Pedestrian accidents can leave you in physically and financially ruins

Pedestrian accident cases are very difficult cases in Virginia. So many people do not understand what side of the road they should be walking on, and when it is safe to do so. The law is designed to keep pedestrians safe but it can appear counterintuitive. In short, if you are walking on the hard surface of the road you should walk as close as you can to the edge and walk against traffic. That way you can see oncoming traffic and you will not get hit from behind while you are walking. 

But, if you are walking on the shoulder, then you can walk on either shoulder. 

We have seen many cases where the debate is over whether our client was walking on the shoulder or the hard surface of the road. If you break the law for which side of the road to walk on, then the jury could find you guilty of contributory negligence. Contributory negligence is a 100% bar of any recovery in Virginia. Many of these cases come down to this question: could you have seen and avoided the danger by exercising your own reasonable diligence.

In many instances, you simply need a lawyer who knows these rules inside and out. Your lawyer should be able to tell you when the insurance company is wasting time and should help you push toward a trial. The insurance companies almost never agree to liability in these cases as they are hoping for a contributory negligence verdict. 

 

Pedestrian accidents can injure normal people in one of many different ways

Brain Injuries

Many call traumatic brain injuries the invisible injury. That is because, often, a mild traumatic brain injury only shows itself after spending some time with the injured person who is capable of carrying on a superficial conversation. Nevertheless, the injury is still severe and you should make sure to find an attorney who has handled these injuries in the past.

Broken Bones

Significant wrecks usually result in broken bones. Broken bones are easily visible on X-Rays but they are not always easily healed. Bones could reform together improperly causing a nonunion or malunion. Sometimes broken bones require hardware to correct and, then, sometimes the hardware has to be removed. These issues are all at play in a personal injury case with a broken bone.

Paralysis or Spine Injuries

Spine injuries range on a spectrum. Some injuries result in paralysis including the loss of use of limbs. Other injuries result in pain, numbness, shooting sensations, extremity pain, etc. While some of these injuries can be treated conservatively with physical therapy or injections, others may be so serious as to require surgery by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. 

Muscle or Ligament Injuries

Not all injuries are broken bones or structural damages. Many times, car wrecks cause injuries to muscles or ligaments that affect the spine or the shoulder or other body parts. These muscle or ligament injuries can sometimes be worse than a broken bone because they can take much longer to heal. Some may never heal. 

Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement

Permanent disfigurement resulting in the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb, or scarring injuries particularly to the face or other commonly visible places are troublesome injuries to live with. Those types of injuries could be cured by plastic surgery and, if so, you must consult with a specialist.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one to illness is hard; losing a loved one because of another’s actions or inaction is significantly more difficult. Families who have had a loved one murdered, die as a result of a drunk driving accident, or lose their lives in the workplace because of poor safety standards have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit or a claim for death benefits.

 
 
If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, you may be wondering

What Damages May I Recover?

– Medical Expense
– Pain and Suffering
– Inconvenience
– Permanent Impairment or Disfigurement
– Lost Wages
– Lost Earning Capacity

Do you have a pedestrian accident case? 

Contacting a personal injury attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia can help you recover financially after an accident. Since there is a two-year window for you to be able to file a lawsuit, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. You have rights under Virginia law and an attorney can help you preserve those rights.

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