Auto Accident

YOVASO Works to Make Virginia Teens Safe on the Roads

by Keith Adkins | October 29th, 2015

The impact that  car accident injuries and crash fatalities have on individuals and communities can be tremendous. After experiencing overwhelming tragedy caused by motor vehicle accidents, a group of Virginia high school students decided to make a difference.

The Staunton River High School’s chapter of the “Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety” (YOVASO) is helping students turn their collective tragedies into something positive.

According to an article from WDBJ 7 News, the school has become known for its students being involved in tragic accidents. In 2012, three students were killed within a single week as the result of motor vehicle collisions. Now, the sister of one of those students is the president of Staunton’s YOVASO chapter and she, along with others in the group, are determined to protect the lives of fellow students.

The organization—which is comprised of almost 60 students—focuses on educating their peers about the importance of safe driving habits, such as buckling up. They have achieved this goal by producing a seat belt safety video titled, “Save Your Tailgate.” The campaign was recently launched during Homecoming festivities and went on to win a Grand Prize at a state competition.

The campaign message has already proven to make a significant difference. One YOVASO member credits hearing the group’s message about seat belt safety with saving her life during a serious accident.

Our legal staff at the Skolrood Law Firm believes in making the public aware of the dangers they face on the road and how to protect themselves while driving. That’s why our Roanoke car accident lawyers would like to applaud the efforts being made by Staunton River High’s chapter of YOVASO. We hope this group and other groups like it continue to grow and make an impact on highway safety in the future.

 

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Hands-Free Safety Features Still Cause Distracted Driving

by Keith Adkins | October 22nd, 2015

Automobile manufacturers market a plethora of features and devices designed to make driving safer. One of the most promising of those technologies is hands-free, voice-activated integration between cellphones and vehicles. However, the Roanoke car accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm point out one new study shows these devices may not be as safe as previously believed.

AAA tested the hands-free and voice activated systems in 10 different types of vehicles and three different smartphones. What they found is that each puts a driver at risk of being distracted behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, which is known to cause serious accidents in the U.S. on a daily basis.

According to WSLS 10 News, the voice integration system on the Mazda 6 was the most distracting, presenting drivers with risks of distraction similar to the task of updating social media while driving. A majority of other systems distracted drivers in a manner similar to sending voice-activated texts to others. These distractions caused drivers to take their eyes off the road for as long as 27 seconds. During that time, the distracted driver traveled the length of almost three football fields while not paying attention to the road.

To help combat the dangers these systems can pose, the Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm ask motorists to put their phones down while driving. Drivers should also remember to postpone activities other than operating the vehicle until you reach your destination.

We hope these tips help you and your loved ones to avoid a distracted driving accident.

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Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Offer Five Tips for Driving in Flooded Areas

by Keith Adkins | October 1st, 2015

Heavy rains pounded the region surrounding Roanoke, Virginia, over the weekend, resulting in heavy flooding. High water along roadways can cause serious safety hazards and our Roanoke car accident lawyers would like to remind you of a few tips to remember when considering driving in a flooded area.

  • Don’t Drive- If you can avoid getting on the road during severe weather, don’t drive. Seek shelter and stay put until floodwaters have subsided.
  • Know Your Route- Be aware of what the road conditions along your route are like. WDBJ 7 News is providing a live feed of traffic conditions and the latest information regarding the weather.
  • Turn Around- If you must drive, remember to never attempt to pass through standing water. You could lose control of the vehicle or there could be sunken debris in the water that you can’t see. Also, if the water is too deep, you or your vehicle could be swept away in the floodwater.
  • Use Your Lights- Turning on your headlights helps make your vehicle more visible to others on the road.
  • Be Prepared- Before embarking on your journey, be sure to have food, water, and a flashlight readily available in your vehicle.

One of the most important things to remember though is that being cautious cannot prevent all accidents from occurring. So, it’s important to be aware of what to do after a car accident occurs as well.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe as we wait for the water to retreat.

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Police Propose Creation of DUI Task Force to Reduce Roanoke Car Accident Numbers

by Keith Adkins | August 27th, 2015

Drunk drivers continue to be a threat to the safety of themselves and anyone else they encounter on the road. Our Roanoke car accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm explain that’s why several local police departments in our area want to join forces to combat drunk driving in our area.

