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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers Answer Your Important Truck Accident Questions 

Providing information for those injured in a major accident 

When a commercial truck hits your car, injuring you or a loved one, you may not know where to turn or what to do. Our well-versed accident attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are available around the clock to answer your questions and provide legal support. We handle trucking accidents every day and can help you seek compensation after an accident with a tractor-trailer in Norfolk, Virginia Beach or the surrounding area.

What is the first step after an accident occurs?

When you've been in an accident with a truck, call 911 immediately. Whether or not you see any injuries, any crash with such a large and powerful vehicle can cause serious injuries. 

What information do I need to get? 

If you have been in an accident, make sure that you get all the information you need at the accident scene. If you are unable to manage this yourself, seek help from someone nearby — even those who stop to help — who can:

  • Get all drivers' names and contact information
  • Get the insurance information of all parties
  • Get the trucking company's information (if applicable)
  • Take pictures of the accident scene, or ask someone to take them on their cellphone
  • Get a copy of the preliminary police report

How soon after an accident should I call a lawyer?

If possible, you should call an injury attorney before you call your insurance agent or an agent for the trucking company. We can speak with claims agents on your behalf and make sure you don't offer information that could make it harder for you to get your rightful compensation later on.

I don't have health insurance. Should I still go to the doctor? 

Yes! Go to the closest emergency room. A doctor may need to evaluate you to check for injuries to the back or internal organs or to do a concussion test.  Medical costs associated with an accident that is not your fault will likely be covered by vehicle insurance for the at-fault trucker. And any injuries you suffer need to be documented as soon as possible.

Why should I call a lawyer? 

Even if you only sustained what seem to be minor injuries at the time, your injuries may affect your future ability to work, and you need a lawyer to ensure you get full compensation, including lost wages. 

Where can I get more information?

The attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have a wealth of resources for you. In addition to our books on accidents, we take time to carefully explain why you need an attorney and what we can do to get you compensation after a life-threatening accident. Call us at 757.455.0077 day or night or contact us online to make an appointment to speak with our informative and results-oriented team. 

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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