault for what happened if they committed negligence leading up to the accident.
For example, if they suddenly stepped off the curb without giving motorists enough time to stop safely, then they may be considered at least partially liable for the ensuing collision. Other examples of pedestrian negligence include failing to use the crosswalk, crossing despite a “Don’t Walk” sign, and walking while distracted, such as by a cell phone.
Negligent pedestrians can still sue another negligent party, however. The state follows a policy of “pure comparative fault,” which means that percentages of fault will be taken into account when ruling on a plaintiff’s compensation. If the pedestrian was 10% at fault for the accident, they will be on the hook for 10% of their damages. The negligent party who was 90% responsible for the accident will be 90% responsible for the pedestrian’s damages.
Types of Damages and Compensation
Pedestrians tend to suffer severe injuries in accidents because of their lack of protection. Traumatic brain injuries, road rash, amputation, and spinal cord injuries, among other severe injuries are common. It follows that the damages they incur are also significant.
Typically, damages for which an injured pedestrian may be compensated include but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitative care
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
Unfortunately, some pedestrian accidents result in death. If your loved one passed away because of a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages the decedent’s estate suffered, those the decedent suffered before they passed away, and those you have suffered as a result of your loss.
Call an Experienced Trial Law Firm
Our attorney team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is fully prepared to represent you in your pedestrian accident case. We have fought to protect the rights of injured pedestrians for more than 100 years combined. We know how to investigate and prove your case, as well as how to protect you from being taken advantage of by the at-fault party.
Don’t wait any longer. Call (314) 701-7722 to get your free consultation with a St. Louis pedestrian accident lawyer.