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Virginia Bus Crash Victims Still Recuperating from Injuries

by sko | June 23rd, 2011

June 23, 2011

A Richmond, Virginia, bus crash last month killed four women when a Sky Express bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. Today some of the 58 victims who were on the bus are still suffering, including one Michigan man and his mother, who remains hospitalized with serious spinal cord injuries.

This week Central Michigan newspaper The Morning Sun ran a follow-up story on the son and his mother. The 23-year-old man had just graduated from Central Michigan University and he and his mom were on the bus headed from North Carolina–where they were visiting friends–to New York City.

Now, almost a month since the tragedy, his 47-year-old mom remains on a ventilator in the surgical intensive care unit at Fredericksburg’s Mary Washington Hospital. She had been visiting the U.S. from Nepal so that she could attend her son’s graduation.

The man sustained back injuries and is still wearing a back brace, reports the newspaper. His neurosurgeons have yet to determine whether his back will require surgery. A fund has been established to assist with the family’s healthcare expenses.

The highly publicized bus accident occurred on Interstate 95 on Tuesday, May 31, just before 5 a.m. When the driver fell asleep, the bus left the road, smashed into a barrier, and rolled over. Four people were killed and more than 50 were injured.

The 37-year-old driver has been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter and remains in Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, Virginia. According to a court affidavit, passengers had overheard the driver on his cell phone saying that he was too tired and hadn’t been able to rest between trips.

Federal law mandates that drivers may only spend 10 hours behind the wheel and must have eight hours off per day. Officials have shut down the bus company, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, for multiple safety violations.

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Do you think more needs to be done to enforce commercial vehicle safety? Do you think it should be illegal for commercial drivers to be behind the wheel during those hours when scientists say the body naturally craves sleep?

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.

Rock Climber Dies in Fall at Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook

by sko | June 16th, 2011

June 16, 2011

A 20-year-old man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, died in Virginia’s Augusta County on Wednesday while rock-climbing at Ravens Roost Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The man fell 100 feet to his death at around 2:15 p.m.

It was reportedly the man’s first time to try outdoor rock climbing, and he and two friends—aged 21 and 30–had been climbing since 11:30 a.m., using the top-rope climbing method whereby a rope is anchored to a tree at the top of a cliff.

On their sixth climb of the day, which was to be their last, the man fell. The cause of the accident hasn’t yet been determined.

National Park Service District Ranger Kurt Speers told The News & Advance that “it looks like some kind of equipment failure.”

And though the man’s friends say they initially thought the fall was caused by a rope that broke, they told The News & Advance that they couldn’t find any breaks in the rope that the man was using.

“Something like this has never happened,” said one of the climbers, who has a reported 10 years experience. “I just can’t understand what happened.”

The National Park Service will continue to investigate the death–examining setup, equipment maintenance, and photos taken by first responders.

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What can be done to make rock climbing safer? Should rock-climbers have to be certified to climb or to earn a license like a pilot might?

If your loved one or the loved one of someone you know has become the victim of a Virginia wrongful death, the Virginia wrongful death lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.

Coal mining accident to blame for Virginia wrongful death

by sko | June 8th, 2011

June 9, 2011

A miner has become the most recent victim of a Virginia wrongful death.

According to wric.com, a man became a Virginia wrongful death victim when his truck carrying coal rolled over at a state surface mine. The Virginia wrongful death victim was pinned in the cab of a 1975 Mack, and he worked for Presley Trucking.

The Virginia wrongful death victim had hit a safety beam while decending a steep slope, the article said. The Virginia wrongful death was ruled an accident in a preliminary report.

The Virginia wrongful death victim was 71.

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What do you think the federal government could do to regulate the safety procedures of coal mining? What do you think makes it such a dangerous industry?

If your loved one or the loved one of someone you know has become the victim of a Virginia wrongful death, the Virginia wrongful death lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.

