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The state of Virginia has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of pedestrian accidents particularly those involving injuries caused by a car or truck. Hundreds of non-vehicular pedestrian accidents occur annually due to poor property maintenance, sidewalk or parking lot defects and/or construction or other debris on walkways that cause or contribute to these accidents. Whether a vehicle or property defect causes an accident or injury, a pedestrian may recover damages for the injuries suffered if someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the incident. Negligence is the legal term for the failure to do (or not do) something that a reasonable person would, in a similar situation, in order to protect others from foreseeable risks. We encourage you to contact a lawyer immediately for sound advice when you or a loved one has been involved in this type of accident.  Burnett & Williams offers free consultations at 703-777-1650.