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Cyclist is Critically Injured in Virginia Beach Crash with Car

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Cyclist is Critically Injured in Virginia Beach Crash with Car

I was saddened to read about an accident in Virginia Beach which left a cyclist with critical injuries after she was hit by a car.

Just a few weeks ago I made this video about how drivers must give riders a clearance of at least three feet while passing them in Virginia. It’s the law. We don’t know all of the circumstances of this wreck but clearly something went wrong.

The bicyclist was seriously injured after a collision with a vehicle in the 400 block of South Independence Boulevard on Saturday evening.

My thoughts are with this cyclist and her family and I hope she recovers from her serious injuries.

Police say a man was driving a four-door sedan which collided with a female bicyclist. She sustained serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She was listed in critical condition on arrival, reported WAVY.com.

The crash caused the closure of South Independence Boulevard to all southbound traffic from Baxter Road while an investigation was held. VDOT also shut down the 264 Eastbound exit ramp at South Independence Boulevard. The TV station reported that the Virginia Beach Police Department – Special Operations – Fatal Crash Team was investigating this accident.

In July 2015, a 68-year-old cyclist was killed in an accident on South Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

During the summer months, there are far more cyclists on the roads of Virginia. Cities such as Virginia Beach have fast-moving highways and are not known to be friendly to bicyclists.

Every year cyclists are injured and killed in Hampton Roads by inconsiderate drivers. Last year a Coast Guard suffered serious injuries when his bicycle was hit by a dump truck in Portsmouth, VA.

Last week in Michigan an out-of-control pick-up hit a group of cyclists, killing five. It was one of the worst tragedies involving cyclists recent years.

Cyclists, as well as motorcyclists, lack the protection of a metal frame that’s given by a car. If you see cyclists on the road, you should make sure to give them plenty of space. Exercise particular care on intersections when cyclists are turning left.

Riders also need to adhere to the rules of the road. You should cycle with the traffic, not against it. Wearing a cycling helmet will help reduce your chances of a head injury if you are in a wreck.

If you or a loved one has been hit by a vehicle while cycling and injured, call our cycling injury lawyers today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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

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