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The Hazards of Driving in Beautiful Virginia

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

The Hazards of Driving in Beautiful Virginia

Any distraction can cause people to make mistakes behind the wheel.  All it takes is a split second of inattention and a car crash can happen.  I wonder what percentage of the car and truck wrecks in Virginia are caused by our beautiful scenery.

improperly loaded trucks lead to crashes

A truck crash on I-64

Whether a sunset over the mountains in the western part of the state or the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay majestically unfolding at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel outside of Virginia Beach, Virginia is for scenery lovers.  The problem is that when somebody like a tourist is admiring the view they may not be doing what they're supposed to be doing to drive safely.  With cars routinely going 100 feet a second or even faster they can get into trouble with the least time of inattention.  No one means to be careless behind the wheel.  However, it happens every day and lives are lost.

If you're enjoying the view as you drive around our lovely state please pull over at a scenic overpass if you want to check out the gorgeous world around you.

Don't rubberneck from your car because it really is a recipe for disaster.  Often when people are looking at something, whether a car accident or a beautiful forest or field they will end up driving slower than they think that they are.

The natural tendency is to slow down.  You also see this when people are texting.  They just start going way under the speed limit.  However, on major highways, there are minimum speed limits.

It's especially dangerous when somebody is in the left-hand lane not going even the speed limit when everyone else is trying to go 10 miles an hour over.  Differential speed is one of the major cause of car wrecks.  Don't get in an accident because you're looking out the window at the view.

Distractions take many forms as we describe on this page. Stay focused on the road and have somebody else take a picture.  Drive safely and stay focused on the road ahead. If you were injured in a wreck due to the fault of another driver, call us at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper

 

 

 

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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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