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Virginia Beach Crosswalk Accident Leaves Teen Injured

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Virginia Beach Crosswalk Accident Leaves Teen Injured

Virginia Beach Crosswalk Accident Leaves Teen Injured

We were concerned to read about a Virginia Beach crosswalk accident that left a teen injured near Green Run High School this morning.

Police said a teen aged between 15 and 17 was hit on a crosswalk at the intersection of Dahlia Drive and S. Independence Boulevard, near Green Run High School.

They were called to the incident at 6:30 a.m. First responders attended to the teen. A report on WAVY.com noted the teen was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the driver remained at the scene of the Virginia Beach crosswalk accident and was issued a summons by police for failure to yield left-hand turn.

Virginia Beach crosswalk accident - walker is hurt

Drivers often fail to abide by crosswalk rules

I was alarmed to read about this accident. Far too many drivers fail to respect crosswalks and pedestrians on them when they are making turns. Pedestrians have the right of way on crosswalks.

During mornings before school and evenings after school, there is little light in the fall and winter months. Drivers should be particularly cautious when they are near to schools.

Virginia Beach Crosswalk Accident – Why Drivers Fail to Give Way to Pedestrians

On our website, we outline the rights of pedestrians on crosswalks in Hampton Roads.

Under the law of Virginia, pedestrians must cross the road on designated crosswalks if they are available.

Crosswalks are typically easy to identify. They are marked with white lines painted on the street. However, there are also unmarked crosswalks which are located anywhere where sidewalks meet and streets intersect.

These kinds of crosswalks are less easy for drivers to notice. Cars, buses, trucks, motorcyclists or the drivers of any other vehicle must yield to pedestrians who are a crosswalk.

Pedestrians also have a duty to behave responsibly. They should not linger on crosswalks, suddenly jump out or interfere with the traffic. Pedestrians must abide by “walk” and “don’t walk” signals when these exist at crosswalks. As a pedestrian, you should be aware you are not permitted to stand in the middle of a highway and solicit a ride. You should use sidewalks where they are available.

Hampton Roads cities like Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Newport News are not friendly for walkers. If you or a loved one has been hit as a pedestrian, please call our Hampton Roads personal injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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