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Red Light Runner Lawsuit is Settled for $325,000

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Red Light Runner Lawsuit is Settled for $325,000

Every year, countless drivers are killed and injured by careless motorists who run red lights. In some cases, the drivers are reckless; in others, the drivers believe they can beat the light. The consequences of their rash actions may live with the at-fault drivers and their victims for the rest of their lives.

In Hampton Roads, a 55-year-old driver suffered serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries after she was hit by a red light runner at a high rate of speed. The at-fault driver was behind the wheel of a box truck. The red light runner lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $325,000 earlier this year.

Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported the woman was in her Volvo 350 at an intersection.  She stopped at a red light. When it turned green she began to cross the intersection behind the car in front of her. As she crossed the intersection, she was hit by a red light runner traveling at about 50 mph. The impact caused the woman’s car to roll several times.

Wioman brought out a red light runner lawsuit

Red light runner lawsuit is settled

She lost consciousness and suffered lacerations to her face, and facial pain. She was airlifted to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital by a Nightingale helicopter. In the Emergency Room, the doctors reported lacerations to the woman’s right eyelid and check, memory loss, glass embedded in her forehead and multiple cuts to her right hand.

After she was released from the hospital she sought treatment for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Brain injuries are often very serious and the damage can be permanent. Fortunately, the woman made an almost full recovery, according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She incurred medical bills of $55,280.

The crash led to a lengthy lawsuit. The woman sued the truck driver and the company he was working for.

Lawyers for the defendant claimed the trucker had a green light and didn’t see the Volvo. However, an eyewitness who was driving through the intersection at the time of the crash said the trucker went through the red light at a high speed and never attempted to slow down.

The case was settled in 2017 for $325,000 during a mediation before trial. The Volvo driver was represented by John Zydron and William Drinkwater from Virginia Beach.

It’s always unsettling to see a person’s life change drastically due to another driver’s actions.

All cases are different and no previous case is an indicator of another but Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers recently settled a red light runner case for $815,000. This client suffered a permanent traumatic brain injury that caused constant headaches in addition to cognitive impairments and anxiety after an intersection wreck in Virginia Beach. This case was settled about 45 days before the trial date during mediation.

Accidents caused by drivers running red lights are often caught on red light cameras, making for easy evidence to help your case. Although these lights were installed with the purpose of reducing drivers running red lights, they also assist with charging those who disregard the law and run red lights.

If you or a loved one are involved in a crash resulting from another person running a red light, you should always seek medical attention immediately. Call our Virginia experienced motor vehicle accidents team at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Griff O'Hanlon




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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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