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Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks See a Surge in Wrecks over the Summer

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Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks See a Surge in Wrecks over the Summer

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Beach Injury Lawyer

As the weather gets warmer, more drivers will be heading to the coastal areas like Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

These areas see a massive upsurge in the amount of traffic due to summer tourism.  With this upsurge in traffic comes a sharp increase in motor vehicle accidents. It’s no secret that the number of fatal accidents climbs over the summer months with spikes during holidays such as Memorial Day and July 4.

congestion in Hampton Roads

While some of these accidents stem from tourists not being familiar with the roads, a lot of them also come from people drinking and driving throughout the summer months and especially around the summer holidays.  These two issues, on top of the high amount of traffic make the roads a dangerous place in the summer.

In order to stay safe during these summer months, limit distractions behind the wheel.  It’s illegal to text and drive in Virginia. We have written in the past about how distracted driving is an epidemic

Due to the high number of tourists in resort areas such as the Virginia Beach oceanfront and the Outer Banks, a large percentage of these motorists are not familiar with the roads, so they may make sudden, irregular movements behind the wheel.  Also, if there are plans involving alcohol, be sure to designate a driver.  Not only are drunk drivers at a high risk of being prosecuted at police checkpoints, but also they pose a huge risk to themselves and everyone else on the road.  Don’t drive drunk; call a cab or use one of the new smart phone apps like Uber or Lyft to find a sober ride.

When the blocks of Atlantic Avenue in at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront are teeming with pedestrians and bumper-to-bumper traffic, there is plenty of room for error.  Drive safe, alert, and sober this summer in order to avoid a serious motor vehicle accident.

If you or anyone you know gets injured in a car accident this summer, make sure he or she seeks the proper medical care, and then contacts an experienced car crash attorney.  Call the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077, or contact us online at for a free consultation.  When it really counts, count on Cooper Hurley.

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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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