January 9th, 2014
January 9, 2013
Distracted driving is becoming one of the greatest contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents on the roadways of the United States. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that, in 2012 alone, a total of 3,328 people died and another 421,000 individuals were injured in distracted driving crashes.
The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explains a new study aims to raise awareness about just how dangerous distracted driving is among teenagers. Reports indicate the group of researchers culminated data from equipment installed in the vehicles of 42 newly licensed 16- and 17-year-old drivers and 109 adult motorists.
According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the team concluded the chances of being involved in an accident increased seven times when motorists attempted to reach for or dial cellphones. The odds of a crash also increased by as much as four times when motorists attempted to respond to text messages. However, no increase was noted when motorists talked on cellphones.
The Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the risks of driving while distracted and hope the new study’s findings will prompt motorists to put their phones down while driving.
December 19th, 2013
December 19, 2013
Studies have shown two factors that can significantly increase the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle collision are alcohol consumption and inexperience. The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain the city is addressing these issues in a public forum aimed at raising awareness about the risks teenagers face behind the wheel.
An article published in The Roanoke Times say the actions were prompted by a crash involving four teenagers. Reports indicate the incident took place on the night of Nov. 11, when a teenage motorist who had been drinking lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a home. The impact of the collision claimed two of the passengers’ lives and the driver is now facing criminal charges.
On Monday, the Prevention Council of Roanoke County discussed the risky behaviors teenagers sometimes choose to engage in behind the wheel. This conversation is vital, considering teens in Roanoke County are involved in alcohol-related accidents at a rate that is as much as two-thirds higher than the state’s average.
The state is also working to reduce alcohol-related accidents in the region through several public awareness campaigns.
Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the actions being taken by state and county officials to better protect teenage drivers from dangerous behaviors on the road and are hopeful that the efforts are a success!
November 7th, 2013
November 7, 2013
Drowsy driving is one of the greatest dangers on the road today. Studies conducted by the National Sleep Foundation show that as many as 60 percent of adult drivers admit to getting behind the wheel while drowsy. Four percent of those individuals, or 11 million drivers, say they have been involved in an accident after dozing off while driving.
The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain that fatigue played a role in a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred last month in Loudoun County, Virginia. Reports indicate the incident happened on Friday, Oct. 4, near Briar Patch Lane along Route 50.
According to a story published by Leesburg Today, the 74-year-old female driver of a 2004 Porsche SUV was traveling west along the highway when she allegedly drifted to sleep, allowing her vehicle to cross the median. There, the SUV then struck a van carrying six women.
The impact of the collision claimed the life of one of the van’s passengers and left several others with serious injuries.
Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the devastating results drowsy driving accidents can have. That is why the firm asks each motorist to never get behind the wheel without getting enough rest.
September 5th, 2013
September 5, 2013
The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain that each year, millions of motor vehicle collisions result in injuries or deaths. Studies have shown that one of the leading causes of these accidents is driver error.
To help prevent such crashes from occurring, many companies are working to develop technology that aids motorists in operating their vehicles. Google is taking that concept one step further by building a vehicle that drives itself.
According to WSLS 10 News, Google’s driverless car is currently undergoing testing at Virginia Tech’s Smart Road, a closed stretch of highway where variables can be easily controlled and manipulated by researchers. A team from the school is investigating feedback from users to determine what changes can be made to improve usability.
The vehicle has also undergone several real-world tests in the Washington, D.C. area and was demonstrated to state representative, Bob Goodlatte, earlier this year.
The team says that while driverless vehicles are still in the research phase, experts are hopeful for a public release sooner than later.
Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers is aware of how many accidents could be avoided by automated vehicles. But until these vehicles hit the road, the firm asks motorists to be extra vigilant of their surroundings while driving to avoid accidents and collisions.
August 22nd, 2013
August 22, 2013
As the number of vehicles on the road continues to grow around Roanoke, there’s been an increase in the number of motor vehicle collisions recorded. The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm say that many of these accidents could have been avoided with an improved highway infrastructure.
A story published by The Roanoke Times recently discussed the infrastructure problems plaguing U.S. Highway 220. In recent years, the state has made numerous improvements to the road including new message boards, more turning lanes, and fewer highway crossings. However, the area continues to see a large number of accidents.
Experts say a large number of these accidents can be blamed on a defective highway design that was not meant to carry the large volume of vehicles on the road.
Officials are working to solve these problems by planning a major interstate system to stretch from the border running between North Carolina and Virginia and the city of Roanoke. The project has been put on hold though for more than twenty years due to numerous constraints. In the meantime, officials are continuing to look at ways to improve the current highway to handle more traffic.
Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers hopes a solution to the problem can be identified before more lives are lost to accidents caused by faulty highway designs.
July 11th, 2013
July 11, 2013
In an effort to reduce the number of Virginia Motor Vehicle Accidents, state lawmakers approved several highway safety laws that took effect on July 1.
