Helping Pedestrians In Jackson County After Serious Accidents
All too often negligent drivers hit innocent pedestrians and then proceed to claim that the pedestrian was at fault or has fewer rights than an automobile driver. The truth of the matter is that pedestrians have just as many rights as individuals who are behind the wheel of a car.
If you have been injured walking down the street in Lee’s Summit, elsewhere in Jackson County or a neighboring community in Missouri, the lawyers at Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, can help.
We will put more than 50 years of combined legal experience to work for you thoroughly investigating every aspect of your case to determine the best possible course of action and outcome. If we need to take matters to trial in order to get you full and fair compensation, our skilled litigators will be with you every step of the way, ready to fight for justice.
Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are struck by vehicles every year. Sadly, many of those accidents result in very serious and sometimes fatal injuries to the person on the street, including:
- Broken bones
- Head, brain and neck traumas
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of limb
- Spine and back injuries
Usually the accidents are caused by the negligent behavior of the person behind the wheel, not the person in the crosswalk or along the street. Some common causes of pedestrian strikes include:
- Drivers failing to yield right of way at crosswalks
- Drivers failing to look before turning
- Driving too close to the shoulder where pedestrians are walking
- Drunk driving
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Texting and driving
- Driving while distracted or fatigued
- Running stop signs and traffic lights
You Have Rights As A Pedestrian
If an insurance company or another driver has told you that your claim is not worth anything because you were partially at fault, or simply because you were a pedestrian, speak with a skilled injury lawyer immediately. Under Missouri’s comparative negligence law, you are still entitled to compensation minus the percentage of fault you are assigned.
Insurance companies and other drivers are not out to protect your best interests. We are.
We can walk you through the steps to take after a crash, tell you what to say and what not to say to insurance adjusters when they come calling, gather necessary documents and medical records, and answer any questions you have about your claim or the legal process ahead.
Get The Help You Deserve After A Pedestrian Accident
If you have questions regarding your rights as a pedestrian after a car accident, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. Call our office in Lee’s Summit, call 816-347-1818 or send us an email. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times.