Pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle accidents, according to a recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, rose in the first six months of 2015 by 10 percent nationally. Virginia saw an increase of 9 percent. There were 35 pedestrian deaths in 2014. In 2015, there were 38 pedestrian deaths. According to the GHSA’s director, the increase is likely due to distraction. “Any time you go out you see people walking and looking at their phones and you see drivers driving and looking at their phones,” he said.

It’s not known yet what caused the accident that took a man’s life in Manassas on Thursday right about lunchtime. The man died at the scene, according to the Prince William County Police Department. The person who was driving the vehicle that struck the pedestrian did remain at the accident scene and cooperated with police.

The victim’s name has not been released by police yet, as they are waiting to identify him. Police will continue their investigation into the matter.

In most cases when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the fault for the accident lies with the vehicle’s driver. That is not true in every case, though, such as when someone tries to cross a road against a traffic light or simply darts out in front of traffic. However, when a driver is distracted, speeding or disobeying another traffic law, the driver can be held civilly liable for the pedestrian’s death. The family of the victim may choose to seek compensation through a lawsuit for their loved one’s final expenses, medical expenses and other damages.

Source: WJLA.com, “Pedestrian struck, killed in Manassas,” March 24, 2016