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Deputy Breaks Two Legs in Accident in Louisa County

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Deputy Breaks Two Legs in Accident in Louisa County

State troopers and other police officers do an impressive job in responding to accidents on the interstates and highways of Virginia. I was horrified to read about how a deputy suffered serious injuries in an accident in Louisa County.

Despite laws in the Commonwealth that are supposed to protect them, officers are injured and killed with an alarming regularity. I was saddened to read about the incident on Friday night in which a lieutenant with the Louisa County Sherriff’s Office broke both of his legs when he was hit by a car.

A report on WTVR 6 stated Deputy D.J. Hart responded to a call after a family was stuck in a broken down car on Route 15 close to Rocky Road, Gordonsville, just before 7 p.m.

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The TV station said Hart attempted to contact a wrecker service to get the family. When the wreckers were leaving the scene, he was hit by a car as he crossed the road.

Virginia State Police said Hart was struck by a Volkswagen that was traveling north on Route 15. The speed limit on that road is 55 mph.

After the accident in Louisa County, the deputy suffered two broken legs. He underwent surgery on his legs and his injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. Virginia State Police said no one has yet to be charged and the crash is still being investigated.

I hope the deputy makes a speedy recovery after this incident. Every year we see troopers and other police officers hurt and killed on the highways of Virginia.

In 2014, I wrote about how a trooper was injured in Sussex County when his car was rear-ended on Route 460.

Virginia has a move-over law that is intended to protect police officers and emergency workers. It has been strengthened in recent years but is still regularly flouted.

If you approach a vehicle with flashing red, blue or amber lights you must move over a lane or slow down, if you are not in a position to change lanes.

Our Virginia move-over law injury lawyers have represented injured emergency workers as well as tow truck drivers in claims against the insurance companies of at-fault drivers.

If you have suffered a serious injury like a fracture, it’s imperative that you recover the most you can. Please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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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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