Pedestrian Accidents in Hampton – Man is Seriously injured on Old Buckroe Road
Pedestrian accidents in Hampton often make news headlines. The city on the Virginia Peninsula suffers from bad congestion and many streets are not easy to cross. In a recent incident, a man was seriously injured in an auto/pedestrian collision on Old Buckroe Road.
Police reported the accident at the intersection of Old Buckroe Road and Nickerson Boulevard at 4:46 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Hampton Police Division reported a Ford pickup truck was traveling north on Old Buckroe Road when the vehicle hit an adult male in the intersection. The man was transported by Nightingale to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The crash is being investigated by members of the Hampton Police Division’s Reconstruction Team and remains under investigation. Few other details are available about this incident.
Our thoughts are with the victim in this case. We hope he recovers from his serious injuries.
Pedestrians have rights in Virginia. When they are at intersections, they often have comparable rights with crossing at a marked crosswalk.
When Should a Driver Yield to a Pedestrian in Virginia?
Under Virginia law a driver must yield to a pedestrian in certain circumstances, namely:
- At a clearly marked crosswalk, whether it is mid-block or at the end of any block;
- At a regular pedestrian crossing included lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block;
- At any intersection when the driver of a vehicle approaches on a road where the legal maximum speed does not exceed 35 miles per hour.
However, pedestrians should not enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.
Pedestrian accidents in Hampton occur with an alarming regularity. Last year, police revealed a hit-and-run driver killed a woman crossing the road on Woodview Lane in Hampton.
When drivers leave an accident scene, they often have something to hide. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of road users and they stand little chance of avoiding serious injury when hit by vehicles like pickups.
Last year, 114 pedestrians lost their lives in Virginia. More than 70 pedestrian deaths occurred on urban roadways in cities like Hampton, Norfolk and Chesapeake. Last year 1,402 pedestrians were injured on urban roadways in Virginia.
We are concerned about the high number of serious pedestrian accidents in Hampton and other cities in Tidewater. Drivers should always be aware of pedestrians near crossings and intersections.
If you or a loved one was injured in Hampton or elsewhere in Virginia, our injury team wants to hear from you. Please call our Hampton injury team at (757) 455-0077 or make an appointment at our client meeting location in the city.