When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the outcome is often catastrophic. Not only does a moving vehicle have enough force to shatter bones, but the secondary impact on the street or another hard surface can cause harm that is just as devastating. At the Barnes Law Firm LLC in Kansas City, our personal injury lawyers are passionate about winning fair compensation for seriously injured pedestrians so they can go on with their lives. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian traffic accident, we will fight vigorously for all the money damages you deserve.
A recent study for the Governors Highway Safety Association finds pedestrian deaths nationwide have increased 22 percent since 2014. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2016: a 20-year high. Like many metropolitan areas that have seen a spike in pedestrian traffic fatalities, Kansas City’s reached a startling total of 36 in 2017. That December, the City Council approved a Complete Streets ordinance that codified efforts to provide safe and accessible options, presenting guidelines for including sidewalks and bicycle lanes in capital road projects and new development.
There are several possible factors underlying the nationwide increase in pedestrian deaths:
If you are injured while walking in the Kansas City area, your right to recover damages depends on who was principally to blame.
As with any auto accident, a pedestrian must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that someone else was responsible in order to receive compensation. This is not always easy, since there are plenty of reasons, listed above, why pedestrians may be at fault. Even if your injuries are very severe, there’s no guarantee you’ll be compensated. That’s why our determined legal team thoroughly investigates your accident, identifying and interviewing potential witnesses and consulting accident reconstruction experts. If a driver was at fault, we work tirelessly to build the case. The city also may be at fault if a roadway or intersection is unreasonably unsafe, given traffic volume, an outmoded roadway design and other factors. Our personal injury lawyers are prepared to advocate aggressively to deliver justice for you even if it means we must fight City Hall.
The Barnes Law Firm LLC represents pedestrians injured in traffic accidents throughout the greater Kansas City area. Please call 816-221-4321 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located at 919 W 47th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.