Roanoke Distracted Driving Accident Injury

Virginia State Police Adopt New Technique to Prevent Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | October 2nd, 2014

As the use of handheld electronic technology grows, so does the number of motor vehicle accidents associated with distracted driving. In 2011, cellphone use was involved in as many as 23 percent of all car crashes in the United States—and that number is believed to have grown in recent years.

So what is being done to prevent Roanoke car accidents at the hands of distracted drivers? Law enforcement in the state is cracking down on the behavior by utilizing at least one unique technique.

An article from WDBJ 7 News explains the Virginia State Police are using unmarked, typical looking vehicles to watch for drivers who are texting while driving along the highways of southwest Virginia. Officials say officers will drive along the roads snapping pictures of distracted drivers before pulling them over and issuing them $125 citations. The program seems to be working too. In a single eight hour shift, officers were able to issue 26 distracted driving tickets—an infraction that can often be difficult to enforce.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we recognize the dangers associated with distracted driving. That’s why our team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers would like to applaud our state’s law enforcement for discouraging distracted driving.

Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Examine Study Showing Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | January 9th, 2014

January 9, 2013

Distracted driving is becoming one of the greatest contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents on the roadways of the United States. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that, in 2012 alone, a total of 3,328 people died and another 421,000 individuals were injured in distracted driving crashes.

The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explains a new study aims to raise awareness about just how dangerous distracted driving is among teenagers. Reports indicate the group of researchers culminated data from equipment installed in the vehicles of 42 newly licensed 16- and 17-year-old drivers and 109 adult motorists.

According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the team concluded the chances of being involved in an accident increased seven times when motorists attempted to reach for or dial cellphones. The odds of a crash also increased by as much as four times when motorists attempted to respond to text messages. However, no increase was noted when motorists talked on cellphones.

The Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the risks of driving while distracted and hope the new study’s findings will prompt motorists to put their phones down while driving.