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Hampton Roads Motorcycle Accidents Spike over the Summer Months

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Hampton Roads Motorcycle Accidents Spike over the Summer Months

Large numbers of motorcyclists are out on the roads of Virginia during the summer months. Sadly, it’s also a time when Hampton Roads motorcycle accidents spike.

This week, a rider was reported to be seriously injured in an accident at the intersection of Colley Avenue and West 21st Street in Norfolk.

A report on WAVY said officers were called to the intersection shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Initial reports suggested a pedestrian was involved in an accident.

When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a motorcyclist pinned under a red Toyota Corolla. They were able to free the rider with the help of bystanders.

The rider was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. His injuries were reported to be serious but not life-threatening.

Hampton Roads motorcycle crashes spike

Hampton Roads motorcycle crashes spike over the summer

The police incident report stated the motorcyclist was stopped at a red light with the Toyota Corolla stopped behind him. A Toyota Prius was stopped behind the Corolla at the light. When the light turned green, the driver of the Prius accelerated and crashed into the Corolla, WAVY reported.

The Corolla then rolled forward and struck the motorcycle, WAVY reported. The motorcyclist fell off his bike, landing on the street, and the Corolla rolled over him on the ground.

The drivers of both vehicles stayed at the scene and the driver of the Prius was charged with following too closely.

This accident again highlights the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the highways of Hampton Roads. Intersections are particularly hazardous places for riders and they can suffer serious injuries even at low speeds.

Hampton Roads motorcycle accidents spike as the weather gets warmer when more riders are out and this year has been no exception.

In May, a fatal motorcycle accident in Portsmouth was the third death of a motorcyclist in four days in the Tidewater area.

Why Hampton Roads Motorcycle Accidents Spike in the Summer Months

Riding a motorcycle can be hazardous and uncomfortable during the winter months. However, there are few things better than getting out on the open roads on two wheels when the weather is warmer.

However, the open road can be elusive in the summer in Hampton Roads when large numbers of visitors drive to Virginia Beach and through the region to the Outer Banks. Often these visitors are unfamiliar with Hampton Roads. Typically, the number of motorcycle accidents doubles over the summer months.

There has also been a recent spate of pedestrian deaths in the region. Last month in Chesapeake, an off duty police officer was killed crossing Cedar Road by a driver later charged with DUI, we noted on our blog.

A pedestrian was seriously injured last by a vehicle in Norfolk on East Indian River Road.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we represent motorcyclists who are hurt due to the careless and reckless driving of others. We are the authors of the book What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia. You can order the book free here.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless driver, please contact our Virginia motor cycle accident team for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077

Griff O'Hanlon

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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 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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