Driver Charged with Hit & Run in Webster Groves
Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
A Webster Grove’s pedistiran was struck by a man from Scottsdale, Arizona. The fleeing driver has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after allegedly striking an elderly Webster Groves pedestrian in St. Louis, Missouri. The woman was standing on a triangular traffic island at Big Bend Blvd. and Elm Avenue on February 23 when she was struck by a driver and seriously injured. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and remains in serious condition. Police followed a tip of the car and found a car matching that description at a nearby hotel. They arrested this man, who was then charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident.
Accidents such as this, that involve pedestrians or bicyclists being struck a motor vehicle, are extremely dangerous and pose a serious risk for those not in the motor vehicle. Due to the lack of protection, an individual struck by a car is at a serious risk for substantial injury. Because of this, some groups are trying to make Missouri roadways safer for those who choose to travel by ways other than cars. The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation is one such group, working to educate drivers on how to avoid pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as lobbying legislators to make roadways safer for these travellers.
One way they hope to do this is to create “Complete Streets.” These streets can include sidewalks for pedestrians, shoulders on rural roads, bicycle lanes, median refuges, bus shelters, bump outs for sidewalks and bus stops, and audible pedestrian signals. Each locality may have a different need for such features; heavily populated areas in St. Louis or Kansas City, or around universities, will have a different need than will rural communities where pedestrians are few and far between. In this way, roads can be accommodating to pedestrians and bicyclists while limiting the space that cars and non-drivers have to share.
Groups hope something like a “Complete Streets” program will help reduce the number of collisions between cars and pedestrians. In the most recent data, 75 Missourians were killed either on foot or on bicycles in the past year. In pushing these pedestrian-and-bike friendly options, these advocacy groups hope to reduce that number to as close to zero as possible. Even with improvements to the road and shoulders, the most effective way to reduce pedestrian deaths is for drivers to be aware of their presence. If drivers simply keep an eye out for people suddenly appearing in the roadway, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic, many pedestrian accidents could be avoided.
Attorney Zane T. Cagle the Missouri personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm urge all drivers to be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists. When operating a motor vehicle, we have a responsibility to be as safe as possible and to share the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Missouri car accident, call Zane T. Cagle the Missouri car accident attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm at 1.800.685.3302 for a free consultation today.
SOURCES: STLToday.com ; The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation