Pedestrians have little to no protection against the impact of a vehicle; therefore, injuries sustained in auto-pedestrian accidents are likely to be severe. Victims of pedestrian accidents often end up facing long recovery periods or even permanent disability.
In Virginia, a pedestrian has the right-of-way when crossing a highway or street within any clearly marked crosswalk or at any regular pedestrian crossing at the end of a block, so long as they proceed by the most direct route and are crossing at an intersection where the maximum speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour.
When a pedestrian has the right-of-way, the law requires drivers to change course, slow down, or come to a complete stop so that the pedestrian may cross safely and efficiently. However, the law also requires that pedestrians exercise a duty to use ordinary care by keeping a lookout for motor vehicles. It is unlawful for a pedestrian to enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.
In 2013, there were 1,765 pedestrians injured by a motor vehicle and 78 pedestrians that were killed according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Some of these injuries occurred when the person was crossing at an intersection with a signal, getting out of another vehicle and even getting off of a school bus.We’re here to help:
With the increased likelihood of severe injuries comes the increased need for dedicated and experienced counsel. At ReidGoodwin, we are prepared to diligently and compassionately represent the interests of injured pedestrians and their loved ones. We are here to ensure you maximum compensation and ensure you receive proper medical treatment. Please contact us today to schedule a free legal consultation.
ReidGoodwin is located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia; we represent injured individuals in the City of Richmond and all surrounding counties, including Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and all across the Commonwealth of Virginia.