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Car Accident Safety Testing Standards Changed to Better Protect American Drivers

by Staff Blogger | January 29th, 2015

Automotive safety equipment is vigorously tested to ensure proper function before being released on the market. But are safety testing standards eeping motorists from being injured or killed? Mark Skolrood, a Roanoke car accident lawyer with Skolrood Law Firm, points out that a University of Virginia researcher recently delved into this question and found the answer could quite possibly be yes.

All American vehicles must undergo crash tests using crash test dummies—or models of humans used to measure the effects crashes will have on drivers and passengers.

When crash test dummies were introduced, the average adult American male weighed around 170 pounds and that figure was used to create the models in vehicles being tested. Today though, an adult American male can often weigh as much as 300 pounds, which could affect the reliability of crash test results.

WDBJ 7 News reports that heavier crash test dummies tended to slide down in their seat during a crash, forcing seatbelts to ride up on the body and become less effective. In fact, seat belts that ride too high can cause serious car accident injuries. These findings have prompted crash test dummy manufacturers to create heavier models to be used in the future.

The attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful these adjustments to vehicle safety testing standards will help to better protect American motorists from serious harm in accidents.

Teen dies in Roanoke auto accident with ATV

by sko | November 18th, 2010

November 18, 2010

A teen was involved in a Roanoke auto accident when his ATV crashed into the back of another ATV.

The teen died from the Roanoke auto accident with his ATV, The Roanoke Times reports.

The other teen involved in the Roanoke auto accident with the other ATV was taken to a local hospital.

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Do you think safety classes should be given to teens who want to drive ATVs? How do you think law makers should regulate how ATVs are driven and by whom?

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

Two die in Virginia auto accident

by sko | November 11th, 2010

November 11, 2010

A man is being accused of killing a university professor and her son in a late-night Virginia auto accident.

According to, the man’s blood alcohol level at the time of the Virginia auto accident may have been between .14 and .19.

The man’s lawyers are saying that his vehicle may have had mechanical problems at the time of the Virginia auto accident.

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Do you think alcohol plays a role in many Virginia auto accidents?  Do you think law enforcment officials could to more to prevent Virginia auto accidents?

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.