Pedestrian accidents can be devastating. Very rarely are victims prepared for the consequences of distracted walking, because we generally expect cars to avoid hitting us at all costs. However, this certainly isn’t the case. Drivers are not always aware of their surroundings, and generally feel as though they have overall command of the road, resulting in a worst-case scenario in case of an accident.
Distracted walking has unfortunately grown to be a common trend in both city and rural areas, particularly in Virginia. As a pedestrian, you are facing a unique risk due to the nature of how streets are designed, organized, and arranged--they generally favor drivers, meaning pedestrians have to be on the lookout for speeding cars, drunk drivers, road hazards, and so much more.
In fact, according to the Insurance Journal article titled, “Cities Hope Fines Will Curb Distracted Walkers,” the author points out some harrowing statistics regarding various distracted walking, including texting while walking: “Safety experts point to the numbers: U.S. pedestrian deaths have been on the rise, with 5,376 in 2015 and nearly 6,000 last year, the most in two decades and up 22 percent from 2014, according to data compiled by the Governors Highway Safety Association for a recent report. (The 2016 total is a projection based on numbers from the first half of that year.)”
Contact Our Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you are in need of a Norfolk personal injury lawyer to advocate on your behalf in the event of a pedestrian accident, our firm, Kalfus & Nachman, wants to help. Our trusted legal team is dedicated to fighting for the rights of pedestrians across Norfolk. We will work tirelessly to ensure you are able to obtain the compensation you deserve, whether it be for your medical bills, loss of work or wages, or pain and suffering.
Don’t hesitate to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our firm by calling us at (855) 880-8163.