The Roanoke County and Roanoke City Police Departments have partnered with the Vinton and Salem Police Departments in submitting a request for a grant from the Department of Motor Vehicles to create a specialized Roanoke Valley DUI Task Force.

According to an article from WSLS 10 News, if the four departments receive the grant, it would provide funding for officers to conduct more saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and bar checks.

Officials say the grant proposal will soon be submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles and it will take several weeks for a decision to be reached in whether the grant will be issued. If the project is approved, each municipality would then have to approve the creation of the task force.

The recent creation of a drug task force that has already netted several arrests is potential proof that conducting these types of programs can be successful.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we support efforts to keep drunk drivers off of our roads, but our team also knows not all accidents can be prevented. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on what to do after a car accident.

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Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Provide Details About Virginia’s Newest Traffic Laws

by Keith Adkins | July 31st, 2015

The Importance of Traffic Laws

Protecting the safety of all motorists on Virginia’s highways and roads is a top priority for a majority of the commonwealth’s citizens and legislators. One way we achieve this goal is through the passing and enforcement of strict laws that govern the operation of motor vehicles.

Our Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain several new traffic laws went into effect on July 1. That’s why we’re providing you with the details you need to know about these new rules.

Move Over Laws

Reports from WDBJ 7 News indicate that one of the new regulations creates a “Mover Over” law. This means traffic must move at least one lane away from any stopped emergency vehicle that has its emergency lights activated. If a driver is unable to move over, they must slow down and use caution when passing the emergency vehicle.

Drivers must also slow down to at least 10 mph below the posted speed limit and allow at least two feet of space when passing a garbage collection truck. Motorists are also now allowed to cross double yellow lines on the road when passing a cyclist or pedestrian in order to allow those individuals plenty of room.

Stay Safe

These rules could potentially save a number of lives and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm encourage you to do your part to keep our highways safe by always allowing stopped and slower traffic plenty of space when passing.

 

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Roanoke Car Accident Attorneys Look at the Risks of Work Zone Crashes

by Keith Adkins | June 29th, 2015

Summer has officially arrived and with the warm weather comes the breaking of ground on numerous construction projects around Virginia. Our Roanoke car accident attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm explain that as these projects get under way though, it’s important for motorists to remember the dangers that can lurk in construction zones for both drivers and workers alike.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says there have been 40 work zone accidents since the beginning of the year. One occurred just after midnight on Saturday, June 13, along the southbound lanes of I-664 in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Reports indicate a worker had stopped to assist a stranded motorcyclist when he was struck by another vehicle.

According to WAVY 10 News, a more recent crash occurred the following Monday along I-264.

With so many work zone crashes occurring, it’s important for drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach areas where construction may be taking place. This means slowing down, moving over in areas where work is occurring, and keeping a vigilant eye out for workers and construction vehicles that may be entering or exiting the highway.

At the Skolrood Law Firm, we believe in the importance of keeping our highways safe, so our Roanoke personal injury lawyers would like to urge you to be extra careful when driving through construction zones in Virginia this summer.

Not all accidents can be avoided though. If you or a loved one are injured in an auto accident, feel free to speak with our legal staff about your potential rights to compensation by calling (866) 215-8065.

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Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Discuss the Importance of Proper Installation of Child Safety Seats

by Keith Adkins | June 18th, 2015

Anyone involved in a car accident is vulnerable to suffering an injury, but children are at an especially high risk of being harmed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that in 2011 alone, 650 kids under age 12 were killed as the result of motor vehicle collisions. Another 148,000 were injured.

Numbers like these leave many asking, “Why are children at such a high risk of danger in a crash?” Most experts agree it’s because safety equipment like seat belts and airbags are designed to protect adults, not young children.

Our Roanoke car accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm point out that placing a child in a safety or booster seat is the best way to keep your child safe in a car or truck. However, getting a safety or booster seat installed in the vehicle correctly can be tricky.

One study inspected over 3,500 booster and safety seats and found that up to 72 percent were installed incorrectly. Other recent research supports these findings, with only a handful of inspected vehicles found to have correctly installed child safety seats.

According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety examined 102 makes and models of different vehicles. They determined only three of those vehicles examined were rated as “good” when it came to the ease of installation of a child safety or booster seat.

