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Pedestrian Accident

Creating Safer Streets in Your Community: Things to Consider

By John Page on May 23, 2012 - Comments off

Car accidents injure thousands of pedestrians each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Whether you drive, walk, or both, you can help improve safety in your community and reduce the rate of car accidents that injure pedestrians or bicyclists.

About 5,000 pedestrians lose their lives in car accidents and 64,000 more are injured in car accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Reducing the rate of accidents requires drivers, pedestrians, and communities to work together.

St. Louis Pedestrian Safety

Drivers can help improve pedestrian safety by avoiding distractions and by driving more slowly in areas with many pedestrians. Since stopping distance increases the faster a car goes, driving more slowly gives drivers more time to stop the car if a child or other person suddenly steps into the street. Meanwhile, pedestrians can help protect themselves by crossing at crosswalks, walking on the left side of the road facing traffic or on sidewalks if available, and wearing brightly-colored or reflective clothing to make themselves easier for drivers to see.

Communities can help improve traffic safety by working with local governments to add sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, and other amenities to make walking safer. Reducing dangerous intersections or blind curves can also help prevent pedestrian accidents.

If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, the knowledgeable St. Louis pedestrian accident injury attorneys at Page Law can help. We have the legal resources and real-world experience to help you get to the bottom of facts after a crash. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

 

Six Tips for St. Louis Winter Pedestrian Safety

By John Page on January 2, 2012 - Comments off

Walking is great exercise year-round, but walking in Missouri winter weather conditions can add an extra layer of risk, especially if you’re walking on or near public roads. To help keep yourself and those you love safe this winter, consider these six winter pedestrian safety tips.

Wear non-slip shoes. Snow and ice make sidewalks and roadways slippery, increasing the chances of a fall. Wearing shoes or boots with non-slip treads may help reduce your chances of a slip and fall accident injury.

Take smaller steps and bend your knees as you walk. If you’re walking on ice and snow, walk more slowly than usual. This can also help prevent your chances of a fall.

Avoid carrying large packages. These can make it hard to see, and can also increase your chances of a fall. If you’re only going a short distance, a wagon or sled can help you transport larger items safely.

Use the sidewalk, if one is available. If you must walk in the road, walk on the left side, facing traffic, and wear brightly-colored or reflective clothing so oncoming cars can see you.

Look twice before crossing the street. Make sure oncoming cars have come to a complete stop before stepping into a crosswalk in front of them.

If you’re pushing a stroller, put it directly in front of you as you walk, and stay as close to the curb as possible if you must walk in the street. Dress children in brightly-colored or reflective clothing, and put reflective tape on the stroller to make everyone easier to see.

Pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries. At Page Law, our experienced Missouri pedestrian accident attorneys are dedicated to helping those who are injured in pedestrian accidents, whether you were hit by a vehicle or slipped and fell on property someone else had a duty to keep clear. To learn more, call Page Law today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.

 

Distracted Driver Hits Pedestrians on I-70

By John Page on July 21, 2011 - Comments off

Two men who were putting gas in a vehicle on the shoulder of I-70 recently lost their lives when a distracted driver veered onto the shoulder and hit them both, according to a recent news report by KCTV. The driver later told police that distraction from using a cell phone had led to the accident. Police also suspect, but have not been able to prove, that alcohol also played a role.

According to Columbia police, who responded to the accident, the two men had each been driving a van east on I-70, when one of the vans ran low on gas. The men stopped to put gas in the empty van, filling it with a gas can. While they were working, an SUV traveling in the right lane hit them both. The accident occurred on a weekday evening.

One of the two men, a 73-year-old Auxvasse resident, died at the scene of the fatal accident. The other, a 72-year-old who lived in Prairie Home, was rushed to a nearby hospital, but medical staff were unable to save his life. He died in the hospital from injuries suffered in the accident.

Distractions from cell phones and other electronic devices cause thousands of accidents per year. Many of these accidents are fatal. While most U.S. states have passed laws that restrict or prohibit cell phone use while driving, drivers who do use them still have a responsibility to pay attention to the road in order to avoid accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident with a distracted driver, the experienced Missouri pedestrian accident lawyers at Page Law can help you protect your legal rights while you seek compensation for your injuries. Call Page Law at 314-322-8515 today for a free consultation.

 

Pedestrian Struck by at Least Six Vehicles and Killed on I-29 in Kansas City, Missouri

By John Page on June 28, 2011 - Comments off

A 25-year-old woman was killed early in the morning on June 8, 2011 after being struck by several cars while trying to cross Interstate 29 in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the33tv.com. According to a witness, the woman was walking near the road around 4:15 a.m. and looked as if she had been drinking. She was hit by a car when she attempted to cross the interstate.

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Police say that she was likely killed by the impact with the first car. However, they note that she was run over by several cars before emergency personnel arrived. Police also stated that they are unlikely to press charges against any of the motorists because they don’t think that visibility was good enough for the drivers to avoid hitting the woman at that time of day.

