Sept. 27, 2012
A Lynchburg woman was seriously injured as the result of a car accident last week. According to a story released by The News & Advance, the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, along Lakeside Drive.
Reports indicate the victim was driving a Dodge Caravan when a Chevy Blazer suddenly plowed into the rear of the van. The driver of the Dodge was rushed to a local hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
A police investigation determined the driver of the Blazer was distracted at the time of the Lynchburg car accident, and cited the driver for reckless driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found distracted driving to be a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents that resulted in fatalities or injuries, with roughly 20 percent of all reported crashes involving distraction. The agency also says tests have shown distracted driving to be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.
Lawmakers in many states, including Virginia, have banned the use of cellphones and handheld electronic devices while driving, but experts believe the best way to curb the problem is through better educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would like you to join us in pledging to put cellphones down and pay attention to the road whenever you get behind the wheel of a vehicle.