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Suffolk Law Enforcement Cracks Down On Dangerous Intersection

by | August 6th, 2012

August 6, 2012

Law enforcement in the Suffolk, Virginia, area will be conducting a special traffic enforcement campaign to reduce the number of accidents at the intersection of Whaleyville Boulevard and Copeland Road. According to WVEC 13 News, the intersection has been the site of several serious crashes.

Most recently, two vehicles were involved in a Norfolk car accident in the intersection this past Thursday afternoon. The victim stated that she was attempting to make a left hand turn at the intersection when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction attempted to illegally pass a vehicle in front of it and struck her car. “When I turned around and came back I threw my signal on. Next thing I know, I’m turning and boom!” she said.

In response to the growing number of accidents at the location, the Suffolk Police Department stated that they would be performing saturation patrols along roads in the area that will focus on catching those who speed, run red lights, and commit other traffic infractions. Officials have also asked the city’s Department of Public Works to look into what could be done to reduce the number of crashes occurring at the intersection and create a safer roadway.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are glad that local officials have recognized the problem and are hopeful that the campaign will be successful in reducing the number of collisions occurring in the area.

Mock Crash Used To Educate The Public On Dangers Of Driving

by | July 23rd, 2012

July 23, 2012

The Norfolk Police Department staged a mock crash scene this past week to educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving and speeding, according to Anglia News.

The mock Norfolk Car Accident was set up to include two vehicles that had collided, resulting in one being turned on its side. The driver of one vehicle had died as a result of the crash, while the passenger of one of the vehicles was seriously injured. The driver who was responsible for the crash failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. The crash scene was cleared as the public observed.

Sargent Ade Hales, a spokesman for the Norfolk Police Department touted the event not only as a great way for emergency responders to brush up on certain skills, but also as a chance for the public—especially young people—to become more educated on the dangers of the road. Hales claimed that in Norfolk, young people make up a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities. He added, “16 to 24-year-olds make up 25 percent of all our casualties on the road a year. At this moment, we’re running at a figure of 50 percent of all casualties on the road in respect of fatal collisions.”

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley ask that parents keep younger drivers safe by talking with them about the risks involved with driving.

Two Injured As A Result Of Hampton Car Crash

by | July 10th, 2012

July 9, 2012

Two people were injured, including a state trooper, as the result of a car accident that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday. According to WAVY-TV 10 News, the crash happened just after 3:00 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-64, near the ramps for North King Street.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya, a spokesperson for the Virginia Highway Patrol, said that a trooper had stopped and arrested a driver on suspicion of DUI charges at the scene of the crash. The trooper had placed the suspect in the rear passenger seat of his vehicle and was completing paperwork when a Ford Mustang, driven by a 19-year-old man, plowed into the rear of the squad car.

The trooper and the DUI suspect weren’t wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, and both suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

The driver of the Mustang was uninjured in the crash and later told officers that a motorcycle in front of him had slammed on its brakes, forcing him to swerve onto the shoulder and hit the trooper’s vehicle. The driver of the Mustang was cited for reckless driving for causing the accident.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley would like to remind drivers to move their vehicles to the left lane when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle. Doing so could help prevent a Norfolk car accident from occurring.

 

 

New Virginia Law Requires DUI Offenders To Install Ignition Interlock Systems

by | July 3rd, 2012

July 2, 2012

Last year in Virginia, 245 lives were lost as a result of DUI accidents, according to the non-profit organization, Mother Against Drunk Driving. The group added that a majority of those accidents were caused by repeat offenders, many of whom were well above the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent.

In response to the problem of drunk drivers—repeat offenders in particular—Virginia recently passed a law that will make it a requirement for anyone convicted of DUI to have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle.

According to WVEC 13 News, the ignition interlock is a device designed to have a driver blow into a piece of equipment in order to start their vehicle. If the person has any amount of alcohol on their breath, the vehicle will not start.

