Why did the pedestrian cross the road? Answer: To get to the other side.
Unfortunately many times the pedestrian does not get to the other side. Recently a pedestrian was injured trying to cross the road in the Windsor Oaks area of Virginia Beach, VA when he was hit by a truck. The driver of the truck did the right thing and stayed with the pedestrian until police arrived. However the victim is suffering life-threatening injuries.
As Virginia car accident injury lawyers we know that being a pedestrian can be hazardous to your health. 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.
If you think staying on a sidewalk or crosswalk will keep you safe, think again. Our experienced car accident injury lawyers settled one case of serious personal injury for two pedestrians who were crossing a road in a painted, marked crosswalk in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). In that case, the driver who struck the pedestrians failed to see them even though they were in the marked crosswalk. Virginia traffic law states that a pedestrian in the crosswalk essentially must be treated as if it were a traffic light with a red signal because motorists are clearly required to yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk.