driving safety tips

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips For Roanoke Drivers

by Staff Blogger | December 31st, 2015

Tonight is New Year’s Eve, which means there will be plenty of activities and celebrations taking place across the city of Roanoke. These events can lead to an increase in traffic and the number of dangerous drivers who will be on the road, which is why the Roanoke car accident lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm would like to offer these safety tips to help keep you safe:

  • Know Your Route- There will be several road closures taking place in Roanoke, which could cause traffic delays. A report from WSLS 10 News outlines some of the streets to avoid, so be sure the route to your destination bypasses these areas.
  • Watch For Pedestrians- There will be more people than usual walking this evening, so be sure to slow down and look twice when approaching an intersection or crosswalk.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive- Intoxicated motorists cause a disproportionate number of motor vehicle fatalities and injuries, especially on New Year’s Eve. That’s why you should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Call a cab or use a designated driver to get home instead. Also, remember to report any suspected drunk drivers you seen on the road.
  • Buckle Up- Wearing a seatbelt significantly reduces the chances of injury or death in the event of an accident.
  • Be Prepared- Not all accidents can be avoided. That’s why it’s important to have all of your vehicle’s documentation handy and know what to do after a car accident occurs.

We hope you have happy and safe travels this New Year!

Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Offer Five Tips for Driving in Flooded Areas

by Staff Blogger | October 1st, 2015

Heavy rains pounded the region surrounding Roanoke, Virginia, over the weekend, resulting in heavy flooding. High water along roadways can cause serious safety hazards and our Roanoke car accident lawyers would like to remind you of a few tips to remember when considering driving in a flooded area.

  • Don’t Drive– If you can avoid getting on the road during severe weather, don’t drive. Seek shelter and stay put until floodwaters have subsided.
  • Know Your Route– Be aware of what the road conditions along your route are like. WDBJ 7 News is providing a live feed of traffic conditions and the latest information regarding the weather.
  • Turn Around– If you must drive, remember to never attempt to pass through standing water. You could lose control of the vehicle or there could be sunken debris in the water that you can’t see. Also, if the water is too deep, you or your vehicle could be swept away in the floodwater.
  • Use Your Lights– Turning on your headlights helps make your vehicle more visible to others on the road.
  • Be Prepared– Before embarking on your journey, be sure to have food, water, and a flashlight readily available in your vehicle.

One of the most important things to remember though is that being cautious cannot prevent all accidents from occurring. So, it’s important to be aware of what to do after a car accident occurs as well.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe as we wait for the water to retreat.

Tips To Avoid A Virginia Car Accident During Winter Weather

by Staff Blogger | January 15th, 2015

Winter weather pounded parts of Virginia earlier this week, leaving roads coated in ice and dozens of motorists involved in collisions. In fact, the Virginia State Police reported Virginia car accident numbers spiked on the morning of Jan. 14, with a total of 84 collisions across the state.

With numbers like these, it comes as no surprise that winter weather presents serious risks on the road. That’s why the Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm would like to offer a few tips to help you stay safe this winter:

  • Don’t Drive If You Don’t Have To– If weather and road conditions are deteriorating and you have nowhere you need to be,  stay home and off the road.
  • Be Prepared– If you must drive in snowy or icy conditions, know the road conditions along the route you plan to travel. You may also want to pack an emergency supply kit with food, water, blankets, flashlights, and a fully charged cellphone to call for assistance.
  • Learn Basic Winter Driving Techniques– Driving on ice is a different experience than driving on asphalt. That’s why motorists should learn safe winter driving techniques such as how to stop, slow down, and stop a spin on ice. AAA offers several tips on operating a vehicle in winter conditions.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road during this cold, icy weather.