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Bad Weather Causes More than 770 Crashes in Virginia

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Bad Weather Causes More than 770 Crashes in Virginia

Dozens of wrecks were reported on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Hampton Roads as drivers skidded on snow and ice.

In one of the most serious crashes, a car flipped off Interstate 264 in Norfolk on Sunday, sending a driver and a passenger to the hospital.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya, Virginia State Police spokeswoman, said troopers were called out to investigate a single-vehicle crash at 6:56 p.m. A black 2012 Infiniti G37x flipped over the jersey wall while heading eastbound on I-264, west of Campostella Road, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

State police said the driver lost control of the vehicle. It skidded and hit a shoulder banked with snow. The vehicle rode the snow and flipped over the jersey wall.

It landed on its roof beneath the interstate at Park Avenue and Harbor Park.

Police said the driver complained of neck and back pain and the passenger was checked out at a local hospital. The 26-year-old driver was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

On Monday, several crashes caused major delays on I-64. A crash closed down all westbound traffic on the Norfolk side of Interstate 64 at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) for several.

VDOT officials said motorists should expect a “lengthy shutdown” because of the crash. It’s not clear if the crash involved any injuries.

Traffic cameras showed emergency vehicles on the bridge on Monday morning. A detour was set up at 4th View for motorists.

More than 24 hours after the snow stopped falling on Monday, many roads remained in bad shape. Many residential streets in Hampton Roads remained slippery and school districts in the seven cities announced closures into Tuesday.

As of  6 p.m. on Sunday, Virginia State Police report 772 crashes in the Commonwealth since the storm began Friday night. Only one of the accidents was fatal.

The fatality occurred in Greene County. An SUV ran off the road, hit another vehicle and overturned into a creek. The DUV driver later died of his injuries.

With the ice still lingering on residential roads, please exercise care driving and keep your speed down. If you have been injured in a wreck over the weekend due to the fault of another driver, call (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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