Distracted Driving Simulator Coming To The Roanoke Area Soon

by Keith Adkins | April 12th, 2012

April 12, 2012

In today’s technological age, we are experiencing a growing problem of distracted driving thanks to advanced cellphones, GPS devices, and car stereo systems. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that as many as 5,000 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents where distracted driving was a contributing factor.

That is why one organization, UNITE, with the help of the Virginia State Police, is working to curb these numbers by visiting school campuses with a high-tech distracted driving simulator.

The simulator works by putting students in mock driving scenarios where they must also send text messages through a phone at the same time. One instructor stated, “The simulators are set up to put them in a real-life driving experience. It’s kind of a worst-case scenario with driving conditions. Cars are swerving out in front of you. People are walking across crosswalks.” When a driver hits an obstacle, the ride is over and Troopers issue the participant a mock citation.

WSLS 10 News reported that the simulator will be set up at the Miller-Motte Technical College campus at the Tanglewood Mall on April 28 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm encourage anyone in the area to give the simulator a try. It may just be the lesson you need about distracted driving that saves your life or the life of another motorist.

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Virginia Man Injured In Two-Vehicle Collision On US 220

by Keith Adkins | March 29th, 2012

March 29, 2012

A 35-year-old man in Penhook, Virginia, was seriously injured after being involved in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday. According to The Franklin News-Post, the accident happened at 8:05 a.m. on US 220, just north of Sontag Road.

A spokesman for Virginia State Police, Master Trooper Tim Harris, stated that the man was driving his 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck south when he struck the right rear side of a Hyundai Accent in the left lane. The impact sent the Accent careening off the highway and into the median, but the driver was able to gain control of the car and pulled over on the side of the highway.

The pickup truck went off the right side of the highway and went airborne before landing in a field. The truck then hit several stumps, which caused the vehicle to roll. The driver was partially ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

While the driver of the Accent was uninjured, the driver of the Tacoma had to be airlifted to Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries sustained in the accident.

Harris stated an initial investigation led police to believe that speed may have contributed to the accident.

The Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would suggest that the best way to prevent being injured in an accident when driving is to always buckle up and obey the posted speed limit.

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Judge Orders Dispatcher To Stand Trial For Fatal Virginia Bus Crash

by Keith Adkins | March 22nd, 2012

March 22, 2012

A Caroline County Circuit Court judge has ordered a bus dispatcher from North Carolina to stand trial in Virginia on charges connected to a crash that killed four passengers. An article released by WDBJ 7 News stated that the crash happened on the morning of May 31, 2011, along I-95, about 30 miles south of Richmond.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, Corinne Geller, told reporters that the bus was traveling northbound on the highway when it began to veer off toward the shoulder of the road. The bus left the lanes of traffic, hit an embankment, and rolled onto its roof. A total of 57 people were on board at the time of the accident. Dozens of passengers were injured and four died.

The bus driver later told police that his dispatcher ordered him to keep driving despite complaining that he was too tired.

The 41-year-old dispatcher was charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, to which he pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday. A circuit court judge ordered that a trial begin June 18. The driver of the bus also faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm say that bus drivers are limited, by law, to the amount of time they can drive per day. Going over that allotted time is illegal and may be considered negligent behavior for the driver and dispatcher.

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Virginia Tow Truck Driver Killed In On-The-Job Accident

by Keith Adkins | March 1st, 2012

March 1, 2012

A Madison Heights, Virginia, tow truck driver died earlier this week as a result of an on-the-job accident caused by another driver’s negligence. According to reports from WDBJ 7 News, the incident took place Monday morning along Route 130 in Amherst County.

Reports from the Amherst County sheriff’s deputies say that the tow truck driver was working to load a crashed vehicle onto his wrecker. The tow truck driver was known for always being safety cautious and had followed every safety procedure while working at the accident scene, but another driver’s mistake cost him his life.

As he stepped to the side of his truck near the highway, another vehicle on the road struck and pinned him between the vehicle and his own truck. The man died at the scene.

While the driver responsible for causing the accident has not yet been charged, Amherst County investigators are looking into whether charges should be filed.

The Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to send their thoughts and condolences to the family of the man who tragically lost his life in this terrible accident. The firm would also like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to slow down, and if at all possible, move to the left lane if you see emergency crews working on the highway when you are driving. Taking these simple steps could save someone’s life.

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Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Charges From Accident That Injured Four

by Keith Adkins | February 23rd, 2012

February 23, 2012

A man from Montgomery County, Virginia, is facing up to 34 years in prison after pleading guilty to several felonies resulting from a drunken driving crash he caused that seriously injured four people. According to reports from WDBJ 7 News, the accident happened in August of last year, outside the post office in Elliston, Virginia.

A news release from the Montgomery County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office says the man was under the influence of alcohol when he drove his pickup truck into the driver’s side of an Oldsmobile sedan that had four occupants inside. All four people were seriously injured in the crash and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

On Tuesday, the man pled guilty to all charges in the Montgomery County Courthouse, including:

  • four counts of felony maiming resulting from driving while intoxicated,
  • one count of felony hit and run resulting in personal injury,
  • one count of driving with a suspended license,
  • and one count of driving while intoxicated—his second such offense in five years.

The man is scheduled to be sentenced for his crimes on May 22.

The Virginia Car Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm know the serious consequences that drinking and driving can have. That’s why the firm asks that we all chip in to keep Virginia’s roads safe by not getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Instead, call a cab or a friend to come pick you up.

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Speed Considered A Factor In Fatal Franklin County Crash

by Keith Adkins | January 26th, 2012

January 26, 2011

Police are saying speed was a factor in a multi-vehicle accident in Franklin County, Virginia, on Monday that killed one and left several others injured. According to WDBJ 7 News, the accident happened just before 4:00 PM along the Booker T. Washington Highway, near Beechdale Road.

