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Virginia Parking Lot Accidents Can be Deadly

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Virginia Parking Lot Accidents Can be Deadly

When we think of Virginia parking lot accidents, we don’t necessarily think of serious injuries or fatalities. But these kinds of incidents can be deadly if the victim is frail or elderly or a driver is speeding.

Recently, the family of an 82-year-old woman was awarded $1.6 million after a fatal accident in the parking lot of her apartment complex. The woman was walking for exercise, reported Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

The driver testified he did not notice the woman until she was in front of his vehicle, although there was nothing to obstruct his view.

The police attended the incident. No charges were forthcoming. The police officer did not interview any witnesses at the time. The woman later died at the hospital.

Lawyers acting for the family of the deceased woman later spoke to an employee at the apartment complex. The eyewitness said the driver was traveling too fast for the parking lot and the elderly woman was walking from a direction in which the driver could easily see her. The eyewitness said he did not appear to be paying attention.

Richmond-based attorneys Kelly B. Martin, Jay Tronfeld and Elizabeth West recreated the crash with the help of Medivisuals, Traffic Safety Consultants Inc., and Virginia Trial Solutions.

They used a life-sized reproduction of the dead woman and an SUV similar to the one driven by the defendant. They used surveillance video footage of the elderly woman moments before she was hit to create a cardboard reproduction.

Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported Virginia Trial Solutions filmed the recreation with a drone and a video camera that was mounted in the SUV at the eye level of the driver.

The woman was survived by her 84-year-old woman and sons aged 53 and 57.

Virginia Parking Lot Accidents – Pedestrians Are Often the Victims

Parking lot accidents are common. They often take place between two cars and both drivers can be to blame.

However, pedestrians are likely to suffer more serious injuries, even at low speeds. If you are driving in the parking lot of a store, a fast food restaurant or other premises, you should look out for pedestrians.

Children may often escape from their parents and run in parking lots. Always keep your speed down and be vigilant.

We should not discount the seriousness of Virginia parking lot accidents. If you have been injured please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077. Read what to do after a car accident here.

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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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