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Following Too Close in Virginia – Newport News Sheriff is Hit From Behind

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Following Too Close in Virginia – Newport News Sheriff is Hit From Behind

Following Too Close in Virginia is a crime. On Friday, the Sheriff of Newport News was injured in a rear-ender crash in which a driver appeared to be too close behind him.

According to Newport News police spokesman Lou Thurston, Sheriff Gabe Morgan’s SUV was rear-ended by a pickup truck at Glendale Road and Warwick Boulevard. The location is across from the Hidenwood Shopping Center.

The crash happened just after 11 a.m. Sheriff Morgan was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. said a man from Virginia Beach, was later issued a summons for following too close.

The offense of following too closely in Virginia is defined under § 46.2-816 of Virginia state code.

Following too close in Virginia - Glendale Road and Warwick Boulevard

The intersection of Glendale Road and Warwick Boulevard in Newport News

This law states:

“The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to the speed of both vehicles and the traffic on, and conditions of, the highway at the time.”

There is a subjective element but if a driver crashes into the back of a car in front he or she will likely be traveling too closely.

Rear-ender accidents are among the most frequent in Virginia. If you are hit from behind, you may suffer a host of issues ranging from neck pain, spinal injuries, headaches and internal injuries.

Although rear-ender accidents may be less serious than head-on accidents, they can be very serious or even deadly.

Recently, our Newport News injury lawyers settled a case in which a young woman lost her life in Hampton Roads when she was rear-ended by a DUI driver.

If you have been rear-ended, you should seek medical treatment for your injuries. On occasions, you may not realize how seriously injured you are until hours or even days after a wreck because the onset of the symptoms may be delayed.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers helps people injured on the Virginia Peninsula as well as the rest of Hampton Roads. We have client meeting locations in Newport News and Hampton and can come to your home or hospital bed. Please call us for a free and confidential consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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