King and Queen County pedestrian accident lawyers
Drivers in Virginia are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in different situations. Still, pedestrians are injured or killed by negligent drivers every year. In 2020, a total of 1,242 pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes occurred statewide, as reported by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Altogether, these accidents caused 114 pedestrian fatalities and 1,186 pedestrian injuries. Pedestrians who are hit by negligent drivers may be eligible to claim compensation for their injuries.
Under state law, drivers in King and Queen County must yield to pedestrians:
- At marked crosswalks
- When approaching intersections on roadways with speed limits of 35 mph or less
- At pedestrian crossings with lateral lines extending from the sidewalk at the end of a block
- When encountering sidewalks or exiting private roads
- At intersections with law enforcement controlling traffic
- At intersections with a round signal flashing red, a red light, or a flashing red arrow
Most pedestrian fatalities and injuries have occurred on urban roadways, as reported by the DMV. Pedestrians have been killed by motor vehicles while:
- Walking in a roadway with or against traffic when sidewalks were not available
- Working in a roadway
- Standing in a roadway
- Crossing at intersections with no signal
- Crossing at intersection with a signal
- Crossing not at an intersection
- Getting on or off another vehicle
- In locations other than roadways
Inattentive or negligent drivers are responsible for many collisions that cause serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians. A completely unprotected pedestrian is no match for a 4,000 lb., moving motor vehicle. Different types of driver negligence contribute to pedestrian accidents, including:
- Distracted driving: A driver who is paying attention to a cell phone or another distraction may not notice a pedestrian in a crosswalk, a parking lot, or a driveway until it is too late to avoid a crash.
- Alcohol or drug-impaired driving: Drugs and alcohol impair driving ability, including vision, judgment, and quick responses in emergency situations.
- Drowsy driving: Although lack of sleep is not against the law, driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Nearly 700 traffic deaths related to drowsy driving occurred in the U.S. in a recent year, as stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Speeding: A vehicle traveling at excessive speeds may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
After a serious pedestrian accident that was someone else’s fault, the negligent driver who hit you should be liable for your injuries. In theory, the at-fault driver’s insurance company should compensate you for all your covered losses related to the accident. In practice, insurance companies are in business for profit and strive to collect more in premiums than they pay out in claims. An insurance company representative could make a low-ball offer to settle the case quickly.
Your best chance of recovering full compensation after a serious automobile-pedestrian collision is to have experienced King and Queen County personal injury attorneys represent you. Our personal injury trial lawyers can investigate your accident to determine liability and secure evidence to support your claim. We can assess the full extent of your damages and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Your damages may include medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of future earning potential, and physical and mental pain and suffering.
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we consider it a calling to help those who are hurt. You are our neighbor, not a number. We do not charge any fees until we recover compensation for you. After a serious pedestrian accident in King and Queen County, call us at (804) 413-6777 to learn how we can help.
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