Pedestrian Car Accident Lawyers

Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Pedestrian Car Accident Lawyers

Car Accident Lawyers

An ordinary walk or jog can turn tragic because of the negligence or recklessness of someone behind the wheel. In seconds, your life has changed, possibly forever. If you are fortunate to survive getting hit by a car, you may face months of recuperation. You may never fully recover. That might mean you can no longer work or obtain employment in your field, or perform normal daily activities.

Getting hit by a car is traumatic and generally has lasting repercussions. The Virginia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers of Rutter Mills will fight to hold the driver responsible for your injuries accountable so you may receive the compensation you deserve.



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It was recently reported that 125 pedestrians were killed in Virginia, and 87 of those happened when it was dark.


Crash fatalities in Virginia hit a 14-year high recently, with 1,242 pedestrian and vehicle accidents.


Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, on roadway locations away from intersections (where higher speeds might occur), and at night.

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Pedestrian Hit and Runs

Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents are hit and runs, where the driver leaves the scene. If the driver does not stop near the scene, provide “reasonable” medical help to an injured person, or does not give their contact, license, and insurance information to either the police or the injured party, that is considered leaving the scene of an accident. In Virginia, such behavior is a felony, and the driver faces penalties and potential jail time. It does not matter whether the driver or the pedestrian was at fault for the collision.

Of course, the driver only faces these penalties if he or she is caught. If the driver is not caught, the accident victim has the alternative of filing a “John Doe” claim with his or her insurance company to receive compensation.

Pedestrian Accident Causes

Many pedestrian accidents occur in the dark or during inclement weather when visibility is affected. Take extra care when walking during these periods, and wear light-colored clothes or reflective gear. While pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk, never assume a driver will yield the right of way.

What to know about Pedestrian Car Accidents

Keep in mind that as more motorists turn to electric and hybrid vehicles, pedestrian accidents are increasing. That is because these cars are silent, and the pedestrian does not hear them coming.

Since there are more people walking in urban areas, rates of such accidents are higher than in rural parts of the state. Children and young adults are among those most frequently injured in pedestrian accidents, and senior citizens are also more vulnerable.

The pedestrian may prove partly at fault. That is especially true if they were jaywalking or were themselves under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or perhaps texting while walking.

Most pedestrian accidents result from driver recklessness and negligence. Such actions may include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Backing up without checking for pedestrians
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Speeding

When it comes to injuries involving motor vehicles, no one is more vulnerable than a pedestrian or bicyclist. These individuals have no protection if hit by a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds. Injuries are usually serious and life-threatening. Such injuries include:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Loss of limbs
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Sprained or strained muscles and ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injury

Compensation, or damages, for a pedestrian-car accident may include:

  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If the pedestrian succumbs to their injuries, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Next Steps

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Often, the pedestrian is too severely injured to do anything after the collision. However, if possible, call 911 and report the accident. If the driver stopped after the accident, obtain their name and contact information, as well as their license and insurance information.

If there are eyewitnesses to the accident, collect their contact information.

Always go to the emergency room after such an accident, or seek prompt medical attention. Sometimes, after a pedestrian knockdown, the person may not initially think they were hurt, but many injuries are not obvious immediately. Failure to have the injuries checked in a timely manner may hurt the claim.

It also imperative to seek legal counsel right away. Do not agree to an insurance settlement before obtaining legal advice. Insurance companies want to settle for as little as possible, as quickly as possible. Once such as a settlement is agreed upon, there is no opportunity for further compensation or future renegotiation.

Pedestrian car accident lawyers will know a reasonable settlement amount for the type of injuries suffered and their long-term impact.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident due to driver negligence, you need the services of an experienced car accident attorney in Virginia at Rutter Mills. Call or text us 24/7 to schedule a free consultation, or submit our online contact form.

After evaluating your case, we will present you with your options. As we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win. Most pedestrian accident claims are settled, but if the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement, we are ready and able to take the case to trial.


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Dave Put His Trust in Us

Don’t Fall For The Insurance Company’s Games

Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

They enabled me to be happy in life again.

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Protecting Your Future

Glenn’s car accident changed his life, but not permanently thanks to the help of his Rutter Mills attorney. When the insurance companies wouldn’t help him, our team fought back and won.

I knew I needed Rutter Mills.

Fighting For What's Right

Getting Justice

On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

Who Do You Trust With Your Family?

After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

They lifted allot of stress off my shoulders. I recommend them to anybody because they WILL fight for you.

Who Can You Turn To?

Referrals From Friends and Family

After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

They really care for you as a person. Words cannot describe what Rutter Mills did for me and for my case.

When You Need Someone In Your Corner

Don’t Go It Alone

When the insurance company tried to get Carol to sign paperwork after her car accident, she knew she needed a lawyer. Carol knew she needed Rutter Mills.

When I called Rutter Mills, I knew it was the right fit. They’re so interested in helping you get justice.

Getting The Justice You Deserve

When Mom Needs Strength

Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

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A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

Carol & Levon's Story

They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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We are here for you in your time of need, providing compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy in a wide range of personal injury matters. Our top-rated attorneys will fight the insurance companies and get you back on your feet.

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We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

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Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime laws under the Jones Act– also known as admiralty law.

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We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on listening to not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life.

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Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

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If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

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Mr. Young and Ms. Kathy Saunders went above and beyond for me. The day I walked into Mr. Young's office I thought there was no hope for my case and I would never be made whole. I can say two and a half weeks ago my case was settled above and beyond my expectations. After 4 long years I have finally been made whole. Thank you Mr. Young and Ms Kathy. You saved my life.

Mary W.

I highly recommend this law firm. They treated not only me, but my husband like family. Heather Bell was very helpful and nice. Eric Porcaro is a great attorney. Together they were wonderful, professional, and caring people. They worked very hard for our case.

April S

What an amazing job Erik Porcaro and his whole office staff, especially Jacie, did in settling my personal injury case. Personal touches, amazing service and consummate professionalism are just the start of what you can expect when you hire a Rutter Mills attorney like Erik Porcaro. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate everything you guys did in getting my case taken care of in an effective, timely manner. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication and I wish you all continued happiness this holiday season and beyond!

Bianka R.

Attorney Dan Delalla and Team were awesome!! Nateisha stayed in constant contact l. They explained the process step by step. To top it off we had a family member to pass in a car wreck by a drunk driver during this time the team thought enough to send flowers. I highly recommend Rutter Mills

Chuck C.

Rutter Mills did exactly what I needed. Took all the pressure off of me, negotiated a fair settlement, and treated me royally in the process. At a low point in my mood, they even sent me cookies! My attorney Mr Boran, Kathy, Julie and the rest made a bad situation as painless as possible. I feel lucky to have chosen them after my accident. Thanks Rutter Mills team


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