One of the major changes applies to the state’s texting and driving ban. The old law made texting and driving a secondary offense, meaning a motorist had to commit another infraction before they could be stopped and cited for distracted driving. Now, law enforcement will be able to ticket any driver they catch engaging in the behavior.
An article from The Roanoke Times went on to explain how changes were also made to laws governing the passengers young and inexperienced drivers can have in their vehicles. The law now states provisional license holders who are younger than 18 years old can only have up to three passengers younger than 21 years of age in the car with them only if they are traveling to a school-sponsored event or if a passenger over the age of 21 years old is riding in the front seat.
Another major change will affect moped riders who will now be required to title and register their mopeds. They will also be required to carry some form of identification when riding.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the changes and hope they are effective in keeping motorists safer on Virginia’s highways.
May 16th, 2013
May 15, 2013
Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made several recommendations they believe each state should enact to tighten regulations regarding driving under the influence. Some local officials believe the measures could be effective in reducing the number of Roanoke Car Accidents from drunk driving.
According to WDBJ 7 News, among the NTSB’s proposed changes was lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. While some argue that a person could register as legally drunk under the new regulations after consuming just one alcoholic beverage, Sgt. Chris Bolling with the Roanoke City Police explained that the small change in percentage could be the difference in leading to a car accident.
Many agree after considering results recorded in Europe after countries dropped the limit to .05. Over the period of a decade, those countries saw the number of drunken driving fatalities slashed by more than half.
Another suggestion made by the NTSB was to require ignition interlocks on the vehicles of every individual caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, and also reinforcing DWI courts.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts that are being made to keep drunk drivers off the roads. Furthermore, the firm urges motorists to never get behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol.
May 13th, 2013
May 9, 2013
Motorists who repeatedly get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated are a major problem in the United States. In fact, the non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, points out that roughly one-third of all convicted drunk drivers will eventually face a second offense.
In Roanoke County, a woman convicted of a fatal Virginia Drunk Driving Accident in 2002 was arrested for a second DUI offense. On May 18, 2002, the woman, who was underage at the time, failed to negotiate a curve in the road. She lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree. The impact killed her 15-year-old passenger.
According to WSLS News, the drunk driver served a short sentence in prison before being released. Now, roughly eleven years after her first drunk driving offense, she was arrested after being found under the influence behind the wheel again. She will face a 20-day jail sentence if convicted.
Such minor punishments leave little room to wonder why there are so many repeat drunk driving offenders. This also leaves many curious as to what action the government is taking to resolve the problem. Lawmakers are considering regulations requiring all drunken driving offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they drive.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize the dangers of drunk driving and ask motorists to never get behind the wheel after drinking.
April 25th, 2013
April 25, 2013
The Virginia state legislature recently adopted stricter policies to combat distracted driving. But many feel that loopholes in the law will keep the new regulations from making an impact on the problem of Virginia Car Accidents caused by the behavior.
Currently, law states that texting and driving is a primary offense punishable by fines ranging from $125 to $250. Experts say, though, that distracted driving is caused by more than just texting. They point out that motorists are still allowed to make phone calls and use GPS devices to navigate. This means if a driver is caught using a phone, they could state they were making a call or entering an address to avoid punishment.
The loopholes leave many wondering what can be done to make the laws more enforceable. An article from The Washington Post explained how Maryland recently re-wrote its laws to allow law enforcement to stop any driver caught with a phone in their hand. More locally, though, Fairfax County officials have been utilizing an older law requiring motorists to “pay full time and attention” to their driving.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm know the dangers of distracted driving. That’s why the firm asks that motorists each do their part to keep Virginia’s roadways safe by putting their phones down when driving regardless of the law.
April 18th, 2013
April 18, 2013
A trial that was scheduled to being earlier this week, to decide who was at fault as the result of a fatal Virginia Auto Accident involving a fire truck, has been postponed. The trial will now take place in late September in Franklin County Circuit Court.
An article published by The Roanoke Times stated the crash happened on July 26, 2010, at the corner of Virginia 40 and School Board Road in the town of Rocky Mount. Reports indicate the two victims were volunteer firemen reporting to the call of a house fire at Union Hall in a fire truck. As the truck traveled down 40 and approached the intersection of School Board Road with the vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens activated, a 2007 Ford Escape SUV being driven by a local woman pulled out in front of the fire truck. The two vehicles collided, causing the fire truck to roll. The force of the roll threw both victims from the truck, which killed them both.
Since the accident occurred, several suits and countersuits had been filed between the parties. The trial scheduled for this week was delayed in an effort to consolidate these cases to determine both liability and damages in the same hearing.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm acknowledge how difficult the loss of a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be. The firm hopes a decision in the case will bring closure to the families of the victims.