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Helping Pedestrian Accident Victims in Missouri & Kansas

An accident with a pedestrian can, in one moment, wholly change a person's life. Commonly, these types of accidents involve a vehicle hitting a child in a school zone, running into a pedestrian at a crosswalk, or backing into an unsuspecting person in a parking lot. There are two factors that are frequently present in a pedestrian accident.

One is that the pedestrian is violently run into, resulting in a catastrophic injury. The second is that the pedestrian is many times accused of being at fault. A skilled Kansas City personal injury attorney at our firm can work to see that your rights are protected and that you receiving proper compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

Call Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott today at (816) 867-8611 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our pedestrian accident attorney in Kansas City.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can occur because of a variety of factors, often stemming from the disregard for safety by motorists, cyclists, or property owners. Common causes of pedestrian accidents may include:

  • Distracted Driving: With the use of smartphones and other electronic devices, distracted driving has become a leading cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers who divert their attention from the road greatly increase the risk of colliding with pedestrians.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces a driver's ability to react promptly to unexpected situations. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable, and speeding drivers may not have enough time to stop or avoid a collision.
  • Failure to Yield: Motorists are mandated to yield the right of way to pedestrians in designated crosswalks and intersections. Failure to do so can result in severe consequences for pedestrians who are lawfully using the road.
  • Impaired Driving: Alcohol and drugs impair a driver's judgment and coordination. Pedestrians are at an elevated risk when crossing paths with impaired drivers.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Negligently maintained roads and sidewalks can create hazardous conditions for pedestrians. Potholes, uneven surfaces, and inadequate lighting can contribute to accidents.
  • Reckless Driving: Aggressive or reckless driving behaviors, such as running red lights or engaging in road rage, can put pedestrians in harm's way.

Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

A person who has been the victim of a pedestrian accident can receive injuries to the head and spinal cord, broken bones, severe contusions and lacerations, torn ligaments, and other injuries. Violent incidents, as seen in some hit-and-run accidents, can result in a wrongful death. Hospital and medical bills can mount quickly.

Your ability to carry on your day-to-day activities may be affected, and you may not be able to earn income for a period of time. At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott, we have the experience and desire necessary to successfully prevail on behalf of our clients who have been involved in pedestrian accidents.

Battling the Insurance Companies

It is not a surprise that insurance companies will often seek to blame the pedestrian for the accident. If the pedestrian is at fault, then the insurance company will not have to pay for their pain and suffering. Investigation can reveal that the negligent driver was speeding or that they were reckless. In today's world, many drivers operate their vehicles while being distracted, talking on their cell phones or texting. Drivers make turns or backup without looking, resulting in a pedestrian accident.

When properly searched for and investigated, evidence can frequently be found that shows the pedestrian was, indeed, the victim in the accident. Part of our service to clients is to ensure that complete compensation is sought. This means looking at the full extent of your injuries, including emotional impact, and how they affect your life both now and into the future.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accident Claims in Missouri & Kansas?

It is essential to be aware of the statute of limitations when pursuing a pedestrian accident claim in Missouri and Kansas. The statute of limitations helps set the timeframe within which legal action will need to be initiated. Failure to file the claim within this timeframe could result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation.

In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including pedestrian accidents, is generally five years from the date of the accident. In Kansas, the timeframe is two years. However, exceptions may apply, and various factors can impact the deadline for filing a claim. It is crucial to consult with our Kansas City pedestrian accident attorney promptly to ensure your case is filed within the applicable statute of limitations.

Contact Our Kansas City Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a pedestrian accident, don't delay in seeking legal representation. The dedicated team at Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott is ready to provide the advocacy and support you need. Let our Kansas City pedestrian accident lawyers help you navigate the legal process and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott, we are committed to standing by your side every step of the way.

Contact Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott today to get started with our Kansas City pedestrian accident lawyer.

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