Virginia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
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Pedestrians who have been hit by reckless drivers need strong legal representation more than ever. Yet many pedestrian accident victims struggle to find a law firm that will accept their case because of the difficulty. If you live in Virginia, then you don’t have to worry, though.
Reinhardt | Harper | Davis and our pedestrian accident lawyers can work on any case, no matter its challenges, just as we have done for more than 100 years of collective practice experience. Put our talents to good use, so we can put the defendant to the test.
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Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians have no protection in an impact with a car, truck, or motorcycle. As a result, the average pedestrian accident causes severe, life-changing injuries. Even if the motorist was traveling at a relatively low speed, like 25 mph through a residential area, a pedestrian can be seriously injured in a collision.
Much of our work throughout the years has been focused on helping clients with catastrophic injuries. You know that you can trust your pedestrian accident case to us, no matter the extent or severity of your injuries or disabilities. We can work with medical experts to learn about your injuries in-depth. They can even be called upon to provide expert testimony if needed.
Catastrophic injuries that can occur in a pedestrian accident include:
- Multiple broken bones
- Back and spine injuries
- Traumatic head injuries (TBI)
- Soft tissue injuries
Compensation Owed to Injured Pedestrians
The injuries suffered by a pedestrian accident victim can be severe. Therefore, the compensation owed to most pedestrian accident claimants is significant.
You can depend on our Virginia pedestrian accident attorneys to fully calculate the compensation owed to you based on your damages and losses.
We work meticulously to uncover all damages, so you do not risk leaving anything unclaimed. Our firm also knows how to find additional insurance policies to file against, which can help maximize the value of a claim if one policy is not enough to cover everything.
The value of your pedestrian accident claim can include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered enjoyment of life
- Shortened life expectancy
Driver Mistakes That Cause Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers tend to blame pedestrians for accidents, but this is not always fair. In our experiences as personal injury litigators, we have found that the opposite is more often true: that negligent motorists are the more likely party to cause a pedestrian accident.
Negligent acts of motorists that can cause a pedestrian accident might include:
- Distraction: Drivers who are distracted behind the wheel are much more likely to cause an accident, especially when driving near pedestrians.
- Intoxication: Intoxicated drivers are dangerous at all times of the day, but they cause an inordinately high number of pedestrian accidents late at night after bars have closed.
- Speeding in parking lots: The average parking lot has a low speed limit – often as low as 5 mph – to reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident. Drivers who intentionally break this limit put shoppers and patrons around them in danger.
- Failing to yield: When driving near pedestrians and occupied sidewalks, drivers should always be ready to yield the right-of-way. Even if someone jaywalks in front of a car, the driver must make a reasonable attempt to avoid them.
Arrange a Free Consultation with Our Firm
We are ready to fight for your rights if you were hit by a negligent motorist while you walked down the street, used a crosswalk, or strolled through a parking lot. Our Virginia pedestrian accident attorneys do not slow down for anything once we are on the case.
With a long history of case results that speak for themselves, we know that we should be your first choice for legal representation throughout the state.
Pedestrian Accident FAQ
- Do pedestrians always have the right-of-way?
No, pedestrians do not always have the right-of-way. A pedestrian must follow the rules of the road, too. However, most motorists are trained to yield the right-of-way whenever possible if doing so would prevent an accident.
- Where do most pedestrian accidents happen?
Pedestrian accidents tend to happen the most frequently around intersections without crosswalk indicators. Drivers who are not paying attention to the road can roll right through an occupied crosswalk. Parking lots are also a common place for pedestrian accidents due to the higher-than-average number of pedestrians near moving vehicles.
- Can I file a claim if I was jaywalking when I was hit?
If you were jaywalking – or crossing an occupied lane of traffic without the right-of-way – when you were hit, then it could prevent you from making a recovery. Virginia uses a contributory negligence rule that disallows plaintiffs from making a recovery if they were even 1% liable for their accidents. Jaywalking is unlawful, so it will likely raise your liability by at least 1%. Don’t assume you don’t have a case, though. It is always worth discussing your options with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney from our firm.
- How much does it cost to hire a pedestrian accident attorney?
We accept pedestrian accident claims on a contingency fee basis. Under a contingency fee agreement, we do not get paid attorney fees unless we win your case. If we do win, we are paid by using a percentage of the winnings, so the amount is never more than you can afford. This system makes hiring a reputable lawyer from our firm affordable for everyone.