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Crash at Martinsville Speedway Injures 22 People

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Crash at Martinsville Speedway Injures 22 People

Virginia has a number of speedway circuits and they can be hazardous places if you are a driver or a spectator.

I was concerned to read about how 22 people were injured at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia over the weekend when a car ended up in a crowd.

The accident occurred after a race when a 2005 Chevy convertible tried to pass another vehicle in a parking lot at the speedway.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reported the driver of the convertible lost control while passing a Jeep Patriot that was in line. It struck the Jeep and spun out of control and into a group of people who were walking nearby.

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Corinne Geller, Public Relations Director for the Virginia State Police, said 13 people were treated at the scene for injuries while another nine were transported to local hospitals. None of the injuries sustained appeared to be life threatening.

The report said the accident was attended by Ridgeway Volunteer Rescue, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County’s Department of Public Safety officials, the Martinsville Sheriff’s Office,  and workers from the speedway, along with state police.

The patients went to various hospitals. Seven were transported to Martinsville’s Memorial Hospital, with two going to Morehead Memorial in Eden, North Carolina. Those who were injured were aged 13 to 65.

Virginia State Police confirmed charges are pending against the driver of the Chevy convertible who was taken into police custody on Sunday night. State Police officials also stated that alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

Speedway tracks can be dangerous places.  Recently the company that runs the Langley Speedway in Hampton agreed to pay $3 million to settle a negligence lawsuit brought by the family of a driver who was severely injured in a 2011 crash at Langley Speedway.

The driver was taking part in a program that allows amateurs to ride in race cars at tracks around the state. He lost control of the car, hit an apron and ended up colliding with a wall on the opposite side of the track. The impact caused the driver's seat to rise up and he struck his head. He sustained a skull fracture and was left with permanent brain damage after spending 19 days in a coma.

If you have been hurt in a Virginia car wreck, call our experienced injury lawyers today at (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 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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