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Cooper Hurley Wins $895,000 Settlement for Portsmouth Tow Truck Driver Hit on I-664

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Cooper Hurley Wins $895,000 Settlement for Portsmouth Tow Truck Driver Hit on I-664

Tow truck drivers do a dangerous job on the fast-moving interstates and highways of Hampton Roads. When they are at the roadside they are very vulnerable to reckless or drunken drivers. Sadly, a young man from Portsmouth suffered life-changing injuries when he was hit by an intoxicated driver on I-664.

All cases are unique and different and we cannot guarantee the same result in any given case. However,  we represented this young man and were happy to be able to secure a settlement of $895,000 for him. The case was reported this month in Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Tow truck driver is awarded $895,000 after crash

Our client was working on the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel between Newport News and Suffolk when a drunk driver with an alcohol content that was twice the legal limit, crashed into the back of his vehicle as he tried to secure the tow to a broken-down car.

The impact was so severe our client suffered a concussion, a displaced fracture of the clavicle, a broken ankle bone and injuries to his knee.

The tow truck driver was left in a state of delirium. He was dazed and confused after the wreck. An independent witness diagnosed a mild traumatic brain injury. In the days after the accident, he was wheelchair-bound and unable to work or even play with his kids.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers filed a case at Newport News Circuit Court. We fought the claim of the lawyers for the DUI driver’s insurance company who said our client had post-traumatic stress disorder but had not suffered a traumatic brain injury.

A mediation was held two months before the trial when the young man was awarded $895,000. The settlement was limited by the amount of insurance that was available.

While we are happy that this tow truck driver successfully sued the drunk driver, no amount of compensation can completely rebuild a life and a livelihood after a serious wreck, particularly when brain injuries are present.

Tow truck drivers have been protected for a number of years by Virginia’s expanded “move over” law that was enacted to protect the emergency services, but they continue to face dangers on a daily basis by drivers who don’t abide by this law.

Drunk drivers continue to take a terrible toll in terms of lives lost and ruined on the highways of Hampton Roads and Virginia. If you have been injured by a drunk driver in Virginia, see our resources here. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077. At Cooper Hurley, your injury is our fight.

John Cooper

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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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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