“Fall Back” and “Spring Ahead” are two different ways to remember how to change your clocks for daylight savings time. Unfortunately, when we spring ahead our evenings start earlier and darker. This leads to a darker evening commute and greater risks to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Federal data show that pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities were at their highest nationwide levels in twenty years in 2015. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reported that 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred at nighttime.
Click the links below for even more information on crosswalk injuries:
- Important to Know: Virginia Pedestrian Laws
- Case Result: Pedestrian Hit by Car Has Serious Cross Walk Injuries
- Virginia Pedestrians Injured in Crosswalks
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.
While a pedestrian or bicycle injury attorney must check all the applicable pedestrian statutes in the state where the injury occurs, set forth below is the primary pedestrian/crosswalk statute for the state of Virginia:
The primary applicable Virginia (VA) pedestrian law state...
§ 46.2-924. Drivers to stop for pedestrians
"The driver of any vehicle on a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing such highway at any clearly marked crosswalk, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block;at any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of
the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block; and at any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway or street where the legal maximum speed does not exceed 35 miles per hour... No pedestrian shall enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.
The drivers of vehicles entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change their course,
slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians to cross such intersections safely and
expeditiously. Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all times have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians."
However when a crosswalk accident does occur, the injuries received in these types of crosswalk accidents are usually very serious. If you or a family member are ever involved in a crosswalk injury situation, contact one of our firm’s personal injury attorneys for advice as early as possible.