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School Bus Hits HRT Bus in Norfolk, Injuring Seven

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School Bus Hits HRT Bus in Norfolk, Injuring Seven

I was concerned to read TV reports today about a crash between a school bus and an HRT bus in Norfolk that sent seven people to a local hospital.

WAVY.com reported that first responders went to the scene of an accident on N. Military Highway at Norvella Avenue at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday

The TV station beamed images from its helicopter that showed a school bus that appeared to have rear-ended the HRT bus while it was stopped.

School buses in Norfolk

Norfolk school buses

Tom Holden, a spokesman for Hampton Roads Transit, told the channel that five people on the HRT bus and two adults from the school bus were transported to the hospital. There was no immediate information available about their condition.

My thoughts are with those who were injured in this crash. I hope they make a speedy recovery.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has written at length about crashes caused by school bus drivers.

This appears to be another instance in which a school bus driver was culpable, although police have not issued a formal statement on the wreck or made any charges as yet.

Norfolk police later said three people were on the school bus. There were no children. The bus was heading to pick up children at the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont. Images from the WAVY chopper showed the bus involved in the crash was #372.

Serious School Bus Crashes in Hampton Roads

Recently, Virginia Beach schools made a wrongful death settlement to the widow of a sailor who was knocked down and killed by a school bus on Holland Road in Virginia Beach.

In Hampton, a driver was killed in a wreck with a school bus on Settlers Landing Road. The 61-year-old school bus driver was later charged with reckless driving.

I am concerned about the large number of accidents involving school buses in Hampton Roads. While school bus drivers have not been the at-fault party in all of them, they have in many instances.

In some cities such as Portsmouth, schools have experienced a shortage of bus drivers that has disrupted services. We trust school bus drivers with the safety of our kids, but they are not all reaching the high standards that are expected.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a school bus, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. Call our Hampton Roads bus accident lawyers 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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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