Pedestrian Injuries in Virginia


We represent the injured but at the same time we promote safety. After a vehicle breaks the rules and you sustain an injury, you should contact us. We are currently handling pedestrian injury cases in Charlottesville and Norfolk. Both of the cases involve serious injuries, as would be expected for accidents involving cars and human bodies. Remarkably, both cases involve vehicles failing to stop for pedestrians lawfully crossing the road at an intersection where the pedestrian has the right of way.

Walking is a great activity for exercise. However, both pedestrians and drivers of vehicles must follow the rules to avoid personal injuries or deaths to pedestrians.

Pedestrians must use sidewalks when available. If there are no sidewalks, stay to the extreme left edge of the road and face the oncoming traffic. Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. People on bikes should go slowly, give warnings and wait for the pedestrian to move over. When people in cars turn across sidewalks (such as driveways), the motorist should yield to the pedestrian. Pedestrians should also try to make eye contact with motorists to make sure they are seen when crossing streets, crosswalks, paths and driveways.

Pedestrians are required to cross at crosswalks when possible. Crosswalks are often painted or marked on the street. Crosswalks also occur wherever sidewalks meet the street at intersections. This is called an �unmarked crosswalk� by the Code of Virginia. Crossing at sidewalk intersections is an expected maneuver and cars should be aware of pedestrians at these crosswalks. In fact, the laws of Virginia require a driver of a car to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked, if the speed limit for the road is 35 miles per hour or less.

Motorists and pedestrians must guard against a pedestrian personal injury or death. These vehicle and pedestrian accidents cause some of the more serious accidental injuries to pedestrians. Both parties should follow the rules. If you follow the rules but sustain a serious personal injury through no fault of your own, call the experienced lawyers at Wilson & Hajek to help see you through this stressful time. You can call our toll free number (877) 222-1588 for a free consultation or reach us at our website, Serving Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and District of Columbia, with offices in Charlottesville and Virginia Beach.

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro


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