Roanoke Accident Injury

Safety Tips for the Fourth of July Weekend

by Staff Blogger | July 3rd, 2014

Fireworks displays can be a great source of entertainment around holidays and special events. But when safety precautions aren’t followed, fireworks can easily contribute to serious injuries. That’s why the Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm are offering a list of fireworks safety tips to remember as you celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow.

  • Supervision Is Crucial– The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that small children should never be allowed to ignite or play with fireworks, including sparklers. Adult supervision should occur regardless of who is setting off the display or what their ages are.
  • Be Careful Lighting Fireworks– Never stand directly over fireworks while lighting fuses. Also, refrain from using fireworks wrapped in brown paper because these products are meant for professional displays and may present a risk to novice users.
  • Don’t Drink and Light– Refrain from using fireworks if you have consumed alcohol. Drinking can inhibit judgment, which can spell disaster when combined with fireworks.
  • Handle Fireworks as Little as Possible– Never pick up fireworks that do not ignite. Furthermore, never aim or throw part of a display at another person.
  • Never Run With Fireworks– Running with fireworks presents serious risk of fall, burn, or other injuries.
  • Extinguish- Prevent fires by submerging or dousing used fireworks in water before disposal.

Our team of attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Traffic and Poor Highway Design Leading to Roanoke Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2013

August 22, 2013

As the number of vehicles on the road continues to grow around Roanoke, there’s been an increase in the number of motor vehicle collisions recorded. The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm say that many of these accidents could have been avoided with an improved highway infrastructure.

A story published by The Roanoke Times recently discussed the infrastructure problems plaguing U.S. Highway 220. In recent years, the state has made numerous improvements to the road including new message boards, more turning lanes, and fewer highway crossings. However, the area continues to see a large number of accidents.

Experts say a large number of these accidents can be blamed on a defective highway design that was not meant to carry the large volume of vehicles on the road.

Officials are working to solve these problems by planning a major interstate system to stretch from the border running between North Carolina and Virginia and the city of Roanoke. The project has been put on hold though for more than twenty years due to numerous constraints. In the meantime, officials are continuing to look at ways to improve the current highway to handle more traffic.

Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers hopes a solution to the problem can be identified before more lives are lost to accidents caused by faulty highway designs.

New Technology Allows Driverless Cars through Intersections

by Staff Blogger | December 6th, 2012

Dec. 6, 2012

Experts say that driver error is a contributing factor in roughly 90 percent of motor vehicle accidents. But what if people no longer had to drive? An article from Science Daily says cutting-edge highway safety technology is being tested at Virginia Tech that could make this a possibility in the near future.

Virginia Tech engineering researchers developed an algorithm for controlling driverless vehicles seamlessly through an intersection. Ismail Zohdy, a doctoral student leading the research, stated that when a vehicle gets within 200 meters of an intersection, a computerized traffic controller takes over the vehicle. Information is then shared between the controller and the vehicle regarding the vehicle’s size, weight, and position. The program controls all traffic through the intersection, eliminating the risk of accidents and potential injuries or fatalities.

While the project is still in the testing phase, researchers are planning to put the system into real-world use at a roundabout on the school’s campus in coming months. The group’s findings have been tested with different levels of driverless traffic volume.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm believe this type of technology will be greatly beneficial in reducing the number of Roanoke car accidents. The law firm is hopeful that this research can soon help prevent injuries on the open road, and would like to wish the researchers the best of luck in their future endeavors.