So what can you do to ensure you child’s seat is installed securely? Our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm suggest taking your vehicle and the seat to your local police or fire department to have it installed and inspected. Doing so could save your child’s life in the event of an accident.

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Roanoke Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Recent Vehicle Recalls

by Keith Adkins | May 28th, 2015

There are countless contributing factors that can play a part in the cause of an automobile accident, but one of the most preventable is the vehicle being equipped with faulty parts. That’s why our Roanoke car accident attorneys would like to let you know about several recent recalls of cars and trucks that were prompted by the discovery of faulty equipment.

GM Ignition Switch Recall

Last February, General Motors (GM) announced it would be recalling a number of different makes and models of their vehicles due to a problem with the ignition switch that would allow the vehicle to shut off while it was in motion. This, in turn, caused motorists to lose control of the vehicle and, in many cases, crash.

There are now approximately 650 pending lawsuits against GM that were filed by accident victims, claiming the company failed to take corrective action when they were informed of the problem with the ignition switches and are therefore responsible for damages.

Takata Airbag Recall

Just last week, Japan-based company Takata Corp. announced the recall of 34 million vehicles. The announcement was made after it was discovered the airbags had a defect in the propellant that allowed parts and debris from the unit to be hurled towards occupants of the vehicle when the airbag activated during a crash. According to CBS News, the recall is the largest of its kind in our nation’s history.

Ford Power Steering Recall

Yesterday, the Ford Motor Co. announced it was recalling 423,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs because of an electrical malfunction that can cause the power steering in a vehicle to shut off. The company also recalled another 19,500 vehicles due to a problem controlling overheating that could result in an increased risk of a vehicle fire.

Know Your Risk

With more than 1 in 4 vehicles being recalled, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers encourage vehicle owners to find out if your vehicle has been recalled. To get more information about your vehicle, go to safercar.gov, enter your vehicle’s VIN, and you will receive more news about if your car has been affected by the slew of recent recalls.

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Common Causes of Brain Injuries in the Spring

by Keith Adkins | March 19th, 2015

Spring is approaching and it’s important to remember this time of year presents an especially high risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries. So, The Roanoke brain injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm are going to take a look at some of the most common causes of brain injuries during the spring season.

Automobile Accidents

As many students and families traveling for the spring break holiday and motorcycles make their way back onto the road, it’s expected that the number of brain injury hospitalizations will increase over the next several weeks. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports automobile accidents contribute to more than 17 percent of brain injury cases. One of the best ways to prevent brain injuries while driving is to always wear a seatbelt when in a vehicle or a helmet if riding a motorcycle.

Sports-Related Brain Injury

Athletes are heading back to the field as baseball, softball, cheerleading, and soccer seasons begin. Each of these sports is also notorious for having high brain injury rates amongst players. Athletes should use protective gear during play to prevent injuries—but safety equipment cannot prevent all accidents and injuries. So, if you suspect you or a teammate has suffered a brain injury, seek medical treatment immediately.

We’re Here To Help

Help is available if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are standing by to help walk you through the legal processes and questions that may arise as you seek the compensation you deserve. Give us a call anytime at (866) 215-8065 to discuss your case with a member of our legal staff.

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Car Accident Safety Testing Standards Changed to Better Protect American Drivers

by Keith Adkins | January 29th, 2015

Automotive safety equipment is vigorously tested to ensure proper function before being released on the market. But are safety testing standards eeping motorists from being injured or killed? Mark Skolrood, a Roanoke car accident lawyer with Skolrood Law Firm, points out that a University of Virginia researcher recently delved into this question and found the answer could quite possibly be yes.

All American vehicles must undergo crash tests using crash test dummies—or models of humans used to measure the effects crashes will have on drivers and passengers.

When crash test dummies were introduced, the average adult American male weighed around 170 pounds and that figure was used to create the models in vehicles being tested. Today though, an adult American male can often weigh as much as 300 pounds, which could affect the reliability of crash test results.

WDBJ 7 News reports that heavier crash test dummies tended to slide down in their seat during a crash, forcing seatbelts to ride up on the body and become less effective. In fact, seat belts that ride too high can cause serious car accident injuries. These findings have prompted crash test dummy manufacturers to create heavier models to be used in the future.

The attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful these adjustments to vehicle safety testing standards will help to better protect American motorists from serious harm in accidents.

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