Need an Injury Attorney for a Pedestrian Accident in Virginia?
Pedestrian accidents happen in Virginia for a variety of reasons – from coming out from behind backed cars, to crossing at intersections, to standing alongside the roadways. In any event, drivers tend to be responsible for damages when a pedestrian is hit and injured. With pedestrian accidents happening in the hundreds to thousands every year in states across the U.S., it is evident that something needs to change. Unfortunately, these numbers are growing every year and, because of it, pedestrians are suffering injuries that could have easily been prevented. What duty of care does a driver owe to a pedestrian and how can an attorney help you with your case after you have been injured?
A Driver’s Duty of Care to Pedestrians
Pedestrians are entitled to the highest duty of care on our roadways, as they are most susceptible to injuries after a serious accident. This is due to the fact that they have virtually no protection from the elements when a driver hits them. Drivers are constantly supposed to be on the lookout for those who are walking close to the roadways for this very reason. When a driver fails to abide by the laws and it leads to an accident, a pedestrian may be able to receive compensation for their serious injuries. Common forms of negligence that take place every year include:
- Improper lane use, forcing a pedestrian onto the roadways or leading to a head-on collision
- Unmarked crosswalks that lead to accidents at intersections, one of the most common types of pedestrian-related accidents
- Left-hand turn accidents that occur when a driver is too busy negotiating an intersection
- Use of electronics by drivers and pedestrians that take eyes from the road
- Dark clothing that makes it nearly impossible to spot a pedestrian at night, which is when these accidents commonly occur
Liability in Your Accident Case
When a driver has failed to abide by the rules of the road and you have been injured as a pedestrian in one of these serious accidents, you may have a right to hold the negligent party liable for your injuries and other damages. You will have to be able to show that a driver acted negligently and that it led to your accident, such as being able to prove that they were texting at the time and not paying attention to the road, or that the driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In any event, you could be surprised to find that you are able to compensate for aspects like medical bills, lost wages when your injury prevents you from returning to work, and so much more.
We take these accidents seriously because we know how much your case means to you and want a driver to have to pay for compensation when they have acted negligently on the roadways. We will stand up for you against the big name insurance companies and attorney for the other party who may try to claim that you have contributed to your own injuries. We will stand by your side as an injured pedestrian in your time of need. Call us today for more information on how we can help.