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Trial In Virginia Auto Accident Case Delayed Until September

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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Roanoke High School Participates in the “Every Fifteen Minutes” Program

by Keith Adkins | April 11th, 2013

April 11, 2013

With prom tomorrow night, Handley High School administrators are hoping to prevent a Roanoke Car Accident caused by drinking and driving by staging a program involving a mock crash scene. The program is called “Every Fifteen Minutes” and gets its name from the fact that a person is killed as the result of a collision with a drunk driver every fifteen minutes.

A total of 22 students participated in the mock crash and several others pre-filmed videos that were shown to students.

The program opened Tuesday morning with students seeing videos of their peers preparing to go to prom. Then, they are shown images of their peers drinking alcohol before getting into a vehicle and being involved in a head-on collision.

An article from The Randolph Leader explains students were then taken outside, where they were shown two vehicles. Police arrive at the scene where one student was “killed” after being thrown through a windshield. Several other students sustained “injuries” and are treated by paramedics, while the driver responsible for causing the crash is given a field sobriety test and is “arrested”.

Throughout the week, videos are then shown depicting the funeral of the victim and the trial of the drunk driver.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm ask that teens be especially careful when driving during prom season.

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Family of Worker Killed in Roanoke Car Accident Files Lawsuit

by Keith Adkins | March 28th, 2013

March 28, 2013

The family of a construction worker killed in a Roanoke Car Accident has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against the pair who was responsible for causing the crash.

Court records indicate the accident happened more than five years ago in a construction zone along Electric Road in Roanoke County. Both of the individuals accused in the case had been drinking and were following one another home in separate vehicles. The driver of the lead vehicle failed to recognize a truck in the construction zone though, and the two vehicles collided. The second drunk driver then plowed into the wreckage of the initial crash.

According to an article from ABC 13 News, the impact forced the truck that was struck to lurch forward, pinning a worker between two pieces of equipment. The worker later died, and the pair responsible for the accident each served two and a half years in prison on charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and DUI.

Now the family of the victim has filed suit claiming the pair’s negligence was the direct cause of their loved ones death. They are seeking $8 million compensatory damages, as well as another $2 million in punitive damages.

The Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers hope a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

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Campaign Educates Virginia Teens the Importance of Buckling Up

by Keith Adkins | March 7th, 2013

March 7, 2013

Reports from the Governors Highway Safety Commission show the number of teens being killed in Virginia Car Accidents increased last year. This is complicated further by data concluding that seat belt use is down in rural areas of the state.

According to a story from the Leesburg Patch, numbers show a 19 percent increase in teen driver fatalities during the first six months of 2012 compared to the number during the same time period in 2011. Data also indicates 306 people died across the state, and another 4,352 were injured, as a result of not being properly restrained during motor vehicle collisions.

In an effort to alleviate the problem, state and local police are working to promote a new safety campaign called “Keep It Together”. The program challenges area high school students to see which school can get the most participation in seat belt usage. The notion of having students promote the campaign is based off the theory teens are more likely to take advice from their peers.

This campaign also hit close to home for schools in the Leesburg area. During the the campaign, a 17-year-old local teen died after being involved in a car accident while unrestrained.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts being made to improve highway safety for motorists. The firm is hopeful the campaign finds success in the future as well.

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Virginia Texting and Driving Laws Getting Tougher

by Keith Adkins | February 7th, 2013

Feb. 7, 2013

Motorists in Virginia who text and drive will soon receive stiff punishment if caught in the act by law enforcement. According to an article published in a recent issue of The News & Advance, state legislators announced on Wednesday that a bill making it a primary offense to text and drive is currently in the process of approval.

The new law means it will be easier for an officer to pull offending motorists over and the fines will be much stiffer. Current laws against texting a driving make it a secondary offense. This means that law enforcement must pull you over for another reason in order to write a ticket. If caught, the violation is currently punishable by a $25 fine. The new law states officers will be able to pull over drivers for texting and driving, and citations can range from $250 to $500 per infraction.

The new law’s sponsors say the need for tougher texting and driving laws was highlighted by a recent case where a motorist from Fairfax County sent and received seven text messages in the ten minutes leading up to a Virginia Car Accident that claimed the life of a teen. The current texting and driving law prevented the motorist from being charged with a more serious offense.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts of lawmakers who are working to make the state’s roads safer for all who use them!

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Roanoke Car Accident Injures Four

by Keith Adkins | January 3rd, 2013

Jan. 3, 2013

Four people were seriously injured as the result of an accident in Bedford County, Virginia, earlier this week. According to WDBJ 7 News, the crash occurred Friday evening at the intersection of Route 460 and Route 711.

The Virginia State Police report that a 26-year-old woman from Huddleston, Virginia, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt along Route 460. She approached the intersection with Route 711 and attempted to make a left turn. A 2010 Nissan Armada being driven by a man from Eagle Rock, Virginia, was approaching on 711. The driver of the Nissan did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided.

The impact of the Roanoke Car Accident injured the driver of the Cobalt, along with two female passengers and a child in the Armada.

A study from the Federal Highway Administration shows that a majority of accidents occur at road intersections. The chances of an accident increase significantly when fewer roads intersect at a specific location. The number of accidents at four-legged intersections saw an average of 38 accidents per year versus more than 55 at four-way intersections.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize the dangers auto accidents present to motorists. The law firm may be able to help you if you have been injured in a virginia car accident that occurred at no fault of your own.

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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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