In Richmond and the surrounding areas of Virginia, the pedestrian accident lawyers of River Run Law assist injury victims who were struck by a motor vehicle while on foot.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, you need someone on your side who will fight for you and your future. Our experienced attorneys help Richmond injury accident victims recover the financial compensation they deserve for their injuries and other damages. We help protect your legal rights and fight hard to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
Understanding the Risks Posed by Pedestrian Accidents
Throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, pedestrian accidents pose a growing threat to residents and visitors alike.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), more than 1,500 pedestrian accidents occur annually. The DMV data indicates that almost 10% of pedestrian accidents result in fatality. Both urban and rural pedestrian accidents increased in 2019 as compared to 2018. In fact, rural pedestrian injuries and fatalities increased significantly, with pedestrian fatalities on urban roadways up more than 20% over the prior year.
While walking, you have virtually no protection from injuries if you’re struck by a motor vehicle. The larger and heavier the vehicle, the more serious the injuries tend to be.
The DMV’s data indicates that approximately half of all pedestrian accidents occur while the victim is crossing the road. Although slightly more road crossing accidents occur outside of an intersection, even a marked intersection does not prevent these incidents from occurring. Most of these accidents occur after dark. Whether the roadway was lighted has little impact on the frequency or severity of pedestrians being struck at night.
Common Causes of Richmond Pedestrian Accidents
Most pedestrian accidents in Richmond occur due to the actions of a motor vehicle operator. Some common factors that can cause a driver to strike a pedestrian include the following.
- Distracted driving,
- Aggressive driving,
- Failure to yield,
- Failure to stop,
- Alcohol or drug impairment,
- Illegal turns, and
- Illegal lane changes.
Some accidents occur when a motorist loses control due to the actions of another party or if a faulty component of their vehicle fails. You could be struck if a motorist swerves to avoid a road obstruction or if a particular roadway is not appropriately marked or lighted.
Even if you dodged out from between parked cars or took some other action that you believe made the accident your fault, you could nevertheless be entitled to pursue compensation for your damages, depending on the circumstances.
An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can investigate your accident to determine which parties had fault for or contributed to your injuries.
Common Types of Richmond Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Although some pedestrian accident victims are fortunate enough to walk away without any serious harm, many more experience severe and potentially life-threatening injuries. Some of the most common types of injuries that result from pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Broken bones,
- Internal injuries,
- Neck or spine damage,
- Nerve damage,
- Head injuries, and
- Severed digits or limbs.
Seeking medical attention after any accident is critical. However, if you or a loved one is struck by a vehicle, it is imperative to seek treatment immediately. You could have severe injuries that aren’t immediately apparent. Without treatment, these could pose a serious threat to your health and well-being. Seeking medical attention also ensures that your injuries are documented by a qualified medical treatment professional. These records will be invaluable as the basis for documenting your injury accident claim.
Whatever type of injury you sustained, you deserve compensation from the party who caused the accident. A personal injury attorney can assist you by helping protect your legal rights and pursuing fair compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Valuing Your Richmond Pedestrian Accident Claim
Injury accident victims frequently ask us what the average Richmond pedestrian claim value is. That’s impossible to estimate because every accident is different and every victim suffers a unique set of injuries. The best way to determine what your claim value might be is to contact River Run Law and schedule a free case evaluation.
You could be entitled to recover compensation for some or all of the following:
- Medical costs to date,
- Lost wages and benefits to date,
- Future medical treatment and care costs,
- Future lost income,
- Lost earning capacity,
- Diminished quality of life,
- Emotional trauma, and
- Pain and suffering.
If you lost a loved one due to injuries they sustained in a pedestrian accident, contact us now for more information about pursuing a wrongful death claim. Although a settlement won’t bring back your lost loved one, you can get justice for their death. You may be eligible to recover compensation for funeral and interment costs, lost financial and household support, loss of inheritance, emotional trauma, and more.
What You Should Know About Pursuing a Richmond Pedestrian Accident Claim
If you aren’t sure how to go about pursuing a claim for your injuries, contact us today to learn more about how the legal process works and your potential options for taking legal action. These are some of the most common points that can help you successfully navigate the legal process.
Act Quickly After an Injury Accidents
After any type of injury accident, time is of the essence. The Virginia statute of limitations provides only two years to take legal action for a pedestrian accident injury claim. Even though you have two years to file a lawsuit, it’s critical to begin pursuing a settlement immediately. The sooner you can get an attorney to begin building your case, the better.
You Might Be Able to Avoid a Lawsuit
In many cases, the Richmond pedestrian injury attorneys of River Run Law can negotiate a settlement for our injury accident victims. This saves you from having to file a lawsuit and go to trial. If we can’t successfully negotiate a settlement on your behalf, we can explore the possibility of taking your case to court
Be Careful When Dealing with the Insurance Company
After an accident, the at-fault party’s insurance company might contact you and ask you to provide a recorded statement. Do not provide any statement or discuss any potential settlement offer before you talk to a lawyer. The insurance company will look for ways to deny your claim or minimize your claim’s value. This might include offering you a lowball settlement in exchange for you waiving the right to pursue further damages.
How a Richmond Pedestrian Accident Attorney from River Run Law Can Help You
To file a lawsuit or pursue a claim yourself through the at-fault party’s insurance company, you aren’t required to have a lawyer on board. You may choose to pursue your own claim if you didn’t sustain severe injuries. However, talking to an experienced attorney won’t cost you anything but a little bit of your time. You might be surprised to learn about the many benefits that having an attorney can provide.
When you have a River Run Law pedestrian accident attorney on your side, you can rest assured that we will take care of every aspect of your case. We will investigate and document your claim and handle all aspects of dealing with the insurance company. We handle all communication with other lawyers and any other parties involved in your case. We provide proactive communication and regular case updates throughout the legal process. Your initial consultation with us is free, and you will not owe any legal fees until we recover compensation for you.
Contact a Richmond Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Now
Whether you prefer not to come into our office or you are unable to as a result of your injuries, we have processes in place to handle your case via phone or video conference. We can also come to your location to assist you. Now matter what you prefer, we want you to know that you don’t have to face this challenge alone. You deserve justice and fair financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. We will do everything in our power to help you get the justice you deserve.Call us at 804-889-0500 or contact us online now to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation or to speak with one of our experienced Richmond pedestrian accident attorneys today.