A toddler was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after being struck by the bumper of a car in Suffolk. The accident occurred on Nansemond Parkway, in front of the Heritage Acres Apartments.
Police reported the three year old boy was standing at the curb with his mother when the vehicle, driven by a 26-year-old Suffolk woman, passed by them. The driver did stop after the accident and was issued a summons for reckless driving. Thankfully, the toddler’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was released from the hospital.
There are approximately 75 pedestrians who are killed each year in Virginia after they are struck by a motor vehicle. Another 1600 suffer injuries. On average, 50 of those pedestrians are children under the age of five.
When a pedestrian is struck by a car or other motor vehicle, and the driver is deemed at-fault, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. A victim may face immediate and long-term medical expenses, as well as lost wages. An at-fault driver may also be liable for pain and suffering the victim suffered as a result of their injuries. When the victim of a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident is a child, then it is the parents who may take legal action against the driver.
If your child has been injured by a negligent or reckless driver, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.