Cooper Hurley Client from Hampton ‘Was Saved by Motorcycle Helmet’

By Jim Hurley, Hampton Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

I have written in the past a lot about how wearing a motorcycle helmet may be the difference between life and death. That’s not just a fanciful notion. There are a lot of studies out there that make it clear how your chances of surviving a biking accident are better if you are wearing a helmet.

A helmet is no guarantee that you will escape serious head injuries if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. But wearing a helmet is the law in Virginia and it will improve your odds.

Recently Cooper Hurley client Shari Ross, who was seriously injured in Hampton, Virginia, in a bike crash, revealed how she believes her helmet saved her life. You can see her video here.

We were pleased to be able to help Shari. As well as wearing a helmet, there is a lot of other protective – and indeed reflective gear – that you should wear if you are riding a motorcycle.

In Virginia, a motorcyclist must by law wear a helmet and a face shield, goggles or safety glasses. His or her motorcycle should be equipped with safety glass or a windshield.

Wearing a helmet is the most important part of the equation. I can point to many studies that show the incidence of brain injury rose in states which repealed its compulsory helmet laws. Large increases in the number of head injury deaths and hospitalizations were reported in Pennsylvania in the two years following the repeal of the state’s motorcycle helmet law in 2003, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health.

You should also make sure your helmets comply with regulations as there are some on the market that fail to offer adequate protection. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by another party, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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Pennsylvania Police Officer James “Jimmy” Morrison is Killed in Motorcycle Wreck in Culpepper, VA.

By John Cooper, Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

With depressing regularity, I read about accidents in which motorcyclists are killed in Virginia by drivers who pull out in front of them or make careless turns.

Just days ago, a University of Pennsylvania police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash in Culpepper, Virginia, when this scenario occurred.

NBC10 Philadelphia reported on how James “Jimmy” Morrison was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle along Madison Road in  Culpeper, Va. last Thursday afternoon when a Ford pickup truck pulled into the road in front of him.


The 47-year-old police officer tried to react in time. He swerved to avoid the pickup truck and “lost control of the motorcycle, rolling several times before being thrown from the bike,” police said.

The police officer was rushed to Culpeper Regional Hospital and later died. My thoughts are with his family.

Mr. Morrison was riding with seven other members of the Blue Knights of Pennsylvania, an organization of law enforcement motorcycle enthusiasts, when the fatal crash took place.

“Officer Jimmy Morrison was a model father, husband, Patriot, University of Pennsylvania Police Officer. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends,” Penn Vice President of Public Safety Maureen Rush, told NBC10.

The driver of the pickup was 84. According to reports no charges have been filed.

In many cases in which motorcyclists are killed by drivers pulling out in front of them, their families have legitimate grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the insurance policy of the car or truck driver.

 

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers 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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Hundreds of Zero Electric Motorcycles Are Recalled Due to Braking Defect

By John Cooper, Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

As a Virginia defective products injury lawyer, I see far too many recalls being issued over malfunctioning auto parts which can be harmful to life or limb.

When parts such as brakes are affected, the consequences can be truly terrifying.

I was alarmed to read about how the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recalled a large number of Zero motorcycles due to defective brakes.

A Zero electric motorcycle

The NHTSA recalls affects some 268 electric motorcycles manufactured by Zero. The NHTSA says certain 2011 and 2012 Zero S and DS motorcycles may have a defective front caliper mounting bolt.

This bolt is susceptible to corrosion and may crack or fracture under certain circumstances,

“This could in turn, lead to the caliper coming loose and possibly stop the wheel from turning, increasing the chance of a severe crash, with very bad consequences on rider’s health and potentially causing high property damage,” reported autoevolution.

The front brake calipers will be replaced free of charge. Owners may get in contact with Zero calling 1-888-841-8085 or paying a visit to their dealers and ask for directions.

Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous enough without defects causing additional risks. If you have been injured on a motorcycle contact an experienced Virginia Beach motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation.

 

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake 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.” 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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Injured Motorcyclist Turned to Cooper Hurley Law Firm

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

When Dwayne Privott suffered a horrific shattered wrist in an accident with a car in Chesapeake, the other driver’s insurance company pressured him to settle. Instead he contacted my colleague Jim Hurley and was pleased with the service the firm offered as well as his settlement.

See the Chesapeake motorcyclist’s testimonial on the Chesapeake, VA Car and Truck Accident Attorneys site.

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake 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.” 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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Motorcyclist is Injured by Hit-And-Run Driver in Virginia Beach

By John Cooper, VA Beach Motorcycle Accident Injury lawyer

Police say the driver of a car hit a motorcyclist and just kept on going in Virginia Beach, leaving the rider injured in the road.

