Roanoke Wrongful Death Attorney

$275,000 Settlement Reached in Roanoke Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | March 20th, 2014

March 20, 2014

When a person is killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, the victim’s family may have the right to seek compensation for their loss. The Roanoke Wrongful Death Attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm explain that in order for this to happen, the plaintiff must be able to establish that the defendant failed to recognize or take action to prevent the incident from occurring.

One Roanoke family recently argued this point successfully, resulting in a settlement for a lawsuit filed in connection with a train accident that left two teenage boys dead. According to an article from The Roanoke Times, the incident occurred on February 13, 2011, along a trestle running near the south fork of the Roanoke River and a nature preserve known as Pedlar Hills.

The lawsuit alleged that prior to striking the pair, train operators failed to sound the whistle or attempt to slow the vehicle down by braking. Furthermore, the family’s claimed Norfolk Southern was aware locals used the tracks to access the nature preserve and had gone so far as to plan to build a foot bridge in the area for safety, but later stalled the plans.

Before a trial was set to begin, a settlement was reached that paid $120,000 to each of the victim’s families after expenses were deducted.

Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and are hopeful this resolution helps bring some closure to the families of the victims.

Family of Worker Killed in Roanoke Car Accident Files Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | 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.

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

by Staff Blogger | 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.