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Woman is Injured in Portsmouth Crosswalk Accident

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Woman is Injured in Portsmouth Crosswalk Accident

I never cease to be amazed at how pedestrians are regularly mown down by cars when they are exercising their rights to cross the road. Just this week, a woman was injured in a Portsmouth crosswalk accident.

Misty Holly, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth Police, said the pedestrian was hit on a crosswalk at Columbia and Court streets.

Police were called to the accident scene just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Media reports stated the woman complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital. No details were available on her condition.

There was no update on whether the driver will be charged. The driver remained at the accident scene, Portsmouth police confirmed.

Portsmouth crosswalk accident

Pedestrians should cross when the walk sign is lit up

We hope this woman makes a speedy recovery. Sadly, drivers fail to respect crosswalks every day in Hampton Roads. In some cases, walkers have lost their lives on crosswalks and even on sidewalks. A few years ago, a man in a wheelchair was killed on a crosswalk on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk.

Portsmouth Crosswalk Accident – Your Rights When Crossing the Road in Virginia

Virginia law states that pedestrians should use crosswalks if they are available on streets. They are often easy to identify because they are marked or painted in the street.

There are also unmarked crosswalks where sidewalks meet and streets intersect. They are not as easy to make out.  People on foot should seek out these less obvious crosswalks because pedestrians are required to use them in the same way as marked crosswalks.

Pedestrians have greater rights to sue a driver if they are crossing at a crosswalk. Drivers have a duty to yield to pedestrians whether the crosswalk is marked or not. However, Virginia law prohibits pedestrians from "carelessly or maliciously" interfering with the orderly passage of traffic.

The mere fact you are on a crosswalk does not negate the need to cross responsibly.  Pedestrians should be paying attention at crosswalks. They should not suddenly jump in front of traffic and should always obey the "Walk" and "Don't Walk" warnings when there are signals.

If you or a loved one was injured on a crosswalk, please call our Portsmouth pedestrian injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Mike Snellings

 

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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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