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Richmond is seen as a very walkable city with easy access to dining, shopping, and entertainment. However, if you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, that perspective changes quickly. The injuries and emotional trauma can be life-altering. Victims of pedestrian accidents underestimate the amount of medical care they may need – and ask too little compensation from the at-fault party.

If you are injured, you will need the help of a Richmond pedestrian accident lawyer to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Call us today to discuss your claim.

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Representing Victims of Pedestrian Accidents in Richmond

The Richmond, VA personal injury lawyers at Regan Zambri Long regularly represent victims of pedestrian accidents and survivors of pedestrian accident victims. Our resources and experience are extensive and our clients’ words speak for our reputation. The attorney-client relationship is important to us and we will give you the attention and expertise you deserve.

We understand that you’ve sustained injuries and that this is an extremely difficult time for you. While you’re recovering from your injuries or mourning a family member lost to a pedestrian accident, you should not be burdened with tasks like dealing with an insurance company or managing deadlines. Our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers are here to advocate for you and to help you navigate your pedestrian accident claim.

A consultation with a Richmond pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm is at no cost to you. We work on a contingency fee basis; you do not owe us any fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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What to Do if You Are the Victim of a Pedestrian Accident

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Richmond, take the following steps:

  • The first thing to do is to call the police if you’re able to. If you are not able to do so, have someone else make the emergency call. It’s essential to have the police at the crash scene so that you can file an official report.
  • Eexchange contact information with the vehicle driver, do not conjecture about who you believe was at fault, do take relevant photos at the scene, and do obtain contact information from any potential eyewitnesses.
  • After the accident, seek medical attention even if you think you’re okay. Sometimes you might feel like you didn’t suffer injuries, but your injuries may just not be obvious ones; you may have internal injuries that require immediate medical treatment. Additionally, it will be helpful to have your post-accident medical documentation on record.
  • Contact your insurance company. Even though you were the pedestrian involved in the accident, if you have car insurance, it may cover the injuries you sustained.
  • Reach out to a personal injury lawyer at Regan Zambri Long. Our experienced Richmond pedestrian accident lawyers will assume the stressful task of negotiating with the other party’s insurance company and will help review your damages and determine whether you should pursue compensation under Virginia law.
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Pedestrian Accidents in Richmond, Virginia

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 1,399 crashes involving pedestrians in Richmond, VA in 2021. Of that number, 413 crashes resulted in people suffering serious injuries, and 125 crashes involved pedestrian fatalities.

Pursuant to Virginia law, under § 46.2-924 of the Virginia Code:

  • A. The driver of any vehicle on a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing such highway by stopping and remaining stopped until such pedestrian has passed the lane in which the vehicle is stopped:
  • 1. At any clearly marked crosswalk, whether at midblock or at the end of any block;
  • 2. At any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block; or
  • 3. At any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway where the speed limit is not more than 35 miles per hour.
  • B. When a vehicle is stopped pursuant to subsection A, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from an adjacent lane or from behind the stopped vehicle shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
  • C. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A, at intersections or crosswalks where the movement of traffic is being regulated by law-enforcement officers or traffic control devices, the driver shall yield according to the direction of the law-enforcement officer or device.
  • No pedestrian shall enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.
  • The drivers of vehicles entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change their course, slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians to cross such intersections safely and expeditiously.
  • Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all times have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by pedestrians.
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How Do You Determine that a Pedestrian Accident Was the Fault of a Negligent Driver?

Following a crash, to establish whether a Richmond pedestrian accident was the fault of the driver of the motor vehicle, an experienced attorney will examine the multitude of evidence such as eyewitness statements, photographs, medical records, and police reports.

An attorney will use their knowledge of Virginia traffic laws to ascertain whether the cause of the crash was due to driving error; they will investigate your physical injuries in relation to the vehicle’s damages to determine if speed or direction was a factor.

Fair Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Pedestrian accident victims endure all kinds of harm from minor scratches to potentially life-threatening injuries. No amount of monetary compensation can make up for the injuries suffered when a pedestrian accident occurs, but a skilled Richmond pedestrian accident attorney can help you recover the funds you used to pay for high medical bills and lost wages.

The different types of damages your pedestrian accident attorney can pursue are as follows:

Economic damages

As the victim of a pedestrian accident, there are many potential expenses you are faced with. You may have experienced severe injuries and are now faced with current medical costs as well as anticipated future medical expenses for rehabilitation or therapy. Due to your injuries, you may be out of work and you’re dealing with lost wages and perhaps a decreased earning capacity in the case of extreme injuries. These measurable financial losses are considered economic damages.

