Virginia Pedestrian Accident Attorney
As an experienced pedestrian injury attorney, Sylvano Alvarez handles cases that clearly show a violation of Virginia law regarding pedestrian right-of-way.
Pedestrian right-of-way and Virginia law
Virginia law gives a pedestrian the right-of-way when crossing a street or highway whenever they are in a crosswalk, at a regular pedestrian crossing at a corner, or walking by the most direct route at any intersection where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. This pedestrian right-of-way begins on one side of the street and continues until the pedestrian has completed crossing the street at those locations.
Virginia state law requires a driver to avoid striking a pedestrian by changing course, slowing down, or coming to a complete stop. Most pedestrian injuries resulting from accidents with vehicles can be attributed to reckless and negligent drivers. This can be a driver who is texting, not paying attention, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or running red lights or stop signs.
Are you the victim of a pedestrian accident?
If a vehicle hits you while you are walking lawfully (as noted above), first consider your own safety. Make sure you or a witness call the police and get the medical attention you need. If possible, get the contact information of the driver and any witnesses. Then call The Alvarez Law Firm, PLLC for a free consultation.