Two Serious Motorcycle Crashes on I-95 in Virginia Highlight Dangers in National Motorcycle Safety Month

By John Cooper, Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

May is National Motorcycle Safety Month and two serious accidents in Virginia have again illustrated the dangers faced by motorcyclists.

The Fairfax Times reported Fairfax County Police, Virginia State troopers and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDOT) are urging drivers of  motorcycles and cars and trucks to be careful after two recent crashes that resulted in life-threatening injuries for one motorcyclist, and the death of another.

See this video about motorcycle accidents by VA Beach motorcycle accident lawyer Jim Hurley

On April 30 at 4:33 a.m., police attended a fatal hit-and-run accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 at the 165 mile marker in Fairfax County.

State police said Timothy E. Halpin, a 68-year-old motorcyclist, of Dumfries, VA was traveling north on I-95 in the left lane when he appears to have lost control of his 2001 BMW 1200 motorcycle.

As the motorcycle went onto the left shoulder, Halpin ended up in the center northbound lane where he was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer that failed to stop at the accident scene in Fairfax, VA.

A day later the same interstate saw another serious early morning crash involving a motorcyclist. At 5:45 a.m., Geller said northbound traffic on I-95 had stopped just south of Exit 148 near Quantico, VA when a Chrysler station wagon failed to slow down and rear-ended a 2012 Honda that was stopped for traffic. The driver of a 2009 Harley-Davidson then drove into the back of the Chrysler station wagon.

“The impact of that crash caused the motorcycle to slide into another northbound travel lane. Meanwhile the motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle in the opposite direction and collided with a northbound tractor trailer,” reported the Fairfax Times.

The male rider of the Harley was treated for life-threatening injuries.

In Fairfax and elsewhere in Virginia, motorcycle safety will be highlighted this month.

Police are encouraging motorcycle riders to seek correct certified training to be as safe as possible on the interstates and highways of the Commonwealth.

“DMV statistics indicate that most motorcycle crashes in Virginia are caused by riders failing to maintain proper control of their motorcycle,” said John Saunders, director of highway safety for the DMV.

“While those who seek to obtain a motorcycle license in Virginia are not required to take our Basic Rider Course, we highly encourage it,” Saunders said. “Learning to ride a motorcycle the right way the first time is invaluable, along with wearing the appropriate riding gear and obeying the rules of the road along with other vehicles.”

See our Virginia Beach motorcycle accident lawyers’ guide to your rights as a motorcyclist.

The Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton motorcycle accident injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as other cases such as slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling motorcycle injury accident claims. Our motto is “Your Injury, Our Fight.” Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.

 

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Motorcyclist Alonzo James Zuke is Killed in a Collision with an SUV in Virginia Beach

A 27-year-old motorcyclist from Virginia Beach has been killed in a collision with an SUV that was attempting a turn.

I was saddened to read about the death of Alonzo James Zuke, 27, of the 2000 block of Susan Lee Lane, on the morning of April 30, 2013.


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WVEC.com reported he was operating a 2010 Yamaha motorcycle around 8 a.m. heading east in the 5200 block of Indian River Road when he was involved in a collision with a 1995 Honda SUV that was traveling west.

“The SUV was attempting to turn left into a parking lot when the motorcycle crashed into it.  Zuke was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead,” the TV station reported.

My thoughts as an experienced Virginia Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, are with the family of this young man.

The case is under investigation and charges may be pending. Although it’s not yet clear which party was at fault, I see very many cases in which preoccupied drivers who are making turns fail to see motorcycles that then hit them.

In such cases the family of a deceased rider may have grounds to bring a wrongful death case. Contact our VA Beach motorcycle accident lawyers for a free consultation.

The Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton motorcycle accident injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as other cases such as slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling motorcycle injury accident claims. Our motto is “Your Injury, Our Fight.” Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website

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Numerous Amputations Result from Boston Marathon Bombing

By Jim Hurley, Norfolk Injury Lawyer

The number of amputations following thew horrific Boston Marathon bombing has hit double figures. In a new blog on the Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers site, my colleague John Cooper reports on how motorcyclists also face a high risk of amuptations in accidents.

The Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton motorcycle accident injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as other cases such as slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling motorcycle injury accident claims. Our motto is “Your Injury, Our Fight.” Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.

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Many Injuries to Motorcyclists Are Caused By Cars Failing to Yield

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Beach Injury Lawyer

In a new post on the Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys site, my colleague John Cooper writes about how cars failing to yield to motorcycles is a major cause of injuries to motorcyclists in Virginia.

The Norfolk, VA based personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley with client meeting locations in Virginia Beach and Hampton, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. Attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in specializing in auto injury as well as other accident claims. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. Our motto is: “Your Injury. Our fight.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.

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Virginia Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Report : Driver is Charged As Crash Kills Rider Ralph J. Toland

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Beach Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

Just a week ago we reported on the tragic death of moped rider Traci Lynne Fulgham in Virginia Beach.  Sadly, my colleague John Cooper has reported on the death of another motorcyclist in Virginia Beach – Petty Officer 2nd Class Ralph J. Toland III, apparently due to the fault of another driver.

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton motorcycle accident injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles motorcycle, automobile and truck accidents as well as other cases such as slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling motorcycle injury accident claims. Our motto is “Your Injury, Our Fight.” Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.

 

 

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Scooter Rider is Killed on London Bridge Road in Virginia Beach

By Jim Hurley, VA Beach Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

In a new post on the Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers site, my colleague John Cooper writes about a fatal accident in Virginia Beach that claimed the life of a female scooter rider.

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton, VA personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.
Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach client meeting location at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Hampton, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website. Our motto is: “Your Injury, Our Fight.”

 

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New Virginia Moped Law Requires Mopeds To Be Licensed

By John Cooper, Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you ride a moped or even a Segway or a foot scooter, you could be affected by Virginia’s new 24-page moped law.

“The revised statute requires mopeds to be registered with the state and display license plates, extends localities’ authority over low-speed vehicles, and creates a driver’s license designation and road test for three-wheeled motorcycles,” reports the Virginian-Pilot.

As an experienced Virginia Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, I welcome more regulation to make mopeds safer for drivers but know moped riders won’t be happy with one aspect – a $100 registration fee on certain mopeds.

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The Pilot made reference to a “statutory snag” Among new fees in the state’s omnibus transportation bill (HB2313) is a $100 registration surcharge on alternative vehicles such as hybrids, of which there are as many as 91,800 registered in Virginia.

Mopeds with electric motors would be classified as state-registered vehicles under the revised law, hitting riders with a $100 fee.

“So in essence, owners of electric scooters that retail in some places for $800-$900 would pay more than one-tenth the purchase price to the state in annual fees,” reported the Pilot.

Also combustion-engine mopeds that run on fuel would face a $14 state fee.

Moped and scooter riders are some of the most vulnerable users of Virginia’s roads. See our Virginia Beach injury lawyers’ guide on your rights as a motorcyclist.

The Norfolk, VA based personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley with client meeting locations in Virginia Beach and Hampton, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or see CooperHurley.com

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Motorcyclist Joshua Carter is Killed in Accident With Car in Portsmouth, VA

By John Cooper, Portsmouth Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

I was saddened to read about the death of a sailor on a motorcycle in Portsmouth, an all too common scenario I see as a Portsmouth motorcycle accident injury lawyer.

Police said on March 11, 2013 at about 6.25 a.m., they were called to a two vehicle accident in the 400 block of Portcentre Parkway.


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Spokeswoman Jan Clark said a motorcycle and 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, crashed near the intersection of Edwards Street.  As is so often the case, the motorcyclist came off worse.

“Responding officers found the driver of the motorcycle lying in the roadway suffering from trauma to the body.  At 6:33 A.M., Portsmouth Medic Units pronounced the victim dead at the scene,” Clark said.

He was later identified as 24 year-old, Joshua Carter, of Chesapeake.  He is a member of the United States Navy.  My thoughts are with the family of this young man whose life was cut prematurely short.

