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Rider Dies in Fatal High Street Motorcycle Accident in Portsmouth

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Rider Dies in Fatal High Street Motorcycle Accident in Portsmouth

It has been a tragic week for motorcyclists on the streets of Hampton Roads. I was saddened to read about the third death in four days of a rider who was reported killed in a High Street motorcycle accident in Portsmouth.

Just like the wreck a few days ago in Suffolk that claimed the lives of two riders, the accident in Portsmouth occurred at an intersection.

Police said the High Street motorcycle accident in Portsmouth involved a car and a motorcycle and took place at the intersection with Jamestown Avenue.

The crash was reported to dispatchers just before 8 a.m. on Thursday. Images from the scene showed a damaged motorcycle lying on the ground.

Few other details were available on the cause of the crash. The accident occurred close to the intersection with 164. Traffic was rerouted at High St/Constitution Ave and at High St/Yorktown Ave around the accident scene.

Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased rider. Far too many motorcyclists lose their lives in intersection accidents. Often these wrecks are the fault of a driver who fails to see a motorcyclist. Two fatal wrecks involving motorcyclists were reported this week. It’s not clear if the other driver was to blame.

High Street Motorcycle Accident in Portsmouth is the Second Fatal Crash in a Week

On Monday, two riders from Gates County were killed in a crash in Suffolk. The rider and passenger were Peter Donald Veillette, 65, and Donna Lee Jones, 52, according to a press release from Suffolk police.

They were involved in a collision with an SUV at the intersection of Old Myrtle Road and Old Mill Road. The riders died at the scene.

Motorcyclists lack the protection of a car’s frame and are extremely vulnerable to life-threatening head injuries. The types of intersection accident that can be classified as a fender bender if two cars are involved, can leave riders with serious injuries or cause a loss of life.

If you or a loved one has been knocked off their motorcycle by a car, the other driver may be to blame. Our Virginia motorcycle accident injury lawyers help dozens of riders every year to make claims for injuries as well as the families of deceased riders. We have published What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia.

Call us for a free and confidential consultation at (757) 455-0077. Read more about serious motorcycle accidents here on our website.

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 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 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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