“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”-J.R.R. Tolkien. Though taken out of context the above quote by J.R.R. Tolkien still rings true, especially after finding out that pedestrian accidents and injuries are on the rise. A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic jumped 11 percent last year, to nearly 6,000. That's the biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities ever and the highest number in more than two decades.
As Virginia car accident injury lawyers we have seen more and more victims who have been irreparably injured by distracted and negligent drivers. The reason for this huge increase in pedestrian injuries can be seen during rush hour in any major city, just by looking at both the drivers of the dozens of vehicles inching through traffic and the scores of pedestrians crossing the busy intersections. One thing many have in common is that their eyes are down, staring at their phones.
Most people are surprised to learn that the special legal protections of pedestrians in crosswalks are not absolute. There are a number of statutes involved in analyzing any injury case when pedestrians or bicyclists are struck in the crosswalk. It is true that pedestrians occupy a special position under the law when they are in crosswalks. This is a special law that offers extra protection to pedestrians who are crossing streets in clearly marked crosswalks, and protects them from personal injury or death in crosswalks.