A pedestrian was walking along US 460 near Lynchburg, Virginia, when a Dodge van slammed into him near the Greenview Drive exit. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center.
No further details are known at this time about the extent of the man’s injuries, and his name has not been released.
Virginia State Police stated that no one else was injured, and no other vehicles were involved in the accident, which is still being investigated.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Perspective:
Nearly 4,300 pedestrians were killed by passing vehicles in the US in 2010, with more than 70,000 reported pedestrian injuries. Both drivers and pedestrians can reduce the chances of a serious accident by following some simple tips:
- Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians as they are crossing the street on marked or unmarked crosswalks in the vast majority of situations. Drivers must be very careful at intersections; failure to yield right away happens often when drivers are turning onto a street and a pedestrian is crossing.
- Pedestrians should cross at a designated crosswalk, and should not walk along busy highways.
- Pedestrians should try to increase their visibility by carrying a flashlight and by wearing bright colored clothing.
- Try to walk on a sidewalk if you can, but if you cannot, always walk facing traffic.
If you or a loved one was walking near a street and was hit by a car, it is a wise idea to find a strong personal injury lawyer in Virginia with a strong history of winning settlements in such cases. You deserve the best possible legal representation, and an opportunity to obtain financial compensation for your injuries.
We hope that the pedestrian in this case recovers quickly from his injuries.
For More Information:
Read about how one of our personal injury lawyers won a $100,000 settlement for a pedestrian who suffered leg and foot injuries due to a distracted driver.
Learn about the laws governing pedestrians and vehicle traffic in the state of Virginia, and some of the most common questions and answers in this area of the law.