Details remain scarce, but an 82-year-old man was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries after being hit by a car while attempting to cross George Washington Highway in Portsmouth, Virginia (VA). The crash that injured the elderly man occurred at around 5:30 pm on Oct. 4, 2012, near the highway's intersection with Greenwood Avenue. Police did not immediately announce what caused the pedestrian accident, nor did they immediately file any charges.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers' Perspective
The wreck in Portsmouth happened just two days after a pedestrian in Virginia Beach was struck and killed by a tow truck on S. Military Highway. The two serious accidents involving people on foot and vehicles on Hampton Roads streets highlight the risks pedestrians face when crossing wide, heavily travelled main roads. While it is not clear in either case that the drivers were to blame for the collisions, the results are undeniable. One man lost his life, and another remains in the hospital, perhaps fighting to stay alive.
If ongoing investigations determine that the people behind the wheels of the car and tow truck were to blame for the crashes, the victims, including the deceased man's family members, may have grounds for filing claims for compensation with the help of Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys.
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