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Dump Truck Kills Woman on Chesapeake’s Military Highway

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Dump Truck Kills Woman on Chesapeake’s Military Highway

By Bill O'Mara, Chesapeake Trucking Accident Lawyer

The pictures of a badly mangled minivan that was hit by a dump truck on Military Highway in Chesapeake, provide a sobering reminder of the potential for destruction posed by the big rigs that routinely travel on our highways.

Tragically, Lorena Kelly, 53, of Chesapeake lost her life and two others were seriously injured in a crash at S. Military Highway and Heidi Drive around 4:30 a.m., reported ABC13.

Chesapeake police said three adults were in the van that was pulled over to change a flat tire when the large dump truck plowed into the van.

Ms. Kelly died at the accident scene. The other two were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the dump truck was also injured and was transported to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

My deepest condolences go to the family of the deceased after this shocking wreck and I hope the others who are injured make a speedy recovery.

I have written on many occasions about serious accidents on Chesapeake’s Military Highway and Battlefield Boulevard which have some lethal intersections. However, you can’t blame a highway for accidents that are usually caused by inattention, speeding, reckless driving or even drowsiness. Dump trucks are notorious for their blind spots and accidents have also been caused by poor maintenance. Few details are yet available of this deadly dump truck crash in Chesapeake.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has written a book about trucking accidents called The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents. If you are injured or you lose a loved one due to the fault of a truck driver, you can often bring an action against a trucking company as well as the driver.

No amount of compensation can bring back a loved one but a death often leaves considerable financial hardship in its wake. No two cases are the same and a past result is no indicator of another case with similar circumstances, but attorney John Cooper has in the past secured a $3.5 million settlement for the child of a man who lost his life on I-64 in Norfolk when he was hit by a big rig. His car was traveling slowly after suffering a tire problem.

If you have been injured by a semi-truck, a tractor-trailer or a dump truck, or if you have lost a loved one, you should consider calling us at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077 or see our information about trucking accidents in Virginia.

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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

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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