Many in Roanoke County may believe that collisions between cars and pedestrians are relatively easy to avoid given that, in most cases, both sides often allow the others a wide berth on the road. Yet there may inevitably be times when pedestrians and motorists come into contact, making it necessary that both sides understand how to share the road. Crosswalks are the most obvious areas where pedestrians are likely to enter on to the roadway. Most likely think that they understand how to treat the situation where a pedestrian is crossing in a crosswalk, yet such assumptions have not stopped auto-pedestrian accidents from occurring in these areas.
One such accident recently occurred in a crosswalk on Granby Street in Norfolk. A woman from Chesapeake was struck by a Toyota SUV after leaving a local Greek festival. Witnesses say that she was crossing in the crosswalk when she was hit. The driver of the SUV stayed on the scene and cooperated with authorities; no report was given as to whether or not they will face charges. The woman was quickly taken to a local hospital, yet sadly she ended up dying from her injuries.
In most cases, cars are expected to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when pedestrians are attempting to cross the road at a crosswalk. However, pedestrians are also tasked with seeing to both their own safety and that of drivers on the road by not running into the street so quickly as to make car swerve to avoid hitting them or not afford the car enough time to stop to avoid a collision. In cases where compensation is needed for pedestrians struck by cars or motorists involved in accidents caused by pedestrians, having an experienced attorney at one’s disposal may be a great benefit.