Serious Pedestrian Accident in Norfolk Leaves Life-Threatening Injuries

We were saddened to read about another serious pedestrian accident in Norfolk.

According to a report on WAVY.com, a pedestrian was seriously injured early Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle in Norfolk on East Indian River Road.

Officers were called out to the accident scene just after 3:30 a.m. Police officials tweeted that the incident happened in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven.

The victim was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The pedestrian accident happened in the Campostella Heights area of southern Norfolk.

Serious pedestrian accident is reported in Nofolk

A crosswalk in downtown Norfolk

Few details are available about the accident. However, it’s the second serious auto-pedestrian accident in Hampton Roads in the course of a week.

Just days before this serious pedestrian accident in Norfolk, a pedestrian was killed on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, a notorious highway for walkers.

Pedestrians have rights in Hampton Roads but it’s important to abide by the rules. They should cross at crosswalks when the light is in their favor. Drivers should be aware of pedestrians in parking lots.

Car drivers have a duty to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. However, the law prohibits pedestrians from "carelessly or maliciously" interfering with the passage of vehicles on the road.

The fact you are walking on a crosswalk does not negate the need to cross responsibly.  Pedestrians must pay attention at crosswalks, as well as obeying the "Walk" and "Don't Walk" warnings when there are signals.

Every year dozens of pedestrians lose their lives in Virginia. Figures from Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDOT) in 2015 reveal 78 pedestrians were killed, and 1,718 were injured in the Commonwealth.

Speeding drivers accounted for the deaths of about 9 percent of pedestrians and alcohol was a factor in a quarter of deaths.

The incident on East Indian River Road is just the latest serious pedestrian accident in Norfolk.

Tidewater Drive, for example, has an appalling record for accidents between vehicles and pedestrians.  In 2013, a man in a wheelchair was mown down and killed on a crosswalk on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk.

If you have been hurt by a careless or a distracted driver on the highways of Virginia, please talk to our Virginia pedestrian accident team for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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