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A 53-year-old woman is fortunate to be alive after being hit by a car in Newport News, Virginia (VA), and then getting hit two more times by oncoming traffic.The victim was struck by a hit and run driver on Sunday. on Jefferson Avenue at the intersection of Shields Road, the Daily Press reported.
She was described as being in a "stable condition" by police after the crash. Police are looking for a car that likely sustained serious windscreen damage.
This was just the latest in a spate of accidents in which pedestrians have been hit while crossing roads and seriously injured or killed in Hampton Roads, Virginia (VA), in recent months. Last week a woman from Hampton, Virginia (VA) was charged with felony hit and run after a man in a wheelchair was run down while crossing W. Mercury Boulevard in Hampton.
Accidents like this one in Newport News illustrate the importance of pedestrians learning the laws of crossing the road. A study by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership titled Mean Streets found on a per-mile basis, walking is more dangerous than driving, flying, or riding a bus or train. Most fatalities (69 percent) occurred on neighborhood streets.
As experienced Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC) road accident injury attorneys we see far too many hit-and-run accidents. We are relieved the victim in this case wasn't more seriously injured but are appalled that this driver failed to stop. By not stopping this driver is likely to face the full force of the law.Our experienced Virginia Beach-based accident injury lawyers handling cases in Newport News, Virginia (VA) are often contacted by people who suffer injuries in hit-and-run or uninsured driver car accidents.
The way that car insurance provides coverage in the case of a hit and run or an uninsured driver incident is extremely complicated. Normally your own car insurance will provide coverage to protect you, but it's a complicated scenario. Our firm provides an in depth guide to uninsured or underinsured drivers.
Our personal injury attorneys have represented many pedestrians who have been hit by cars or trucks. In 2007, a settlement of $540,000 was awarded to two pedestrians who were hit by a car in Virginia Beach, Virginia.