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Passenger Joseph Kent Dies in Accomack County Wreck on VA Eastern Shore

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Passenger Joseph Kent Dies in Accomack County Wreck on VA Eastern Shore

By Bill O'Mara, Eastern Shore of Virginia Injury Lawyer

It’s an all too familiar scenario. A driver runs off the road and a passenger loses his or her life due to the driver’s inattention or recklessness. It happened again on Wednesday evening on a rural road in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

We were saddened to read about the death of Joseph Robert Kent, a 25-year-old man, who was ejected from the passenger seat and died at the accident scene. Our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.


Police say the wreck occurred on Belinda Road (Route 692) near Marsh Market Road at about 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday evening. reported that a 2006 Chevy Colorado was traveling west Belinda, when the driver ran off the road, causing the car to flip over.

The driver has been charged with reckless driving, according to Virginia State Police. Alcohol was not a factor in this crash.

It’s always tragic when a passenger loses his or her life in a crash due to no fault of his own. The families of passengers have rights in these circumstances. I explain more in this video.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we have a team dedicated to wrongful death lawsuits. You can read more about it on this page.

When you lose a loved one, hiring an attorney is probably one of the very last things you will think about. However, families who deal with an unexpected death often face huge financial costs to add to the emotional burden.

If your loved one was a passenger in a car accident, you can often make a claim under the insurance coverage of the driver of the car that you were in. You could use the coverage of the driver of any other vehicle that caused the accident. A passenger might not be able to make a claim if there was some element of contributory negligence, such as getting into a car when he knew the driver was drunk. Failure to wear a seat belt is not usually relevant in car wrecks.

Our Virginia wrongful death team can take the burden off you. We have a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in each of the cities in Hampton Roads and in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Call us today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077. We can come to you or meet you at one of our locations.



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

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