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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 15th, 2015
Winter weather pounded parts of Virginia earlier this week, leaving roads coated in ice and dozens of motorists involved in collisions. In fact, the Virginia State Police reported Virginia car accident numbers spiked on the morning of Jan. 14, with a total of 84 collisions across the state.
With numbers like these, it comes as no surprise that winter weather presents serious risks on the road. That’s why the Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm would like to offer a few tips to help you stay safe this winter:
- Don’t Drive If You Don’t Have To- If weather and road conditions are deteriorating and you have nowhere you need to be, stay home and off the road.
- Be Prepared- If you must drive in snowy or icy conditions, know the road conditions along the route you plan to travel. You may also want to pack an emergency supply kit with food, water, blankets, flashlights, and a fully charged cellphone to call for assistance.
- Learn Basic Winter Driving Techniques- Driving on ice is a different experience than driving on asphalt. That’s why motorists should learn safe winter driving techniques such as how to stop, slow down, and stop a spin on ice. AAA offers several tips on operating a vehicle in winter conditions.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road during this cold, icy weather.
December 18th, 2014
What happens when safety equipment is found to be defective? And who is held liable for any damages and replacing the faulty units?
These are questions Virginia officials are looking into after discovering guardrails along the commonwealth’s roads may be putting drivers at serious risk of harm. The action was taken after motorists were injured in two Virginia car accidents involving the guardrails.
The design of the guardrail end caps from the manufacturer, Trinity Highway Products LLC, was approved by the Virginia officials. However, it has come to light that the manufacturer shortened the end caps after the approval was made. The Roanoke Times reports that the end caps to fail to “give” when struck, which can cause vehicle occupants to be impaled.
In response to these discoveries, Virginia has filed a lawsuit against Trinity alleging violations of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. The commonwealth claims Trinity wrongfully accepted payment from state tax dollars for a product that was knowingly inferior to approved specifications.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the dangers faulty equipment can pose. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will help provide Virginians with proper highway safety equipment.
If you’ve been injured by a faulty guardrail, you may be entitled to compensation. Give our legal team a call to discuss your case today—just dial (866) 215-8065 .
December 4th, 2014
For many Americans, the holidays are a time for celebrating with friends and family—but holiday parties can be a contributing factor for drugged and drunk driving accidents.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show drunk driving accounts for approximately 30 percent of all motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. Those numbers are in line with central and southern Virginia as well. Officers in Christiansburg, Virginia, say they see approximately 20 cases of drunk driving each month, and the number is always higher during November and December.
To help reduce Roanoke car accidents caused by drunk drivers this holiday season, December has been declared National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. As part of the campaign, motorists are asked to act responsibly when consuming alcohol.
WSLS 10 News reports that drivers are encouraged to utilize designated drivers or cab services to get home safely if they have been drinking. To help protect the public from danger on the road, law enforcement agencies are ramping up efforts to arrest and prosecute drunk drivers.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we have seen the impact drunk driving can have on the lives of those involved in a drunk driving crash and their family members. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury attorneys ask you to be safe this holiday season and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.