Each year, unfortunately many people are killed as pedestrians, whether they are simply crossing the street or walking on the sidewalk. Many people are also injured considerably due to being hit by cars, and often they are made permanently disabled or are unable to work for a significant amount of time.
If you have been hit by a car in the state of Virginia, it is important that you consider taking action no matter how big or small your injuries are. It is vital that an investigation is conducted and an assessment is made as to whether the driver was at fault.
How do I know who is to blame for the accident?
Even though drivers are the ones with the ability to cause damage, pedestrians themselves have a duty of care and occasionally the fault lies with the pedestrian in question. For example, if a pedestrian is drunk and runs into traffic, or if a person jaywalks, it will likely not be deemed the fault of the driver.
However, if the driver was engaging in distracted driving, was speeding or did not stop at a crosswalk, it is highly likely that the accident will be considered his or her fault.
Additionally, sometimes the accident could be blamed on the party maintaining the road. This could be the case if signs are misplaced or confusing to the driver and led him or her to make a dangerous move.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian in the state of Virginia, it is important that you take action and stand up for your rights.