Man Hit and Killed in the Central West End Outside of Chase Park Plaza
St. Louis, MO. A man was struck by a car outside the Chase Park Plaza Hotel late Sunday night. The accident occurred at around 11 p.m.
The pedestrian was critically injured in the accident and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, but later succumbed to his injuries. Authorities say that the driver involved stayed on the scene and cooperated with police, but it is unknown whether the driver in the accident broke any traffic laws or if the pedestrian was using a crosswalk.
At this time, the accident is still under investigation, and further information about the crash has yet to be released.
One Pedestrian is Killed Every 1.5 Hours in a Motor Vehicle Accident
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2016. This translates to one pedestrian death occurring every 1.5 hours due to crash-related circumstances. Almost all pedestrian car accidents are preventable and caused by negligent behaviors such as failure to yield, speeding, and driving under the influence. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, whether as a driver or pedestrian, it’s vital to seek help from medical personnel immediately after the incident, consult an experienced lawyer about the crash, and gather as much evidence as possible to preserve details from the accident.
What Should I Do If I’m Hit By a Car As a Pedestrian?
If you are hit and injured by a motor vehicle, a pedestrian’s negligence causes an unavoidable accident, or someone you care about has been hit and killed by a careless driver, you could be entitled to compensation. Motor vehicle drivers are required to follow traffic laws while behind the wheel and pedestrians must obey pedestrian duties such as following road signs and using caution when crossing the road. If a person violates these rules as a driver or pedestrian, they could face serious consequences such as fines and fees, the loss of their license, jail time, and be required to compensate the victim for damages that were caused in the accident.
Regardless of the circumstances, when an accident happens it’s essential to swap information with the other party, call the police, gather evidence from the accident, and talk to a lawyer about the incident. Failure to follow these steps could result in details from the accident getting lost, the other party’s insurer taking advantage of your vulnerability during this time, and accepting a lower settlement than your injuries or financial losses deserve.
What Damages Can I Recover After Being Hit By a Car As a Pedestrian?
If you have been injured by a driver’s negligence, a pedestrian’s carelessness, or someone you care about has been killed in a car accident as a pedestrian, you could be entitled to recover compensation from the negligent party for compensatory damages depending on your state’s personal injury and wrongful death laws. In most states, victims and their surviving family members can recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages or Loss of Income
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
If the spouse of a victim that was killed in a pedestrian accident caused by another person’s negligence files a wrongful death claim, they are eligible to claim loss of consortium for the loss of physical and emotional affection that occurred from the victim’s death as well as funeral and burial expenses.
If you are ready to file a personal injury claim, or a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for your immediate family member’s wrongful death, consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer can create a compelling claim against the negligent party and provide support to you and your family during this trying time. If you need a personal injury lawyer to help with your case, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today to discuss your case and get justice for the pain and suffering caused in the accident.