Virginia Beach Cyclist and Her Kids Were Injured – Speed is a Likely Factor
I was saddened to read about a terrible accident yesterday on Princess Anne Plaza when a Virginia Beach cyclist and her kids were injured by a car. Police say excess speed appears to have been a factor.
Four people on a bike were hurt riding down Doctor Drive. The female cyclist sustained serious injuries and one of the children is reported to be in a critical condition.
A report on WAVY.com reported the woman and kids were mown down in a residential school zone. I was appalled to read about the details of this crash and how a motorist appears to have been driving at a high speed in a quiet residential area frequented by kids. My thoughts are with the victims and their family members.
Virginia Beach Cyclist and Her Kids Were Injured
The reports of eyewitnesses make for sobering reading. Myra Teaters told WAVY she heard a long screech of tires and terrible screaming.
The driver of a 2006 Nissan four-door appears to have over-corrected after making a reckless turn from Dillon Drive onto Doctor Drive around 5:11 p.m. on Wednesday, say police.
Virginia Beach Police report the female cyclist sustained serious injuries and one of the children is in a critical condition in a local hospital. The two other kids are expected to survive.
Master Police Officer Allen Perry told WAVY speed was likely a contributing factor to this accident. Sadly, it’s not uncommon to see cars speeding in this residential area which has posted 25 mile an hour limit signs.
A driver and a passenger in the vehicle are reported to be cooperating with the investigation. No charges had been filed against the driver as of last night. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, say police.
Virginia Beach Cyclist and Her Kids Were Injured – How Cyclists Are Vulnerable
Every year, hundreds of cyclists are killed and injured in Virginia in accidents with cars, we note on our website.
Cites like Virginia Beach and Chesapeake lack dedicated cycling paths and riders are forced to take their chances on the road. In my many decades of working in personal injury law, I have seen far too many cyclists mown down and killed and injured. I have seen too many injuries to innocent children.
All too often car drivers fail to give bicyclists the space that Virginia law says they must be afforded.
Virginia has a three-foot passing rule which means you should give space to cyclists. More importantly, you should never drive fast in residential areas where cyclists or pedestrians are likely to be found.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Virginia Beach cycling accident, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the insurance policy of a speeding, reckless or a careless driver. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.