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Police Attend Double Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Suffolk

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Police Attend Double Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Suffolk

Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable of road users in Hampton Roads. I was deeply saddened to read about a double fatal motorcycle crash in Suffolk today.

Both the rider of a motorcycle and a passenger lost their lives in a collision with an SUV in the 6600 block of Old Myrtle Road at the intersection of Old Mill Road.

Police say the accident on the rural road occurred at 1:45 p.m. A motorcycle and a Chevrolet Tahoe were involved in the crash at the intersection. The driver of the SUV was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Few details were available of the crash. A report on WAVY.com said the intersection of Old Myrtle Road and Old Mill Road was closed at all four approaches hours after the wreck. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragic double fatal motorcycle crash in Suffolk.

scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in Suffolk at Old Myrtle Road at the intersection of Old Mill Road

The scene of the fatal motorcycle crash in Suffolk (Suffolk police)

Many motorcyclists lose their lives in intersection crashes. Often cars or trucks are making a turn. Police have not said if the SUV driver was turning before this accident.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Suffolk – Why Riders Are Vulnerable

Motorcyclists are disproportionately more likely to lose their lives in crashes than other road users because they lack the protection of a steel frame. That’s all the more reason for other drivers to look out for riders. Sadly, too many car, SUV and truck drivers fail to notice a motorcyclist approaching at an intersection as they make a turn.

Every year, dozens of motorcyclists lose their lives in Virginia. In 2014, for example, 77 motorcyclists lost their lives in the Commonwealth.

In that year, motorcyclists were involved in 1.7 percent of all crashes in Virginia, and 11. 6 percent of fatal crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the number one cause of motorcycle accidents is other drivers. Many of these accidents cause serious injuries or deaths to the rider and occur at intersections.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, please call our Suffolk, VA, wrongful death lawyers for a consultation at (757) 455-0077. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a client meeting location in downtown Suffolk.

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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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