Man Killed After Being Struck By Car in Wentzville Subdivision
Late Thursday night, a 65-year-old man was struck by a car in Wentzville, MO. The man was struck by the vehicle at the intersection between Wentzville Parkway and Old Williamsburg Parkway. The accident shut down the Eastbound Lane of Wentzville Parkway that evening and has since reopened. The man’s identity and details from the accident have not been released yet.
Most Common Types of Pedestrian Car Accidents
Car accidents happen every day, but it might be shocking to some to learn that more than 5,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year. In 2017 alone, 5,997 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. While the number of pedestrian fatalities has decreased by nearly 2%, this number is still fairly high. Most pedestrian traffic accidents are 100% preventable, and come with severe consequences, so why is the number still so high? The truth is, most pedestrian car accidents in Missouri are caused by negligent driving behaviors such as speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving. The most common types of pedestrian-car accidents that occur are:
- Crosswalk accidents
- Bike accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Texting and driving accidents
- Pedestrian-caused crashes
While every accident can’t be avoided, most can. If you are a pedestrian, it’s essential to stay aware of your surroundings, stay alert to cars and other pedestrians, and walk on the sidewalk or in a well-lit area when possible. Drivers have a duty of care towards pedestrians. If a pedestrian is injured because of their negligence, they can face hefty fines, lose their license, face jail time, and other serious consequences.
What to Do If You Are Hit By a Car As a Pedestrian
If you have been hit by a car as a pedestrian, the driver’s insurance company will attempt to place at least some of the blame for the accident on you. It’s crucial to get the police involved, avoid talking to insurance agents, seek medical attention, gather evidence, and consult your lawyer. Traffic accidents differ from state to state in the U.S., but Missouri Pedestrian Crosswalk Laws state that, “When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger” (section 300.375).
If you are hit while crossing a crosswalk as a pedestrian, when you have the right-away, or struck by a drunk driver as a pedestrian, you could be eligible to recover damages. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help you navigate this process and make sure that you are taken care of during this difficult time. The Dixon Injury Firm specializes in pedestrian accidents, car accidents, and other areas of personal injury. For more information on how our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers can assist with your case, don’t hesitate to contact us today.