The Dangers of St. Louis Streets

The Dangers of St. Louis StreetsSt. Louis is an historic city with museums, botanical gardens, and that famous St. Louis arch. It’s no wonder that it’s as popular as it is; however, with popularity comes more accidents on our city roadways. Whether you are driving, walking, or biking on the streets of River City, if you are not cautious, you may find yourself involved in a traffic accident. It’s not uncommon, but the injuries you can sustain are varied and often severe. If it happens to you, you will need a lawyer so that you can secure the compensation you deserve.

How dangerous are St. Louis roadways?

In 2021, 178 people were killed because of traffic accidents and collisions. In a crash report by Trailnet (a local walking and biking advocacy non-profit), they note that 2021 is the “4th year in a row pedestrian fatalities have risen in the City of St. Louis and for the first time, total traffic fatalities eclipsed 100 in St. Louis County.” The report details the trends and characteristics of St. Louis’ roads and streets, and also provides solutions that aim to make the streets safer for those walking, biking, or using other forms of transit.

Thanks to Trailnet’s report, we can see exactly where these accidents and collisions are happening, and that gives us insight into why these crashes happen. A great deal of the crashes this year and years past happen on roads known as High Crash Corridors. What makes these roads High Crash Corridors is their 35 MPH or higher wide streets.

These sorts of roads prioritize cars over the safety of pedestrians or bicyclists. Notes Trailnet, “Over the last 5 years in the City of St. Louis, 9 roads, which account for 1.5% of the City’s total lane miles, are responsible for 40% of pedestrian crashes and 46% of pedestrian fatalities. In St. Louis County, 8 roads account for 34% of pedestrian crashes and 45% of pedestrian fatalities.”

What sorts of accidents happen on St. Louis roads?

While car accidents are common in these High Crash Corridors, there are also a great amount of pedestrian accidents and hit and run accidents as well. Pedestrian accidents occur in many places, including crosswalks, intersections, parking lots, and even sidewalks. Often, pedestrians are hit by cars when the driver is not paying attention, distracted, fatigued, or under the influence of drug or alcohol.

Hit and run accidents can happen to motorists, but often to pedestrians and bicyclists. They can happen in the blink of an eye without any warning. Victims can be left dead or injured, and usually frightened and confused about what just happened. A hit and run is when the driver of the vehicle strikes someone with their car, and leaves the scene without leaving behind any sort of contact information.

Both of these types of accidents can leave people with serious and life-threatening injuries as the full force of the metal, heavy car is hitting a soft, human body.

What injuries result from car accidents?

  • Soft tissue damage. These injuries, while less severe than the others, can still leave a victim with long-lasting physical problems. Soft tissue damage can include injuries such as strains, sprains, muscle tears, and dislocation.
  • Fractured and broken bones. Broken bones usually occur from the car striking the pedestrian or when the pedestrian falls to the ground after the fact. These can include anything from broken hands, wrists, shoulders and arms to a broken back, neck, or skull. Compound fractures or open breaks are extremely painful, and usually require surgery.
  • Traumatic brain injuries. Skull or head injuries can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). From concussions to life-changing brain trauma, injuries vary but are usually severe. Less serious TBIs can leave a person unconscious, confused, and nauseous; while more severe TBIs can leave the victim with lifelong pain, as well as cognitive and emotional injuries and trauma.
  • Spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury (SCI) can leave the victim paralyzed, either completely or partially. The person may not be able to walk or move without assistance, and depending on the severity of the injury, that person may need medical care and help with everyday activities and errands for the rest of their life.
  • Wrongful death. Finally and tragically, it is not unusual for the result of a hit and run or a pedestrian accident to be fatal. In this case, A St. Louis wrongful death attorney can help that person’s loved ones file a claim against the person responsible. Damages awarded in a wrongful death case usually include compensation for funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and loss of future income.

If you have been hit by a car, whether you were walking or on a bike, then you deserve compensation. At The Hayden Law Firm, we make sure that the injuries you have suffered are the only thing you should be concerned about. We’ll take care of legal paperwork so that you can focus on healing. The process can be complicated and overwhelming, so let us take care of that.

We use our experience and knowledge to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries, medical bills, and future damages. Schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney by calling 314-480-3100 or filling out our contact form. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.