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Dirt Bike Riders Charged over Serious Crash on Shell Road in Hampton
By Jim Hurley, Hampton Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Often when motorcyclists are injured on the streets of Hampton Roads, another driver is to blame for the wreck, frequently a driver who is making a turn and fails to notice the motorcycle.
However, on occasions we see motorcyclists driving recklessly or failing to take adequate precautions, posing a danger to themselves and other road users.
This appears to have been the case in Hampton over the weekend when a dirt bike crash left one rider in a critical condition Friday night.
The crash happened at Bell Street and Shell Road, just after 8:30 p.m. and involved three vehicles, according to Hampton police.
Crime scene Investigators said two dirt bikes were heading down Shell Road without headlights. The accident report said both bikes hit a Dodge Caliber that was making a left turn into Roy’s Quick Service II convenience store.
WAVY.com reported that one of the dirt bike riders sped away from the accident scene. The other motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The 29-year-old dirt bike rider was later reported to be in a stable condition.
WAVY reported that both dirt bike riders face “multiple traffic violations.” They include riding without helmets, reckless driving, operating a dirt bike on a city street, no headlights, no insurance, failure to register vehicle, and failure to inspect a vehicle.
Police are continuing to investigate the case of this accident. The driver of the Dodge remained at the scene and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
As an experienced Hampton motorcycle injury lawyer, I’m well aware of the dangers of riding a motorcycle. If you get on a bike without a helmet and fail to take basic precautions such as riding with your lights on in the dark, you will be a serious danger to yourselves and to others.
It’s mandatory to wear a helmet in Virginia. Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety stat the “number of motorcycle crash fatalities has more than doubled since a low of 2,116 motorcycle crash deaths in 1997. All-rider helmet laws increase motorcycle helmet use, decrease deaths and injuries and save taxpayer dollars.”
According to 2011 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,612 motorcyclists were killed, and 81,000 suffered injuries on our nation's roads three years ago. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,617 motorcyclists in 2011, and the lives of 703 more riders could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.
If you have been hurt on a motorcycle due to the actions of another driver, call us at (757) 455-0077 or see CooperHurley.com. See our resources on motorcycle accidents in Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.