A pedestrian was struck and seriously injured while walking in the Stockley Garden area of Ghent in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). The accident occurred in the evening near the intersection of Colonial and Boissevain avenues. The pedestrian is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries and police have sent their fatal accident crash team out to investigate further.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
Stockley Gardens is a great place to walk in Ghent, there is a dog park and the area is home to numerous festivals throughout the year. The area is residential and speed limits are usually 35 mph. But with narrow roads and many cars parked on the street, if the driver was speeding or distracted they may have not seen the pedestrian.
Lack of parking in Downtown Norfolk and areas of Ghent have promoted foot traffic. This is good for the economic growth of small businesses in the area but also leaves pedestrian vulnerable to more car accidents. What if you are struck by a car while you are a pedestrian and you weren’t in a crosswalk, do you have a case? Although a pedestrian should never willfully step into oncoming traffic if they are crossing the road one traffic law states, “Drivers of vehicles entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change their course, slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians to cross such intersections safely andexpeditiously. Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all times have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians."