Drunk driving

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!

Drunk Driving Problem Affects All Motorists Nationwide

by Staff Blogger | April 26th, 2012

April 26, 2012

When driving, a single wrong decision can mean the difference between life and death. This is the lesson that one man says he has taken from an accident he caused that claimed the life of his co-worker.

According to The Roanoke Times, the crash happened on July 28, 2011. The men had been celebrating a promotion by buying a case of beer and taking it to the victim’s home. The pair drank for the remainder of the day, but decided to go on one final beer run before the man responsible for the crash went home.

The victim was initially driving but decided that he was too intoxicated to drive and asked his friend to take over. His friend also was drunk and drove the vehicle off the side of the road at around 85 mph, causing the vehicle to flip.

The 35-year-old man responsible for the crash pleaded guilty in January to a single count of involuntary manslaughter and DUI.

Many witnesses came to his aide saying the man was never much of a drinker and rarely had more than three beers at a sitting. When asked by the court how the accident had affected him, the man stated, “I made the worst mistake I ever made in my entire life.”

The Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm ask that you never drink and drive, as operating while intoxicated can have deadly consequences.