My hometown motivates me to work hard for my client and get results.- John Cooper
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Veteran Cyclists Ride to Virginia Beach
America’s veterans have made a massive contribution to the nation, often paying for their service with serious injurues. This weekend, about 100 veterans arrived in Virginia Beach at the completion of a bike ride from Arlington.
The cyclists embarked on a journey of over 350 miles on Memorial Day to raise awareness for veterans.
The bicyclists were taking part in Ride 2 Recovery. Their bicycles were specially adapted to meet their needs thanks to the non-profit Project Hero.
The veterans rode for around 50 to 70 miles a day until they reached their destination.
Ride 2 Recovery is now in its 10th year. It starts in May which is National Bike Month. As part of the program, riders traveled more than 30,000 miles in 30 different states and six countries. The non-profit has modified 200 bicycles for veterans with physical disabilities and 2,500 bikes have been donated.
See this video about Ride 2 Recovery
Over the summer months, more cyclists and pedestrians are out on the highways of Hampton Roads. Programs like Ride 2 Recovery highlight the positive benefits of cycling in our area.
Unfortunately, not all drivers treat cyclists with the respect they deserve. Cities such as Virginia Beach, Hampton and Chesapeake have seen a spate of serious accidents including cyclists in recent years.
In 2015, 15 riders lost their lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia and hundreds more were injured.
We highlight the most common causes of accidents involving bicycles here on our website.
They include drivers making turns and drivers and passengers opening car doors. Many drivers fail to give cyclists enough space when they are passing them on the road.
If you are a cyclist who has been injured in a crash involving another vehicle, you should take a few steps to safeguard a potential legal case.
1 Don’t Repair
If you are planning to file a lawsuit, don’t repair your damaged bicycle before you talk to an injury lawyer. You should take photographs after the accident, but the lawyer may want to take his photographs.
The lawyer will likely want you to retain your bike in a damaged state while your case is pending.
2 Safeguard your Bike
Keep your bike in a secure place and lock it up. Make sure it’s protected from the elements. Always keep it in your control in case the defense tries to claim someone else had access to it and damaged it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, please call the dedicated cycling accident attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.