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.
Contact The Alvarez Law Firm, PLLC for a free case consultation.