Pedestrian accidents are things that most people don’t even want to think about. It’s a terrifying reality: when a human being goes up against a car, the human loses without fail. Often the severity of a pedestrian accident leaves lasting injuries, from which victims can never fully recover. In the most catastrophic instances, the victim never even gets a chance to recover.

The situation seems to become exacerbated during holidays, perhaps because people feel that they can let loose and have some fun. Unfortunately, many people’s definition of letting loose involves copious amounts of alcohol and can often result in instances of reckless driving. Over Independence Day weekend, eight people died in Virginia from some kind of automobile accident. Four accidents involved motorcyclists, and two of the victims were pedestrians, one of whom was killed in Newport News, Virginia, and the other of whom was killed in Roanoke, Virginia.

In at least one accident, police believe there was alcohol involved, but with over 11,000 speeders cited and more than 2,500 allegedly reckless drivers reported over the weekend, people didn’t need to be intoxicated to be driving negligently. While it’s easy to mark this down as an extreme instance due to the holidays, the truth is that we can never know what’s going on in another driver’s life. There are any number of reasons why a driver could be in a hurry or distracted while driving.

Pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution, but sometimes it’s simply a matter of negligent driving. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You don’t have to take responsibility for the fault of another.

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