Pedestrian is Injured on E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk
Police in Norfolk said a pedestrian was struck and injured by a car in the city early on Friday morning.
WAVY.com reported that the accident occurred around 6:00 a.m. near E. Little Creek Rd. and Granby St. A driver made the call shortly afterwards and told operators that he struck a pedestrian.
Medics responded and one person was transported to a local hospital. Police said the victim is injured, but the injuries were not life-threatening. No charges have yet been brought. Reports said the victim appeared to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident.
The driver stayed on the scene. His car suffered minor damage but the driver was not injured.
Early in the morning and late at night can be dangerous times for pedestrians because of the poor light.
In some cases in which a pedestrian is hit by a car it can be an uphill task to establish liability on behalf of a driver. In Virginia if a victim is even one percent responsible for an accident, they may not be able to make a claim. That could include crossing the road at a dangerous location, not using a crosswalk or being intoxicated.
My colleague John Cooper recently wrote about pedestrian accidents and liability in Virginia. In some cases it is very clear who is at fault for a pedestrian accident. If a pedestrian suddenly and unexpectedly steps into a road and a car hits him, the driver is unlikely to be liable. Likewise if a pedestrian is mown down while using a crosswalk with a light in hos favor, the driver will usually be liable. There are a lot of shades of gray in between. The findings of a police report will be important because it should contain important indicators of fault such as how fast the car was traveling.
See our Virginia pedestrian accident attorneys page today for more information. If you have been hurt as a pedestrian on the roads of Virginia or have lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.