Investigators believe that a 17-year-old girl was behind the wheel of a vehicle going north, when she lost control due to excessive speed. The girl then over-corrected, sending the car into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a pickup truck and another vehicle before striking a nearby building. A 17-year-old boy from Franklin County who was the passenger in the front seat of the girl’s vehicle was killed in the crash. The girl and two other passengers in the backseat were injured and taken to a local hospital.  The driver of the pickup truck that was involved in the crash, a 26-year-old man from Glade Hill, was also injured and taken to the hospital.

The National Library of Medicine considers speed to be a major contributing factor in the high number of fatal crashes seen in young drivers. They also suggest that the number of passengers in a vehicle can put a young driver at a higher risk for having an accident.

This is why the Virginia auto accident attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm advise parents to set a limit on the number of passengers allowed to ride with your new driver.

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Texting And Driving Could Become A Primary Offense In Virginia

by Keith Adkins | January 20th, 2012

January 19, 2012

Texting while driving may be illegal in the state of Virginia, but in order to be pulled over for the offense, a driver has to be doing something else wrong. This may change soon though according to reports from WSLS 10 News that say a new bill recently passed through the Senate would make texting and driving a primary offense, allowing officers to pull over drivers if they are caught in the act on their phones.

Senate Bill 219 was examined on Wednesday by the Senate Transportation Committee and approved by a vote of eight to five with one voter abstaining. Also approved was legislation that would make using a cellphone a primary offense for teen drivers with provisional licenses.

Sen. George L. Barker spoke to the committee in favor of the laws pointing out that drivers who text are more than 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those who don’t. He added that making cellphone use a primary offense would “encourage greater compliance” from drivers.

The legislation will now go before the full Senate for a vote during the next session.

The Virginia Car Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm know that statistically using a cell phone will driving is more dangerous than driving drunk. That is why they ask for drivers to put their phones down while behind the wheel.

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Drunk Driver Sentenced For Norfolk Crash That Killed Three

by Keith Adkins | January 12th, 2012

January 12, 2012

Sentencing for a 32-year-old convicted drunk driver was continued this morning in a Norfolk, Virginia, courtroom for his part in the deaths of three passengers in his vehicle at the time of a wreck. According to WSLS 10 News, the man was convicted of three counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter in connection with the August 10, 2010, accident.

Reports from the Norfolk police department show that the accident happened as the vehicle rounded a curve on East Indian River Road at over 100 MPH. The driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road and into a guardrail and several trees.

Three people died in the crash, while two others and the driver were injured.

Toxicology reports from tests submitted by the driver found his blood alcohol level to be more than three times the legal limit of .08. The jury, which convicted the man on the manslaughter charges, recommended a 25-year sentence to the judge presiding over the case who has final say.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) rank Virginia as the 23td safest state in our nation when it comes to drunk driving, with only 211 fatalities related to DUI in the past year which was a 13 percent decrease from the year before.

The Virginia auto accident attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm work with victims of drunk driving accidents on a daily basis. If you or someone you know has been injured in a drunk driving accident at no fault of their own, contact an experienced attorney today.

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Van Crash Kills Virginia Man Who Failed To Buckle Up

by Keith Adkins | December 29th, 2011

December 29, 2011

A 31-year-old man from Thaxton, Virginia, was killed this past Sunday in a single-vehicle car crash. According to The Roanoke Times, the accident occurred at approximately 2:15 in the morning on Virginia 1022, just north of Virginia 24.

Virginia state police reported that the man was driving a 1989 Ford Van when, for unknown reasons, he suddenly veered across the oncoming lane and off the left side of the road. The van then plummeted down an embankment before becoming entangled in a grove of trees. Troopers added that the victim was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and suffered major bodily trauma. He was declared dead at the scene of the crash.

The National Safety Council says that seat belts are the most effective way to prevent crash injuries. Their data shows that seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives between 2004 and 2008. Despite the lives saved, the agency always pushes to completely eliminate the problem.

The council estimates that more than 1,600 lives could be saved and 22,000 injuries prevented if seat belt use was 90 percent in every state.

The Virginia auto accident attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm encourage motorists to buckle up their safety belts every time you get in the car. Furthermore, make sure everyone in a vehicle you are in does the same.

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Pulaski Man Fined In Connection With Hitting German Cyclist

by Keith Adkins | December 8th, 2011

December 8, 2011

According to WDBJ 7 News, a 46-year-old Marion, Virginia, driver of a commercial truck has been convicted and fined for reckless driving on a suspended license in Pulaski County General District Court Thursday for his part in the October 8th accident that left a German cyclist in a coma.

The 40-year-old German was on a 10-week cycling tour of the United States when he was hit by the truck at around 3:00 PM on Route 100. Reports stated that the 1998 Freightliner truck was traveling southbound at about 55 mph when he swerved to the right and struck the cyclist’s bicycle. The rider was thrown several feet onto an embankment and was later airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Troopers who responded to the scene stated that the truck driver failed to maintain control of his vehicle and did not have his eyes on the road at the time of the accident.

In court today, the truck driver was convicted on all charges, given a $500 fine and suspended 90-day jail sentence for the reckless driving charge, and a $100 fine for driving on a suspended license.

The German cyclist remains in a coma and will soon be flown home to Germany to continue treatment.

The Virginia brain injury lawyers with The Skolrood Law Firm urge drivers to be aware of their surroundings and share the road with bikers. If you have been injured in an accident no fault of your own, contact our experienced attorneys with questions regarding your case.

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