Virginia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrians, who walk along our roads and sidewalks without the physical protection afforded drivers, are especially vulnerable to accidents which can cause severe injuries or death. Suddenly, a pedestrian can find himself hospitalized for weeks and out of work for months. If you or a family member has been injured in a pedestrian / motor vehicle accident, the burdens you face may seem insurmountable. For decades, the pedestrian accident attorneys at Allen & Allen have helped hundreds of pedestrians, who have been injured through no fault of their own, obtain just compensation for their losses. Our firm is ready to give you the legal advice and counsel you need when you have medical bills to pay, a family you can’t support because of your injuries, and permanent disabilities you may endure for a lifetime.
Contact Allen & Allen at 866-388-1307 for a free consultation and put our pedestrian accident attorneys to work for you.
When tragedy strikes and a pedestrian is hit and killed in an accident involving a truck or car, his family is left to deal with the resulting grief, lost income, funeral expenses, and most importantly the loss of companionship, comfort, guidance, and advice the decedent provided. Allen and Allen's pedestrian accident lawyers and staff members have the experience and understanding needed to provide grieving families with personal attention and emotional support while they confront the legal, as well as the everyday issues that arise from a family member’s death.
The pedestrian accident lawyers at the Allen Law Firm have a long history of working with clients whose injuries in pedestrian accidents range from modest to catastrophic. A few years ago, Allen & Allen attorneys were asked to represent the family of Thelma Lomax, a resident of Buena Vista, Virginia. Ms. Lomax was crossing a local street within the crosswalk when she was struck by a Greyhound bus. A 66-year-old retired library science and English professor, Ms. Lomax had been a pillar of her community. She died of her accident-related injuries three months after the accident leaving a husband and two grown children. A local jury returned a verdict against Greyhound in the amount of $3.7 million. In another case, Susan Wilkins was walking on the grass in front of a paved residential parking area when the defendant failed to properly park his vehicle nearby. The vehicle moved onto the grass and rolled onto plaintiff’s right leg and ankle causing significant injury to Ms. Wilkins’ ankle. An Allen Law Firm attorney took Ms. Wilkins’ case to trial and won a $125,000 verdict for her.
We are all familiar with the “rules of the road” for motor vehicles. There are also state laws that govern how and where pedestrians may walk. For example, a pedestrian must always use the sidewalk when a suitable and passable one is available. If there is no sidewalk, the pedestrian may walk on the hard surface of the road. However, he must keep to the extreme left side or edge of the road unless there are shoulders of sufficient width for him to walk on. In that case, he may walk on either shoulder.
Of course, there are also state laws which outline the duties every motor vehicle driver owes a pedestrian. For instance, a driver must change course, slow down, or come to a complete stop, if necessary, to permit a pedestrian with the right- of- way to cross a street safely when he walks within a clearly marked crosswalk or at another permitted crossing location.
Determining who is negligent in pedestrian accident cases is not always easy. The lawyers at Allen & Allen are familiar with the state statutes, local ordinances, and case law regarding this issue. Our investigators will take photographs of the accident scene, interview eyewitnesses, and talk to investigating police officers or troopers to help develop the facts surrounding an accident. Once the facts are gathered and the applicable Virginia law reviewed, an attorney from Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen can plan a course of legal action to help the injured pedestrian recover the monetary compensation he deserves for his medical expenses, physical injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Stark statistics tell a grim story about the frequency and severity of pedestrian accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 4,784 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States during 2006. That same year, approximately twenty percent of the children between the ages of 5 and 9, who were killed in traffic accidents, were pedestrians. The elderly are especially vulnerable to pedestrian accidents as their vision begins to diminish, and they take longer to move from one place to another. In 2006, the fatality rate for pedestrians 70 and over was higher than that of any other age group. Intoxication also plays a significant role in pedestrian injuries and deaths. 49 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities involved alcohol on the part of either the driver or the pedestrian.
We have helped thousands of pedestrian accident victims. Let our team of committed professionals help you. We invite you to call us at (866) 388-1307 or complete our online inquiry form.
What Should You Do If You Have Been Hurt In A Pedestrian Accident?
If you are hurt in an accident, you should seek medical care promptly, within the first 24 hours or shortly thereafter. Visit a nearby hospital Emergency Room or your family doctor. If you need a specialist, you may want to ask your family doctor for a referral. Keep in mind that the longer you wait to get medical attention when you need it, the easier it will be for an insurance company to argue you weren’t hurt in the accident. Once you visit a doctor, follow his advice.
- Comply with all of his directives.
- Take the medicine he prescribes according to the directions on the bottle.
- If your doctor refers you to a specialist or physical therapist, schedule an appointment immediately.
- Keep all medical appointments. If you can’t make an appointment, call to cancel it and schedule a new appointment immediately. You don’t want the words “No Show” to appear on your medical chart.
- Return to work as soon as your doctor says you can. If you have reservations about your ability to go back to work given the nature of your job or its requirements (repetitive heavy lifting, for example) discuss the specifics with your doctor or bring your concerns to your lawyer’s attention promptly.
Your doctor’s opinions and testimony are essential to your case. You want your doctor on your side. Your Allen and Allen personal injury attorney also needs him to support your wage loss claim and to describe any accident related temporary or permanent disabilities you may have.
Allen & Allen has helped thousands of accident victims. Let our team of committed professionals help you. We invite you to call us at 866-388-1307 or click to complete our online inquiry form for a free consultation.
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1809 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23230
7255 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
|Short Pump / Glen Allen Office
11577 W. Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233
|Chesterfield / Midlothian Office
6123 Harbourside Centre Loop
Midlothian, VA 23112
106 S. Market Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
3504 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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50 Dunn Drive, Suite 105
Stafford, VA 22556
2100 Rio Hill Center
Charlottesville, VA 22901