If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Kansas City area, the lawyers at Brown & Crouppen can get you the compensation you deserve. Since 1979, we’ve helped clients recover over $1 billion in compensation from settlements and verdicts, including those who have suffered serious injuries from pedestrian accidents.
The Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System reveals that an estimated 104,000 emergency department visits in 2020 consisted of treatment for pedestrians involved in non-fatal crash-related injuries. At Brown & Crouppen, we have a team of legal professionals who take a professional, personable, and skilled approach to legal representation. We fight on your behalf to ensure you are fairly compensated for the injuries you experienced.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Kansas City area, the lawyers at Brown & Crouppen can get you the compensation you deserve. Get started with a free case evaluation by calling (816) 670-4701 or find out if you have a case online.
What are the main causes of pedestrian accidents?
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling various types of pedestrian accident cases. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted Driving: A common cause of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. This includes talking, texting, consuming food or beverages, and fidgeting with music or radio settings.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Those who drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs may be held liable for injuries and found guilty of criminal charges.
- Poor Weather Conditions: With inclement weather conditions, drivers may be found liable for a pedestrian accident due to failure to control speed to avoid an accident.
- Right-Turn Accidents: Motor vehicles may have limited visibility or be distracted when making right turns where crosswalks are present.
- Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: Many states share traffic laws that force drivers to yield to pedestrians. Among other traffic violations, failure to yield is one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents.
Each state enforces specific laws regarding pedestrian and driver safety, and all individuals must abide by these to prevent injury or death. If a party is found guilty of violating a law, it can affect the eligibility to file a claim and obtain compensation.
Common Injuries Pedestrians Suffer from Accidents
Injuries from pedestrian accidents can be minor or catastrophic depending on the circumstances of the auto accident. Numerous factors affect the severity, such as the vehicle’s size, speed, and weight and the position at which the pedestrian is hit. Pedestrians also have little to no protection, which could influence the gravity of the injuries they endure.
Examples of injuries pedestrians can suffer from:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck and back injury
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Permanent disfigurement
In serious accidents, death can occur at the scene or due to the injuries sustained from the accident. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, 126 pedestrians were killed in 2020. This is the largest number of pedestrian fatalities recorded in Missouri.
If a loved one died due to a pedestrian accident, you might have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Our attorneys can help you decide if a wrongful death claim is in your and your family’s best interest.
Compensation Available for Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Our Kansas City pedestrian accident lawyers will fight on your behalf to acquire the compensation you deserve. Pedestrian accident victims may be eligible to receive compensation for the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage and loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
At Brown & Crouppen, our personal injury law firm has a long history of negotiating with insurance companies to maximize compensation received from settlements. Our pedestrian accident lawyers are prepared to take your case to court with the full force of the Brown & Crouppen legal team if a settlement agreement is not reached.
Legal Considerations for Pedestrian-and-Car Accidents
Depending on the nature of the accident, liability in a Kansas City pedestrian accident can be divided among the parties involved. Both driver and pedestrian must act with reasonable care on the road, and failure to do so can result in negligence.
Missouri is a comparative fault state, which means damages are allocated based on fault. For example, if a negligent driver is found to be 100% at fault in a pedestrian accident, the driver’s insurance policy should (in theory) be liable to pay for 100% of the damages.
In cases where the driver is found to be 80% at fault for the pedestrian accident, their insurance company would be liable to pay for 80% of the damages. If the pedestrian is found to be partly or completely at fault, the driver is eligible to file a claim for damages against the pedestrian for the percentage of fault allocated.
What is the statute of limitations to file a claim for personal injury?
Under Missouri Statute 516.120, you have five years from the date of the injury to file a pedestrian accident claim. If you do not file by this deadline, you are no longer eligible to seek compensation.
How long does it take to settle a pedestrian accident lawsuit?
There is no designated time frame for how long it takes to settle a pedestrian accident lawsuit. It depends on variables such as the severity and permanence of the injuries, negotiations with the insurance company, and whether the case must be tried in court. Sometimes it can take a few months; other times, it can take more than a year.
Will my case go to trial?
The majority of personal injury lawsuits settle before having to go to court. However, if a settlement cannot be reached between parties, we are prepared to take your case to court.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Our pedestrian accident lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning you have no upfront cost. We only get paid if we win your case. We also offer a free case evaluation where we will review your case details and determine if moving forward with filing a claim is the best choice for both parties.
Get Help with Your Kansas City Pedestrian Accident Case
If you have suffered severe injuries from a pedestrian accident, the lawyers at Brown & Crouppen in Kansas City can help you file a claim, build an ironclad case, and recover maximized compensation.
We are passionate about getting justice for our clients. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. We have decades of experience in successfully litigating cases just like yours.