Early this morning, a 64 year old Ethiopian man wastragically killedby a car on Linton Hall Road and Limestone Drive in Gainesville, Virginia. The man was walking to a church parking lot, which was less than a quarter mile from his home. He has been a bus driver for BLS Limo for 5 years and was headed to pick up his bus for work when he was struck by a car. The area roads were closed for a significant period of time while police investigated the cause of the accident. At this time, it is unknown why the driver of the car hit the pedestrian. Let’s hope that the driver of the car was not speeding, talking on his cell phone, texting, or doing any other activity that distracted him from paying attention to the road ahead.
A majority of pedestrian-involved accidents occur when people are crossing a street without a crosswalk. However, the location of this accident had clearly marked crosswalks. We do not know if the victim was in the crosswalk when he was hit or if he was outside of it. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this accident to come forward because many details remain unknown at this time.
Unfortunately, thousands of pedestrians are killed each year in accidents and actually the numbers have been increasing nationwide in recent years. Mostrecent resultsshow, however, that numbers of fatalities in pedestrian accidents may have peaked in 2012 because the number of deaths in 2013 was almost one hundred fewer fatalities than in 2012. Other reports from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that Virginia registered100 fatalities in pedestrian accidents in 2012, which is a significant increase from the yearly average of 79. According to theNHTSA, nearly 3 out of 4 pedestrian deaths occur in urban environments, at intersections, during the nighttime.
In a Virginia pedestrian accident case, it must be determined whether the pedestrian was lawfully crossing the street at the time of the crash. In other words, was the pedestrian crossing the street against the signal, crossing outside the crosswalk, or texting while crossing, or was the pedestrian crossing with the “walk” signal and inside the crosswalk. Because Virginia is a contributory negligence state, if the victim pedestrian is negligent in any way, they cannot recover in a civil lawsuit.
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Virginia pedestrian accident and would like to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (703) 734-8790 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation at one of our office locations inManassasor throughout Virginia.