September 5th, 2013
September 5, 2013
The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain that each year, millions of motor vehicle collisions result in injuries or deaths. Studies have shown that one of the leading causes of these accidents is driver error.
To help prevent such crashes from occurring, many companies are working to develop technology that aids motorists in operating their vehicles. Google is taking that concept one step further by building a vehicle that drives itself.
According to WSLS 10 News, Google’s driverless car is currently undergoing testing at Virginia Tech’s Smart Road, a closed stretch of highway where variables can be easily controlled and manipulated by researchers. A team from the school is investigating feedback from users to determine what changes can be made to improve usability.
The vehicle has also undergone several real-world tests in the Washington, D.C. area and was demonstrated to state representative, Bob Goodlatte, earlier this year.
The team says that while driverless vehicles are still in the research phase, experts are hopeful for a public release sooner than later.
Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers is aware of how many accidents could be avoided by automated vehicles. But until these vehicles hit the road, the firm asks motorists to be extra vigilant of their surroundings while driving to avoid accidents and collisions.
August 22nd, 2013
August 22, 2013
As the number of vehicles on the road continues to grow around Roanoke, there’s been an increase in the number of motor vehicle collisions recorded. The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm say that many of these accidents could have been avoided with an improved highway infrastructure.
A story published by The Roanoke Times recently discussed the infrastructure problems plaguing U.S. Highway 220. In recent years, the state has made numerous improvements to the road including new message boards, more turning lanes, and fewer highway crossings. However, the area continues to see a large number of accidents.
Experts say a large number of these accidents can be blamed on a defective highway design that was not meant to carry the large volume of vehicles on the road.
Officials are working to solve these problems by planning a major interstate system to stretch from the border running between North Carolina and Virginia and the city of Roanoke. The project has been put on hold though for more than twenty years due to numerous constraints. In the meantime, officials are continuing to look at ways to improve the current highway to handle more traffic.
Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers hopes a solution to the problem can be identified before more lives are lost to accidents caused by faulty highway designs.
July 11th, 2013
July 11, 2013
In an effort to reduce the number of Virginia Motor Vehicle Accidents, state lawmakers approved several highway safety laws that took effect on July 1.
One of the major changes applies to the state’s texting and driving ban. The old law made texting and driving a secondary offense, meaning a motorist had to commit another infraction before they could be stopped and cited for distracted driving. Now, law enforcement will be able to ticket any driver they catch engaging in the behavior.
An article from The Roanoke Times went on to explain how changes were also made to laws governing the passengers young and inexperienced drivers can have in their vehicles. The law now states provisional license holders who are younger than 18 years old can only have up to three passengers younger than 21 years of age in the car with them only if they are traveling to a school-sponsored event or if a passenger over the age of 21 years old is riding in the front seat.
Another major change will affect moped riders who will now be required to title and register their mopeds. They will also be required to carry some form of identification when riding.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the changes and hope they are effective in keeping motorists safer on Virginia’s highways.
May 16th, 2013
May 15, 2013
Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made several recommendations they believe each state should enact to tighten regulations regarding driving under the influence. Some local officials believe the measures could be effective in reducing the number of Roanoke Car Accidents from drunk driving.
According to WDBJ 7 News, among the NTSB’s proposed changes was lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. While some argue that a person could register as legally drunk under the new regulations after consuming just one alcoholic beverage, Sgt. Chris Bolling with the Roanoke City Police explained that the small change in percentage could be the difference in leading to a car accident.
Many agree after considering results recorded in Europe after countries dropped the limit to .05. Over the period of a decade, those countries saw the number of drunken driving fatalities slashed by more than half.
Another suggestion made by the NTSB was to require ignition interlocks on the vehicles of every individual caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, and also reinforcing DWI courts.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts that are being made to keep drunk drivers off the roads. Furthermore, the firm urges motorists to never get behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol.
May 13th, 2013
May 9, 2013
Motorists who repeatedly get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated are a major problem in the United States. In fact, the non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, points out that roughly one-third of all convicted drunk drivers will eventually face a second offense.
In Roanoke County, a woman convicted of a fatal Virginia Drunk Driving Accident in 2002 was arrested for a second DUI offense. On May 18, 2002, the woman, who was underage at the time, failed to negotiate a curve in the road. She lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree. The impact killed her 15-year-old passenger.
According to WSLS News, the drunk driver served a short sentence in prison before being released. Now, roughly eleven years after her first drunk driving offense, she was arrested after being found under the influence behind the wheel again. She will face a 20-day jail sentence if convicted.
Such minor punishments leave little room to wonder why there are so many repeat drunk driving offenders. This also leaves many curious as to what action the government is taking to resolve the problem. Lawmakers are considering regulations requiring all drunken driving offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they drive.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize the dangers of drunk driving and ask motorists to never get behind the wheel after drinking.
April 25th, 2013
April 25, 2013
The Virginia state legislature recently adopted stricter policies to combat distracted driving. But many feel that loopholes in the law will keep the new regulations from making an impact on the problem of Virginia Car Accidents caused by the behavior.
Currently, law states that texting and driving is a primary offense punishable by fines ranging from $125 to $250. Experts say, though, that distracted driving is caused by more than just texting. They point out that motorists are still allowed to make phone calls and use GPS devices to navigate. This means if a driver is caught using a phone, they could state they were making a call or entering an address to avoid punishment.
The loopholes leave many wondering what can be done to make the laws more enforceable. An article from The Washington Post explained how Maryland recently re-wrote its laws to allow law enforcement to stop any driver caught with a phone in their hand. More locally, though, Fairfax County officials have been utilizing an older law requiring motorists to “pay full time and attention” to their driving.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm know the dangers of distracted driving. That’s why the firm asks that motorists each do their part to keep Virginia’s roadways safe by putting their phones down when driving regardless of the law.
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.
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.
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.
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.