The personal injury lawyers of Marks & Harrison have a long history of protecting the rights of pedestrian accident victims. We understand the severe physical and psychological injuries these accidents cause. We also know that driver negligence often is the reason behind these crashes.
If you are a pedestrian who was struck by a motorist, or if you have a loved one who was injured or killed in a pedestrian-car collision, contact us today for immediate help. If the motorist’s negligence caused the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for all of your losses.
The pedestrian injury lawyers of Marks & Harrison work with clients and their families in Richmond and throughout Virginia. To get started, just call or click here today.
You took an important first step in your case by coming to our website for information. The next steps you take in your pedestrian accident case will be crucial as well. Without delay, you should:
The most recent Virginia Highway Safety Office (VHSO) statistics show that over the course of a single year:
As the VHSO figures show, most pedestrian-vehicle crashes occur at intersections and on roads without sidewalks. Clearly, despite efforts to improve pedestrian safety, the roads in Richmond and across Virginia remain dangerous for pedestrians. Too many drivers either do not know how to safely share the road with walkers or they simply refuse to do so.
In your case, our goal will be to determine whether the motorist who struck you or your loved one was at fault, or negligent. Negligence may be established through evidence that the motorist failed to yield when you or your loved one had the right of way.
Under Virginia law, motorists must yield when they encounter pedestrians walking in a:
Additionally, motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians using the sidewalk when they enter or exit driveways or private roads. Motorists should also take reasonable steps to avoid striking pedestrians who are walking on the road where no sidewalks are available.
In your case, the evidence may show that the motorist failed to yield the right of way due to speeding, failure to keep a proper lookout, distracted driving, fatigued driving or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
At Marks & Harrison, our investigators can review evidence that includes:
Pedestrians can suffer devastating and potentially fatal injuries when struck by cars, including:
If a motorist’s negligence caused the accident that has impacted your life, we will seek full and fair compensation for you through the at-fault driver’s liability coverage, including a recovery for:
We can also help you with filing a claim with your own insurer, if necessary. For instance, your injuries may be covered by your own uninsured motorist /underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) policy if the collision involved:
We can pursue a settlement or take your case to court if the insurance company refuses to make a settlement offer that would justly compensate you.
Virginia is one of the few places in the country that follows the doctrine of “pure contributory negligence.” Under this doctrine, if you are even 1 percent at fault for the injuries you suffer in a car-pedestrian collision, you could be barred from recovering anything.
For this reason, it is important to work with a law firm that knows how to counter an insurance company’s attempts to assign fault to you.
For instance, the insurance company may argue that you were struck while illegally crossing the road, playing in the street or walking while distracted by texting or talking on a cell phone.
At Marks & Harrison, we will thoroughly investigate your case and vigorously protect you against any insurance company attempts to blame you for your injuries.
As one of the largest personal injury law firms in Virginia, Marks & Harrison has the skill, experience and resources you need after being struck by a car as a pedestrian or after losing a loved one in such a crash.
Don’t wait to get started on your case. Contact us today or reach us online.
We can provide a free consultation at our office in Richmond, at any of our eight other offices located throughout Virginia or at a location that is most convenient for you and your family.
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