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Observations By a Virginian Personal Injury Lawyer on Driving Abroad

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Observations By a Virginian Personal Injury Lawyer on Driving Abroad

I recently went to Colombia with my family for a vacation.  Colombia's a beautiful country but the roads are a challenge compared to the U.S.  Many of the roads we were driving on were twisting, one-lane highways going up into the mountains.  They had some strange road signs which indicated that there was a risk of a wreck ahead with a yellow and black sign that just shows two cars colliding.  It made me realize how lucky we really are in America with our infrastructure.

As much as I complain about the construction on Interstate 64 through Newport News and the rush-hour traffic in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, I realize that we actually have it pretty good.  First, we have good paved roads mostly with shoulders.  Safety features like guardrails and clear lane markings help reduce the severity of and risk of accidents.  In Colombia, which is a beautiful mountainous place with steep drop-offs, I am often getting white knuckles at the thought of going over the side of the mountain and crashing because there's not too much other than some plantain trees separating the roadway from the drop-off down the mountain.

U.S. roads are safer than those in many countries

The approach to the HRBT

The other thing that we have in the U.S. that we can be proud about are lots of hospitals and emergency rooms.  I often wonder when I'm in Colombia whether they would be able to even provide the proper emergency medical treatment to me or a family member if something should happen.  Even in relatively rural places like far-western Virginia we still have a lot of resources and a real Trauma 1 facility is never that far away at least by helicopter if nothing else.

One of the great advantages of travel is it opens your eyes to how the rest of the world is really quite different.  It makes me glad to be an American and a Virginian.  It's always nice to get home and have a new appreciation for our highways even though they are sometimes crowded and under repair.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the highways of Hampton Roads or elsewhere in Virginia, contact us here. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers helps those who have been injured due to no fault of their own in car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Please call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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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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