When a motorist hits a pedestrian, the accident victim may be left with devastating injuries and damages. If you have been hit by a careless or reckless driver, you shouldn’t be forced to pay for that driver’s mistakes. You deserve full compensation for your injuries and losses.
St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Attorney
At Sumner Law Group, LLC, our St. Louis pedestrian accident lawyers have more than 50 years of combined legal experience helping accident victims like you. Our goal is to secure the fair and full compensation you need now and in the future to recover from your injuries. We have a reputation for successfully securing millions of dollars in compensation through settlements and court verdicts for our deserving clients.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable St. Louis pedestrian accident lawyer. We can help you understand your legal options and discuss the next steps in pursuing maximum financial recovery for you.
Tips for Protecting Your Rights After a Pedestrian Accident
Take these steps to help protect your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation after a pedestrian accident:
- Get immediate medical help and follow your treatment plan. Attend your appointments with your doctors and follow their recommendations for medical treatment. If you fail to seek treatment right away, the insurance company may argue your injuries were caused by something other than the crash. If you fail to follow your recommended treatment, the insurance company may argue that you are not as injured as you claim.
- Gather and save any documents related to your accident and injuries. This includes medical records, medical bills, receipts, pay stubs, accident photos, and other similar documents. This will help you document your financial losses and the extent of your injuries.
- Keep a pain journal to track the impact of your injuries on your daily life. Track the pain level you feel throughout the day and how it affects your ability to function. Also track the accident’s impact on your mental health, and note any troubling developments, such as anxiety or depression.
- Refrain from posting updates about your accident on social media. Even seemingly unrelated posts may hurt your case. The insurance company will be looking for reasons to deny your injury claim. If you post a picture of yourself taking a walk, for example, the insurer may argue that your injuries are not serious.
- Contact an experienced St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney. Do not speak with an insurance adjuster before consulting with an attorney. Your words can be used against you, so it’s best to let your attorney speak for you.
How Our St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help
Suffering a pedestrian accident can leave you with a heavy financial and personal burden. Our St. Louis pedestrian accident attorneys can help you pursue the recovery you deserve by:
- Offering free consultations so that you can learn about your legal options and understand what to expect throughout your case
- Conducting our own thorough investigation of your accident to recover evidence
- Tapping our extensive network of accident reconstruction, medical, vocational, and financial experts to help us build a persuasive legal argument for your full compensation
- Filing your claims with the insurance companies and dealing with adjusters and lawyers so that you do not have to
- Aggressively pursuing a negotiated settlement that provides you with full compensation
- Preparing your case to argue at trial if the insurance companies refuse to do what’s right
When you choose us to represent you in your pedestrian accident case, you will never have to pay any upfront fees. You owe nothing unless and until we win compensation for you.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims
A pedestrian accident can leave you with serious injuries and significant financial losses. You may be entitled to have the at-fault driver compensate you for these damages:
- Costs of medical treatment
- Rehabilitation costs
- Personal and home care services
- Lost wages and income
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
Understanding Your Own
After you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you deserve to be compensated by the at-fault motorist who hit you. However, pursuing a claim against an at-fault driver takes time, and the extent of your injuries and damages may exceed the at-fault driver’s financial resources.
Fortunately, if you have your own car insurance, you may be entitled to three types of coverage under your policy for a pedestrian accident:
- Med Pay This is an optional coverage you can purchase for your car insurance policy that will pay for medical expenses, including those not covered by your health insurance, such as your deductible. Med Pay coverage is considered a “no-fault” coverage, so you can access coverage regardless of who may have been at fault for your accident.
- Uninsured motorist coverage You can access this insurance coverage under your own policy if your pedestrian accident was caused by a motorist who did not have insurance. You can also make a claim for uninsured motorist coverage if your pedestrian accident was caused by a hit-and-run driver who cannot be identified. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, the fleeing driver is presumed to lack insurance.
- Underinsured motorist coverage Underinsured motorist coverage pays for your damages that remain uncompensated when the policy limits of the at-fault driver’s insurance are exhausted. To receive uninsured motorist coverage, you typically must either receive the full policy limit of the at-fault driver’s insurance or have your claim denied by the at-fault driver’s insurer due to exhaustion of coverage.
To file a claim for coverage under your own insurance policy, you typically must notify your insurer of your accident within a certain time period (often 30 days). It is best to have an attorney manage this communication for you.
Time Limits for Filing a Pedestrian
Accident Claim in Missouri
In Missouri, the statute of limitations places a time limit on filing a lawsuit for a pedestrian accident claim. Under the statute of limitations, you typically must file a pedestrian accident lawsuit within five years of the date of your accident. If your pedestrian accident was caused by a state or local government employee on duty and you wish to bring your claim against the government, you must act very quickly because the time limit in these cases is much shorter.
If you fail to timely file your pedestrian accident lawsuit, the court will likely dismiss your case. When that happens, you will lose your right to pursue compensation in court.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian has no protection when hit by a vehicle. Even a low-speed impact can leave a pedestrian accident victim with catastrophic or life-threatening injuries. Injuries suffered by victims of pedestrian accidents include:
- Lacerations, which if severe enough can cause life-threatening bleeding
- Road rash, or cuts and abrasions caused by sliding along the pavement or ground after being thrown from a collision
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
- Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
- Neck and back injuries, including herniated or ruptured discs
- Spinal cord injuries, which can cause paralysis
- Head injuries, including skull fractures and eye and ear damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Many pedestrian accidents result from the negligence or inattention of a motorist. Common causes of pedestrian accidents in St. Louis include:
- Distracted driving, such as using a cellphone while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Running red lights, stop signs, and yield signs
- Failing to signal before a turn
- Failing to yield to pedestrians in the intersection or crosswalk
Other factors that can contribute to pedestrian accidents include poor road or weather conditions.
Get Help from a St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Law Firm Now
If you have suffered a pedestrian accident injury in St. Louis, you need to learn about your right to seek compensation from the driver who hit you. Schedule a free case review with a St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney from Sumner Law Group, LLC. There are no upfront fees, and you only pay us if we win money for you.