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Fatal Pedestrian Accidents – Man Loses his Life on Bridge Road in Suffolk

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Fatal Pedestrian Accidents – Man Loses his Life on Bridge Road in Suffolk

We have been concerned for some time about the high number of fatal pedestrian accidents in Hampton Roads.

I was saddened to read about another death of a walker, this time a man who was hit by a vehicle in Suffolk on Saturday night.

Suffolk police said officers were called around 9:20 p.m. to an accident on Bridge Road (U.S. 17). The man was hit by a pickup truck. He was identified as Ryan Vannier, 23, of Suffolk.

The pickup truck driver stayed on scene, according to reports. Police said the pedestrian received emergency treatment at the accident scene but died later at a nearby hospital. Our thoughts are with his family after this tragic wreck.

The wreck led to the closure of the northbound lane of Bridge Road (U.S. 17), with the southbound lane being used to alternate traffic. The road was expected to be closed for several hours.

fatal pedestrian accidents in Hampton Roads

Every year, scores of pedestrians are killed in Virginia. The United States has a poor record for pedestrian safety. Someone on foot is killed by a vehicle every 113 minutes in this country.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Virginia

In January this year, a man lost his life crossing Military Highway in Chesapeake. In the same month, a 39-year-old man died on W. Mercury Boulevard in Hampton.

Cities such as Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton,  and Norfolk were not built with the pedestrian in mind. Busy urban highways lack crosswalks and sidewalks and getting across the road can be a major struggle.

Every year about 80 pedestrians lose their lives on the highways of Virginia. Hampton Roads is in the 40 most dangerous locations for pedestrians in the United States.

Virginia has a raft of pedestrian laws which you should abide by. Cross the road at a crosswalk where one of available. Use sidewalks when a highway is equipped with one. While crosswalks are usually marked with white lines, there are unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

If you were injured after you suddenly stepped into the road, crossed the road intoxicated or crossed at a dangerous place, it will be difficult to sue the driver who hit you.

However, pedestrians do successfully claim against at-fault motorists and we have represented them. Please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077 or contact us here.

Jim Hurley

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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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