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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Virginia Beach Oceanfront Injuries – Beachgoer Hit by Pickup Truck
Pleasant weather is expected this weekend that will see thousands of people head to the beaches of Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks. However, a recent accident has highlighted Virginia Beach Oceanfront injuries. A beachgoer was struck by a contractor’s pickup last week.
The woman was on a beach chair enjoying the sun. The accident left her with serious injuries, although no update was given on her condition.
The contractor reportedly hit the woman while trying to make a U-turn. Reports on WAVY.com suggested the woman suffered injuries to her arm and leg. The beach chair was mangled after it was hit by the Dodge Ram near 24th Street.
When you are sunning yourself on the beach, the last thing you expect is to be injured by a pickup truck.
Although the truck was permitted to be on the beach, this accident raises a lot of questions about vehicles on the sand.
The WAVY report on Virginia Beach Oceanfront injuries
It’s not clear why the vehicle was on the beach at a busy time when it was full of sunbathers. Accidents of this nature on Virginia Beach raise questions about whether too many vehicles are allowed on the sand.
Seven years ago, a homeless man was run over and killed by a trash truck as lay on Virginia Beach. The City of Virginia Beach subsequently reached a $500,000 settlement with the family of the homeless man, reported the Virginian-Pilot.
Virginia Beach Oceanfront Injuries
Virginia Beach has also seen less predictable accidents. Last year, a woman was tragically killed when she was hit by a flying beach umbrella.
Strong winds blew an umbrella that was meant to be anchored into her chest at the Oceanfront.
Police identified the victim as 55-year-old Lottie Michelle Belk, of Chester, Virginia. Her death was ruled accidental and caused by a penetrating blunt force chest trauma.
Another little-known beach hazard is sand holes. Last month, a woman suffocated to death in Ocean City, Maryland she fell into a large hole on the beach.
The 30-year-old woman who was vacationing from Texas died after she fell into a large hole on the beach.
If you or a loved one is injured on the beach another party may be liable, a contractor in the case of an injury caused by a vehicle or a hotel for injuries in rooms or at swimming pools. Beachgoers have a right to be safe on their vacations or day trips.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team to represent people hurt in these kinds of cases. Call us 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.