March 6th, 2014
March 6, 2014
If your house is burning or you suffer a Roanoke Car Accident Injury, one of the first people who will offer you assistance will be an emergency responder. But it is difficult to keep enough of these highly trained individuals on staff, which leaves many municipalities to depend on volunteers to get the job done.
Recently, 14 volunteers graduated from the Roanoke County Fire Academy. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. yesterday at the South County Library.
Took reach the achievements needed to graduate, each of the volunteers had to undergo more than 200 hours of training over the last 20 weeks. Some of the topics that were covered include search and rescue, ventilation, construction, emergency care, and hazardous material operations. Each of the volunteers were then tested on the skills they learned during a live-burn exercise that was held at the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire & EMS Training Center.
A total of 11 of the volunteers will offer services in Roanoke County, while the remainder of the graduates will work in Bedford County.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm understand the risks and sacrifices these volunteers face each day while on the job and applaud the efforts they are making in order to give back to the community.
February 13th, 2014
February 13, 2014
Giving back to the community we serve is important to the Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm, and a movie being filmed in the city is going to do just that.
The movie, tentatively titled Crossing Streets, is produced by Alexander Films and is set to being shooting in Roanoke this March. The film centers around the story of a detective and a preacher who solve a crime while touching on the mission of local non-profit organization Straight Street.
The organization focuses on giving teenagers, especially those considered “at-risk”, a safe place to spend their time. A portion of the film’s proceeds will be donated to Straight Street.
Producers are calling for local talent to get involved with the project as well. Casting calls for several roles were held last week at Greene Memorial Church.
Roanoke’s mayor, David Bowers, stated the community is excited about the activity surrounding the film, and they are hopeful the movie will be able to raise awareness about an organization that has touched countless lives in the Roanoke community. The team of attorneys with Skolrood Law firm would like to second that sentiment!
January 23rd, 2014
January 23, 2014
When a person is injured as the result of another person’s negligence, they can file a civil lawsuit against the party responsible to seek compensation for their damages. A Roanoke Personal Injury Lawsuit was filed by a Gretna, Virginia, woman in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court recently in connection with injuries caused by her husband’s alleged negligence.
According to an article from GoDanRiver.com, the incident occurred at the couple’s home on Feb. 25, 2013. Reports indicate the victim was walking along the driveway when she slipped and fell, causing her leg to land in the path of a 2001 Freightliner motor home that her husband was reversing. The vehicle ran over the woman’s leg, causing injuries that required the limb to be amputated.
The woman filed suit against her husband and the couple’s two insurance companies, claiming her husband’s failure to keep the vehicle under control while backing up was responsible for her injuries. She is seeking a total of $25 million for her losses.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize how expensive it can be to overcome an injury caused by another person’s negligence. That is why the firm is hopeful a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the victim.
January 9th, 2014
January 9, 2013
Distracted driving is becoming one of the greatest contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents on the roadways of the United States. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that, in 2012 alone, a total of 3,328 people died and another 421,000 individuals were injured in distracted driving crashes.
The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explains a new study aims to raise awareness about just how dangerous distracted driving is among teenagers. Reports indicate the group of researchers culminated data from equipment installed in the vehicles of 42 newly licensed 16- and 17-year-old drivers and 109 adult motorists.
According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the team concluded the chances of being involved in an accident increased seven times when motorists attempted to reach for or dial cellphones. The odds of a crash also increased by as much as four times when motorists attempted to respond to text messages. However, no increase was noted when motorists talked on cellphones.
The Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the risks of driving while distracted and hope the new study’s findings will prompt motorists to put their phones down while driving.
December 19th, 2013
December 19, 2013
Studies have shown two factors that can significantly increase the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle collision are alcohol consumption and inexperience. The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain the city is addressing these issues in a public forum aimed at raising awareness about the risks teenagers face behind the wheel.
An article published in The Roanoke Times say the actions were prompted by a crash involving four teenagers. Reports indicate the incident took place on the night of Nov. 11, when a teenage motorist who had been drinking lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a home. The impact of the collision claimed two of the passengers’ lives and the driver is now facing criminal charges.
On Monday, the Prevention Council of Roanoke County discussed the risky behaviors teenagers sometimes choose to engage in behind the wheel. This conversation is vital, considering teens in Roanoke County are involved in alcohol-related accidents at a rate that is as much as two-thirds higher than the state’s average.
The state is also working to reduce alcohol-related accidents in the region through several public awareness campaigns.
Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the actions being taken by state and county officials to better protect teenage drivers from dangerous behaviors on the road and are hopeful that the efforts are a success!
November 7th, 2013
November 7, 2013
Drowsy driving is one of the greatest dangers on the road today. Studies conducted by the National Sleep Foundation show that as many as 60 percent of adult drivers admit to getting behind the wheel while drowsy. Four percent of those individuals, or 11 million drivers, say they have been involved in an accident after dozing off while driving.
The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain that fatigue played a role in a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred last month in Loudoun County, Virginia. Reports indicate the incident happened on Friday, Oct. 4, near Briar Patch Lane along Route 50.
According to a story published by Leesburg Today, the 74-year-old female driver of a 2004 Porsche SUV was traveling west along the highway when she allegedly drifted to sleep, allowing her vehicle to cross the median. There, the SUV then struck a van carrying six women.
The impact of the collision claimed the life of one of the van’s passengers and left several others with serious injuries.
Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the devastating results drowsy driving accidents can have. That is why the firm asks each motorist to never get behind the wheel without getting enough rest.
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.