For all these expenses you’ve been saddled with as a pedestrian accident victim, you deserve compensation for the injuries sustained. An experienced Richmond pedestrian accident attorney will help you be fairly compensated.

Non-economic damages

It’s impossible to assign a cost to the emotional trauma endured as the victim of a pedestrian accident or the mental anguish that comes along with mourning the loss of a loved one who died from severe injuries. For your pain and suffering and for the decrease in enjoyment of things you used to take pleasure in, you may be entitled to financial compensation. While it certainly won’t take your sorrow away, it may help to ease your burdens.

Punitive damages

These damages are awarded in pedestrian accidents when a negligent driver maliciously or recklessly caused serious injury to a pedestrian with their motor vehicle. Punitive damages are specifically instituted to punish the at-fault party and deter other people from causing the same irresponsible and avoidable pedestrian accident.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Richmond

  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving or road rage
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to stop
  • Impaired driving (sleepiness or driving under the influence)
  • Weather conditions
  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced driving
  • Reckless turns or lane changes

Common Injuries Sustained in Pedestrian Accidents

  • Soft tissue damage
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Wrongful death
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Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents in Richmond

Q: How long do I have to initiate my pedestrian accident case in Richmond, VA?

Under personal injury law, Section 8.01-243 of the Code of Virginia directs that there is a two-year statute of limitations for an injured pedestrian to pursue compensation in a pedestrian accident case.
…every action for personal injuries, whatever the theory of recovery, and every action for damages resulting from fraud, shall be brought within two years after the cause of action accrues.

Two years may seem lengthy, but the quicker you contact skilled Richmond attorneys to initiate your personal injury claims, the better off you will be. Your attorney can work with the insurance company and opposing counsel toward a settlement.

If resolution and settlement don’t seem to be attainable, your legal team will have time to build your case and advocate for you to the best of their abilities.

Q: How much is my pedestrian accident case worth?

It’s difficult to predict the monetary amount that a case is “worth.” The details of all Richmond pedestrian accidents vary. To assign financial value to your case, you must meet with a Richmond attorney to review any costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, therapy costs, lost wages, a decline in quality of life, or mental trauma.

Schedule an initial free consultation with our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long. We will help determine the amount of your fair compensation and then we’ll fight to get it for you.

Q: What do I do if I lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident?

Certain people can file a wrongful death action on behalf of a loved one. Under § 8.01-53 of the Code of Virginia:
the surviving spouse, children of the deceased, and children of any deceased child of the deceased, and, only if there is a surviving spouse, children of the deceased, or children of any deceased child of the deceased, the parents of the decedent if any of such parents, within 12 months prior to the decedent’s death, regularly received support or regularly received services from the decedent for necessaries, including living expenses, food, shelter, health care expenses, or in-home assistance or care…

You are here because you have suffered an immeasurable loss. We wish that you weren’t experiencing this pain, but we can tell you that it would serve you well to connect with an experienced accident attorney to lessen your burden and to act on your behalf.

As the survivor of a loved one who lost their life in a pedestrian accident, a lawyer can raise a wrongful death claim on your behalf. In doing so, the goal is to receive compensation for emotional suffering, funeral fees, lost wages, and any other damages you’ve suffered. Also, your lawyer can seek punitive damages for the careless and disastrous actions of the at-fault party.

Q: Is the pedestrian ever at fault?

Just as there are laws that motor vehicle drivers must abide by, there are also laws pedestrians must abide by. Aside from common sense precautions like avoiding distractions such as cell phone use or wearing dark clothing at night, the Code of Virginia specifically has laws in place to be followed by pedestrians:

Regardless of whether they suffered injuries, if a pedestrian is found even a small percentage at fault, under Virginia’s doctrine of contributory negligence, they could be barred from receiving any compensation. In other words, if a pedestrian violated one of the laws outlined above, regardless of whether it was a tragic accident, the injured victim would be considered at least partially at fault.

In light of this complex personal injury law, it is critical to contact experienced pedestrian accident lawyers if you’ve been in an accident in Richmond, VA. A skilled Richmond pedestrian accident lawyer who has experience with personal injury cases, pedestrian injuries, and traffic accidents will be able to gather the appropriate evidence, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for you.

Contact Regan Zambri Long for your free consultation at no obligation to you.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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