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 the end of a block; or,
- By the most direct route at any intersection where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
Additionally, Virginia law states that a pedestrian’s right-of-way begins on one side of the street and continues until the pedestrian has completed crossing the street while:
- In a crosswalk;
- At a regular pedestrian crossing; or
- At an intersection where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
The driver of a car has a Duty To Avoid Striking A Pedestrian!
When a pedestrian has the right-of-way, Virginia law requires a driver to avoid striking a pedestrian by:
- Changing course;
- Slowing down; or
- Coming to a complete stop
There were more than 4,700 pedestrian deaths reported in 2013. Most of these injuries 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, running red lights or stop signs.
If a car while walking has hit you, you first need to consider your own safety. Make sure you or a witness call the police and get you 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.