Monday, 22 of October of 2018

Driver Who Killed Chesapeake, VA Crossing Guard Charged

A court date is scheduled for November 14, 2011, on a charge of reckless driver for the woman who hit a the crossing guard in front of Western Branch Elementary School.

By Randy Appleton, Virginia Wrongful Death Attorney

The driver of the SUV that hit and killed a school crossing guard in front of Western Branch Elementary School has been charged with reckless driving, which could carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of as much as $2,500. The driver claims she was unable to see the victim because the sun blinded her. The court date is scheduled for November 14, 2011.

Crosswalk accidents raise significant safety concerns. Evidence from a study published in 1972 actually shows that marked crosswalks are more dangerous than unmarked ones; twice as many people suffered serious injuries while walking on a marked crosswalk.

Laws in Virginia that give pedestrians hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk extra protection. If there is a painted crosswalk at an intersection where the speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour, drivers are required to slow down or stop so that pedestrians can cross safely.


About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling wrongful death claims. Check out our case results to see for yourself. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach-Chesapeake-Suffolk Injuryboard, Norfolk-Portsmouth-Hampton Injuryboard and Greenville-Outer Banks-Rocky Mount Injuryboard blog sites as pro bono public information services. If you are thinking about taking legal action against the at-fault person or company that caused the death of your loved one, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free, confidential consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail so we can return your call.

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