We have written in the past and made videos about the dangers of Shore Drive – both in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. I was saddened to read about how another pedestrian has been injured on this notorious stretch of road.
WAVY.com reported on how a car hit a man while he crossed Shore Drive on Christmas Eve, and the victim was reported to be hospitalized with injuries that are life threatening.
Virginia Beach police responded to an emergency call just before 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 following reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle in the 3200 block of Shore Drive. Officers said the man was not on a designated cross-walk.
Eastbound Shore Drive at the 3200 block was re-routed onto Vista Circle as Shore Drive was closed by about three hours on Christmas Eve.
Earlier this month a pedestrian was seriously injured on Shore Drive in Norfolk. The 31-year-old man was struck by a Dodge Challenger as he attempted to get an item that fell from his vehicle. No charges had been issued by Norfolk police but the case was reported to be still under investigation. Every year dozens of pedestrians are hit by vehicles in Hampton Roads. Recently, a 12-year-old girl was mown down and injured by a car while she was walking to a bus stop in Virginia Beach.
Shore Drive has a long, unfortunate history with both fatal crashes and non-fatal crashes taking place on this stretch of road. If you are driving on Shore Drive or crossing the road, you should be very aware of other drivers. You should cross at marked crosswalks and, if there are no crosswalks, it’s important to make sure no vehicles are coming before you step into the road. Do not assume you can necessarily get across the road before a vehicle. Speeds can be deceptive on Shore Drive and trees impair visibility on stretches of the road.
If you have been injured crossing the road in Hampton Roads, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the insurance policy of the at-fault driver. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation, or see CooperHurley.com.