Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise in Virginia and throughout the United States. For the last three decades, pedestrian deaths and injuries have risen along with nationwide trends. In 2013, 123 pedestrians died in accidents in Virginia, according to the statistics kept by the Department of Motor Vehicles. As a result, 2018 became the most dangerous year for pedestrians across the Commonwealth. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a pedestrian accident in Virginia, our law firm is here for you. Contact the hometown personal injury lawyers at Greg Baker Attorneys at Law PLLC to learn how we can help today.
Walking Has Become Dangerous in Virginia
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 6,227 pedestrians died in accidents in 2017. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of Americans who walk to work increased by 4%. The increase in walking could contribute to the overall increase in pedestrian deaths. Additionally, since 2013, an increase in the number of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) involved in pedestrian deaths has increased by 50%.
Behaviors that Contribute to Pedestrian Deaths in Virginia
Law enforcement officials reported the following behaviors in about half of all traffic accidents that resulted in pedestrian fatalities in Virginia:
- Distracted driving
- Alcohol impairment by the driver or the pedestrian
- Drowsy driving
According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office (VHSO), pedestrian deaths account for approximately 13% of all traffic fatalities in Virginia. Pedestrian injuries caused by car accidents caused 2.6% of all traffic injuries.
The easy access of personal handheld devices has resulted in increased distracted driving. Many drivers admit to checking their cell phones for text messages while driving. A driver can strike a pedestrian in the amount of time it takes to look down to check a notification on his or her cellphone.
Pedestrian Injury Lawsuits in Virginia
To succeed in a lawsuit for injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident, the injured party must determine who is at fault. At Greg Baker Attorneys at Law PLLC, our attorneys conduct thorough investigations into our clients’ cases. We evaluate all of the evidence to determine whether a motorist caused your injuries, or whether the negligence of a city or municipality caused your injuries.
According to Virginia law, motorists must yield when they encounter pedestrians walking in all of the following locations:
- A marked crosswalk
- An unmarked crosswalk at an intersection
- Any intersection with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or slower
When a driver negligently or recklessly hits a pedestrian and causes his or her injuries, he or she is liable for the injuries. Successful plaintiffs can recover all of the following damages in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost past wages and diminished future wages
- Pain and suffering
Our Pedestrian Injury Attorneys can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered a pedestrian injury, we can help. Our skilled lawyers understand how difficult it is to recover from your injuries while worrying about medical bills. Schedule your free initial consultation today to learn about how we can help you.