The driver of the Chevrolet suffered minor injuries that required no medical treatment at the scene of the crash.   He is also a member of the United States Navy.

Clark said investigators with the Portsmouth Police, Strategic Traffic Unit responded and started an investigation.

“Preliminary investigation indicates the motorcycle was traveling north on Portcentre Parkway.  The Chevrolet was traveling southbound, attempting to negotiate a left turn onto Edwards Street.  At the time of the turn, the two vehicles collided,” Clark said.

Police say alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in this crash and it’s not clear who was at-fault.

Sadly, all too often, drivers fail to see motorcyclists at intersections when they are making turns. Even at a low speed, an accident can easily prove deadly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you are 39 times more likely to be killed in an accident if you are riding a motorcycle than if you are driving a car.

See our Portsmouth motorcycle accident lawyers’ questions and answers about accidents involving motorcycles.

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The Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton motorcycle accident injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as other cases such as slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling motorcycle injury accident claims. Our motto is “Your Injury, Our Fight.” Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.

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Virginia Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Report : Virginia Beach Has Second Highest Motorcycle Accident Rate in Commonwealth

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

Virginia Beach has the second highest number of motorcycle crashes in the state of Virginia, according to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) figures.

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Although this figure does not surprise me as a Virginia Beach motorcycle accident attorney because Virginia Beach is the biggest city in the Commonwealth, I’m concerned that the number of accidents rose during the recession, which was not the case in many jurisdictions.

In 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, there were 161 motorcycle accidents in Virginia Beach, compared with 158 in 2010 and 136 in 2009.

Only Fairfax County recorded more motorcycle accidents in 2011 when there were 183 crashes. Six of the motorcycle crashes in Virginia Beach were fatal. Fairfax recorded seven fatalities.

Virginia Beach had its highest number of crashes in an eight-year period in 2008 when there were 199.

Norfolk recorded 114 motorcycle crashes in 2011, representing a sharp increase on previous years when there were 87 in 2010 and 69 in 2009. Four of those accidents were fatal.

When I represent injured motorcyclists in cities such as Virginia Beach and Norfolk, I am always conscious of the high probability of death or serious injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents.

Because they lack any external covering or protection, motorcyclists are a staggering 39 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than other motorists, and they also stand a significantly higher chance of sustaining a serious personal injury.

See our Virginia Beach motorcycle accident injury lawyers’ advice about motorcycle safety.

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton motorcycle accident injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as other cases such as slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling motorcycle injury accident claims. Our motto is “Your Injury, Our Fight.” Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.

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Deputy From Portsmouth VA Dies From Ankle Injury Complications After Motorcycle Crash

By John Cooper, Hampton, VA Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

A Sheriff’s deputy from Portsmouth has died from injuries related to a motorcycle accident on Dec. 7, 2012 in Hampton, after his motorcycle hit a bump in the road in Hampton.

Billy Ray Grimsley, 59, from Portsmouth died after a blood clot reached his lungs, according to Lt. Lee Cherry of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office. The blot clot formed after the deputy broke his ankle when he crashed his motorcycle on a bump in the road when returning from the Poquoson Christmas parade.

As an experienced Portsmouth car accident injury lawyer, my thoughts are with the family of Mr. Grimsley.

Although fractured ankles do not often lead to a loss of life, it’s not uncommon to see complications with fractures.

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable when they are injured given their lack of protection.

The figures are staggering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says there are over 100,000 motorcycle accidents every year. Because motorcyclists lack any external covering or protection, they are 39 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than other motorists on the roads, and they also stand a significantly higher chance of sustaining a serious personal injury.

Despite their best efforts at motorcycle safety – such as the uses of helmets and other protective gear – motorcyclists are still at the mercy of other drivers on the road, many of whom are careless and do not afford motorcycles the same respect they afford to other vehicles.

See our Portsmouth motorcycle injury lawyers’ questions and answers about motorcycle accidents.

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton motorcycle accident injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as other cases such as slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling motorcycle injury accident claims. Our motto is “Your Injury, Our Fight.” Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.

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