VA Beach Crosswalks Added After Pedestrian Deaths

The city of Virginia Beach is adding two new crosswalks to a busy stretch of road where deadly pedestrian accidents occurred earlier this year. The public works department is working to install the first crosswalk at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Burton Station. Another will be installed at the corner of Northampton and Baker, though it may take another six months for the design to be completed. Still, these improvements mark serious progress in the goal of creating safer environments for pedestrians.

Perilous Northampton Accidents

Northampton Boulevard has gained a reputation for danger over the years, especially for pedestrians. Just last month, a Virginia Beach pedestrian was struck and killed while he attempted to cross Northampton. One block over in July, a similar fatal pedestrian accident occurred. The busy road has seen a lot of growth in recent years, with the outlet mall and an affordable housing community for seniors both being built in the last few years. That means an increase in pedestrians and an increased likelihood of accidents.

Recourse for Pedestrian Accident Victims

Pedestrians have the right of way when using crosswalks. If they’re stuck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk, they have the right to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver. The rights of pedestrians are complicated, however, when there isn’t a crosswalk for them to use. Still, drivers owe it to their fellow man to always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially along busy stretches of road like Northampton Boulevard.

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should consult with a local personal injury lawyer about your legal rights. Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have helped victims injured by the negligence of another for over 30 years. If you’d like to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact us today 877-544-5323.