Cyclist Receives Life-Threatening Injuries in Chesapeake After Accident with Hit-and-Run Driver
As an attorney who grew up in the Chesapeake area, I know how fast-moving the highways are and how unfriendly they often prove to be for cyclists and pedestrians.
That’s not an excuse for hitting a cyclist. It’s certainly no excuse for driving away from an accident scene when the unfortunate cyclist is lying in the road with serious injuries. I was appalled to read about how a woman suffered life-threatening injuries early this morning on Military Highway South when she was hit while riding her bicycle.
Chesapeake police spokesman Ravi Sheth said the woman was seriously injured at Military Highway South and Oklahoma Drive at about 12.30 a.m. She was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries that were considered life-threatening.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that police believe she was involved in a hit-and-run, based on evidence at the scene, Sheth said. No other details about the accident were immediately available.
Pedestrians and cyclists are the most vulnerable of road users in cities like Chesapeake. In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians and 743 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Every year about 10 cyclists on average lose their lives in Virginia. That’s considerably fewer fatalities than the worst states in the country – Florida and California – but still a cause for concern. Many more cyclists are injured in accidents involving cars.
While new routes for cyclists are being developed in Hampton Roads, it’s a slow process and cities such as Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake have a poor reputation when it comes to cycling safety. In July, a cyclist was injured in an accident with a car at the intersection of S. Independence Boulevard and Baxter Road.
Last year a cyclist lost his life in an accident with a truck at the intersection of Cedar Road and Albemarle Drive in Chesapeake.
Last year, Greg Bell, a cyclist who rides with the group “Fat Frogs Bikes” told a local TV station he thinks it’s difficult to ride safely in Chesapeake.
“It’s one of the worst places to cycle. The community just hasn’t accepted it yet,” Bell said in the interview. “It’s not uncommon to have bottles thrown at you from drivers. People speed up around you, slam on brakes in front of you.”
Aggression toward cyclist is nothing new. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we vigorously defend the rights of bicyclists in Virginia and file claims against the insurance companies of those who harm cyclists and pedestrians. Call us at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation today.