Auto Accident

3 Phone Calls to Make After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | March 8th, 2018

Being involved in a car accident can have physical, financial, and legal ramifications. Getting those ramifications under control immediately after your accident can seem overwhelming, but making these three phone calls can help you protect your health and your rights:

  1. 911 – Virginia law requires that all auto accidents involving property damage or injuries be reported to police. Always call 911 after an accident and wait for police to arrive and create a report of the crash before leaving the scene. If you’re injured, you may be treated at the accident scene by emergency responders or transported to a nearby hospital.
  2. Your insurance provider – Auto insurers require that their policyholders notify them of accidents shortly after they occur—often within one week or less. Waiting too long can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation. Always call as soon as you’re able, but keep the conversation brief and stick to the facts.
  3. An auto accident law firm – It’s important to begin protecting your legal rights as soon as possible after a crash, as the insurance company will begin preparing its defense against paying you the money you deserve. The sooner a law firm can take on your claim, the sooner your attorneys will be able to collect evidence to support your claim.

The Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm have helped many people who were hurt in crashes that were caused by negligent drivers, and we know what you’re going through. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you and your family.

2 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

by Staff Blogger | January 4th, 2018

Many parts of Virginia, including Roanoke, have seen extremely low temperatures in recent days. When temperatures dip below freezing, ice can form on roads and bridges, making routine drives and commutes treacherous and much more likely to result in serious accidents.

There are many safety precautions you can take in all types of weather to protect yourself while driving. But you can further reduce your risk of being involved in an accident and prepare your vehicle for emergency situations this winter by following these tips:

  1. Pack emergency supplies – Winter weather can worsen significantly in a matter of minutes—often with little to no warning. Motorists throughout the U.S. may get stuck or stranded in their vehicles in extreme situations. Stock your car with emergency supplies, including water, food, blankets, and a change of clothing in the event you get trapped in your vehicle.
  2. Replace your unreliable, old, or corroded battery – Cold weather can significantly reduce a car battery’s performance, and in some cases, batteries may even fail when temperatures dip below freezing. If your battery is old or leaking, replace it with an all-weather model as soon as possible.

The Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm know that the challenges drivers face during the winter are different and more dangerous than at any other time of year. We also know that when other motorists don’t take those threats and risks seriously, accidents can happen.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that was caused by a negligent driver, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | November 30th, 2017

Winter is almost here, and that means roads throughout Virginia will become slick and icy. Loss of traction is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents, so it’s important to prepare yourself and your vehicle for driving in inclement weather.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident attorneys know that the risks of car crashes increase when the weather is bad—especially when it affects roadways. Rain, snow, fog, and ice are all common during the winter months, and knowing how to drive in those conditions can help you avoid accidents.

Here are a few tips you can follow to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

  • Check your tires. Your tires are the most vital components on your vehicle in all weather, but especially during winter weather. Make sure they are properly inflated, and replace them immediately if they appear worn or damaged.
  • Replace burned out lights. Lights are also critical when visibility is reduced, which is common during rain, snow, sleet, and fog. Check your lights frequently and replace them as soon as they begin to dim or burn out.
  • Don’t panic if you lose traction. Losing traction when driving over wet or icy spots can be scary, but it’s important to stay calm. Take your foot off the gas or brake, keep your hands on the wheel, and allow your vehicle to coast until you regain control.

Unfortunately, other drivers remain one of the primary causes of accidents, and they don’t always follow those safety tips. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that was caused by another driver, we’re here to help. Call today for free consultation.

3 Reasons to Act Fast After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 16th, 2017

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that many auto accident victims are disoriented, frightened, and hurting after crashes. Their priority is making sure that they and their loved ones are okay. Worrying about how insurance companies will view their injuries or their injury claims is often the furthest thing from their minds.

Our Roanoke car accident lawyers are dedicated to taking as much stress off the shoulders of auto accident victims as possible, and it’s our job to do the heavy lifting while our clients focus on getting better. But we also know that clients who act quickly after their crashes often have better outcomes. Here’s why:

  1. Evidence can disappear. Everything from traffic camera footage to crash debris to reliable memories of what happened can all fade or disappear in the days and weeks after a crash.
  2. Injuries can worsen or change. It’s important to visit a doctor or go to a hospital immediately after an accident. In addition to treating your injuries, a healthcare professional can also rule out internal injuries and create a medical record related to the accident.
  3. Statutes of limitations can expire. Auto accident injury claims have a limited shelf life. If you wait too long to contact an attorney and file a claim, you may lose your chance to do so.

Calling a lawyer may not be high on your list of priorities when you’re still recovering from an accident, but having a legal advocate on your side can help you handle the insurance company while you focus on getting better. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Become a Daylight Saving Time Statistic.

by Staff Blogger | October 12th, 2017

For many people, rolling back their clocks in the fall is a welcome relief. It means an extra hour of sleep and earlier sunrises, making it easier to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. However, gaining an hour in the morning also means an earlier sunset in the evening. And while that may seem like a minor inconvenience, studies have shown that it can lead to an increase in car accidents.

With daylight saving time set to end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, there’s still plenty of time to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the potentially dangerous Monday that will follow. Two steps you and those close to you can take to reduce your risks of being involved in accidents include:

  • Turning on your headlights. Because the sun will set an hour earlier than usual, be sure to turn on your headlights, especially during your commute home in the evening. That will make your vehicle more easily visible to other drivers.
  • Avoiding distractions. Drivers may be more likely to be intoxicated immediately after the end of daylight saving time. Avoiding distractions can help you stay alert and drive defensively in case you encounter an impaired driver.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that the beginning and end of daylight saving time are just two of many common causes of auto accidents.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a crash that was caused by another driver, don’t wait to get help you need. Call our Virginia auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

How Can a Lawyer Help You after an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | October 5th, 2017

After a crash, you’re probably thinking about getting better and getting back to work. However, your your ability to return to work will depend on the severity of your injuries. Serious injuries require expensive medical treatments, and you may be unable to afford them if they keep you from working.

