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Virginia Beach Cyclist and Her Kids Were Injured – Speed is a Likely Factor

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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

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.

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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