Even at low speeds, collisions between pedestrians and multi-ton motor vehicles tend to have serious and sometimes even life-changing consequences. Injuries like soft-tissue damage and broken bones are common, and higher-speed collisions often cause permanent and debilitating damage to the brain, spine, and internal organs.

No matter what specific injuries you experienced, you deserve fair financial compensation from the driver who irresponsibly struck you. Guidance from a skilled personal injury attorney at OnderLaw can be vital for obtaining that compensation.

With a Maryland Heights pedestrian accident lawyer by your side, you will have far better chances of recovering fairly for all your injuries and losses than you would have filing a lawsuit on your own. Allow our compassionate legal team to help you through this challenging time.

How Negligence Can Lead to Pedestrian Injuries

Every licensed driver in Missouri has the same “duty” under state law to follow the rules of the road at all times. This includes watching for obstacles—including both vehicles and people on foot—near their car. Put another way, drivers have the same responsibility to act safely around pedestrians as they do around others inside motor vehicles. Any reckless or careless act by a driver that leads to them striking and injuring a pedestrian could justify a civil lawsuit, just as it would if they had collided with another car.

Negligence in this context can take various forms, including:

  • Overtly illegal acts like running a stop sign or failing to yield
  • Careless acts like losing concentration while driving for a few seconds

Either way, any motor vehicle operator who causes harm to a pedestrian through their negligence may hold civil liability for every form of damage that pedestrian experiences due to their injuries, including:

  • Physical discomfort and pain
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Psychological trauma and distress
  • Lost work income or working capacity
  • Lost consortium or overall enjoyment of life
  • Personal property damage or loss, plus injury-related expenses for things like assistive equipment and home or vehicle modifications

A Maryland Heights pedestrian accident attorney will listen to your story, understand how the incident has impacted your life, and fight for the comprehensive compensation you need to recover. At OnderLaw, we will be by your side every step of the way.

Possible Obstacles to Effective Recovery

Courts do not automatically assume that drivers are always at fault for collisions with pedestrians, nor do they presume pedestrians involved in such accidents bear no blame whatsoever for their injuries. If the court discovers that you stepped out into oncoming traffic unexpectedly, entered a crosswalk without a signal, or acted negligently in some other way, they might assign you a percentage of “comparative fault” and reduce your final damage award’s value.

Additionally, Missouri Revised Statutes § 516.120 sets a five-year filing deadline for most personal injury claims, including those involving permanent injuries. Assistance from a diligent lawyer at OnderLaw can be key to building the strongest possible claim within applicable time limits following a pedestrian crash in Maryland Heights. Do not delay reaching out to our committed team of legal professionals to protect your rights.

Contact a Maryland Heights Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

Pedestrian crashes can cause catastrophic physical, financial, and personal harm to anyone unfortunate enough to be involved in one. When you are hurt in an incident like this and believe someone else is responsible, you have limited time to build a legal case against them and demand payments for the harm they caused you.

A Maryland Heights pedestrian accident lawyer can provide the custom-tailored support you need to pursue your unique claim effectively. At OnderLaw, we don’t just take on cases, we take on causes. Learn more by calling today.