Pedestrian Accidents

St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Helping the Seriously Injured Secure Compensation

Pedestrians are commonplace on our roads, but for many drivers, they remain invisible until it’s too late. Pedestrian accidents are a large concern in St. Louis, with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) recording an all-time high of 126 pedestrian deaths in 2020. While it is true pedestrians are just as responsible for following the law as anyone else, many of these accidents happen due to careless driving. Anyone who suffered an injury or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a negligent driver has the right to pursue compensation.

Our lawyers at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm are here to help you and your family take legal action after a pedestrian accident. From lost wages to medical bills to lasting disability, we know being hit by a car can have a huge impact on your life. We want to ensure you are able to secure the compensation you need to access top-tier treatment and provide for yourself and any dependents while you are recovering. With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys know what it takes to mount a successful case. Reach out to us today if you are looking for quality legal assistance.

Learn more about your rights and options by scheduling a free consultation. Call our St. Louis lawyers today at (314) 701-7722 if you were injured in a pedestrian accident that was not your fault.

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?

One momentary distraction or error in judgment can be enough to cause a serious accident. Especially where pedestrians are concerned, drivers must always do their utmost to prevent accidents. Though someone in a car is unlikely to suffer any injury if they hit a pedestrian, the individual on the other side of the accident may suffer life-changing injuries.

Drivers who make the mistakes that lead to these accidents must be held accountable. We can help you file a claim against a driver who hit you or a loved one because they:

  • Chose to speed
  • Disobeyed traffic signs or signals
  • Drove while distracted
  • Drove while drunk or under the influence
  • Failed to look for pedestrians while pulling out of a parking space, driveway, or alleyway
  • Failed to yield the right-of-way

Drivers who hit pedestrians often admit that they simply didn’t see the person in time to stop. This may be a reason for an accident, but it is by no means an excuse. Drivers must get used to looking for road users who have a smaller profile than a vehicle. Everyone on our roads deserves protection.

Other Factors in Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers and pedestrians are not the only parties who may be responsible for an accident between the two. Road design can be a culprit in these collisions as well. Whether caused by crosswalks placed too close to curves or visibility-blocking structures along the side of a road, some drivers and pedestrians may not be able to gather sufficient warning of an impending collision—even if they are paying close attention to their surroundings.

If your accident was caused, in part or in whole, by a situation like this, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the local government agency responsible for designing and/or maintaining roads. These claims are important because they can force changes to dangerous infrastructure, However, claims against the government have even more procedural elements than a typical lawsuit. You will want an experienced attorney by your side if you plan to bring one of these cases.

Securing Compensation as an Injured Pedestrian

One of the central parts of any accident claim is the fight for compensation. Even seemingly “minor” injuries can lead to high medical bills. For those who suffer injuries that require extensive care, or patients who learn they will never fully recover, the damages associated with your injury are likely to be much higher than the initial settlement an insurance company offers you.

If you were injured in one of the following ways, you should speak with one of our team members before accepting a settlement:

  • Bone crush injuries
  • Concussion
  • Facial injury
  • Fractures
  • Loss of limb
  • Neck or back injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

Our first step is to work with you to ensure you have an accurate and complete diagnosis. Then, we can work with medical professionals and life care planners to determine what the full cost of your injury may be. Often, a patient’s losses extend far beyond their initial hospital bill. We can help you calculate the compensation you are owed for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical needs
  • Lost wages
  • Decreased earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental distress

You deserve compensation for every cost and challenge you may find yourself facing after a serious injury that was caused by another person or party. Our team is here to help you understand what a fair settlement looks like, so you do not find yourself without the means necessary to move forward.

Caring Support, Tough Representation

After helping many accident and injury victims fight for justice and fair compensation, our team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has earned a reputation for excellent advocacy. We are trusted not only by past clients but also by other law firms in the area, who often refer clients to us. With a strong, sizeable team and the resources to handle complex cases, we offer big-firm quality with a local-firm touch. Our goal is always to fight for our clients’ needs. We get to know everyone who comes to us for help and build legal strategies tailored to clients’ goals and situations.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one recently, our lawyers understand you do not need more on your plate. We are here to help your claim run smoothly and efficiently. Our team can handle phone calls, paperwork, and the process of gathering and preserving evidence, while you focus on recovering and spending time with loved ones. We always keep lines of communication open to update our clients on their cases and answer any questions—but we do so in a way that alleviates pressure on you and your family. If you are looking for legal help with your claim and need a caring team on your side, you do not need to look any further. Our lawyers want to know what we can do to help.

Call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm today at (314) 701-7722 to schedule a free consultation with one of our pedestrian accident attorneys. We are here to help the injured in St. Louis and the surrounding areas.


  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Trailer Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor trailer injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

Hear From Our Clients

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.


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