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Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Provide Details About Virginia’s Newest Traffic Laws

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2015

The Importance of Traffic Laws

Protecting the safety of all motorists on Virginia’s highways and roads is a top priority for a majority of the commonwealth’s citizens and legislators. One way we achieve this goal is through the passing and enforcement of strict laws that govern the operation of motor vehicles.

Our Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain several new traffic laws went into effect on July 1. That’s why we’re providing you with the details you need to know about these new rules.

Move Over Laws

Reports from WDBJ 7 News indicate that one of the new regulations creates a “Mover Over” law. This means traffic must move at least one lane away from any stopped emergency vehicle that has its emergency lights activated. If a driver is unable to move over, they must slow down and use caution when passing the emergency vehicle.

Drivers must also slow down to at least 10 mph below the posted speed limit and allow at least two feet of space when passing a garbage collection truck. Motorists are also now allowed to cross double yellow lines on the road when passing a cyclist or pedestrian in order to allow those individuals plenty of room.

Stay Safe

These rules could potentially save a number of lives and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm encourage you to do your part to keep our highways safe by always allowing stopped and slower traffic plenty of space when passing.

 

Judge Orders Dispatcher To Stand Trial For Fatal Virginia Bus Crash

by Staff Blogger | March 22nd, 2012

March 22, 2012

A Caroline County Circuit Court judge has ordered a bus dispatcher from North Carolina to stand trial in Virginia on charges connected to a crash that killed four passengers. An article released by WDBJ 7 News stated that the crash happened on the morning of May 31, 2011, along I-95, about 30 miles south of Richmond.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, Corinne Geller, told reporters that the bus was traveling northbound on the highway when it began to veer off toward the shoulder of the road. The bus left the lanes of traffic, hit an embankment, and rolled onto its roof. A total of 57 people were on board at the time of the accident. Dozens of passengers were injured and four died.

The bus driver later told police that his dispatcher ordered him to keep driving despite complaining that he was too tired.

The 41-year-old dispatcher was charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, to which he pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday. A circuit court judge ordered that a trial begin June 18. The driver of the bus also faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm say that bus drivers are limited, by law, to the amount of time they can drive per day. Going over that allotted time is illegal and may be considered negligent behavior for the driver and dispatcher.