I pride myself in helping clients through their toughest times.- Bill O’Mara
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Virginia State Trooper Sideswiped by a Tractor-Trailer in Newport News
Virginia State Police troopers do a difficult and dangerous job on the busy interstates of Hampton Roads. They are often the first people to be injured by careless and reckless driving. In a frightening case this week a trooper was injured when he was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer
Virginia State Police say the incident occurred on Thursday night on I-64 in Newport News. Trooper I.K. Ibrahim pulled over a Kia for speeding on the westbound side of the interstate close to Jefferson Avenue.
During the traffic stop, a tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the interstate and sideswiped the trooper’s car and the Kia. The trooper and a passenger in the Kia were hurt. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
A WAVY.com report stated the tractor-trailer was carrying about 1,000 pounds of mail. The 65-year-old driver from Maryland was charged with reckless driving. Police say driver fatigue was a factor in this crash just after midnight.
It’s terrifying to be sideswiped by a tractor-trailer. Pictures of the damage to the trooper’s car show the force of an impact by a big rig, even when it’s a glancing blow.
Sideswiped by a Tractor-Trailer – Virginia’s Move Over Law
Virginia’s “move-over” law has been in place for many years but motorists continue to ignore it. When emergency vehicles are stopped at the edge of the road with their flashing lights on, as was the case in this crash, other drivers must move a lane over or slow down.
Ibrahim was sitting in his patrol car with his emergency lights activated he was sideswiped. He was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.
Virginia State Police Lieutenant Curtis Hardison highlighted the importance of abiding by the move-over law in a statement. He said:
“These troopers that are out there, male or female, that is someone’s son, that is someone’s father, that’s someone’s grandfather and they have their own children and we are asking them to pass safely as they proceed past our cars on the shoulder of the road.”
The law applies to blue, red and amber flashing lights. It’s seen as vital to the safety of troopers, police, other emergency workers, and tow truck operators.
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.