Virginia Beach Wrongful Death Lawyer Report – Firefighter is Killed on the Eastern Shore when Driver Crashes Fire Truck

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Truck Accident Injury Lawyer

A firefighter has been killed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia after the driver of the fire truck lost control of the vehicle on a curve, flipped the truck and hit trees.

Virginia State Police say just after 11:30 a.m. on July 16, 2012 Accomack 911 call center reported that a Bloxom Volunteer Fire Department vehicle had been involved in a traffic accident with serious life threatening injuries.

See this dramatic video of a fire truck crash.

The fire truck left the road in the 27000 block of Nelsonia Road, between the Town of Bloxom and Route 13 in Accomack County.

“Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the driver of the fire truck, James Richard Lambirth, lost control of the vehicle while in a curve, ran off the road, striking several trees, overturning and ejecting the passenger, David Raymond Chew, Jr.,” said Sgt. Michelle Anaya of Virginia State Police in a press release.
Mr. Chew was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the accident and died on impact. The driver was taken to the Peninsula Regional Center Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Anaya said.

As a Virginia Eastern Shore wrongful death attorney my thoughts are with the family of the dead man. Because the driver lost control of the fire truck, the family of Mr. Chew may be able to bring a wrongful death case.

Anaya said charges are pending with the review of the case file by the Commonwealth Attorney.

This death is the second in a week on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Just days earlier, a boater died in the Chesapeake Bay off Tangier Island when his boat hit a beacon. Like Mr. Chew the victim was a passenger who may have died as a result of a mistake by someone else at the wheel.

The Virginia Beach and Norfolk, 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.
John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.
John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. 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. We 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) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Norfolk or Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website.

About Cooper Hurley Law

Experienced personal injury attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley are the partners of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. They are joined by attorneys Griff O'Hanlon and Bill O'Mara. The firm has a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Cooper Hurley works with clients who have been injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, those who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, and people hurt at businesses and by dangerous products.
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