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Number of Distracted Driving Crashes in Lynchburg On the Rise

by sko | 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?”

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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.

7-Year-Old on Bicycle Hit by Car in Lynchburg

by sko | July 14th, 2011

July 14, 2011

A seven-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a car on Saturday, July 9, while riding his bike in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Chapel Lane near Old Forest Road. A 1997 Honda Accord driven by a 37-year-old Lynchburg woman struck the boy after he rode his bicycle into the road, according to WDBJ7.

The driver of the Accord called for help, and the boy was initially taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. He has since been airlifted to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the crash and urging anyone with information to call the Traffic Safety Unit at at 455-6047 or the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. They have not yet filed any charges.

WSET reports that the boy lives in Capital Heights, Maryland, and was in Lynchburg visiting family.

This was the second child to be hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Lynchburg this month. On Monday, July 4, a boy was hit by a car at the intersection of G and Norwood Streets after he failed to mind a stop sign.

Do you think bicycle safety programs would help reduce the number of accidents for cyclists in Lynchburg?

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.