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Virginia Saw the Deaths of 70 Motorcyclists in 2015

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Virginia Saw the Deaths of 70 Motorcyclists in 2015

Every year dozens of people are killed on motorcycles in Virginia. Although the death toll is not as high as in cars, a much smaller number of people are on two wheels.

About 70 motorcyclists were killed in 2015 in Virginia

According to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 70 motorcyclists were killed in 2015. That represented 9.3 percent of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth. Of those who lost their lives on bikes, 65 were riders and five were passengers.

In 2015, 1,776 riders were injured in crashes in Virginia. Of these 1,638 were riders and 138 were passengers.

Many of those who are killed or injured on two wheels come to grief when car drivers fail to notice them when making a turn. Last week in Virginia Beach, a scooter rider lost his life in these circumstances.

Every year we help motorcyclists who have sustained serious injuries in accidents in Hampton Roads and elsewhere in Virginia. If you are hurt on a motorcycle you don’t need to be traveling at a high speed to sustain some very serious injuries. Head injuries and amputations are among the worst injuries suffered by riders.

If you are riding a motorcycle it’s important to wear protective clothing and to remember some basic safety tips.

Be aware of hazards on the road such as gravel, don’t drive too quickly around curves and don’t brake suddenly. You should also be aware of dangers such as drivers suddenly opening the doors of parked cars.

Weather is another major hazard for motorcyclists. Ice and snow can be deadly as well as high winds and rain storms.

Motorcycling is becoming increasingly popular in the summer months but you should always pursue a safety-first approach.

If you are riding a motorcycle, aim to get as much insurance coverage as possible in case you are seriously injured. You may need to cover large medical bills for serious injuries.

Although the surge in motorcycle injuries and deaths experienced a few years ago in Virginia has abated, we should always look out for surges in crashes and carefully monitor the safety of riders.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, please call our experienced Virginia injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077. See our frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents.

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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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