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.
June 7th, 2012
June 7, 2012
A US women’s volleyball star is overcoming great odds presented to her by a traumatic brain injury that occurred just last year. In a story ran by FOX Sports News, the player says that despite lingering effects of the injury, she is still hopeful to play in the Olympics this summer.
The 34-year-old woman suffered the injury in April of 2011, when a bus that she and her team were riding on in Brazil overturned. At first, the injury appeared to be minor cuts and bruises, but later it was discovered that there was bleeding and swelling in the left hemisphere of her brain. This forced doctors to put her into a medically induced coma.
Since the accident, her vision and sense of balance have not fully returned, despite her strict training regimen. She says that medical professionals have told her that, “…with a brain injury, you have to wait for the brain. It’s a unique thing, you have no control of it and every individual is different.”
The injury forced the woman to adapt her playing style to better fit the needs of her team, and her skills will hopefully win her a spot playing on the Olympic team.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm understand just how difficult overcoming a traumatic brain injury can be and would like to wish this inspiring athlete the best of luck in her pursuit of Olympic gold this summer.
May 31st, 2012
May 31, 2012
A four-vehicle collision in Franklin County, Virginia, killed three people earlier this month. According to WSLS 10 News, the accident occurred on Saturday, May 5, just before 9:00 p.m. along Route 220, near Boones Mill.
Virginia State Police stated that the 52-year-old driver of a 1992 Dodge pickup truck was traveling in the wrong direction along the highway when he collided head-on with a 2004 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 60-year-old man from Rocky Mount. Two vehicles that were traveling behind the Sebring moments before the initial collision were unable to stop and also collided with the wreckage from the first accident.
The driver of the Dodge pickup truck was not wearing a seatbelt and was declared dead by a medical examiner at the scene. Also not properly restrained in the accident was the driver of the Chrysler and his 26-year-old son. Both men were also declared dead at the scene.
A 46-year-old woman who was involved in the secondary crash suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm say that this Virginia Car Accident highlights the importance of always buckling up your seatbelt before the vehicle moves. The firm would also like to remind parents of the importance of making sure your children are properly restrained in a child safety seat any time they ride in a vehicle.
May 21st, 2012
May 18, 2012
A fatal car crash near Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday brought the death count to 10. The Examiner.com reports that in less than a month there have been 10 unrelated deaths from nine fatal car crashes in the Lynchburg area.
This most recent crash occurred when an unidentified driver of a 1995 Cadillac was traveling west on U.S. Route 460 when he lost control, swerved into the east lane, and was hit by a bucket truck driven by a Roanoke man.
Just two days prior a man died when he ran his Tahoe off the road in Rustburg and was thrown from his vehicle. And between May 1 and May 4, there were five deaths: A 69-yar-old woman died after turning in front of a tractor trailer, an 83-year-old woman died after she stepped into traffic near Brookneal, a 69-year-old male died when his truck was hit by an ambulance, a 55-year-old male died when his motorcycle collided with a deer, and a four-year-old was killed when his mom ran a stop sign and another vehicle collided with the van.
Prior to that, a 53-year-old male died on May 2 when he was removing debris that had fallen from his truck onto the road, and two men died on April 21 when a drunk driver collided with their vehicle.
The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm can help if you or a loved one has been injured in a Virginia car accident.
April 26th, 2012
April 26, 2012
When driving, a single wrong decision can mean the difference between life and death. This is the lesson that one man says he has taken from an accident he caused that claimed the life of his co-worker.
According to The Roanoke Times, the crash happened on July 28, 2011. The men had been celebrating a promotion by buying a case of beer and taking it to the victim’s home. The pair drank for the remainder of the day, but decided to go on one final beer run before the man responsible for the crash went home.
The victim was initially driving but decided that he was too intoxicated to drive and asked his friend to take over. His friend also was drunk and drove the vehicle off the side of the road at around 85 mph, causing the vehicle to flip.
The 35-year-old man responsible for the crash pleaded guilty in January to a single count of involuntary manslaughter and DUI.
Many witnesses came to his aide saying the man was never much of a drinker and rarely had more than three beers at a sitting. When asked by the court how the accident had affected him, the man stated, “I made the worst mistake I ever made in my entire life.”
The Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm ask that you never drink and drive, as operating while intoxicated can have deadly consequences.
April 19th, 2012
April 19, 2012
A 21-year-old man from Rustburg, Virginia, has been charged with the deaths of two Lynchburg, Virginia, siblings after allegedly striking their vehicle while driving drunk. According to WSLS 10 News, the crash occurred on the morning of July 3 last year around 3:00 a.m. along US 460 in Prince Edward County.
The brother and sister, both in their early 20s, were heading back to their home in Farmville when a vehicle driven by the suspect hit them head-on. The suspect’s vehicle was allegedly in the wrong lane of traffic with his lights off at the time of the crash.
The drunk driver was taken into custody and was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week on charges of reckless involuntary DUI manslaughter. If convicted, the man could face anywhere from two to 40 years in prison for his crimes.
According to prosecutors, the commonwealth’s attorney decided to drop regular DUI charges that were placed against the defendant in order to focus on the more serious charges of DUI manslaughter.
The man responsible for the crash remains free on bond pending a trial, which is set to begin on June 28.
The Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm ask that citizens all contribute to keeping Virginia’s highways safe by not drinking and driving. If you have been consuming alcohol, call a taxi or sober friend or family member to get you home safely instead.
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.
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.
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.
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.