Virginia Lawyer For Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident in the United States every six to seven minutes. It has been estimated that 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 100,000 are injured each year in vehicle-related accidents. The injuries in these cases are serious and often result in permanent disability.
Pedestrians who walk along our roads and sidewalks are especially vulnerable and can find themselves hospitalized for months and unable to work for even longer. There are state laws that govern how and where pedestrians may walk, run, and jog. Pedestrians are supposed to use the sidewalk when a passable one is available and unobstructed. If there is not a sidewalk, pedestrians are allowed to walk on the road but they must keep to the extreme side or edge of the road unless there are shoulders of sufficient width where they can walk instead.
Those who operate motor vehicles have certain duties to pedestrians. In some cases, the driver of a vehicle must change course, slow down, or even come to a complete stop. There are state statutes, local ordinances, and specific rules governing pedestrian accident cases. It is critical in these cases to do a thorough investigation which will often include the following:
- Taking photographs
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Meeting with the investigating police officer
- Measuring skid marks
- Confirming road conditions and weather
- Establishing speed and visibility
Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to pedestrian accidents. Our senior citizens take longer to move from one place to another and their vision is not always as good. Young children do not appreciate the risks posed by vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact attorney Ed Meade at The Meade Law Firm today in order to schedule a free personal injury case evaluation. We want to help. (804) 377-2273.