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Pedestrian accidents are a concern; Virginia runner hit by van

According to local news reports, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting pedestrian safety. According to the CDC, more than 70,000 pedestrians were injured in 2010 as a result of traffic accidents, and more than 4,200 were killed. The CDC reports that one pedestrian dies every two hours on average due to an auto accident. Though pedestrian incidents likely occur more in large cities, they do occur in the areas around Lynchburg, Virginia.

According to reports, a 58-year-old woman was running in the nearby city of Roanoke. At around 6:12 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, the woman was struck by a minivan. The driver of the minivan later received a citation for failure to drive right of center.

The local news reported that the runner was listed in good condition at a local hospital following the incident. A few weeks after the incident, the runner was in surgery as part of her treatment following the incident. Another surgery was also scheduled.

Individuals in the area are reminded of another recent pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of a popular physician. According to reports, city officials are meeting to discuss pedestrian safety issues and any changes that might be made in the area to reduce the chance of future issues.

Safety for everyone on the road is important, and drivers should always be aware of their surroundings. If an at-fault driver causes injury or death to a pedestrian, then the victim or surviving family does have a right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Compensation could be sought for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of companionship and other damages.

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