Man strikes restaurant in Virginia auto accident

by sko | May 18th, 2011

May 19, 2011

The driver of a minivan plowed his vehicle through a Troutville restaurant in a Virginia auto accident, according to The Republic.

A 71-year-old hit the gas pedal instead of the break in the Virginia auto accident, sending the man’s vehicle into Hardee’s restaurant.

No injuries were reported in the Virginia auto accident.

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Would it be discriminating to take one’s driver’s license away after they reach a certain age? Do you think it’s fair that insurance companies raise their rates on auto insurance when someone gets older?

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.

Man dies in Virginia auto accident on Interstate 64

by sko | May 11th, 2011

May 12, 2011

A man involved in a Virginia auto accident was killed, according to hamptonroads.com.

The Virginia auto accident took place on Interstate 64 and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s SUV veered into a concrete barrier, and law enforcement officials say he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the Virginia auto accident.

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Do you think there would be fewer deadly Virginia auto accidents if drivers wore their seatbelts? What can law enforcement officials do to ensure that drivers and their passengers wear their seatbelt?

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.

Rider dies from injuries in Virginia motorcycle accident

by sko | May 4th, 2011

May 5, 2011

A man involved in a Virginia motorcycle accident was wearing his helmet, but died of his injuries at a local hospital, according to wvec.com.

The man was driving a sporty Honda motorcycle when he took a turn too fast around a curve before the Virginia motorcycle accident. The bike fell on its left side, then rolled to the right in the Virginia motorcycle accident.

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What are some common mistakes motorcycle riders make? Do you think motorcycle riders are more prone to speed?

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

Driver could face DUI charges following Virginia auto accident

by sko | April 27th, 2011

April 28, 2011

Two people were killed in a Virginia auto accident where alcohol may have been a factor, according to silive.com.

A man who is accused of driving under the influence is being charged with involuntary manslaughter after the passengers in his vehicle were killed in a Virginia auto accident.

The driver’s blood alcohol level was tested after the Virginia auto accident and was found to be at .13, which is above the legal limit in the state.

The vehicle they were in slammed into a tree in the Virginia auto accident.

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Do you think drunk driving laws do enough to make drivers think twice before driving under the influence? What do you think law enforcement officials could do to keep drivers safe?

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.

Man dies in Virginia auto accident after SUV flips

by sko | April 20th, 2011

April 21, 2011

A man was killed in a Virginia Beach auto accident when he lost control of his Chevy Blazer. The vehicle flipped during the Virginia Beach auto accident, and the man died.

According to hamptonroads.com, the man was driving southbound when the vehicle went of the right side of the road during the early hours of the morning in the Virginia Beach auto accident.

The driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt during the Virginia Beach auto accident.

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Why do you think some people still refuse to wear seatbelts? Do you think law enforcement officials could do more to make sure seatbelt laws are followed?

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.

One person taken to hospital after Virginia trucking accident

by sko | April 14th, 2011

April 14, 2011

A Virginia trucking accident that took place on I-64 had traffic backed up for several miles on I-64, according to nbc29.com.

The Virginia trucking accident took place when a semi truck crashed with a pickup truck and jack-knifed, the article said. Both lanes of the interstate were blocked.

One person was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after the Virginia trucking accident.

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Do you get anxious when driving next to a truck on the interstate? Do you think most semi truck drivers are safe drivers?

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

Virginia auto accident takes 2 lives

by sko | March 29th, 2011

March 24, 2011

Two people’s lives were lost in a Virginia auto accident, yalibnan.com reports.

The 17-year-old driver of the SUV swerved into the lane of a BMW, and the vehicles collided in the Virginia auto accident.

The teen, who had a learner’s permit but not a driver’s license, faces charges. Police say he may have been under the influence at the time of the Virginia auto accident.

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Do you believe teens should face DUI charges if they’re not old enough to drink? Who else do you think should be responsible if a teen gets a DUI charge?

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.