Auto Accident

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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Roanoke St. Patrick’s Day Events Expanded

by Keith Adkins | March 13th, 2014

March 13, 2014

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain city officials are working to make this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration the best one yet! News of the efforts came with the announcement the hours and location of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival would be expanded.

According to  WSLS10 News, areas along both Salem and Campbell Streets will be shut down from noon until 8 p.m. on  Monday in order to host musical entertainment.

The festivities will also include The Shamrock Hill 5K and 10K road races that will begin at 8:30 a.m. along Jefferson Street. The parade will then kick off from the same location beginning at 11 a.m.

The event isn’t just for adults. There will be a children’s area with face painting, games, and inflatables at the Taubman Museum of Art.

Skolrood Law Firm recognizes alcohol may be served at this event and reminds citizens that drinking and driving will significantly increase the risk of being involved in a Roanoke Car Accident. That is why the firm asks citizens to plan ahead by designating a safe driver before going out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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Roanoke County Fire Academy Graduates 14 Emergency First Responders

by Keith Adkins | March 6th, 2014

March 6, 2014

If your house is burning or you suffer a Roanoke Car Accident Injury, one of the first people who will offer you assistance will be an emergency responder. But it is difficult to keep enough of these highly trained individuals on staff, which leaves many municipalities to depend on volunteers to get the job done.

Recently, 14 volunteers graduated from the Roanoke County Fire Academy. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. yesterday at the South County Library.

Took reach the achievements needed to graduate, each of the volunteers had to undergo more than 200 hours of training over the last 20 weeks. Some of the topics that were covered include search and rescue, ventilation, construction, emergency care, and hazardous material operations. Each of the volunteers were then tested on the skills they learned during a live-burn exercise that was held at the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire & EMS Training Center.

A total of 11 of the volunteers will offer services in Roanoke County, while the remainder of the graduates will work in Bedford County.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm understand the risks and sacrifices these volunteers face each day while on the job and applaud the efforts they are making in order to give back to the community.

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New Movie Raises Awareness of Local Non-profit Organization

by Keith Adkins | February 13th, 2014

February 13, 2014

Giving back to the community we serve is important to the Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm, and a movie being filmed in the city is going to do just that.

The movie, tentatively titled Crossing Streets, is produced by Alexander Films and is set to being shooting in Roanoke this March. The film centers around the story of a detective and a preacher who solve a crime while touching on the mission of local non-profit organization Straight Street.

The organization focuses on giving teenagers, especially those considered “at-risk”, a safe place to spend their time. A portion of the film’s proceeds will be donated to Straight Street.

Producers are calling for local talent to get involved with the project as well. Casting calls for several roles were held last week at Greene Memorial Church.

Roanoke’s mayor, David Bowers, stated the community is excited about the activity surrounding the film, and they are hopeful the movie will be able to raise awareness about an organization that has touched countless lives in the Roanoke community. The team of attorneys with Skolrood Law firm would like to second that sentiment!

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Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed by Virginia Woman Against Her Husband

by Keith Adkins | January 23rd, 2014

January 23, 2014

When a person is injured as the result of another person’s negligence, they can file a civil lawsuit against the party responsible to seek compensation for their damages. A Roanoke Personal Injury Lawsuit was filed by a Gretna, Virginia, woman in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court recently in connection with injuries caused by her husband’s alleged negligence.

According to an article from, the incident occurred at the couple’s home on Feb. 25, 2013. Reports indicate the victim was walking along the driveway when she slipped and fell, causing her leg to land in the path of a 2001 Freightliner motor home that her husband was reversing. The vehicle ran over the woman’s leg, causing injuries that required the limb to be amputated.

The woman filed suit against her husband and the couple’s two insurance companies, claiming her husband’s failure to keep the vehicle under control while backing up was responsible for her injuries. She is seeking a total of $25 million for her losses.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize how expensive it can be to overcome an injury caused by another person’s negligence. That is why the firm is hopeful a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the victim.

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Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Examine Study Showing Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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