Auto Accident

What You Can Do to Stay Safe This Halloween

by Keith Adkins | October 30th, 2014

Halloween Dangers

Halloween is tomorrow night and while the holiday can be fun for the whole family, it’s important to remember there are many dangers to be aware of. From Roanoke car accidents to slip and fall injuries, the chances of being injured on Halloween are significantly higher than most other nights of the year.

Risks by the Numbers

Data indicates Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for children. There are an average of 5.5 fatalities involving a person younger than age 18 on this particular day of the year, as compared to the 2.6 deaths that are reported for other days.

Many believe the number is higher because of the increased number of drunk drivers that are on the road during the holiday.

What You Can Do To Stay Safe

An article from WDBJ 7 News explains there are several locations to take your child trick-or-treating that are considered safer than others. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, parents are welcome to bring their children to the Oak lane area, where registered sororities and fraternities from Virginia Tech will be handing out candy.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is also distributing Halloween safety tips to elementary school children this week.

Have A Happy Halloween

At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the numerous hazards associated with Halloween. That’s why our team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers is hopeful this information helps you and your loved ones to have a safe and fun holiday!

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Roanoke Police Hosting Event to Increase Traffic Safety Awareness

by Keith Adkins | October 9th, 2014

Crimes and accidents along the Roanoke’s roads are a very serious concern to many citizens of the area. Reports indicate there were a total of 1,128 motor vehicle collisions last year alone. These crashes resulted in 450 injuries, as well as 10 Roanoke car accident fatalities.

These startling statistics have left many residents looking for ways to raise road safety awareness. The Roanoke Police Department (RPD) is addressing these concerns with an event this coming weekend.

WDBJ 7 News reports the RPD will be holding a Crime Prevention and Traffic Safety Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Melrose Park. The family friendly event will offer free food, face painting, and games for the kids to play. Child ID kits and child fingerprinting will also be available to attendees.

The event will also be educational and will host several K-9 demonstrations in addition to providing free police car, fire truck, and mobile command unit tours.

The team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognizes the importance of highway safety. That’s why we encourage you to get out with the whole family this weekend and attend this entertaining and educational event!

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Virginia State Police Adopt New Technique to Prevent Distracted Driving

by Keith Adkins | October 2nd, 2014

As the use of handheld electronic technology grows, so does the number of motor vehicle accidents associated with distracted driving. In 2011, cellphone use was involved in as many as 23 percent of all car crashes in the United States—and that number is believed to have grown in recent years.

So what is being done to prevent Roanoke car accidents at the hands of distracted drivers? Law enforcement in the state is cracking down on the behavior by utilizing at least one unique technique.

An article from WDBJ 7 News explains the Virginia State Police are using unmarked, typical looking vehicles to watch for drivers who are texting while driving along the highways of southwest Virginia. Officials say officers will drive along the roads snapping pictures of distracted drivers before pulling them over and issuing them $125 citations. The program seems to be working too. In a single eight hour shift, officers were able to issue 26 distracted driving tickets—an infraction that can often be difficult to enforce.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we recognize the dangers associated with distracted driving. That’s why our team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers would like to applaud our state’s law enforcement for discouraging distracted driving.

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How Virginia Is Working to Reduce Drunk Driving Accidents

by Keith Adkins | September 4th, 2014

Drunk driving is a major problem in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that last year alone, alcohol was a contributing factor in more than one-third of all fatal collisions and was responsible for roughly 8 percent of accidents resulting in Virginia car accident injuries. In fact, the Roanoke area is listed as one of the top five regions in the commonwealth for convictions of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

The Roanoke Regional office of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hopes to reduce alcohol-related crashes with several new efforts. WSLS 4 News reports the agency will be offering extra training sessions to avoid over-serving at businesses that sell alcohol. They also plan to distribute flyers and pamphlets to businesses with tips on how to handle intoxicated patrons.

In addition, local law enforcement will be increasing their efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road.

Despite these initiatives, most experts agree that preventing drunk driving starts with a change in attitudes among motorists. This means not getting behind the wheel after drinking and encouraging others to do the same.

The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm point out you can do your part to reduce drunk driving accidents by:

  • Avoiding It- Use a designated driver, cab, ride sharing service, or loved one to get you home safe if you’ve consumed any amount of alcohol.
  • Reporting It- If you suspect a drunk driver on the road, inform the local authorities or highway patrol of the situation. Never try to follow a drunk driver though, as it can put you in danger as well.
  • Creating Accountability- If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, an attorney can help you hold him or her accountable.
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Check Ruritans Club Holding 4th Annual Car, Truck, Tractor, and Motorcycle Show This Weekend

by Keith Adkins | June 19th, 2014

Classic and custom vehicles can be enjoyed by the eyes and ears of all. That’s why the Roanoke personal injury attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to tell you about the Check Ruritan Club’s 4th Annual Car, Truck, Tractor, and Motorcycle Show that is taking place this weekend.

The event will be held this coming Saturday, June 21st, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. at Check Elementary School’s sports fields. The event will feature a dozens of classic and converted vehicles on display, along with an awards ceremony being held for the top contenders. An article from The Roanoke Times explains the top 25 vehicles in each category—along with a runner-up—will each be given honors at the event.

A number of vendors selling food and other items will be on hand throughout the day as well.

The cost to attend the event is $5 for adults and teens, while children under the age of 12-years-old are allowed to attend at no charge. If it’s raining this Saturday, the event will be moved one week into the future.

While attending car and truck shows can be a great time for the whole family, the large crowds and increased traffic volumes can also raise the chances of being involved in a Roanoke car accident. That’s why the firm urges those planning to attend the show to use extra caution when traveling to and from the show.