The hit-and-run accident happened around 9:25 p.m. on June 11 at the intersection of  Baker Road  and Aylesbury Drive., reported WVEC.com

I was relieved to read the motorcyclist is expected to recover in a local hospital. A number of motorcyclists have been killed in accidents in Virginia over the last week.

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When a driver leaves the scene of an accident he or she normally has something to hide. Often they are driving recklessly or speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Often an injured motorcyclist can recover damages for his or her injuries from a VA Beach accident lawyer.

Police are looking for black car that has front end damage. There was no information about the kind of vehicle involved in the incident. Anyone with information should call the Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake 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.” 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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Police Say Three Motorcyclists Were Killed in Virginia Over July 4 Holiday

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

Of seven motorists who were killed in the Commonwealth of Virginia over the Independence Day holiday, three were motorcyclists, my colleague John Cooper reports.

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake 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.” 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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Motorcyclist William Edward Crooker, III is Killed In Collision with a Pick-up in Foxhill, Hampton

By John Cooper, Hampton, VA Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer

When motorcycles are involved in crashes with larger vehicles such as pick-up trucks, the motorcyclist often comes off worse.

This was the case in Hampton over the weekend when a motorcyclist and a pick-up truck were involved in a crash at Wind Mill Point Rd. and Johnson in the Fox Hill area of Hampton, VA.

A motorcyclist died on this street in the Fox Hill area of Hampton

Tragically this crash claimed the life of William Edward Crooker, III, 48, who was from Hampton. My thoughts are with his family.

Police have not yet said who was to blame. What we do know is that larger vehicles often fail to notice motorcycles until it’s too late, particularly when they are making turns. And because they lack protection, injuries to motorcyclists are more serious.

WVEC.com reported emergency officers found Mr. Crooker with life threatening injuries at the scene of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The TV station reported no charges had been filed in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

Irrespective of charges, the family of a deceased motorcyclist can file a wrongful death case after a crash if another driver is at fault. If you have any questions contact our experienced Hampton motorcyclist injury lawyers.

See these questions and answers about motorcycle accidents.

The Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake 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.” 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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Moped Rider Sustains Head Injuries in Crash on Tall Oak Drive in Virginia Beach, VA

By John Cooper, VA Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

As a Virginia Beach motorcycle accident injury lawyer, I see many riders who are seriously injured on mopeds and scooters.

I was saddened to read about how the rider of a moped, sustained head injuries after he was thrown from his bike when it hit a pole on Tall Oak Drive last Friday.

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Police found the rider lying in the street, according to Grazia Moyers, of the Virginia Beach Police Department.

“The driver was operating a 2013 Tao-Tao moped, going northbound and was approaching a sharp curve in the road before the crash. As he entered the curve, the moped left the roadway, struck a curb and then a concrete light pole,” reported Wavy.com.

The rider was wearing an approved helmet. But it didn’t prevent him from sustaining head injuries and he was reported to be in a critical condition in a local hospital. Police said he was inexperienced in riding mopeds.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. I hope the rider recovers from his injuries. Head injuries are among the most serious injuries we deal with as Virginia Beach accident lawyers. See our Virginia head and brain injury lawyers website for more details on these injuries that often require long and intensive medical care and may persist for the rest of your life.

Read our safety tips for motorcycle and moped riders in Virginia (VA).

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. 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, 50 is Injured On White Marsh Lane in Suffolk, VA

By Jim Hurley, Suffolk Motorcycle Accident lawyer

In a new blog on the Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers site, my colleague John Cooper writes about how a scooter rider was injured when he ended up in a ditch on White Marsh Lane in Suffolk.

The Suffolk, VA personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have offices in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Hampton and Virginia Beach. They have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims.  The firm’s 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 Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, 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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I’m a Motorcyclist Who Has Been Rear-ended By A Car in Virginia Beach : What Do I Do?

By John Cooper, VA Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Q:  What am I to do if I’m a motorcyclist who was rear-ended by a car?  The car hit me from behind as I was waiting for the stoplight at the intersection of Independence Blvd. and Virginia Beach Blvd.  I did sustain serious injuries and I’ve been recovering in Virginia Beach General Hospital.

A:  According to the Virginia Model Jury Instructions, which are the laws a Virginia Beach judge would give the jury, “If the [motorcyclist’s] vehicle was lawfully stopped in its lane of travel and was struck from the rear, you may find that [the defendant] was negligent unless the jury believes from other evidence that [the defendant] was not negligent.”  In most rear-end crash situations, the driver of the motor vehicle which was stopped and struck from behind, is not at fault.

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

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