Virginia Beach, VA (April 18, 2022) – Officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department reported that a bicyclist suffered serious injuries after being hit by a suspected drunk driver on Sunday evening, April 17.
The incident happened on Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach around 8:30 p.m., police added. VBPD officers were dispatched to the intersection of Lynnhaven and Holland Road. Upon arrival, they discovered the bicyclist, since identified as Richard Canady, with serious injuries.
The driver of a 2005 Mazda RX-8, Kristofer Bobbitt, struck Canady as he was crossing the intersection. Canady was rushed to Virginia Beach General by ambulance and was listed in critical condition as of Monday.
Bobbitt remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, but officers charged him with DUI, DUI maiming, and several other traffic offenses. The investigation remains ongoing at this time, and police asked any witnesses to come forward with information.
We would like to extend our thoughts to the injured victim and his family. We hope for his full recovery.
Bicycle Accidents in Virginia
Hundreds of people are killed in traffic-related incidents throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia yearly. Although these accidents are often preventable, the victims and their families affected by these incidents continue to suffer overwhelming consequences in the aftermath.
When it comes to accidents involving bicyclists, the numbers are even grimmer. According to the most recent report issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, nearly 700 motor vehicle wrecks involving bicyclists took place in the last year alone, resulting in more than 600 injuries and 13 fatalities. Nationwide, more than 1,000 bicyclists die annually, while almost 500,000 more victims suffer injuries.
It’s clear that bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable parties on our roads. Oftentimes, these victims are rushed to area hospitals after their accidents, where they may have to undergo emergency surgery or painful medical treatment that requires weeks in recovery. Moreover, these victims usually undergo months of time-consuming, costly physical therapy, not to mention years of treatment for severe emotional trauma.
Unfortunately, not every accident victim recovers. And when victims succumb to injuries sustained in an accident that’s occurred through no fault of their own, their mourning family members are left to pick up the pieces.
Thankfully, those affected by these incidents may have legal options to move forward. If you’ve suffered injuries in a bicycle accident or lost a loved one, you should reach out to an auto accident attorney in Virginia as soon as possible. You and your family may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens you face moving forward.
Virginia Beach Personal Injury Attorney
When it comes to fighting for victims and their families, Virginia personal injury attorney Ron Kramer has extensive experience and knows what it takes to build a successful accident claim. Here at Virginia Beach Injury Law, we aid grieving families with the utmost compassion, helping them get the justice they deserve after suffering debilitating injuries or losing a loved one in a preventable collision. We provide proven, effective legal guidance to ensure our clients are able to safeguard their legal rights.
Our team stops at nothing to put you and yours in the best position possible to move forward. If you’ve been affected by an accident in the Virginia Beach area, contact our Virginia Beach personal injury law firm at (757) 802-4662 at your earliest convenience. Schedule a free case evaluation today to explore legal options available for you and your family.
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