Warrensburg, MO (August 22, 2023) – A 26-year-old local man lost his life as a result of a crash that occurred in Johnson County on Monday evening, August 21.
At around 8:40 p.m., a gray 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was traveling on the southbound side of business State Highway 13 when it struck a pedestrian.
The incident prompted the Missouri State Highway Patrol to shut down a portion of Missouri State Route 13 between Southeast 150th Road and Southeast 180th Road.
The pedestrian, who was identified as 26-year-old Kyle Pitts of Warrensburg, Missouri, was severely hurt. He was transported by Johnson County Ambulance District to the Western Missouri Medical Center for emergency care. MSHP confirmed that he passed away from his injuries.
No other injuries were reported in this accident. The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Madison Dunnavant of Warrensburg, Missouri, remained at the scene.
The crash is being investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol at this time.
Our sympathies go out to the family of Kyle Pitts.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Missouri
Fatal pedestrian accidents are often devastating. Families are often left to deal with overwhelming mental and emotional consequences. The unfortunate truth is that many of these accidents are preventable. Leading factors that commonly contribute to fatal pedestrian accidents in our state include:
- Drunk driving
- Poor visibility conditions
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield at crosswalks
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
Unfortunately, these accidents continue to take the lives of innocent people every year in our state. After losing a loved one, your family has the ability to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Seeking guidance from a Warrensburg wrongful death lawyer can help to ensure you are in the best position possible.
Missouri's pure comparative negligence law allows for compensation even if the injured party is predominantly at fault, as long as other parties also bear some responsibility. Under this law, each person involved in the accident, including the deceased victim, can be assigned a percentage of fault for the accident. This percentage reflects the degree to which their own negligence contributed to the crash taking place. For example, if a pedestrian is determined to be 20% at fault for the accident, and the damages are assessed at $100,000, the claimant would receive $80,000. It is important to have a skilled legal team by your side to ensure you are able to maximize the compensation you recover after experiencing the loss of a loved one.
At Martin & Wallentine, LLC, we understand the difficulties that come with losing a loved one in an auto accident and are dedicated to providing you with the best legal representation possible. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys have a proven track record of success in getting families fully compensated for their losses and damages suffered due to an auto accident. To get started, reach out to our Missouri personal injury law firm at 913-764-9700 for a free consultation today so that we can help make sure your rights are protected and justice is served.
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