posted on August 21, 2017
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents frequently occur in Richmond and throughout Virginia. The Virginia Highway Safety Office (VHSO) reports that 1,718 pedestrians suffered injuries in collisions with motor vehicles in Virginia in 2015 alone, while 78 pedestrians died from their injuries.
At Marks & Harrison, our Richmond pedestrian accident lawyers have the skills and experience you need to seek full and fair compensation for your losses if you or a loved one suffered injuries after being hit by a car while walking.
Here, we provide helpful information about pedestrian accidents, including steps you should take if you or family member recently were involved in one.
Pedestrian accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons. However, certain situations present an increased risk for pedestrians. For instance, most pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions occur when a pedestrian crosses at an intersection or walks along the road due to the lack of a sidewalk.
It is also notable that males suffer the majority of Virginia pedestrian injuries (60 percent of victims), and these accidents frequently happen at night. In fact, nearly half of all pedestrian accidents (47.5 percent) occur near or during sunrise or sunset.
You should note two other facts:
In other words, driver error serves as the cause of the overwhelming majority of pedestrian collisions. Drivers must do a better job at keeping a lookout for pedestrians who share the streets with them.
As a pedestrian, you need to watch out for your own safety. Sadly, far too many people drive unsafely and put everyone else at risk. If you are walking or jogging in Richmond or in any of the surrounding communities, please always keep the following four pedestrian safety tips in mind:
When they face an oncoming car, pedestrians have little means to escape and virtually no protection. As a result, accidents often lead to incredibly serious injuries. Even if a collision occurs at a relatively low speed, devastating injuries are still possible. Some of the most common types of injuries that we see in pedestrian accidents include:
If you get hit by a car while walking in Richmond or elsewhere in Virginia, make sure to take the following steps:
Further, you should also seek contact information from any witnesses.
Bryan L. Meadows is the Managing Attorney of Marks & Harrison’s Fredericksburg office, where he concentrates his practice in the area of personal injury law. A graduate of Christopher Newport University and the Penn State University School of Law, Bryan served as the Managing Attorney of GEICO’s Staff Counsel in Roanoke prior to joining Marks & Harrison. He is licensed to practice in Virginia state courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. Additionally, Bryan has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and as President of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association.