It seems as if drinking was the likely cause of this accident. Drinking is among the most prevalent causes of pedestrian involved traffic crashes. In fact, in 22.5% of crashes involving a pedestrian in that state of Missouri in 2009, the pedestrian was drinking at the time of the accident. These accidents accounted for more than a fourth of the fatal accidents involving a pedestrian that year.

Pedestrian accidents like this one are tragic. In the aftermath of such a serious car accident, you need someone with experience who can explain your legal and medical options. The Missouri pedestrian accident attorneys at Page Law are here to help you today with a free consultation at 314-322-8515. There is no obligation and you won’t have to pay any attorney fees unless we win your case.

Source: http://www.the33tv.com/news/wdaf-police-investigate-deadly-accident-on-i29-20110608,0,6420127.story

 

Woman Hit by Six Drivers Dies in Pedestrian Accident on Interstate 29

By John Page on June 10, 2011 - Comments off

A woman walking along Interstate 29 near Kansas City was struck by multiple cars, according to a recent article from the33tv.com. Investigators estimate that the fatal accident could have involved at least six different vehicles.

According to eyewitnesses, the woman was trying to cross I-29 at Tiffany Springs Parkway at about 4:15 in the morning when the accident occurred. One driver who saw her on the roadway just before the accident occurred reached for his cell phone, intending to call 911 so that someone could help the woman. He wondered if she might have been intoxicated or lost, but was unable to stop on the interstate to find out.

Shortly afterward, the woman was pushed to the ground by the first vehicle that hit her. The driver of that car told investigators that he tried to avoid her, but didn’t have space to move because he saw her only a second before the collision. Once she was down, the woman was unable to get back up before she was struck by additional vehicles, whose drivers may not have seen her at all, according to investigators. So far, no one has received a citation for the accident, though police continue to investigate.

Some heavily-traveled U.S. interstates prevent pedestrians from walking alongside them because traffic moves so quickly that there may not be time to avoid an accident. However, other stretches of road don’t prohibit pedestrians from using them, meaning that drivers must keep an eye out to avoid hitting those on foot.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Missouri pedestrian accident attorneys at Page Law. We have the legal resources and the courtroom experience to protect your rights while we fight for the compensation you deserve. Call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.

 

Two Female Pedestrians Injured in Missouri Accident at Martin Luther King Drive and Deer Street Intersection

By John Page on May 24, 2011 - Comments off

On May 23, 2011, stltoday.com reported that two women were hit by a car and critically injured. According to police, the women, both in their mid-twenties, were walking near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Deer Street at about 10:30 p.m. when they were struck by the car.

According to the report, the driver of the car stopped after hitting the women and cooperated with police. Police note that the driver of the car was not drunk and it is not yet clear where the women were in relation to the street at the time of the accident. Following the pedestrian accident in Missouri, both women were taken to a nearby hospital where they are in critical but stable condition.


Missouri Traffic Accident Statistics
In 2009, there were over 152,000 traffic crashes in Missouri. Though only 1% of these crashes involved a pedestrian, pedestrian deaths accounted for 9% of the total traffic crash fatalities. 5% of pedestrians involved in traffic collisions are killed compared to only 0.5% of people involved in vehicle crashes. It is almost 10 times more likely that a pedestrian will die as a result of a traffic crash.

According to the state of Missouri’s data, we are entering the most dangerous period of the year for pedestrians. Better weather means that more pedestrians are more likely to be outside near the roads. In 2009, alcohol played a part in 26.8% of all crashes involving a pedestrian.

Do You Have an Injury Claim?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash involving a pedestrian, contact the personal injury attorneys at Page Law today. Not every injury claim needs a lawyer, but an experienced personal injury lawyer at Page Law will evaluate your claim with no cost or obligation. Call (314) 322-8515 today.

 

St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Attorney: Woman and Child Struck by Car

By John Page on March 14, 2011 - Comments off

This week in St. Louis, a pedestrian accident resulted in two victims: a woman carrying her baby was struck by a car. The incident severely injured both mother and child. Both victims were transported to local hospitals for emergency treatment.

The incident occurred around dusk last Friday in South City at Chippewa and Texas. The fire department responded to the scene and transported the baby, aged 11 months, to SSM Cardinal Glennon without delay. The mother was taken to a separate facility for observation. Luckily, both victims survived and are recovering quickly.

There are literally countless ways for a pedestrian to be very seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. Traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, and paralysis are a few very common injuries caused by Missouri pedestrian accidents. The mother and child involved in this accident were very fortunate to escape with the most common of pedestrian accident injuries: a few broken bones and skin lacerations.

