On December 4, 2015, KMOV News reported about a pedestrian struck by a van in St. Louis around 8:30 p.m. that day. that a female pedestrian was struck by a van near the intersection of Arsenal Ave. and Jefferson Ave. in the Benton Park area of St. Louis. So far, few details have been released other than that the woman was taken to a local hospital in critical, unstable condition. Firefighters at the scene reported that the victim suffered a serious head injury.
According to the CDC, a pedestrian related vehicle crash results in a pedestrian death once every 2 hours. Car crashes result in a pedestrian injury once every 7 minutes. The CDC reports that in 2012, more than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. The CDC recommends that pedestrians take certain precautions to avoid being the victim of a pedestrian/automobile accident.
Unfortunately, many Missouri drivers do not respect the rights of pedestrians on the roadways. Many St. Louis residents, such as this pedestrian struck by a van in St. Louis, are injured or killed every year because of negligent drivers. Drivers owe pedestrians a duty of care to watch out for them, even when pedestrians are not in a crosswalk. Because of the size and weight of a vehicle, even a low-speed impact of a car hitting a pedestrian can result in traumatic injuries or death. The Missouri Department of Transportation has published a summary of traffic rules and laws involving pedestrians. You can access that information by clicking here. For more information regarding Missouri pedestrian accidents or pedestrian rights, please visit my web page on pedestrian accidents.