Auto Accident

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. 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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Lynchburg Teens Learn the Dangers of the Road from Mock Crash Scene

by Keith Adkins | July 26th, 2012

July 26, 2012

Last year in the state of Virginia, 20 teenagers were killed and another 522 were injured as the result of alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, an organization called Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety is hoping to reduce those numbers by setting up a mock drunk driving accident scene for teens to investigate.

A Virginia Car Accident scene was set up earlier this week on Lynchburg College’s campus, and it will remain there through Friday. Teens and young adults are able to inspect the crash scene and search for clues as to what may have happened. Without giving away specific details of the crash, the exercise is meant to point out the dangers of not wearing seat belts as well as the potential risks of drinking and distracted driving.

Many participants stated that the program really hits home because they were allowed to get up close and truly see the consequences of a traffic accident. One young woman stated, “It is a bit of a shock when you come down here if you have never seen [a crash] before and it shows you what really happens.”

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful that the program will make participants think twice about unsafe driving behavior every time they get in a car.

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Head-on Lynchburg Crash Leaves Seven People Injured

by Keith Adkins | July 19th, 2012

July 19, 2012

Studies show that while head-on collisions account for only about two percent of all types of car accidents, yet they account for 10 percent of all fatal accidents. Around 75 percent of these accidents occur on rural two lane roads, suggesting that driver error may be a leading cause for this kind of crash. Data from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show that 93 percent of head-on fatalities involved vehicles going straight or negotiating a curve.

Locally, two groups of motorists are lucky to have survived such a collision. According to The News & Advance, the accident occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoon along Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg. It left seven passengers of the two vehicles involved seriously injured.

Reports indicate that the accident occurred when a 2000 Buick Century, driven by a 75-year-old Lynchburg man, crossed over the center median lines of the highway and struck a Ford minivan driven by a 37-year-old woman head-on.

All were taken to a local hospital where the driver of the Buick and two passengers in the van remain listed in critical condition. The driver of the van is in stable condition, while three other passengers were treated and released.

The Lynchburg Personal Injury Lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm would like to remind drivers that obeying the speed limit and staying focused on the road at all times are your two best bets for avoiding a Virginia Personal Injury.

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No Seat Belts Considered Contributing Factor in Fatal I-81 Crash

by Keith Adkins | July 5th, 2012

July 5, 2012

Studies have long shown that seat belt usage significantly increases the chances of survival while also decreasing the risk of injury in an accident by as much as 50 percent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that seat belts save as many as 14,000 lives each year.

Unfortunately, a recent accident involving an unbelted 73-year-old woman from Carrollton, Virginia ended in tragedy. According to WDBJ 7 News, the woman was killed and her husband was left injured due to a Roanoke Car Accident. The crash happened on I-81 at around 1:20 p.m. this past Tuesday.

Reports indicate that the couple was traveling northbound on the highway, with two young children riding in the rear passenger seat when their SUV veered off the shoulder of the road. The driver jerked the wheel back toward the highway, causing the vehicle to roll several times before coming to rest.

The victim and her husband, neither of whom were wearing seat belts, were both ejected from the vehicle, which killed the woman and left her husband seriously injured. Troopers say it is highly likely the woman would have survived and her husband’s injuries would have been less severe had they been buckled in at the time of the crash.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm ask that all motorists buckle up when they get in a car and demand that their passengers do the same.

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Two Killed In Virginia Auto Accident Caused By Reckless Driving

by Keith Adkins | June 21st, 2012

June 21, 2012

A Virginia car accident caused by reckless driving left two people dead in Campbell County earlier this week. Reports from WSLS 10 News indicate that the crash happened just after 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Sunburst and Leesville Roads.

The Roanoke Auto Accident occurred when the driver of a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle, traveling eastbound along Sunburst Road at a high rate of speed, failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection with Leesville Road. A 2003 Nissan Murano SUV, which had the right-of-way, struck the motorcyclist which caused the rider to be thrown from the bike. The motorcycle then collided with the side of a nearby home.

The Nissan SUV ran off the road and struck a tree. The driver was declared dead at the scene, while the passenger died from her injuries shortly after arrival at a local hospital.

The motorcyclist was treated and released. He was arrested and charged with reckless driving shortly after being discharged. Investigators are continuing to look into the crash and say that more charges may be pending against the driver of the motorcycle.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers understand how devastating it must be to lose a loved one to such a careless act on the road. That is why the firm would like to send out their deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the two women who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

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Importance of Seat Belts Highlighted After Fatal Virginia Crash

by Keith Adkins | June 14th, 2012

June 14, 2012

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that seat belt usage improves your chances of survival in a crash by nearly 50 percent, and an estimated 17,402 lives would be saved yearly if all drivers buckled up. Despite these numbers, millions of motorists are killed every year after being in an accident without a seat belt on.

Failure to wear a seat belt bred tragedy in a recent Roanoke Auto Accident that claimed the lives of three. An article from WSLS10 News stated that the crash happened just before 9:00 p.m. on Route 220. Officers reported that a 1992 Dodge pickup was traveling the wrong way on the road when it collided with a 2004 Chrysler sedan nearly head-on.

Two vehicles following the Chrysler, a 2008 Dodge minivan and a 2006 Toyota Tundra, were then unable to avoid the collision in front of them and struck the wreckage.

The 52-year-old driver of the Dodge pickup and both occupants of the Chrysler were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and died at the scene. The occupants of the other two vehicles were properly restrained and walked away without any serious injuries.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to remind citizens that the law requires everyone inside a vehicle to wear a seat belt at all times, and that seat belt usage decreases chances of serious injury or death.

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