August 9th, 2012
Aug. 9, 2012
One boy died and another was seriously injured as the result of being struck by vehicles while in the road near the town of Lynchburg, Virginia. An article from ABC 13 News suggests parents use these accidents to discuss the dangers of the road with their children to help prevent further accidents.
The first Lynchburg Auto Accident occurred this past Friday at around 2 p.m. on Timberlake Road. Lt. Danny Marks, of the Lynchburg Police Department, stated that the 9-year-old boy was attempting to cross the street with his mother and three sisters when the mother told the children to wait. The boy darted into traffic and was struck by a vehicle. He remained in critical condition for several days, but later died.
Two days after the first accident, a 12-year-old boy was riding bikes with friends in a parking lot along Oakridge Boulevard when he accidentally went into the road and was struck by an eastbound car. He remains in critical condition.
What can parents do to keep their children safe? The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would suggest supervising children at all times when near a roadway and talking to kids about the dangers traffic can pose. Also, make sure that everyone holds hands and looks both ways twice before ever attempting to cross the street. Following these simple steps can decrease the chances of your child being injured in an accident.
July 19th, 2012
July 19, 2012
Studies show that while head-on collisions account for only about two percent of all types of car accidents, yet they account for 10 percent of all fatal accidents. Around 75 percent of these accidents occur on rural two lane roads, suggesting that driver error may be a leading cause for this kind of crash. Data from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show that 93 percent of head-on fatalities involved vehicles going straight or negotiating a curve.
Locally, two groups of motorists are lucky to have survived such a collision. According to The News & Advance, the accident occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoon along Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg. It left seven passengers of the two vehicles involved seriously injured.
Reports indicate that the accident occurred when a 2000 Buick Century, driven by a 75-year-old Lynchburg man, crossed over the center median lines of the highway and struck a Ford minivan driven by a 37-year-old woman head-on.
All were taken to a local hospital where the driver of the Buick and two passengers in the van remain listed in critical condition. The driver of the van is in stable condition, while three other passengers were treated and released.
The Lynchburg Personal Injury Lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm would like to remind drivers that obeying the speed limit and staying focused on the road at all times are your two best bets for avoiding a Virginia Personal Injury.
July 21st, 2011
July 21, 2011
Distracted driving caused 404 crashes, 172 injuries, and two deaths in Lynchburg, Virginia, last year, according to The News & Advance.
In addition, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that in 2010 there were 5,396 distracted-driving-related crashes statewide, which injured 22,292 people and killed 281.
“Driving is a complex task,” said Lynchburg Officer Ronnie Sitler. “Anything you do—such as fiddling with the radio or the GPS or talking on your phone—is a distraction that can lead to a crash.”
Distracted driving in Virginia—and across the country—has become so pervasive that the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is now seeking out people willing to have cameras installed in their cars so that the effects of distractions can be observed.
A previous Virginia Tech study, which looked specifically at distracted driving amongst commercial truckers and bus drivers, found that drivers who are texting behind the wheel take their eyes off the road for 4.6 out of every 6 seconds while texting.
“In my opinion, almost all accidents are caused by some sort of distraction,” said Lynchburg Officer J.W. Blankenship. “If you are paying attention and following the law, you wouldn’t have a crash. People I write speeding tickets to, many say, ‘I wasn’t paying attention.’ If you weren’t paying attention, then what were you doing?”
What do you think should be done to deter distracted driving in Virginia?
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.