If you or someone close to you has been involved in a pedestrian accident in the St. Louis area, you are likely dealing with pain, stress, and confusion. However, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your suffering. Contact the St. Louis personal injury law firm, OnderLaw, LLC, to schedule your free case review today.
A surprising number of people are killed or injured by cars every year while they are merely walking. Pedestrian accidents can be devastating. After all, the human body is no match for a car weighing two tons or a truck weighing more than five. Although it might seem like an easy task to determine fault after pedestrian accidents, insurance companies will do everything possible to try to place blame on the victim.
Speeding vehicles, poor visibility, and a host of other factors can contribute to a pedestrian accident. These accidents are prevalent. In 2016 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,987 Americans were killed by vehicles while walking, and a further 129,000 received treatment at hospitals for non-fatal injuries.
Although all accidental injuries can be traumatic, injuries caused by pedestrian accidents tend to be exceptionally severe. Permanent disabilities, paralysis, brain injuries, and even death often result. These injuries become even harder to bear when you know that someone else is at fault.
You have a guaranteed right to fight back against injustice and seek meaningful compensation that can restore your quality of life. The skilled St. Louis pedestrian accident lawyers at OnderLaw, LLC have years of experience winning complex injury cases all over the nation.
We will both fight for you and provide counsel and support in your time of need. To begin the path to justice and restoration of your peace of mind, call (314) 963-9000 today to schedule a free consultation.
The Importance of Calling a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Although receiving full compensation for your pedestrian accident injuries is possible, the process is not always easy or straightforward. The process can be time-consuming and complicated.
Whenever a personal injury claim is filed, the victim’s responsibility is to prepare and present strong evidence against the individual and/or company responsible. This is why you should hire a knowledgeable attorney with comprehensive knowledge of local and state laws.
Beyond collecting concrete evidence, witness testimony, and building a strong case, there will be many challenges from opposing lawyers and insurance companies. No matter how strong your case may be, the at-fault driver’s attorneys will often use carefully crafted tactics to discredit you and convince the court that the person who injured you bears no liability for your accident.
An experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney can help you face these challenges head-on and build an airtight case on your behalf. Our team possesses decades of combined experience in successfully litigating pedestrian injury cases in court.
The skilled legal team at OnderLaw, LLC will perform an independent investigation, gather concrete evidence, secure crucial witness and expert witness testimony, and defend you against the legal tactics that could otherwise harm your chances of a legal victory.
We are committed to building the most persuasive case for each of our clients.
When a heavy vehicle collides with the human body in a pedestrian accident, acute injuries can occur. Many of these injuries require extensive and costly medical treatment, and some may cause you to require lasting, if not permanent rehabilitation.
Here are just a few of the most common injuries for which we have secured compensation for our clients:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Facial Disfigurement
- Spine Injuries
- Partial or Complete Paralysis
- Torn Muscles, Tendons, and Ligaments
- Internal Organ Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Why Should I Choose OnderLaw, LLC as My Legal Counsel?
We recognize that you have a choice of legal options after being injured in the St. Louis area. You are likely confused, in pain, and trying to decide if a lawsuit is the best option for you.
Beyond our internationally recognized and award-winning reputation for winning sizable victories for our clients, we are committed to one thing above all else: compassion.
At OnderLaw, LLC, we have won hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for wronged parties across the country. However, our highest commitment is to you and your family. Facing the mounting expenses of medical care and a lengthy legal battle after already dealing with the pain of your wounds is always overwhelming. We believe you shouldn’t have to go through it alone.
Our attorneys take the time to build a compassionate, trusting, and personal relationship with each of our clients. We can lend a helping hand and take on the most difficult tasks so that you rest easy and focus on recovering. Furthermore, you will never have any need to worry about additional financial burdens.
With our considerable resources, we will gather extensive evidence to prove that the driver was at fault, then present a compelling case during negotiations with insurance companies. If that does not work, we will vigorously represent you in court.
At OnderLaw, LLC, we operate on a contingency-fee-basis. What this means is that when we win financial compensation for your damages, we will take a nominal percentage of the settlement as a fee. If we don’t win compensation, you won’t owe us anything.
We believe that everyone deserves capable and dedicated legal representation, regardless of their financial circumstances. Because of this, we also offer a free and confidential initial consultation to discuss your case and help you find the best options and course of action. Call us now at (314) 963-9000 to schedule your consultation.
Pedestrian Accident Cases We are Prepared to Handle
Beyond the possible injuries mentioned above, there are several different pedestrian injury situations that we have experience with handling. Every case is different, and these are just a few of the circumstances and common causes for accidents that we have encountered:
- Accidents at intersections
- Accidents caused by speeding
- Accidents caused by vehicles ignoring road signs or stoplights
- Accidents caused by trucks, cars, ATV’s, golf carts, motorcycles, and bicycles
- Accidents caused by scooters, including phone app-rented electric scooters
- Accidents caused by drunk or drug-intoxicated drivers
- Accidents caused by commercial trucks
- Accidents caused by multiple vehicles and involving more than one pedestrian
Whatever the details of your case, our team will perform a thorough independent investigation into local laws, signage, witnesses or recordings, intoxication factors, and medical records to get the fullest possible picture of the incident.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do in the aftermath of my pedestrian accident to aid any future lawsuit?
Immediately after being struck by a vehicle, your first and primary concern should be to seek medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. However, there are several other actions that you can take that could benefit any future claim:
- Photograph your injuries, the accident site, and the at-fault driver and vehicle
- If you are physically able, you should ask witnesses for their names and contact information
- Note the time and date of the accident
- File an accident report with law enforcement
Finally, do not wait too long after the accident to file a claim. Luckily, Missouri has one of the longest statutes of limitations for personal injury claims. You have five years after the accident occurs to file a claim.
What kind of damages might I be eligible to receive compensation for?
If enough evidence is gathered to prove your case in court, you could win compensation for different types of damages. Although the first thing that springs to mind is hospital bills, severe injuries from pedestrian accidents can affect your quality of life in many ways.
You could be eligible to receive compensation not just for medical costs, but for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Psychological and emotional damages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of property
- Lost wages and lowered future earning ability
- Reduced quality of life
- Punitive damages (in rare cases of gross negligence)
What are some statistics about accidents between vehicles and pedestrians?
According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents, especially fatal ones, tend to occur at certain times, certain areas, and to specific groups of people:
- 75% of pedestrian accidents occur during the nighttime
- 80% of these types of accidents happen in urban instead of rural areas, and 73% of them do not occur at intersections
- More than 70% of pedestrians killed by these types of accidents are men
According to a 2019 report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), the number of pedestrian fatalities that occurred in 2018 (6,227 fatalities) was the highest in nearly three decades. Another study by the GHSA reported that 88 Missourian pedestrians were killed in 2017, a 22.2% increase from the preceding year.
The Time to Act is Now
At OnderLaw, LLC, we firmly believe that no one in St. Louis and the rest of Missouri should have to pay the price for someone else’s reckless negligence. With the compensation that our award-winning team can help you receive, you won’t have to.
We work to help our clients put their accident in the past and get the compensation they deserve. To start the path to justice, healing, and a renewed peace of mind and quality of life, call us at (314) 963-9000 today or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation.