When you lose someone close to you suddenly, such as in the case of a recent accident on Virginia Beach Blvd in Norfolk, VA, it is even harder to take.
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There isn’t a lot of information on the accident yet. We do know that the driver did stop and stay on scene. That may be a small relief to the family of the victim that at least the driver did not flee.
Whenever a pedestrian is struck by a veicle, there are several things as a Virginia personal injury attorney that I know to look for. The first being that a pedestrian does have the right of way when crossing a highway or street within a clearly marked crosswalk or at the end of the block when the speed limit is not more than 35 miles per hour. Keep in mind that a pedestrian has a duty to use ordinary care to keep a lookout for motor vehicles.
In this case there may not have been a crosswalk, but based on common law in Virginia and many other states, a pedestrian has right of way at a street corner when crossing under circumstances where a driver has a clear view of the pedestrian.