Cyclist Michael Law is Killed on Military Highway in Chesapeake
Cyclists are particularly vulnerable on the busy highways of Hampton Roads. Often car drivers fail to give them the space they need or to notice them. This week, Michael Law, a bicyclist, died after being hit on Military Highway in Chesapeake.
Chesapeake police responded to the 4500 block of S. Military Highway at about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday following a report that a cyclist had been hit from behind by a vehicle. The rider was later identified as 62-year-old Michael Law.
He was hit from behind by a 2003 GMC Envoy, according to the wreck report. News reports said the driver of the GMC said he did not see the cyclist when he turned onto Military Highway.
Mr. Law was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said Mr. Law had been staying at the Bowers Inn, near the accident scene.
Chesapeake police said Tuesday’s accident is still under investigation. No charges were filed immediately after the accident.
There are a lot of unanswered questions in the police reports. Was the cyclist riding in the correct direction? Did he have lights?
Every year, there are hundreds of accidents involving cyclists. Last year, 15 cyclists were killed in Virginia. Although fewer cyclists are killed than motorcyclists or car drivers on the roads of the Commonwealth, there are fewer bicyclists and cyclists lack the protection afforded by the frame of a car.
They often fall victims to distracted drivers, inattentive drivers or drivers who fail to give them enough space. Hampton Roads is one of the worst places for crashes involving cyclists in Virginia. Cities like Chesapeake and Virginia Beach have fast-moving urban highways like Military Highway and Independence Blvd. that are not cycling friendly.
While multi-use paths that remove cyclists and walkers from vehicles are being developed, the process is often slow.
Cyclists have rights and drivers must share the road. If you have been injured by a car or a truck while riding your bike, you may have grounds to file an injury claim. Our Virginia cycling death lawyers can help you if a family member has been killed on a bicycle. Please call us today for a free and no obligation consultation at (757) 455-0077.