Everyone who crosses the street could become the victim of a pedestrian accident if a negligent driver is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Elderly people, along with children, face particular danger in these types of collisions. Insufficient lighting, driver distractions, and alcohol or drug impairment also increase the likelihood of a severe crash that causes catastrophic or fatal harm to an unprotected pedestrian.

The death of an 82-year-old pedestrian who was struck and killed in Springfield highlights the danger that exists on Missouri roads. While walkers have always been at risk of being hit by a car, smartphones and other attention-diverting technology have made it more likely that a driver will take their eyes off the road. Even a momentary distraction can have tragic consequences, as even a split-second loss of focus could stop a motorist from reacting in time.

Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable, as they often have no way to avoid a distracted driver who is bearing down on them. As a result, it is essential for both drivers and pedestrians to be aware of the dangers posed by distracted driving. Like distractions, bad weather conditions, faulty brakes and poorly marked crosswalks can contribute to pedestrian injuries.  

In the tragic case of Mantak Chiu, darkness might have been a factor and the driver, who remained the scene, apparently didn’t expect the elderly man to step into the street. When you are walking during twilight or in darkness, you should wear bright clothing. Sticking to marked crosswalks and observing traffic signals is important at any time. By following these tips, you can help to avoid being involved in a fatal accident. Remember, even if the driver is at fault, it is often the pedestrian who is killed or injured in these accidents.

When you or have been hit by a car while walking, or if a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, it is important to seek experienced legal help as soon as possible. At RJC Law in Springfield, you will be represented by an experienced Missouri personal injury attorney who has collected substantial compensation for numerous pedestrian injury plaintiffs. Please call 417-233-0073 or contact me online to schedule your free consultation today.