Recently, a cyclist was struck by a vehicle when attempting to cross Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Virginia. The driver of a pickup truck was driving on Richmond Highway, and crossed through the intersection with a green light. The cyclist was injured and sent to the hospital; no charges were filed against the driver.
This brings to mind a case we are working on here at Abrams Landau, Ltd., also involving a cyclist struck and injured by a motorist. Any time there is an accident in a marked intersection, we must find out what was on the crossing sign at the time of the accident.
In the Alexandria case, did the cyclist start to cross during the white “walk” sign, or was the sign orange/red, with blinking numbers indicating the light was about to turn? Some intersections have signs indicating a pedestrian or cyclist should NOT start to cross if the numbers are blinking. What did the sign read during this accident?
When the Abrams Landau team gets a case like this, researching this very question is a key part of learning the facts of the case. We interview police, rescue, witnesses, and the involved parties in order to fully understand exactly what was going on at the time of the accident. Details such as this are critical to determining the cause of the accident, and who — if anyone — is at fault.