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Woman Reported Unconscious in Virginia Beach After an Accident Involving a Cyclist and a Car

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Woman Reported Unconscious in Virginia Beach After an Accident Involving a Cyclist and a Car

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Beach Cycling Injury Lawyer

Cyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of highways in Hampton Roads. I’m always deeply disturbed to read about reports in which cyclists suffer serious injuries.

On Thursday night, Virginia Beach Police released some details about a crash involving a cyclist and a vehicle that left a woman unconscious.

The crash took place in the 600 block of 19th St. Very few details were released about this accident.

Dispatch told a local TV station a female patient was unconscious, but breathing. No further details were released about her condition.

We don’t know for sure if the victim was the cyclist. We do know that in accidents that involve cars and bicyclists, the cyclist usually suffers the most serious injuries.

Virginia Beach is a popular recreational city for cyclists, but every year they are killed and injured. In May 2015, a bicyclist was killed near London Bridge Road.

A month later, a cyclist was injured  at the intersection of S. Independence Boulevard and Baxter Road, in Virginia Beach.

Cyclists may not even be safe when they are riding on dedicated  bike paths next to busy highways. In 2014, a Canadian cyclist was killed on 83rd Street and Atlantic Avenue near Shore Drive. The 65-year-old was cycling with his wife on the bike path. Reports suggested the cyclist may have swerved into the road. However, this raises a question about whether the driver was too close.

Drivers often fail to abide by the rules pertaining to cyclists in Virginia. In 2014, Virginia enacted a three foot passing law. It states that a motorist “shall pass at a reasonable speed at least three feet to the left of the overtaken bicycle.” A previous law required drivers to pass people on bikes by only two feet. Virginia joined 23 other states and the District of Colombia in enacting a three foot passing law. Pennsylvania sets the minimum to pass a cyclist as four feet.

As the weather gets warmer, we are likely to see more cyclists on the road. It’s not just important to give them space; it’s the law. If you have been injured on a bike by the actions of a driver, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

 

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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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