Pedestrians generally have the right of way unless they are not obeying traffic signals or jay-walking (crossing the street in a non-designated crossing area). While the law requires drivers to exercise care to avoid hitting pedestrians, many drivers simply don’t follow the law or appreciate the dangers involved in failing to grant pedestrians the right of way.
In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States i, representing 14% of all fatalities and 3% of all people injured in traffic crashes[i]. On average, a pedestrian is killed in a motor vehicle crash every 119 minutes, one is injured every 8 minutes – and alcohol involvement was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
These accidents can result in substantial losses, both economic (lost wages and medical bills) and non-economic (pain and suffering and emotional distress). The negligent party should be held responsible.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, seek an attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve. At Geoff McDonald & Associates, our team of aggressive and experienced attorneys can take you through the entire legal process step by step, answer all of your questions and make sure that you get the legal help your case demands.
We’re here to help—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact a personal injury attorney in Richmond at Geoff McDonald & Associates for your free consultation.
Pedestrian Injury Lawsuits
If you were hit by a car while walking, running or jogging, you may be entitled to compensation from a driver if they failed to give you the right of way, were under the influence of alcohol or were in a city, state or municipality where a traffic light malfunctioned. In most cases, the defendant’s insurance company (as well as your own) will likely be involved – making it difficult for you to obtain the compensation you may be entitled to such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, rehabilitation and more.
At Geoff McDonald & Associates, our experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys can determine who might be at fault in a pedestrian accident by evaluating all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident such as:
- Posted speed limits
- Whether the driver entered an intersection illegally
- Pedestrian signs and signals
- Issues of driver negligence (such as talking on a cell phone, texting or under the influence of alcohol)
- Anything else that could determine the proximate cause of the accident
- Locating witnesses who may have seen what happened.
Geoff McDonald & Associates: Pedestrian Accident Lawyers That Get Results
Having an aggressive law firm on your side can make all the difference – and we are that firm. Just Call Geoff at (866) 369-9051.
We accept clients from across Virginia, including these areas: Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Bay, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Southern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Highlands and the Heart of Appalachia.