Having an experienced Virginia auto accident lawyer on your side is important for two reasons:

  1. It helps you focus on your recovery. Car accident injuries can be life-changing. Even minor injuries can take weeks, months, or years to fully recover from, and you may need physical therapy to achieve your recovery goals. You shouldn’t have to worry about the red tape involved with filing an accident claim while you’re getting better.
  2. It helps you maximize your chances of getting compensation. The insurance company may offer you a settlement after the crash, but it may not be enough to cover your medical bills and lost wages. An experienced legal team is able to negotiate on your behalf to help you get the money you deserve.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what it takes to build winning claims and to give our clients the peace of mind they need during the recovery process. Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

How To Find Hit-and-Run Drivers?

by Dave Rumsey | August 3rd, 2017

Whether you were injured in a car or motorcycle accident, it can be devastating to know that the person who caused the crash fled the scene and is still at-large.

Not knowing who hurt you is frustrating, and it can make getting compensation more complicated. However, just because the other driver left the scene doesn’t mean you’re out of luck when it comes to filing an injury claim.

In some cases, hit-and-run drivers are located hours, days, or weeks after accidents happen. They may be found after evidence is analyzed, including:

  • Surveillance or traffic camera footage – If the accident happened at or near an intersection, there may be traffic camera footage of the crash and the vehicle involved. Accidents that happen in residential or commercial areas also may be recorded by surveillance cameras.
  • Witness statements – Information provided by witnesses can help police track down hit-and-run drivers. They can provide details such as a description of the suspect, the vehicle he or she was driving, and partial or complete license plate numbers.
  • Accident scene debris – Paint smudges, skid marks, broken glass, and other vehicle fragments can help our investigators piece together the type of vehicle that was involved in the crash—which can lead to the hit-and-run driver.

Even if the hit-and-run driver isn’t found, you still may have options for filing a claim for compensation and getting the money you and your loved ones deserve.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what it takes to help injured victims like you move forward with their lives after accidents that were caused by another person’s negligence. Fill out a free online form to get in touch with our Roanoke auto accident lawyers.

Overlooked Causes of Auto Accidents

by Staff Blogger | July 27th, 2017

Awareness programs and increased enforcement by police officers have helped educate the public about three of the biggest causes of car crashes: speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving. But when you’re driving a vehicle at speeds up to 70 mph near other vehicles that are traveling the same speed or faster, it’s important to be aware of every factor that can result in a crash.

Two overlooked factors that can result in car accidents include:

  • Illnesses and diseases – Drivers with serious conditions that can result in loss of consciousness, reduced or lost vision, sudden sleepiness, or recurring fatigue should avoid getting behind the wheel. In addition, people taking medications that result in any of those side effects should also avoid driving.
  • Faulty GPS systems – Whether it’s your smartphone or a stand-alone GPS device, having a virtual “assistant” help you navigate on your road trip or just around town can be helpful and save you time. But it’s important to keep your eyes on the road and to trust your instincts. GPS systems aren’t always right, and they can sometimes lead drivers down closed roads or one-way streets while heading in the wrong direction.

No matter what caused your car accident, you need an experienced Roanoke auto accident lawyer on your side to protect you. The insurance company may be reluctant to give you the compensation you need—or they may deny your claim altogether. At Skolrood Law Firm, we can fight for your rights. Schedule a free consultation today. Let us work hard while you focus on getting better.

Fight for Your Financial Future

by Staff Blogger | July 6th, 2017

It’s scary how quickly your 4,000 lb. car can be transformed into a heap of scrap metal. Because of their injuries, many of our car accident clients don’t see the damage to their vehicle until well after their accident. When they do, it can be an emotional experience. The wreckage is a tangible reminder of just how close they came to losing everything.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we believe every car accident victim should hold at-fault drivers accountable for their negligence. Although you’re in a great deal of pain and have a long recovery ahead, you have the ability to do something about what has been done to you. It’s not about getting even. It’s about getting the compensation you need for your recovery. The at-fault driver almost took your life. Don’t let them take your financial future as well.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Roanoke car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no charge or obligation, and begin fighting on your behalf the moment we take your case. You survived your accident, but you still have your financial future to fight for. Contact us today.

Two Biggest Mistakes Car Accident Victims Make

by Staff Blogger | June 15th, 2017

You’ve been in a serious car accident. You’re injured; you’re scared; and you don’t know where to turn for help. You’re going to get a lot of advice from folks over the next few weeks. The insurance company may be one of them. But how do you know which advice is sound?

Take a minute to learn the two biggest mistakes car accident victims make and then use that as your barometer for any advice you receive.

1) Failing to get proper medical treatment. You need a couple things to fully recover physically after a car accident: time and medical treatment. You should never refuse medical treatment or pass on a scheduled appointment, because doing so could lead to setbacks or further injuries.

2) Dealing with the insurance company alone. Although you might think the insurance company is looking out for your best interests, the fact remains that the insurance company is a business. They make their money by paying out less in claims than they take in in premiums. They have every motivation to pay you less than you deserve for your injury claim if you’ll take it. Without an experienced Roanoke car accident attorney on your side, you might miss out on thousands of dollars that you’ll need to fully recover.

If you’ve been injured, call the car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation. Because we win only if you win, you know that we’ll be looking out for your best interests. Contact us today.