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Roanoke Students Work to Prevent Distracted Driving With PSAs

by Keith Adkins | May 29th, 2014

Over the past several years, texting and driving has led to countless motor vehicle collisions across the United States. The problem is especially prevalent amongst teenagers, with statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation showing that as many as 10 percent of drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes are distracted at the time of the crash.

To help prevent another Roanoke Car Accident caused by distracted driving, some local teens are working to create public service announcements that address the issue. The videos are part of a contest being held by a local business.

An article from WSLS 10 News goes on to explain ORIGO—a company focused on creating technology to prevent distracted driving—is sponsoring the contest. Submissions will be viewed by a panel of judges who will award prizes to the creators of the top three videos.

So far, students from three separate local high schools have made 80 submissions. Experts hope the project will raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our team of Roanoke personal injury attorneys has seen the devastating effects of distracted driving first hand. That’s why we would like to applaud those participating in the PSA contest for taking action to prevent these accidents. We would also like to ask motorists to do their part by putting their phones down while driving.

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VDOT Lifts Lane Closures for Memorial Day Weekend

by mhoffman | May 22nd, 2014

Traveling on a holiday weekend can be stressful even under perfect weather conditions. From traffic jams to lane closures, it doesn’t take long for a couple-hour drive to turn into an all-day excursion. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) hopes to make the drive times for travelers a little shorter this Memorial Day weekend by lifting lane closures and providing other traffic-related resources.

Starting at noon on Friday, May 23, lane closures throughout the state will be lifted to ease traffic flow over the holiday weekend. For driver convenience to and from their holiday destinations, these lanes will remain clear through Tuesday morning.

Along with lifting lane closures, VDOT has also provided interactive maps that depict traffic patterns for the past three years to help motorists estimate travel times. There is even a mobile version that can access while on the road.

The maps show interstate traffic throughout the day, utilizing a heat map model. Red indicates heavy congestion, yellow indicates moderate congestion, and green indicates little to no congestion.

VDOT also encourages motorists to follow these five safety tips while driving:

  • Buckle up
  • Avoid distractions
  • Share the road
  • Drive drug- and alcohol-free
  • Obey speed limits

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we want to help. Give one of our Roanoke car accident lawyers a call today for a free initial consultation.

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Roanoke Officers Improve Road Safety by Rewarding Safe Drivers

by Keith Adkins | May 15th, 2014

A new campaign to reduce the number of car accidents in Roanoke involves traffic stops to reward safe drivers.

Reports from WSLS 10 News state officers with the Roanoke Police Department are stopping drivers who obey traffic laws. But instead of getting a ticket, motorists are rewarded with a gift card that can be used at certain businesses and restaurants in the area.

Officers most recently focused on the area of Wiley Drive, handing out more than three-dozen gift cards to motorists in less than an hour for behaviors such as following the speed limit or yielding to pedestrians.

Campaigns that reinforce positive behaviors can be an effective way to get motorists to stay safe behind the wheel. However, many drivers wonder what particular steps they should be taking to stay safe each time they get in a vehicle. At Skolrood Law Firm, our team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers believes drivers and passengers should remember to always:

  • Buckle Up- Wearing a seat belt or placing children in booster or safety seats will significantly reduce the chances of injury or death in the event of an accident.
  • Eliminate Distractions- There should be no eating, drinking, talking on a cellphone, texting, changing the radio, or engaging in any other behavior that takes your eyes, hands, and attention off the road.
  • Be Vigilant- Driving defensively means expecting other drivers to not be paying attention to you. Give an extra look at an intersection or take just another moment at a stop sign to ensure an oncoming car is going to stop.
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Rally for Road Safety Aims to Reduce Virginia Car Accident Injuries

by Keith Adkins | April 24th, 2014

Traffic safety is a major concern in Virginia. In 2012, 775 motorists were killed and more than 67,000 others were injured as the result of 123,579 Virginia car accidents.

To help combat this problem, the city of Roanoke will be hosting an upcoming safety event focusing on educating the public about the importance of highway safety. The Rally for Road Safety will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Tanglewood Mall parking lot.

During the event, Virginia Tech affiliates will be demonstrate the latest in vehicle and pedestrian safety technology. Safe Kids Southwest Virginia will also be present, offering free car seat safety inspections to parents of young children. Furthermore, RIDE Solutions plans to hold a bicycle rodeo to teach bicycle riders safety training, while also offering free helmets to those in need.

The event is free to the public.

The Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm know the dangers that accompany traveling on the road and encourage all citizens to come out to learn more about what they can do to keep themselves and their families safe!

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Campaign Aims to Educate Young Motorists About Distracted Driving

by Keith Adkins | April 3rd, 2014

April 3, 2014

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Virginia, especially amongst inexperienced teenage drivers. Just last week, the National Safety Council released data that showed cellphone use was involved in 26 percent of all car accidents, which was an increase from the previous year. These crashes remained the leading cause of accidental death among teenagers in the United States.

To help combat the problem of Roanoke Car Accidents caused by teens distracted behind the wheel, emergency responders from the Life-Guard helicopter crew are speaking with area teens about the dangers of not paying attention behind the wheel. Reports indicate students at Salem High School were the first to participate in the program.

According to a story from WSLS 10 News, the team spoke with the school’s drivers education students about their personal experiences helping those hurt in distracted driving accidents. Participants were then allowed to view photos from distracted driving crash scenes. Officials hope seeing the images will make students think twice about picking up their phone or engaging in other distracting behavior while driving.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts being made to protect the public from distracted drivers and are hopeful the campaign is a success!

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