Richmond Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The Code of Virginia § 46.2-924 requires all drivers to stop for pedestrians. While pedestrians should avoid walking in roadways in exchange for using designated crosswalks and heeding pedestrian control signals, drivers too must heed the right of way to pedestrians and be vigilant to avoid collision, as this can be fatal to a pedestrian. The Richmond pedestrian accident attorneys at Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner can represent injured pedestrians, as well as those who have lost loved ones in these types of traffic accidents.
Vehicles Turning Right on Red
Many pedestrians are injured by vehicles turning right on red. While vehicles have the right to make this maneuver, provided it is not expressly prohibited at the particular intersection, they must still heed the right of way to pedestrians, who usually have a “walk” signal. § 46.2-835 of the Code of Virginia addresses this specifically. The statute specifically states that motorists “may cautiously enter the intersection and make a right turn. Such turning traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk.”
Pedestrian Injury & Fatality Statistics in Virginia
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia Highway Safety Office’s 2014 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts, there were 90 pedestrian fatalities and 1,640 pedestrian injuries.
- Approximately 12% of all Virginia traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
- Approximately 2% of all Virginia traffic injuries were pedestrians.
- There were 211 reported drunk pedestrian incidents in Virginia in 2014. Approximately 28% of those were crossing in non-crosswalk areas.
- Out of the 300 persons killed in speed-related crashes, 17 were pedestrians.
- Out of the 13,378 persons injured in speed-related crashes, 86 were pedestrians.
- Pedestrian and bicycle incidents are worst in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, accounting for about one out of every four traffic fatalities
Liability for Pedestrian Accidents in Virginia
Who is at fault or “liable” for a pedestrian accident in Virginia depends on which party or parties was negligent or violated a traffic law. If a vehicle strikes a pedestrian while the pedestrian was violating a traffic ordinance, the injured pedestrian may not be able to sue, unless the driver was also violating a traffic ordinance. This brings up the issue of contributory negligence, which means that the total damages the victim can recover could be reduced by the percentage to which they contributed to the accident.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Obeying all traffic laws does not guarantee that pedestrians will avoid involvement in an auto accident, but following these safety tips, based on the Code of Virginia, can help.
- Use sidewalks when possible and avoid walking in the road.
- Avoid walking on roads and highways specially designated as not open to pedestrians or cyclists.
- Do not stop or loiter on the highway to hitchhike.
- Pay attention to all pedestrian control signals. Only “walk” when the signal displays “walk,” and still look both ways before crossing the street to ensure your path is clear.
- Avoid jaywalking, and only cross the street in designated crosswalks.
- If walking at night, try to avoid wearing dark colors, or wear reflective items.
Contacting Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner
If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident or another type of personal injury accident, contact our Richmond lawyers today. We represent accident victims throughout the state of Virginia and have over 100 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million under our belt. Call our “Best Law Firms” rated practice today for a free consultation!