It was also very lucky that the mother was holding her baby, instead of the baby walking beside her. Because of their smaller stature, young children are at a much higher risk for life-threatening injury in a pedestrian accident. Young children are closer to the ground, and so their abdomen and head are much closer to, if not exactly, the point of impact. Adults’ vital organs are higher off the ground, and not usually the direct spot of impact with a car. This baby was held level with his mother’s chest, and that probably saved his life. In the rash of pedestrian injuries recently, this woman and her child were truly fortunate.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Missouri, contact the talented pedestrian accident attorneys at Page Law. They have the experience and the resources to build your case and help you recover what you deserve to compensate for your pain and your suffering. Call Page Law today at (314)-241-2273 for a consultation with no cost or obligation.

 

St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Lawyer: Woman Seriously Injured After Hit-and-Run

By John Page on February 24, 2011 - Comments off

A St. Louis woman remains in critical condition this morning after being struck by a drunk driver Thursday night. According to witnesses, she was out walking her dog on the edge of Tower Grove Park when a Cadillac ran a stop sign and hit her. The driver and the passenger were seen hastily throwing beer cans from the car before fleeing the scene. Police managed to detain the passenger, but are still looking for the driver.

For obvious reasons, injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents are usually more severe than in an average car crash. Proving liability for the driver is also more difficult. Usually for a pedestrian accident injury claim, the statements of eye-witnessed are crucial.

For a pedestrian accident lawyer, the difficulty in such a claim is in proving that the driver neglected to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. That is, in the opportunity for preventing harm to the pedestrian, the driver failed. A few drivers’ obligations often ignored are:

  • Driving distracted (phone use, general inattentiveness)
  • Driving reckless (failing to observe speed limits or traffic signals)
  • Driving under the influence (using drugs or alcohol before or while driving)

It is assumed that the driver of Thursday’s accident was under the influence of alcohol and witnesses saw him disregard a stop sign. Meanwhile, a woman lies in the hospital, suffering.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Missouri, you may have a claim to a monetary award. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Page Law, LLC understand that hospital bills can pile up and will aggressively seek maximum recovery for your pedestrian accident claim. Call us today for a free consultation at (314)322-8515. A live person will be available anytime of the day or night.

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Missouri State University Student Killed After Driver Runs Red Light in Springfield Pedestrian Accident

By John Page on December 29, 2010 - Comments off

Tragically, a Missouri State University student was killed while he was walking on a sidewalk in Springfield, according to KSPR.com. Another student was recently charged in connection with his death.

A witness to the accident was standing at a bus stop near the scene of the accident reported seeing a “muscle car” run a red light at about 60 to 70 miles per hour. The car barely missed crashing into another vehicle because that vehicle managed to stop in the middle of the intersection. The car then went airborne after hitting some railroad tracks. Marks on the road indicate that after the car landed, it slid sideways through two utility poles, hitting them, and then struck the student. The car was a 2003 Nissan 350Z.

Police have recently charged a 24-year-old student from MSU with involuntary manslaughter in the case. Police are investigating whether the student was under the influence of drugs at the time of the Springfield pedestrian accident. The student who was struck by the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The man who was charged with involuntary manslaughter was seriously injured in the crash and appeared in court with a neck brace.

In tragic situations such as this, a driver may be responsible not only criminally for their reckless actions, but also civilly. The family of a victim in a car accident can choose to sue the accident-causing driver for wrongful death and may recover money for the victim’s funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of life.

Have you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident that was the fault of a reckless driver? If so, call the Missouri pedestrian accident attorneys at Page Law, LLC. We help the families of accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-314-488-2433.

 

Good Samaritan Hit by Vehicle in Highway Accident

By John Page on March 26, 2010 - Comments off

A 25-year-old Odessa woman was hit by a car early Sunday morning on March 7, 2010 while she was assisting another crash victim. According to the article on KCTV5, the woman had stopped at Interstate 70 at Adams Dairy Parkway to attend to a 70-year-old man who had lost control of his Ford Pickup truck and crashed. As she was helping the man, an oncoming car collided with her. Witnesses said that the car narrowly missed hitting another bystander.

The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the local hospital along with the elderly man she had stopped to assist. I-70 was closed during investigation and cleanup of the accident, but re-opened later Sunday morning. Missouri Highway Patrol has not released details regarding the vehicle that hit the woman.
Serious motor vehicle accidents can happen at the most unpredictable of times. The negligence of other drivers on the road is not interrupted while people are attempting to help others. Remaining vigilant and aware while driving is important. It is also crucial to keep your own welfare in mind, even while assisting someone in need or in danger.

If you, or someone you love, have been injured in a motor vehicle or pedestrian accident in St. Louis, you may be entitled to recover compensation for any medical expenses or financial losses related to your accident. The pedestrian accident lawyers in Missouri at Page Law have extensive experience litigating these matters and will ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your losses. Call (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation about your case and your legal rights to compensation.

Source:http://www.kctv5.com/news/22767555/detail.html

 

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