In some cases, it takes concerned citizens to really raise the attention of officials toward real public threats in their communities. One example was reported on in April by local Charlottesville newspapers where residents at the Midway Manor community on South Street near Ridge McIntyre Rd. brought up traffic issues to the city council.
As with some other streets near the downtown Mall area, pedestrians often cross South Street to get to busy downtown areas. A lot of seniors also use this particular route, and some of them are reporting problems with sight distances that, if not tended to, could be trouble for pedestrians.
Seniors living nearby point out that their route is a straight line down toward the mall, but they have problems anticipating traffic coming down the street toward them as they cross. Residents have suggested signage, as well as removing parking areas near the intersection to provide better sight distances. These common sense solutions help to keep everyone safe in urban or downtown areas where vehicles and people often interact.
Traffic, Pedestrians and City Planning
These kinds of issues are really critical to public planning. They involve the usual concerns about traffic safety, combined with specific issues about pedestrian crossings, where city planners really have to look at the threat of the vehicles hitting pedestrians. There’s also the issue of creating safe spaces for local seniors and elderly citizens, who may cross more slowly and may have problems seeing or hearing oncoming traffic.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers and Public Planning
Local Virginia personal injury lawyers understand some of the biggest public safety threats in a Virginia town or city. When they counsel clients on bringing a personal injury lawsuit forward, these legal professionals use knowledge of case precedent, as well as knowledge of federal, state and local rules on public safety — that includes local ordinances and other realities in a particular community that need to be addressed as a specific case is being brought forward. Injury victims rely on personal injury attorneys to make sure that their interests are well represented in court. Often, an accident injury involves more than one contributing factor, and dedicated personal injury legal teams do the research and fact-finding to assess whether other parties may have responsibility to pay injury victims.
Local Virginia Injury Lawyers in Charlottesville
Personal injury victims in Virginia can get help from the law offices of MartinWren, P.C. Call our Virginia injury lawyers and ask about a personal injury case, to understand the context of your accident and injury, and what kinds of settlements may be possible. We’ve helped many Charlottesville families and others get access their rights under the law when negligence or inattention to public safety contributed to an accident. Let us help your family to get what you need for the costs of care and recovery, and more.
For a free consultation with a Virginia personal injury lawyer, please call Jonathan T. Wren at (434) 817-3100.