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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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How Roanoke Police Sort Out Crash Details

by sko | October 20th, 2011

October 19, 2011

A new piece in The Roanoke Times takes an extensive look at how Roanoke officers are trained to make heads or tails of an automobile accident’s aftermath.

In a staged wreck on Tuesday, 25 police officers from central and Southwest Virginia witnessed a crash test in which a car speeds down a hill into a crash test dummy that’s on foot. The “accident” propelled the dummy 64 feet and left 66 feed of skid marks, though the dummy’s hat fell in nearly the same place he’d been standing at time of impact.

“In situations like this one, you’ve got at least one person who died or was severely injured, so you can’t interview everyone who was involved,” said Blacksburg police Detective Michael Czernicki. “You’re trying to figure out as much as you can about what happened based on the evidence.”

The region is unique in its extensive training of officers by the Blue Ridge Regional Crash Team.

“You don’t need a person in a department who knows it all,” said Sgt. Tim Wyatt, who heads the Roanoke County police patrol division. “When you have a team like this, you can have 10 people who know a lot.”

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If you or someone you know has been involved in a Virginia auto accident, the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.

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Roanoke Woman Charged in Connection with 4-Car Crash

by sko | October 5th, 2011

October 5, 2011

A 29-year-old woman from Roanoke, Virginia, has been charged with reckless driving after she caused a four-car collision on Interstate 581 in Roanoke late on the afternoon of Monday, October 3.

Troopers told WSLS that the woman took her eyes off the road briefly just before approaching traffic that had come to a standstill about a half mile south of the Hershberger Road exit.

The woman then slammed into the rear of a Subaru Outback being driven by a Roanoke College student from Richmond. The man was taken by EMTs to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but he was not seriously hurt. However, his Outback was totaled.

A Roanoke man driving a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck and a Salem man driving a Mercedes SUV were also involved in the accident on Monday.

Following the crash, WSLS reports that troopers charged the driver who initiated the crash with reckless driving.

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If you or someone you know has been involved in a Virginia auto accident, the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.

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Virginia Car Crash Information Now Available Online

by sko | September 5th, 2011

September 5, 2011

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has introduced an online interactive database of state car crash information for use by the public. Called the Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS), the Governor said last week that the system aims to compile Virginia’s car wreck data and other relevant information into one place.

The information can be accessed through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website, where custom reports can be created, sorting information by fatalities and injuries. In a later phase, traffic crashes may be sorted by street location, and age and gender of those injured or killed. There will, however, never be personal driver information on the site.

“Multiple agencies combined efforts to create this efficient electronic method of collecting, storing and providing access to this important government information,” McDonnell said. “Previously, this information was stored by different agencies in different formats, making it hard for citizens to access. Now any Virginian, whether a safety advocate or a concerned citizen, can easily use this portal to look up comprehensive crash statistics in their communities.”

The end goal of TREDS is to reduce the number of Virginia traffic-related fatalities. There have been 487 in VA so far this year, and there were 494 last year.

“Linking the data together in a common format is efficient and creates more comprehensive, accurate crash statistics,” said DMV commissioner Richard Holcomb. “TREDS gives us a 360-degree view of crashes and their causes, which can aid in preventing future traffic fatalities.”

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If you or someone you know has been involved in a Virginia auto accident, the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.

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Virginia Woman Killed, Maryland Man Injured in Route 15 Crash

by sko | September 1st, 2011

September 1, 2011

A 53-year-old woman died and a 43-year-old man was injured in a car crash on Route 15 in Virginia’s Loudon County on Wednesday, August 31.

The accident occurred just before 6:20 a.m. when a 2008 Chevy pickup truck crossed into the southbound lane of Route 15 and struck a Ford van before slamming head-on into a 1997 Nissan pickup truck. The Chevrolet’s driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. She was from Ashburn, Virginia.

Meanwhile the Nissan’s driver—a Brunswick, Maryland, man—had to be life-flighted to a nearby hospital where he is fighting life-threating injuries. The driver of the Ford was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

WILA.com reports that just prior to the crash a Virginia State Trooper received information about a pickup driving erratically on Route 15 North, and he went searching for the truck. Just as he was coming upon the truck in question, he saw it cross into the southbound lane, causing the fatal crash.

The crash closed down Route 15 for three hours, reopening at 9:34 a.m.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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If you or someone you know has been involved in a Virginia auto accident, the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.

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Dump Truck Crash in Roanoke Causes Fuel Spill

by sko | August 18th, 2011

August 18, 2011

A dump truck crash in Roanoke, Virginia, on Wednesday, August 17, caused a fuel spill on Old Mill Road.

The accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. when a 21-year-old Blacksburg, Virginia, resident was traveling down Old Mill Road in a dump truck that belongs to JPAC of Christiansburg.

According to WSLS, the driver ran off the right side of the road at the 6500 block, flipping the truck onto its side and rolling into a creek. The man, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not hurt, but the truck’s load of dirt and rock, as well as 10 gallons of diesel fuel, spilled into the creek along the roadside.

VDOT and HAZMAT teams were on the scene on Wednesday to manage clean-up. Old Rill Road was closed for about three hours.

The driver has been charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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Motorcycle, SUV Collide in Roanoke, Killing 1

by sko | August 11th, 2011

August 11, 2011

A 19-year-old motorcyclist lost his life Monday, August 8, when his motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV in Roanoke, Virginia, around 7 p.m.

The accident occurred as the victim and a friend were riding their motorcycles on Hollins Road, which they’d turned onto after riding on Williamson Road and Plantation Road.

The victim’s friend reports that they were traveling at 25 miles over the speed limit and that his friend lost control of his 2003 Honda CBR600RR sport motorcycle and hit an oncoming SUV head-on. The motorcyclist went beneath the vehicle, while his motorcycle skidded across the pavement.

“[The victim’s] bike went right in front of me,” said the friend in an interview with Roanoke.com. “He was just so close. It was so quick.”

The victim, a graduate of William Fleming High School, was wearing a helmet during the crash. Though his friend tried to remove him from beneath the SUV, he died at the scene.

The street was closed for more than three hours as police reconstructed the accident.

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1 Dead, 2 Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash in Gretna

by sko | August 4th, 2011

August 4, 2011

A Ringold, Virginia, man died on Wednesday, August 3, when the car he was riding in ran off the road and overturned, ejecting him.

The crash occurred in Gretna, Virginia, around 6 p.m. on U.S. 29. A 1997 Ford Explorer that was traveling southbound ran off the road, then veered and overcorrected, flipping the vehicle.

The News & Advance reports that the Explorer overturned five times, throwing a 61-year-old male passenger from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead a the scene.

The Explorer’s driver had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital and yet another passenger was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

A portion of U.S. 29 was closed for about 40 minutes after the wreck.

Virginia State Trooper T.S. Bullington told The News & Advance that neither speed nor alcohol were a factor in the crash and that the investigation is ongoing.

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