King William County pedestrian accident attorneys
King William County is a popular destination for people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With spectacular views and excellent shopping and dining, it can also be a wonderful place to walk around. Unfortunately, walking today comes with some degree of risk. Pedestrian accidents are on the rise nationwide. In a collision with a motor vehicle, a pedestrian is likely to suffer serious injuries.
Many pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence. Leading causes include:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Disregarding traffic signs and signals
- Aggressive driving
- Careless driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
In the U.S. approximately one pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in a recent year, according to the CDC. Nearly half of the traffic crashes that caused the death of a pedestrian involved alcohol. Adults over the age of 65 accounted for 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, and 10 percent of all pedestrian injuries. Of all the children under age 15 killed in traffic crashes, one in five was a pedestrian. Most fatal pedestrian accidents occur at night, in urban areas, and at non-intersection locations.
Pedestrians in Virginia are allowed to cross only on a green signal at an intersection with traffic lights. In a crosswalk, pedestrians have the right-of-way. If a pedestrian is crossing where there is no crosswalk, vehicles have the right-of-way. Drivers who run red lights or fail to yield the right-of-way can cause serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians.
Pedestrian safety tips are more important than ever today – here are the basics:
- Walk on sidewalks when they are available.
- If no sidewalks are available and you must walk in the road, walk against traffic, and watch for oncoming vehicles.
- Put your smartphone away to better observe your surroundings.
- Cross the street at a crosswalk whenever possible, or at an intersection if no crosswalk is available.
- Make eye contact with drivers before you cross, so you know they are paying attention.
If you have been hurt as a pedestrian by a negligent driver, you are entitled to file a claim for compensation. The first step is to speak with an experienced lawyer. Our Virginia personal injury attorneys can:
- Tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim
- Investigate your pedestrian accident to determine fault and liability
- Secure evidence to support your claim
- Assess the full extent of your losses
- Build a compelling case based on the facts
- Negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf
- Fight for the compensation you deserve in trial if necessary
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we bring you big city experience and small town care. We have worked as trial lawyers in big cities and for large insurance companies. Now, we are proud to serve our neighbors in Virginia, using the expertise we gained from that experience. We know how to respond effectively to insurance company tactics. We will advocate for you, taking your case to trial if necessary to recover full compensation. You pay us no fees until we secure a recovery for you. Call (804) 413-6777 to schedule a free consultation with our King William County personal injury lawyers today.
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- Safety Education
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