By John Cooper, VA Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
As an experienced injury lawyer in Hampton Roads, I see many accidents involving pedestrians. Cities such as Virginia Beach, Hampton and Chesapeake are not a friendly environment for walkers.
I’m saddened to report on the death of another pedestrian, 66-year-old Tanner Glenn Douglas, who died on the morning of December 29, 2012 when he was struck by a car near the intersection of Aragona Boulevard and Virginia Beach Boulevard.
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WAVY.com reported he was crossing the street in the 4800 block of Virginia Beach Blvd. around 6:40 a.m. Mr. Douglas stepped off the median into a travel lane when he was hit by a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck on Virginia Beach Blvd.
He died about 45 minutes later after the accident, according to emergency workers. My thoughts are with Mr. Douglas’s family.
Police say that it was dark and raining at the time of the accident while Mr. Douglas was wearing dark clothing, WAVY reported. The driver had not been charged at the time of the report and police said speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
In some case a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought after the death of a pedestrian. Factors such as the speed of the driver and whether the pedestrian was on a crosswalk are relevant.
According to the National Safety Council, about 5,900 pedestrians are killed by automobiles every year, and almost 84,000 pedestrians receive non-fatal injuries.
Often drivers fail to notice pedestrians and runners as well as walkers.
Hit and runs are also common in the case of pedestrian accidents. Recently I reported on how a hit and run driver struck and injured a pedestrian on a sidewalk in Newport News, VA.
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.
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 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.”