Fatal Norfolk Crosswalk Accident is Investigated by Police
We were saddened to read about another fatal Norfolk crosswalk accident that claimed the life of a man on W. Little Creek Road this week. According to media reports, the pedestrian was hit by a car in or near a crosswalk in the 400 block of W. Little Creek Road on Tuesday afternoon. He died later at a local hospital.
Police say the pedestrian was hit on W. Little Creek Road, less than half a mile from Granby Street around 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday by a car that was going westbound. A series of auto/pedestrian accidents have been reported in Hampton Roads in recent weeks. Last month in Arizona, a self-driving Uber struck a pedestrian who was walking her bike near a crosswalk in Arizona, killing her.
In Norfolk, responders transported the pedestrian to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment. Tragically, police say he died shortly after arriving. My thoughts are with the family of this pedestrian after the latest fatal Norfolk crosswalk accident. Media reports said a decision on charges will be made by the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
WAVY.com reported a second pedestrian was hit on a crosswalk in the same area on Wednesday morning.
Norfolk police dispatch said operators received a call about the incident just before 11 a.m. It occurred at W. Little Creek Road and Newport Avenue, close to the scene of Tuesday evening’s fatal accident.
Police found a 66-year-old man in the road. He was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
WAVY.com reported a 57-year-old woman who was driving the car told investigators she was turning from Newport Avenue to W. Little Creek Road when she hit the pedestrian who was in the crosswalk. The motorist was cited with failure to yield the right of way
Tuesday’s fatal Norfolk crosswalk accident occurred just months after a 56-year-old man lost his life when he was hit by a car while crossing Monticello Avenue in Norfolk. The man was mown down by a car at the intersection of E. 26th St. and Monticello Ave.
Fatal Norfolk Crosswalk Accident is Not an Isolated Incident
The urban highways of Hampton Roads are often deadly places for pedestrians. People using crosswalks have been killed in locations like Norfolk’s Tidewater Drive. Already in 2018, walkers have lost their lives.
In January, a pedestrian was killed in the 16900 block of Warwick Avenue in Newport News. Five pedestrian accidents occurred recently in Virginia Beach. A pedestrian was hit on Centerville Parkway on Wednesday. Three such accidents were reported on or near Virginia Beach Boulevard in recent weeks. Another accident involved two pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle on the 3500 block of Pacific Avenue at the Oceanfront.
This February, a pedestrian was killed in Norfolk while trying to cross Military Highway near Poplar Hall Road.
Not all of those who lost their lives or were injured were on crosswalks. If you or a loved one was crossing the road at a crosswalk, you have a stronger case against a driver in a future lawsuit than if you were crossing at another location.
Many pedestrians have a false sense of security when entering a roadway because they believe they have the right-of-way, and that cars must yield to them. While this is sometimes true, it does not guarantee that drivers are always going to follow the rules of the road.
Traffic laws are only as good as the drivers who follow them. There are many distractions that can divert a driver’s attention from the road, whether texting, playing with the radio, or paying too much attention to a GPS. It only takes one inattentive driver to cause a tragedy.
Pedestrians are nearly always on the losing end when a motor vehicle accident occurs.
Pedestrians in Virginia should consider the following safety tips.
- Always use a crosswalk to cross the street when one is available.
- Do not blindly follow traffic signals. Always look both ways for traffic before stepping into the roadway.
- Put your cell phone away. It is just as dangerous for a pedestrian to be distracted by a cell phone as it is for a driver. We are seeing an increasing number of injuries caused by pedestrian distractions.
- If it looks like a driver is distracted, let the driver clear the way before attempting to cross. It is better to wait and be late than risk getting injured.
- Use extra caution when crossing the street in bad weather or at night. It is best to always assume that drivers will not be able to see you.
- Use sidewalks where available. Pedestrians must use sidewalks if they are provided under Virginia law. If there are no sidewalks, they must walk on the extreme left of a highway.
- Don’t drink and walk. In 2017, 52 pedestrians who died in Virginia had been drinking alcohol, a 2 percent increase on 2016. Don’t attempt to cross the road if you have been drinking.
In 2017, 114 pedestrians were killed in Virginia. Many of the deaths occurred in Hampton Roads. In all, 78 deaths occurred on urban highways like those in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Newport News.
There were 1,517 pedestrian injuries last year and 1,608 pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes. These two statistics suggest pedestrians are injured in most wrecks involving cars.
You can find out more about the rights of pedestrians in the Commonwealth of Virginia on our website.
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please give us a call for a free attorney consultation at (757) 455-0077.