Kansas City, MO (September 22, 2021) – A hit-and-run accident that took place in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, September 22nd on Interstate 70 in Kansas City resulted in the death of a pedestrian and closed down a portion of the interstate’s eastbound lanes for about two hours.
The crash occurred at about 4:30 a.m. when a vehicle struck an adult male walking alongside the interstate. The driver then fled the scene, leaving the man to be run over by several other vehicles.
Although the man has been identified by officials, his name has not been released pending family notification.
Police have since apprehended the driver believed to be the first vehicle to strike the victim. The driver’s name has also not been released.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Pedestrian Fatalities in Kansas City
Although pedestrians are legally required to obey traffic control devices, like red lights, stop lights, and crossing signals, and take sensible precautions to stay safe, they are simply no match for motor vehicles. This is why it is incumbent on drivers to give pedestrians the right-of-way whenever possible.
While many people are familiar with the saying “pedestrians always have the right of way,” this is not 100% true. For instance, a pedestrian would be liable if they ran out in front of traffic. The saying does underscore the importance of drivers exercising extreme care when people on foot are near.
Unfortunately, drivers don’t always show this level of care to pedestrians. Far too often, they are careless, reckless, or distracted with disastrous consequences. When a driver acts wrongfully or is negligent and causes a pedestrian accident with injuries, fatalities, or other damages, the negligent driver can be held legally accountable.
Kansas City Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
The partners at Peterson & Associates, P.C., take a hands-on approach to helping our clients through their post-accident recovery. Our Kansas City pedestrian accident attorneys help the victims of careless drivers receive the maximum financial award for their losses.
Our firm is ready to conduct an independent and thorough investigation of your accident. We will gather all evidence necessary to determine how it happened and who was at fault. Next, we’ll negotiate with the liable party’s insurance carrier for a settlement that includes all of your past, current, and anticipated needs. Should the insurer refuse to fully compensate you, our Kansas City personal injury lawyers will not hesitate to file a lawsuit.
Our personal injury attorneys in Kansas City know the emotional struggles that families go through after a pedestrian accident. The financial implications alone can make moving on extremely difficult. We will ensure that your legal rights are defended after an injury accident. Contact our Kansas City pedestrian accident attorneys at 816-888-8888 to see how we can help you.
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