An older man who was walking near Five points in Norfolk, Virginia (VA) was hit and killed by a truck. The older man was trying to cross the street when he was hit. The truck did stop but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:
As an experienced Virginia (VA) car accident attorney I know that crossing the road even at a crosswalk can be dangerous. One reason is that many drivers these days are driving distracted and may not see or pay attention to a pedestrian, even if the pedestrian does have the right-away. Believe it or not studies show that on a per-mile basis walking is more dangerous than driving.
So what rights do pedestrians in Virginia have? Well, the law reads that "The driver of any vehicle on a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing such highway at any clearly marked crosswalk, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block.” The family of the man that was killed may have the right to recover by filing a wrongful death claim if it is found that the driver was negligent. As experienced Virginia (VA) pedestrian injury lawyers we have a proven track record of recovering for our clients. We recovered $540,000 for two clients after they were struck by a car in a crosswalk at the Virginia Beach, VA, oceanfront. Even more horrific was the hit and run by a drunk driver of a student as she was lawfully walking beside a road. We were able to recover $300,000 for her injuries.
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