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NTSB Makes Recommendations to Reduce Number of Impaired Drivers

by Keith Adkins | December 20th, 2012

Dec. 20, 2012

Drinking and driving around the holidays is a problem that law enforcement in Virginia has to battle each year. New strategies being discussed by government organizations like the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aim to reduce the number of drunk drivers, which may subsequently shrink the number of roadway injuries and fatalities

The NTSB announced it would be pushing lawmakers to focus on substance-impaired driving by improving alcohol impairment testing methods, establishing drug impairment standards, and finding better ways to identify intoxicated drivers’ “place[s] of last drink”.

The agency recommended that all states adopt regulations similar to Virginia’s requirement that all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders, have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. However, the NTSB said this is not enough to combat the problem. Officials went on to explain that since drugs and medications are playing a more predominant role in impaired driving accidents, it is important to establish intoxication limits for different drugs and better means of testing drivers for these substances.

The organization pointed out that a better means of establishing a drunk driver’s “Place of last drink” may also help the prosecution of bars and restaurants that over serve patrons.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful these recommendations will reduce and prevent Roanoke Car Accidents caused by drunk driving.

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New Technology Allows Driverless Cars through Intersections

by Keith Adkins | December 6th, 2012

Dec. 6, 2012

Experts say that driver error is a contributing factor in roughly 90 percent of motor vehicle accidents. But what if people no longer had to drive? An article from Science Daily says cutting-edge highway safety technology is being tested at Virginia Tech that could make this a possibility in the near future.

Virginia Tech engineering researchers developed an algorithm for controlling driverless vehicles seamlessly through an intersection. Ismail Zohdy, a doctoral student leading the research, stated that when a vehicle gets within 200 meters of an intersection, a computerized traffic controller takes over the vehicle. Information is then shared between the controller and the vehicle regarding the vehicle’s size, weight, and position. The program controls all traffic through the intersection, eliminating the risk of accidents and potential injuries or fatalities.

While the project is still in the testing phase, researchers are planning to put the system into real-world use at a roundabout on the school’s campus in coming months. The group’s findings have been tested with different levels of driverless traffic volume.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm believe this type of technology will be greatly beneficial in reducing the number of Roanoke car accidents. The law firm is hopeful that this research can soon help prevent injuries on the open road, and would like to wish the researchers the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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Two Local Teens Killed in Car Accident

by Keith Adkins | November 15th, 2012

Nov. 15, 2012

Statistics have long shown that young people are at the highest risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents. Reports from the Virginia Highway Safety Office says that over the first ten months of 2012, there were a total of 70 motor vehicle fatalities involving people between the ages of 16 and 20-years-old.

Two young lives were lost in a Roanoke Car Accident earlier this week in Bedford County. According to The Roanoke Times, the crash happened at around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, at the intersection of Virginia 24 and Masons Lane.

Reports show the 17-year-old driver of a Ford Mustang approached the intersection with Virginia 24 from Masons Lane with a 16-year-old female passenger in the front seat, and two teenage passengers in the rear of the vehicle. The Mustang paused at the intersection and then turned left onto the highway. However, the driver pulled out in front of a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by a 49-year-old Vinton man and the two vehicles collided.

The impact killed both the driver and the young woman in the front seat of the Mustang, while the two rear passengers were rushed to a local hospital with injuries.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm understand the emotions that can come with suddenly losing a loved one in a tragic accident, and would like to send their deepest sympathies to the victims’ friends and families.

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Three Lawsuits Filed in Connection with Roanoke Car Accident

by Keith Adkins | October 25th, 2012

Oct. 25, 2012

Three civil lawsuits have been filed against the driver of a vehicle responsible for an accident that seriously injured two passengers and killed another. The Franklin News-Post reports that the crash occurred just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 23, near the intersection of Highway 122 and Beechdale Road outside of Roanoke.

Reports indicate the 18-year-old female driver was speeding northbound along the highway with three male passengers in the vehicle when she suddenly lost control of the vehicle in a curve. The Cougar then crossed the road and struck two other vehicles before leaving the road and hitting a building and two other unoccupied parked cars.

The impact of the Roanoke Car Accident killed the 17-year-old passenger in the front seat and left the two male teens in the backseat with serious injuries.

As a result, the family of the boy who was killed filed a $2.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle for their loss. The father of the 17-year-old backseat passenger has also filed a $2.5 million personal injury lawsuit, claiming the crash left his son with a traumatic brain injury, as well as multiple fractures and organ lacerations.

The driver of a pickup truck that was hit by the Cougar filed a $500,000 lawsuit a month after the crash.The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood law Firm are hopeful the lawsuits help bring closure to the victims of the accident.

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Virginia Car Accident Shows Dangers of Teen Driving

by Keith Adkins | October 18th, 2012

Oct. 18, 2012

The dangers of teen driving are real. Experts say roughly 36,000 American teens are killed and thousands more are injured each year on U.S. roadways, with motor vehicle accidents being the number one cause of death for the age group.

One major cause for these accidents is distraction, with more than 75 percent of teens admitting to texting while driving. This behavior can increase the chances of an accident by as much as four times. The dangers hit home for many in Franklin County, Virginia, earlier this week when a teen was killed and five others injured in a Virginia Auto Accident.

WSLS 10 News reports the crash occurred Sunday morning at around 3:30 a.m. A 19-year-old Vinton man was driving a Cadillac CTS eastbound on the highway when the vehicle veered off the road, striking a tree.

The 15-year-old front seat passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was declared dead at the scene, while the driver and four other passengers were rushed to a local hospital for treatment of injuries ranging from moderate to serious.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm send their sympathies to the family and friends of the victims of this accident. They would also like to remind parents of teenagers to discuss safe driving habits. Developing a driving contract with your child that outlines driving behaviors to be followed behind the wheel at all times may also be beneficial.

