Northern Virginia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
About Pedestrian Accidents in Virginia
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere. People are very often struck by automobiles while walking across intersections. They may be hit by a car that is backing out of a driveway or parking spot. Pedestrians are even struck on the sidewalk when cars and trucks run off the road. Wherever they happen, pedestrian accidents are far more likely than other types of traffic collisions to result in catastrophic injury or death than other types of motor vehicle accidents.
According to the most recent statistics provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 1,705 pedestrian accidents statewide in 2011. This figure accounts for only 1.4 percent of all traffic crashes throughout the state, yet it makes up 3.7 percent of all injury collisions and a staggering 10.9 percent of fatal crashes.
A pedestrian who is struck by a car or truck is almost certain to be seriously injured or even killed by the force and violence of the impact. In recognition of this fact, walkers will normally exercise great care and precaution in any place where they are at risk of being hit. The same cannot be said, unfortunately, of drivers.
Drivers frequently spend time talking or texting on their cell phones, adjusting the car stereo, watching the passing scenery – anything but keeping their eyes on the road and watching for potential hazards. Fortunately, when a driver causes a crash with a pedestrian, the accident victim or surviving family members can often recover financial compensation by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Pedestrian Accident Claims in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact us at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Before taking any further action on your claim for damages, you should let a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer from our team review the situation in order to determine how much your case is worth.
You cannot count on the insurance company to treat you fairly in your claim for damages. By retaining our services, you can greatly improve your chances of recovering the full compensation that you deserve.