Beginning this week, anyone convicted of DUI will have to have the device installed on their vehicle for no less than six months at their own expense, which could cost several thousand dollars. Past laws only required an ignition interlock be imposed upon a second-time or subsequent offender, or when the offender’s BAC is 0.15 percent or above.

With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley would like to encourage motorists to use a designated driver or call a cab if you’ve been drinking to help avoid causing a preventable Norfolk car accident.

Woman Faces Charges From DUI Accident That Injured Four

by actuate | June 4th, 2012

June 4, 2012

A 43-year-old woman suspected of hitting a family of four with a pickup truck while driving under the influence was in court today to face five different charges stemming from the incident. According to WAVY-TV 10 News, the suspect was charged with three counts of DUI maiming, DUI 2nd Offense, and reckless driving.

The incident occurred on January 19 around 7:40 a.m., in the yard of a residence near the corner of Chester Street and Paladin Drive. It was there that a man was waiting with three children for the school bus to pick them up. As the bus came to the corner and stopped it turned its lights on and put the stop sign out for children; however, the suspect apparently didn’t see the bus and failed to stop. To avoid a collision, she swerved around the bus and into the yard, where she hit the children.

One of those injured, a 7-year-old girl, suffered a broken femur and cracked eye socket that put her in a wheelchair for almost four months. The girl has also had to undergo numerous corrective surgeries.

If convicted, the woman could face up to 17 years in prison.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley ask that not only do motorists do their part to reduce Norfolk Auto Accidents by not drinking and driving, but to also hold other drivers accountable by reporting suspected drunk drivers to the proper authorities.

Norfolk Officer Fined and Charged with Community Service for Fatal Bike Wreck

by actuate | July 28th, 2011

July 28, 2011

A Norfolk, Virginia, police officer who fatally injured a bicyclist a year ago was fined and sentenced to community service on Friday, July 22.

The accident occurred around 1 a.m. on July 25, 2010, when Officer Derek Folston was speeding to reach a non-emergency call and struck a bicyclist on the 1500 block of Brambleton Avenue. The collision caused the cyclist severe injuries from which he died two months later.

Fox43TV.com reports that the bicyclist had a blood alcohol level of .20 when he was hit.

Folston and another officer in a separate cruiser had both been speeding to reach the Tidewater Gardens area over the Campostella Bridge. Court records revealed that neither had lights or sirens turned on, and Folston admitted to driving 20 miles over the speed limit. Both officers have been on administrative duty since the accident.

Convicted earlier this month of misdemeanor reckless driving, Folston was fined $1,000, sentenced to 100 hours of community service, and had his license suspended for 60 days. Judge Jerrauld C. Jones suspended a six-month jail sentence, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

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Do you think police should be required to turn on their lights and sirens if speeding toward a destination? Should punishment be less for them when they cause fatalities while on-duty?

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a Virginia auto accident, the injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help.

Virginia Beach motorcyclist killed in accident

by actuate | April 22nd, 2010

According to an article from The Daily Press, the motorcyclist was traveling in the Pungo section of Virginia Beach, traveling south on Princess Anne Road when he crashed into a car that was making a left turn. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at Virginia Beach General Hospital.

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Should motorists be more mindful of motorcyclist when they’re making left turns? How often do motorcyclists have to think about cars making left turns? What part of Virginia Beach is the most vulnerable for accidents of this type?

If your loved one or the loved one of someone you know has been wrongfully killed in a Virginia Beach auto accident, the Virginia Beach wrongful death lawyers and auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help.

Driver hit house in Norfolk auto accident

by actuate | September 11th, 2008

September 11, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot reported a car crashed into the front of a house on Monday night, causing the Norfolk auto accident.

The teen driver who caused the Virginia auto accident crashed his Mitsubishi into the house and fled the scene of the accident.

About four neighbors heard the impact of the Norfolk car accident and were trying to catch the driver who was running away from the scene.

No one was hurt as a result of the Norfolk auto accident. Police are searching for the driver who fled the scene of the accident.

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