Child is Seriously Hurt in Newport News and Pedestrian is Hit in Virginia Beach

Two pedestrians were injured over the weekend in Hampton Roads when they were hit by vehicles.

WAVY.com reported on how police responded to a wreck on Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Shell Road in Virginia Beach.

pedestrians are frequent victims in Hampton Roads

First responders attended the incident shortly after 4 p.m.  A woman had been hit by a car. The report said she was transported to a nearby hospital bit there were no details on the extent of her injuries or whether charges were brought against the driver of the car who stayed at the scene.

Accidents involving walkers occur more commonly than we may believe in Hampton Roads but often they receive little publicity. Even at slow speeds, walkers can sustain very serious injuries if they are hit by a car or a larger vehicle.

I was saddened to read about how a small child sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a car on Friday in Newport News.

News Channel 13 reported the accident occurred on the roadway of Sherwood Place. The two-year-old child was reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

The media report said the child ran into the street from between two trucks and was hit by an Acura sedan. He was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment. Few details have been released about this incident.

My thoughts are with this child and his family. Accidents involving children can happen in a split second. When drivers are in residential areas, they have an obligation to watch out for children and to drive slowly.

Pedestrians have rights in Virginia but they are frequently killed and injured by drivers who fail to look out for them or are driving too fast.

Although the pedestrian does not always have the right of way in Virginia, there are certain scenarios in which those on foot do have rights. They include when pedestrians are on sidewalks or crosswalks.

When a driver is found to be at fault for a crash, a pedestrian will usually be able to recover compensation from the driver’s insurance policy. These cases are not always clear cut. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car and sustained injuries, you should call our experienced team at Cooper Hurley for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077. Also, see our page about injuries to pedestrians in Virginia.

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