Fatal Pedestrian Accidents – Man Loses his Life on Bridge Road in Suffolk

We have been concerned for some time about the high number of fatal pedestrian accidents in Hampton Roads.

I was saddened to read about another death of a walker, this time a man who was hit by a vehicle in Suffolk on Saturday night.

Suffolk police said officers were called around 9:20 p.m. to an accident on Bridge Road (U.S. 17). The man was hit by a pickup truck. He was identified as Ryan Vannier, 23, of Suffolk.

The pickup truck driver stayed on scene, according to reports. Police said the pedestrian received emergency treatment at the accident scene but died later at a nearby hospital. Our thoughts are with his family after this tragic wreck.

The wreck led to the closure of the northbound lane of Bridge Road (U.S. 17), with the southbound lane being used to alternate traffic. The road was expected to be closed for several hours.

fatal pedestrian accidents in Hampton Roads

Every year, scores of pedestrians are killed in Virginia. The United States has a poor record for pedestrian safety. Someone on foot is killed by a vehicle every 113 minutes in this country.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Virginia

In January this year, a man lost his life crossing Military Highway in Chesapeake. In the same month, a 39-year-old man died on W. Mercury Boulevard in Hampton.

Cities such as Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton,  and Norfolk were not built with the pedestrian in mind. Busy urban highways lack crosswalks and sidewalks and getting across the road can be a major struggle.

Every year about 80 pedestrians lose their lives on the highways of Virginia. Hampton Roads is in the 40 most dangerous locations for pedestrians in the United States.

Virginia has a raft of pedestrian laws which you should abide by. Cross the road at a crosswalk where one of available. Use sidewalks when a highway is equipped with one. While crosswalks are usually marked with white lines, there are unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

If you were injured after you suddenly stepped into the road, crossed the road intoxicated or crossed at a dangerous place, it will be difficult to sue the driver who hit you.

However, pedestrians do successfully claim against at-fault motorists and we have represented them. Please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077 or contact us here.

Jim Hurley

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