September 27th, 2012
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.
July 26th, 2012
July 26, 2012
Last year in the state of Virginia, 20 teenagers were killed and another 522 were injured as the result of alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, an organization called Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety is hoping to reduce those numbers by setting up a mock drunk driving accident scene for teens to investigate.
A Virginia Car Accident scene was set up earlier this week on Lynchburg College’s campus, and it will remain there through Friday. Teens and young adults are able to inspect the crash scene and search for clues as to what may have happened. Without giving away specific details of the crash, the exercise is meant to point out the dangers of not wearing seat belts as well as the potential risks of drinking and distracted driving.
Many participants stated that the program really hits home because they were allowed to get up close and truly see the consequences of a traffic accident. One young woman stated, “It is a bit of a shock when you come down here if you have never seen [a crash] before and it shows you what really happens.”
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful that the program will make participants think twice about unsafe driving behavior every time they get in a car.
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.
February 16th, 2012
February 16, 2012
When we think of nursing home abuse, we imagine it happening to an elderly person at an assisted living facility. What we often fail to remember is that the same abuse and neglect can happen to our children in the company of others.
Take, for instance, a case reported by WSLS 10 News of an 11-year-old autistic boy from outside Lynchburg, Virginia, who was beaten last fall by a bus driver and her assistant while they were taking him home. Video footage from the bus shows the two women kicking and beating the child with a fly swatter that September afternoon. Upon investigation, Bedford County school officials fired the two women for their actions and turned the case over to police. Two months later, the women were convicted of misdemeanor assault and received 12-month reduced sentences.
Only recently, though, did the boy’s family file a lawsuit for the alleged abuse. Their lawsuit seeks $20 million in damages from the Bedford County Schools, along with an additional $500,000 in punitive damages to be collected from the two women.
On Wednesday of this week, an attorney for one of the women filed a response to the lawsuit claiming no wrongdoing on her part.
The Virginia Caregiver Abuse Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm may be able to help answer some of your questions if your loved one has been caused physical or mental harm while in the care of another person.