According to St. Louis Public Radio, a total of 76 fatal car accidents occurred in St. Louis last year, and 22 of the deaths were pedestrians. This is an increase from the number of fatal car accidents in 2019, with 57 fatal car accidents occurring in St. Louis, 12 of which involved a pedestrian.
Why has the number of fatal car accidents and pedestrian deaths in St. Louis increased, especially with fewer drivers on the road due to the pandemic? Negligent, careless and reckless drivers!
If someone you love was killed in a fatal car accident in St. Louis, Wolfgram Law’s car accident lawyers are here to offer legal guidance during this difficult time and help you take action against the person responsible.
Common Causes of Fatal Car Accidents
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol in June of last year, fatal crashes were up in 2020 by 11% when compared to the year before. While some fatal car accidents occur due to unpreventable events, such as severe weather, the majority of fatal crashes are caused by preventable errors, with the most common causes including:
- Distracted Driving
- Failure to Yield
- Improper Lane Usage/Change
- Driving Under the Influence
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you need to act quickly and take action as soon as possible. Collect evidence of the crash, obtain a copy of the police report and death certificate, and call an experienced wrongful death attorney that can not only protect your rights, and make sure that the other party doesn’t try to pin the blame for the accident on your deceased loved one, but recover any compensation that you may be entitled to on behalf of your loved one’s fatal injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Fatalities
Despite fewer drivers being on the road during the start of COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the pedestrian death rate was alarmingly high, with fatalities surging by 20% from last year’s pedestrian death rate of 6,301 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents according to an article by NPR. A look at the 2020 pedestrian fatality report from the Governors Highway Safety Administration shows that speed was one of the most common factors involved in pedestrian death accidents. With fewer drivers on the road, this may cause some drivers to choose to speed, which can have fatal consequences for not only the driver and other drivers on the road, but for pedestrians on the road. The report also showed that pedestrian death accidents are more common at night, than during the day time, possibly due to drivers under the influence.
Damages in Fatal Accident Cases
In Missouri, a wrongful death claim can be filed by the surviving spouse, children, parents, or grandchildren of the deceased. However, in cases where none of these parties are available, siblings may be able to file a claim. Recoverable damages may include:
- Lost earnings or support
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Damages the deceased incurred in the accident before their death
- Loss of consortium
Most wrongful death claims do not have a limit on the total amount of compensation that a surviving family member of the deceased can recover, except for in situations involving medical malpractice. In which case, non-economic damages, such as loss of consortium, are capped at around $700,000 for catastrophic injuries.
Pursue a Fatal Car Accident Claim with Wolfgram Law
If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal car accident caused by another person’s negligence, don’t wait to contact the dedicated car accident attorneys at Wolfgram Law. We understand what you are going through and will do everything in our power to help you with your case. Our law firm has the experience, resources, and legal knowledge required to make sure that the most favorable outcome is recovered for your situation. To get the help you need and schedule a free consultation, contact Wolfgram Law today!