There are many physical, psychological, and environmental advantages from walking, jogging, running, and biking. However, there are also inherent risks associated with these activities. Despite the many benefits of these forms of travel, Virginia pedestrian safety is a serious concern. Pedestrian accidents often result in more serious damages because they do not have any protection from injuries if a vehicle strikes them. Although, lawmakers encourage pedestrian safety initiatives, the rate of Virginia pedestrian accidents resulting in fatalities continues to rise. This increase may be related to the prevalence of smartphones and larger passenger vehicles. Virginia pedestrian accidents often result in traumatic injuries with lasting consequences.
In Virginia, the leading cause of pedestrian accidents stems from a driver’s negligence. The most common forms of negligence or recklessness involve aggressive driving, failure to observe surroundings, distracted driving, driving while impaired, fatigued driving, failure to yield, running a traffic light, and speeding. Additionally, many of these accidents occur during low visibility times, such as the early morning or evening hours.
Furthermore, many Virginia pedestrian accidents are hit-and-runs, where the driver either does not realize they hit a pedestrian or purposely leaves the scene of an accident. Under the law, drivers must stop and provide “reasonable” assistance to an injury victim. Additionally, they must provide their contact information to the victim or law enforcement. The failure to follow these requirements may result in serious criminal penalties and increased personal injury damages.
Virginia pedestrian accident victims may face injuries including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord issues, amputation of limbs, organ damage, and even death. For example, a recent Virginia news report described a fatal pedestrian and motorcycle accident. According to the police, a motorcyclist hit a pedestrian while she was walking in a crosswalk. Witnesses described the motorcyclist as speeding right before the crash. Unfortunately, both the motorcyclist and pedestrian died at the scene of the accident.
Pedestrian accident victims should take steps to mitigate their injuries and protect their rights and remedies. Pedestrians who have suffered injuries in an accident should contact the police and obtain prompt medical care, even if their injuries are not readily apparent. Further, victims should try and obtain contact information from the negligent party. If possible, pedestrian accident victims should take photos of the scene of the accident. Lastly, it is critical that victims contact an experienced attorney to better understand how to proceed with a claim against the responsible parties.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Virginia Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a Virginia pedestrian accident, contact Robinson Law, PLLC. The personal injury attorneys at our law firm have extensive experience advocating on behalf of injury victims. We understand the lifelong impact that these injuries can have on a person and their family. Through our diligent representation and legal insight, we have recovered substantial amounts of compensation for our clients. We handle claims stemming from motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, defective products, and medical malpractice. Contact our office at 703-649-4500, to schedule a free initial consultation with a Virginia accident attorney on our team.