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.
February 7th, 2013
Feb. 7, 2013
Motorists in Virginia who text and drive will soon receive stiff punishment if caught in the act by law enforcement. According to an article published in a recent issue of The News & Advance, state legislators announced on Wednesday that a bill making it a primary offense to text and drive is currently in the process of approval.
The new law means it will be easier for an officer to pull offending motorists over and the fines will be much stiffer. Current laws against texting a driving make it a secondary offense. This means that law enforcement must pull you over for another reason in order to write a ticket. If caught, the violation is currently punishable by a $25 fine. The new law states officers will be able to pull over drivers for texting and driving, and citations can range from $250 to $500 per infraction.
The new law’s sponsors say the need for tougher texting and driving laws was highlighted by a recent case where a motorist from Fairfax County sent and received seven text messages in the ten minutes leading up to a Virginia Car Accident that claimed the life of a teen. The current texting and driving law prevented the motorist from being charged with a more serious offense.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts of lawmakers who are working to make the state’s roads safer for all who use them!
January 3rd, 2013
Jan. 3, 2013
Four people were seriously injured as the result of an accident in Bedford County, Virginia, earlier this week. According to WDBJ 7 News, the crash occurred Friday evening at the intersection of Route 460 and Route 711.
The Virginia State Police report that a 26-year-old woman from Huddleston, Virginia, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt along Route 460. She approached the intersection with Route 711 and attempted to make a left turn. A 2010 Nissan Armada being driven by a man from Eagle Rock, Virginia, was approaching on 711. The driver of the Nissan did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided.
The impact of the Roanoke Car Accident injured the driver of the Cobalt, along with two female passengers and a child in the Armada.
A study from the Federal Highway Administration shows that a majority of accidents occur at road intersections. The chances of an accident increase significantly when fewer roads intersect at a specific location. The number of accidents at four-legged intersections saw an average of 38 accidents per year versus more than 55 at four-way intersections.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize the dangers auto accidents present to motorists. The law firm may be able to help you if you have been injured in a virginia car accident that occurred at no fault of your own.
December 20th, 2012
Dec. 20, 2012
Drinking and driving around the holidays is a problem that law enforcement in Virginia has to battle each year. New strategies being discussed by government organizations like the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aim to reduce the number of drunk drivers, which may subsequently shrink the number of roadway injuries and fatalities
The NTSB announced it would be pushing lawmakers to focus on substance-impaired driving by improving alcohol impairment testing methods, establishing drug impairment standards, and finding better ways to identify intoxicated drivers’ “place[s] of last drink”.
The agency recommended that all states adopt regulations similar to Virginia’s requirement that all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders, have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. However, the NTSB said this is not enough to combat the problem. Officials went on to explain that since drugs and medications are playing a more predominant role in impaired driving accidents, it is important to establish intoxication limits for different drugs and better means of testing drivers for these substances.
The organization pointed out that a better means of establishing a drunk driver’s “Place of last drink” may also help the prosecution of bars and restaurants that over serve patrons.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful these recommendations will reduce and prevent Roanoke Car Accidents caused by drunk driving.
December 6th, 2012
Dec. 6, 2012
Experts say that driver error is a contributing factor in roughly 90 percent of motor vehicle accidents. But what if people no longer had to drive? An article from Science Daily says cutting-edge highway safety technology is being tested at Virginia Tech that could make this a possibility in the near future.
Virginia Tech engineering researchers developed an algorithm for controlling driverless vehicles seamlessly through an intersection. Ismail Zohdy, a doctoral student leading the research, stated that when a vehicle gets within 200 meters of an intersection, a computerized traffic controller takes over the vehicle. Information is then shared between the controller and the vehicle regarding the vehicle’s size, weight, and position. The program controls all traffic through the intersection, eliminating the risk of accidents and potential injuries or fatalities.
While the project is still in the testing phase, researchers are planning to put the system into real-world use at a roundabout on the school’s campus in coming months. The group’s findings have been tested with different levels of driverless traffic volume.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm believe this type of technology will be greatly beneficial in reducing the number of Roanoke car accidents. The law firm is hopeful that this research can soon help prevent injuries on the open road, and would like to wish the researchers the best of luck in their future endeavors.
November 15th, 2012
Nov. 15, 2012
Statistics have long shown that young people are at the highest risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents. Reports from the Virginia Highway Safety Office says that over the first ten months of 2012, there were a total of 70 motor vehicle fatalities involving people between the ages of 16 and 20-years-old.
Two young lives were lost in a Roanoke Car Accident earlier this week in Bedford County. According to The Roanoke Times, the crash happened at around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, at the intersection of Virginia 24 and Masons Lane.
Reports show the 17-year-old driver of a Ford Mustang approached the intersection with Virginia 24 from Masons Lane with a 16-year-old female passenger in the front seat, and two teenage passengers in the rear of the vehicle. The Mustang paused at the intersection and then turned left onto the highway. However, the driver pulled out in front of a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by a 49-year-old Vinton man and the two vehicles collided.
The impact killed both the driver and the young woman in the front seat of the Mustang, while the two rear passengers were rushed to a local hospital with injuries.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm understand the emotions that can come with suddenly losing a loved one in a tragic accident, and would like to send their deepest sympathies to the victims’ friends and families.
October 25th, 2012
Oct. 25, 2012
Three civil lawsuits have been filed against the driver of a vehicle responsible for an accident that seriously injured two passengers and killed another. The Franklin News-Post reports that the crash occurred just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 23, near the intersection of Highway 122 and Beechdale Road outside of Roanoke.
Reports indicate the 18-year-old female driver was speeding northbound along the highway with three male passengers in the vehicle when she suddenly lost control of the vehicle in a curve. The Cougar then crossed the road and struck two other vehicles before leaving the road and hitting a building and two other unoccupied parked cars.
The impact of the Roanoke Car Accident killed the 17-year-old passenger in the front seat and left the two male teens in the backseat with serious injuries.
As a result, the family of the boy who was killed filed a $2.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle for their loss. The father of the 17-year-old backseat passenger has also filed a $2.5 million personal injury lawsuit, claiming the crash left his son with a traumatic brain injury, as well as multiple fractures and organ lacerations.
The driver of a pickup truck that was hit by the Cougar filed a $500,000 lawsuit a month after the crash.The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood law Firm are hopeful the lawsuits help bring closure to the victims of the accident.
October 18th, 2012
Oct. 18, 2012
The dangers of teen driving are real. Experts say roughly 36,000 American teens are killed and thousands more are injured each year on U.S. roadways, with motor vehicle accidents being the number one cause of death for the age group.
One major cause for these accidents is distraction, with more than 75 percent of teens admitting to texting while driving. This behavior can increase the chances of an accident by as much as four times. The dangers hit home for many in Franklin County, Virginia, earlier this week when a teen was killed and five others injured in a Virginia Auto Accident.
WSLS 10 News reports the crash occurred Sunday morning at around 3:30 a.m. A 19-year-old Vinton man was driving a Cadillac CTS eastbound on the highway when the vehicle veered off the road, striking a tree.
The 15-year-old front seat passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was declared dead at the scene, while the driver and four other passengers were rushed to a local hospital for treatment of injuries ranging from moderate to serious.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm send their sympathies to the family and friends of the victims of this accident. They would also like to remind parents of teenagers to discuss safe driving habits. Developing a driving contract with your child that outlines driving behaviors to be followed behind the wheel at all times may also be beneficial.
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. Phys.org 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.