The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works under the U.S. Department of Transportation to implement national traffic safety programs. The NHTSA conducts research, compiles statistics, and interprets data to reduce fatalities, injuries, and other losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. According to recent data, Virginia has experienced an increase in pedestrian crashes. The NHTSA reported that over 1600 accidents involved pedestrians, 123 pedestrians died, over 1500 suffered injuries, and 424 pedestrians sustained severe injuries. Alarmingly, Virginia experiences a crash every four minutes.
Virginia pedestrians involved in an accident with a motor vehicle will more likely experience severe injuries or death based on their lack of protection. Most accidents are the result of a negligent driver who fails to obey traffic and safety rules. Some common causes of Virginia pedestrian accidents are:
- Backing-up – This occurs when a driver is reversing from a parking spot and fails to see a pedestrian walking behind their car.
- Speeding – Pedestrians struck by a speeding driver will likely face severe injuries because of the sheer force of a fast-moving car.
- Failure to obey traffic signs – Motorists who make rolling stops or fail to yield can easily hit a pedestrian who expects to have the right of way.
- Intoxication – Many innocent lives have been taken due to a driver’s impairment because of drugs or alcohol.
Recently, an article in a national newspaper reported on a tragic trick-or-treating pedestrian crash that took the lives of an entire family. The family was walking back from trick-or-treating in their neighborhood when an SUV drove onto the sidewalk and slammed into the family. The father died shortly after the accident, a three-year-old boy died two days later, followed by his mother the next evening. Police apprehended and arrested the driver at the scene of the crash. He is facing charges related to driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter. Sadly, the family was across the street from their condo when the impaired driver slammed into them.
This case exemplifies the dangers that pedestrians face, even on days when motorists should be aware of higher than normal foot traffic. Pedestrians who suffer injuries of this type may be able to file civil personal injury claims against the at-fault driver. However, pedestrians must take care to abide by traffic and safety laws as well, to avoid contributory negligence claims.
Have You Suffered Injuries Because of a Negligent Virginia Driver?
If you or a loved one has suffered severe or fatal injuries because of a negligent or reckless Virginia driver, you should contact the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Robinson Law. The attorneys at our law firm understand how emotionally daunting these accidents are, and we respect our clients’ sensitives while vigorously advocating on their behalf. Virginia car accident victims may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries that they sustained. We can help you get the compensation you deserve, including, payments for medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Additionally, we can help you deal with any claims of contributory negligence that the defendant may raise. Contact our office at 703-542-4008 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.