When a multi-ton vehicle strikes a person on foot, the injuries that face the pedestrian often range from serious to horrendous. Nearly all of us are pedestrians at some point, and we have all had close calls with impatient or distracted drivers. If you were hit by a car or truck, it is in your best interest to seek legal assistance at once. Our attorneys are prepared to provide you with immediate assistance in your case.
The Perils of Traveling by Foot
Sadly, walking has become one of the most dangerous forms of transportation due to a variety of reasons. Drivers are more distracted than ever, are in a rush, and generally have a mindset that non occupant road users (such as pedestrians and cyclists) do not have an equal right to the road. While total U.S. pedestrian fatalities rose by 10 percent in 2015, Missouri took an even larger hit. In 2015, 43 people were killed on Missouri roads, compared to 23 the year prior. This represents a 79 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2014 to 2015, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA). To be sure, it is incredibly unfortunate that walking is becoming more and more dangerous.
Where and When are Pedestrians Being Hit?
The majority of pedestrian collisions occur on roads with speed limits between 30 and 40 miles per hour, according to data compiled by the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation. Seventy-two percent of fatalities occur in the dark, while 24 percent occur in the daylight, two percent occur at dusk, and two percent occur at dawn, according to the GSHA. In addition to distracted and impatient drivers, pedestrians are at a disadvantage when it comes to street designs. Most U.S. and Missouri cities are entirely designed around allowing motor vehicles to travel as fast as possible.
We Are Here To Help
A lack of pedestrian infrastructure, dangerously fast surface street speed limits, slap on the wrist penalties for negligent drivers and inadequate enforcement by police all add up to unsafe cities for pedestrians. However, if you have been hit and injured as a pedestrian, you can take legal action against the negligent driver and hold them financially accountable for their actions. You should not be stuck with large medical bills and other expenses. Contact or call the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys of Bassett Law Firm today at 479-521-9996 to find out how we can assist you in receiving financial compensation for your injuries. We are eager to help you throughout each step of your personal injury case.