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Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Virginia

If you have been hit by a car and badly injured, you should know that you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical bills and other losses. However, Virginia has very strict laws governing how pedestrian accident victims can recover such damages. Therefore, you will need an experienced auto pedestrian accident lawyer on your side to protect your rights.

The Roanoke pedestrian accident attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC in Virginia have almost 100 years of combined legal experience. We know how to hold at-fault drivers and their insurance companies accountable, and we won’t back down from a courtroom battle if that’s what it takes. In fact, our law firm is widely recognized for our strategic vision and persuasive presentation of complex auto accident cases before judges and juries throughout Virginia and across the United States.

Our compassionate auto accident attorneys also understand how pursuing a pedestrian accident lawsuit can weigh heavy on our clients’ minds. We are dedicated to helping clients through every step of the process. We manage every aspect of your pedestrian accident claim so you can concentrate on your recovery.

If you or a loved one has been hit by a motor vehicle, contact our experienced and compassionate auto pedestrian accident attorney today. Schedule a free consultation so we can discuss the specifics of your case and start preparing a strong claim for full and fair compensation.

Proving Fault in a Car vs. Pedestrian Accident

When someone has been hit by a car, it is not always a simple task to prove who is at fault. Motorists and pedestrians alike have laws they must obey, and motorists can be held accountable if their negligence leads to a pedestrian’s injuries.

Our skilled pedestrian accident attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case to determine whether the motorist who struck you was at fault.

Virginia law requires motorists to yield to pedestrians walking in or on a:

  • Marked crosswalk
  • Unmarked crosswalk at an intersection
  • Intersection where the speed limit is 35 mph or slower
  • Sidewalk as they enter or exit driveways or private roads

Drivers also must take reasonable steps to avoid striking pedestrians who are walking on the road if there is no sidewalk.

The driver who hit you may have been ticketed for an infraction such as failure to yield right of way or failure to keep a proper lookout (i.e., look both ways and/or look before proceeding). He or she may have been charged with speeding, distracted driving, fatigued driving, or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Although a criminal charge and/or a conviction helps in a civil claim for compensation, they are separate cases. Our pedestrian accident attorneys will need to gather evidence that supports your case for compensation. This may include:

  • Statements from you and witnesses to the crash
  • Security camera recordings, which may have captured the crash
  • Accident scene evidence (such as the presence/absence of crosswalk and traffic/crossing signals, skid marks, drag marks, visibility issues, etc.)
  • Evidence of vehicle speed at impact, including your injuries, vehicle damage, and damage to clothing, accessories, personal belongings, etc.
  • Toxicology test results (if the driver was charged with DUI / DWI)
  • Driver cellphone records, which may indicate use at the time of the accident (distracted driving)
  • Social media account posts, in which negligent drivers may incriminate themselves after causing accidents

Unfortunately, insurance companies will fight fiercely to try to put the blame on the victim after a pedestrian accident. That’s why you need a knowledgeable auto pedestrian accident attorney on your side to build a strong case that shows who is at fault and should be held accountable.

What If the Pedestrian Was at Fault in an Auto Accident?

One of the biggest challenges in Roanoke pedestrian accident claims is the state’s reliance on the doctrine of “contributory negligence.” Under this approach to justice, if you are found to have contributed to your own auto accident or injuries in any way, you are not entitled to compensation.

Insurance companies will inevitably work to cast blame on the victim in a pedestrian accident, regardless of what really happened or the extent of the pedestrian’s injuries.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s annual car accident statistics list some ways pedestrians are blamed for crashes:

  • Crossing at intersections against a signal
  • Crossing intersections diagonally
  • Coming from behind parked cars
  • Standing/lying/playing/working in a roadway
  • Walking in roadways with traffic (Pedestrians should walk facing, or against, traffic.)

Regardless of the circumstances of your accident ─ and regardless of what the insurance company tells you ─ you should speak with an experienced pedestrian injury attorney about your rights after a crash. Our knowledgeable attorneys can investigate your accident to uncover any evidence that counters unfounded suggestions of blame against you.

Do not give up on pursuing the compensation you have a right to receive. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation about your injuries and legal options after a pedestrian accident.

Compensation for Pedestrian Auto Accident Injuries

If the driver who hit you was negligent, our dedicated pedestrian accident attorneys can seek full and fair Justice scale and gavel inside the courtroom.compensation for you through the at-fault motorist’s auto liability insurance coverage. We can help you pursue compensation for your:

  • Medical expenses, both now and into the future
  • Lost wages since being injured, as well as going forward if your injuries have reduced your earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering, including physical pain and mental anguish, disfigurement or deformity, and inconvenience

We will also work to identify any compensation available from the insurance you hold, such as an uninsured motorist / underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) policy.

Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents are hit-and-run accidents in which the at-fault driver is never identified. A UM/UIM policy is meant to pay in hit-and-run cases, as well as when an at-fault driver does not have auto liability insurance or the coverage is not enough to pay for all of your losses.

In addition, our compassionate attorneys work with families who have lost a loved one in pedestrian accidents involving wrongful death.

No matter what the circumstances of your case, we believe in pursuing maximum compensation for those who have been injured or lost a family member due to someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys identify all insurance coverage applicable to our clients’ losses, and if insurers will not make a full and proper payout, our Virginia pedestrian accident attorneys will not hesitate to take them to court. 

Let Our Auto Pedestrian Accident Attorney Fight for You

A pedestrian who is involved in an automotive accident is likely to suffer catastrophic and possibly fatal injuries. This makes it crucial for an injured pedestrian or his or her loved ones to obtain legal assistance as soon as possible to manage the complexity of a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

At Lichtenstein Law Group, our talented Virginia pedestrian accident attorneys have sharpened their litigation skills by representing victims in some of the toughest car accident cases across Virginia. We are committed to justice and full compensation for the injured, no matter how hard the fight may be.

If you have suffered catastrophic injuries or lost a loved one in a personal injury accident in Virginia, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers represent clients in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, and throughout Virginia, and we can meet with you wherever is most convenient to discuss your case.