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Pedestrian Mowed Down on a Hampton Roads Crosswalk is Awarded $100,000

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Pedestrian Mowed Down on a Hampton Roads Crosswalk is Awarded $100,000

When you step onto a crosswalk, you have a right to expect drivers to stop. However, in a recent case handled by Cooper Hurley Injury Layers, a man was mowed down on a Hampton Roads crosswalk, sustaining serious injuries.

Our client was awarded $100,000 in an arbitration settlement. He was represented by my colleague Griffin O’Hanlon, reported Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

The pedestrian was seriously injured when he was mowed down on a Hampton Roads crosswalk at a busy intersection. After the collision, the driver who hit the pedestrian told a police officer he had a red traffic signal as he approached the intersection.

The driver said he came to a complete stop and proceeded to make a right turn on red after looking to ensure the crossing was clear.

As the driver turned right on red, he hit the pedestrian who was crossing at the intersection. Notes from the investigating police officer suggested the pedestrian crossed the road on a “Do Not Walk” signal.

Compensation for pedestrian mowed down on Hampton Roads crosswalk

Pedestrian mowed down on Hampton Roads crosswalk wins $100,000

This would have put our client in violation of Virginia law and he might not be able to claim compensation for serious head and neck injuries sustained in the accident.

The insurance carrier refused to make a settlement, claiming contributory negligence on the behalf of the walker.

The case went to an arbitration hearing.  Conflicting evidence was presented as to whether the pedestrian entered the intersection when a “Do Not Walk” signal was flashing or was in a designated crosswalk in the first place.

Given the extent of our client’s injuries, he had no recollection of the collision itself. The pedestrian’s attorneys argued the driver failed to prove negligence on behalf of the pedestrian.

A written arbitration award in favor of our client for the insurance policy limits of $100,000 was entered two days after the hearing.

The pedestrian was represented by Griffin O’Hanlon of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers and Charles Lustig.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen many instances of pedestrians being injured on crosswalks when drivers failed to pay adequate attention.

Just this week in Virginia Beach, a student was hit and injured on a crosswalk close to Green Run High School.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we represent pedestrians who are hurt and the families of those who are killed on the highways of Virginia. Call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

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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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