EXPERIENCED ST. LOUIS PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Pedestrian accidents are all too common in Missouri. Every year, pedestrians are killed or injured in Missouri through the fault of negligent car and truck drivers. Given the size difference between a motor vehicle and a person, the injuries a person sustains in a pedestrian-car accident can be very serious.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a pedestrian in an automobile accident, you may have questions regarding your legal rights. The Law Office of John M. Cichelero provides free consultations to anyone injured as a result of a pedestrian accident. For a free consultation, you can e-mail Mr. Cichelero directly, or call 314-205-2886 today.
RESPECTING THE RIGHTS OF PEDESTRIANS
Unfortunately, many Missouri drivers do not respect the rights of pedestrians on the roadways. Missouri law gives pedestrians the right-of-way within a crosswalk under certain circumstances. Even when a pedestrian is crossing a street in Missouri outside of a crosswalk area, the drivers of cars and trucks owe the pedestrian a duty of care. When that care is violated through the negligent operation of a car or truck, Missouri law may impose legal liability on the driver of the motor vehicle involved in the car crash.
When drivers do not respect the rights of pedestrians, serious injury and even death can result. In that situation, the injured pedestrian, or the family of a deceased pedestrian, may need the advice of an experienced Missouri pedestrian lawyer to pursue their claim.
TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION ON YOUR CLAIM
Whether you or your loved one was struck while crossing an intersection at a crosswalk, or just crossing the street at an undesignated walk area, immediate action should be taken to determine the party or parties responsible. It is important to find any witnesses that may have seen the events leading up to the car accident and the accident itself. It also is very important to have someone take photos of the scene of the accident as well as any vehicles involved in the car wreck.
PROGRAMS TO INCREASE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ON MISSOURI’S ROADS
In response to the numerous pedestrian accidents every year in Missouri, and around the country, several government agencies have stepped in to try to make our roads more pedestrian friendly and safer. The federal government has undertaken a program to help pedestrians enjoy safer use of the highways and roadways across the country, including Missouri.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a pedestrian and bicycle safety program it is implementing. The State of Missouri, through the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), has a program to increase awareness of pedestrian traffic and to make Missouri roads safer for pedestrian use. More information can be found at this website. Hopefully, these federal and Missouri programs will reduce the number of Missouri pedestrian injuries from car wrecks.
NO FEE IF NO RECOVERY
If you have suffered injuries as a pedestrian in a car accident, contact attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. Your claim will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your claim with Mr. Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886. He handles cases in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Francois County, Franklin County, Washington County, Lincoln County, Madison County, Kansas City, Jackson County, Greene County and any other county or city within Missouri. Mr. Cichelero also represents clients in parts of the metro east area, such as Granite City, Collinsville, Alton, Edwardsville, Belleville, O’Fallon, Shiloh, and Fairview Heights.