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Length of Yellow Lights Linked to Intersectional Collisions

by Keith Adkins | October 11th, 2012

Oct. 11, 2012

Research recently released by the Center for Sustainable Mobility at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows the length of yellow lights at roadway intersections could be a key to preventing motor vehicle accidents. Phys.org reports that new technology allowing warning systems to adjust for different reaction times may be effective in reducing the number of automobile accidents.

The idea for the study came to lead researcher after he was ticketed for passing through a red light. The researcher claimed he was in a position where if he would’ve ran a red light if he continued, yet would have caused a Roanoke Auto Accident if he had stopped. The decision to stop or go is based on judgment of distance and time. If the timing of the yellow light is not set correctly, a “dilemma zone” can occur.

He began using Virginia’s Smart Road, a stretch of road where researchers can control traffic signals, and found these dilemma zones can be exaggerated when a motor vehicle is speeding or the driver’s perception is affected.

The study concluded the use of caution lights as traffic signals are changing from green, in order to give drivers more time to react, may be effective in preventing motor vehicle collisions. Also, new technology creating vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication will create better warning systems.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful continued research and improved technology will continue the advancement of motor vehicle safety in the United States.

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Distracted Driver Blamed for Lynchburg Car Accident

by Keith Adkins | September 27th, 2012

Sept. 27, 2012

A Lynchburg woman was seriously injured as the result of a car accident last week. According to a story released by The News & Advance, the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, along Lakeside Drive.

Reports indicate the victim was driving a Dodge Caravan when a Chevy Blazer suddenly plowed into the rear of the van. The driver of the Dodge was rushed to a local hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

A police investigation determined the driver of the Blazer was distracted at the time of the Lynchburg car accident, and cited the driver for reckless driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found distracted driving to be a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents that resulted in fatalities or injuries, with roughly 20 percent of all reported crashes involving distraction. The agency also says tests have shown distracted driving to be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lawmakers in many states, including Virginia, have banned the use of cellphones and handheld electronic devices while driving, but experts believe the best way to curb the problem is through better educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would like you to join us in pledging to put cellphones down and pay attention to the road whenever you get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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Virginia Teen Critically Injured in Campbell County Crash

by Keith Adkins | September 6th, 2012

Sept. 6, 2012

The importance of always wearing your seat belt was highlighted in Campbell County, Virginia, last week when a 17-year-old girl was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. According to ABC 13 News, the crash happened Thursday on Gough Road.

Reports from ABC 13 News indicate that the teen victim was riding in a vehicle driven by a friend. As the pair headed down the road, an oncoming vehicle veered into their lane and ran their car off the road causing it to flip several times. Neither of the girls was wearing a seatbelt, and the teen victim was partially ejected from the car.

The driver of the car later said she looked in the passenger seat and didn’t see her friend. When she looked back, she saw the girl hanging out of the vehicle.

After being rushed to the hospital following the Roanoke car accident, doctors determined that the victim had crushed every bone in her face and cracked her skull. She has undergone two operations to prevent further brain injury and will face a long recovery process.

Research has shown that simply buckling up can reduce a motorists risk of death in the event of an accident by as much as 50 percent.

That is just one reason why the Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to ask that everyone to buckle their seatbelts every time they are riding in a car.

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Drunk Driving Simulation Drill at Virginia Tech Campus

by Keith Adkins | August 30th, 2012

August 30, 2012

With students having recently returned to campuses across the state of Virginia, there will soon be an increase in social events where alcohol is served, such as back-to-school parties and tailgating for football games. These events can often lead to partygoers who have had too much to drink getting behind the wheel and causing a Roanoke Car Accident.

To help curtail drunk driving, especially amongst young people, several law enforcement and rescue agencies have come together to put on a demonstration on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to teach about the dangers of drunk driving. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the demonstration will feature a live scene of a simulated drunk driving accident and is set to begin today at 5:30 p.m. off of Drillfield Drive, between Davidson Hall and Sandy Hall.

During the demonstration, spectators will be able to watch as dead and injured victims of the crash are cleared from the scene by ambulance and helicopter, as well as the ramifications that a drunk driver who causes such an accident will face.

Drunk driving is a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents, yet is 100 percent preventable. This is exactly why the Lynchburg Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm encourage those who are available to attend this insightful event, while also asking that we each do our part to keep Virginia’s roads safe by never drinking and driving.

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Two Lynchburg Traffic Accidents Prompt Safety Concerns

by Keith Adkins | August 9th, 2012

Aug. 9, 2012

One boy died and another was seriously injured as the result of being struck by vehicles while in the road near the town of Lynchburg, Virginia. An article from ABC 13 News suggests parents use these accidents to discuss the dangers of the road with their children to help prevent further accidents.

The first Lynchburg Auto Accident occurred this past Friday at around 2 p.m. on Timberlake Road. Lt. Danny Marks, of the Lynchburg Police Department, stated that the 9-year-old boy was attempting to cross the street with his mother and three sisters when the mother told the children to wait. The boy darted into traffic and was struck by a vehicle. He remained in critical condition for several days, but later died.

Two days after the first accident, a 12-year-old boy was riding bikes with friends in a parking lot along Oakridge Boulevard when he accidentally went into the road and was struck by an eastbound car. He remains in critical condition.

What can parents do to keep their children safe? The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would suggest supervising children at all times when near a roadway and talking to kids about the dangers traffic can pose. Also, make sure that everyone holds hands and looks both ways twice before ever attempting to cross the street. Following these simple steps can decrease the chances of your child being injured in an accident.

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