Drivers and pedestrians in St. Louis and the surrounding areas must share the road and keep a close eye on one another. When people are on the road in any capacity, an accident can happen without warning and there are many reasons why they occur. Regardless of the details of the accident, people can face personal injury and loss of life after an accident. There is significantly higher danger when it is an auto-pedestrian accident. These are made far worse when it is a hit-and-run. Drivers are required by law to stop and check on a person after there has been a pedestrian accident. Knowing what to do after a crash of this type is key to the future.
A woman who had just dropped her child at school was hit by a Jeep as she crossed the street. The accident happened on the first day of school at around 8:30 a.m. The woman was in the crosswalk at the time. Initially, the woman’s injuries were believed to be life-threatening, but she is now expected to survive. The vehicle that hit her was a black Jeep Patriot. It was from the model years 2008 to 2015. It went through a red light when it crashed into the woman. The side mirror of the Jeep was knocked off. There were few descriptions of the driver, and law enforcement is actively searching for the vehicle and the driver.
Pedestrians are notoriously vulnerable to severe and permanent injuries or death when they are hit by a car. When the accident has happened because a motorist flouted traffic laws and then compounds the situation by fleeing, it is crucial that the injured person and his or her family make certain their legal interests are protected. With the medical expenses, rehabilitation, long-term problems and other issues that can come up after a pedestrian accident, a person’s life can be changed forever. When there is a death, the family will need to learn to move on without their loved one because of another person’s negligence.
In pedestrian hit-and-run cases, it is important for victims or their families in the event of a death to understand their options for pursuing compensation. Depending on the facts of the case, one of these options may be a personal injury lawsuit. Knowing what steps to take is imperative.