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Two Virginia Teens Killed In Car Accident

by | August 20th, 2012

August 20, 2012

Two Virginia teens were killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident they were involved in yesterday morning. According to ABC 13 News, the crash happened just after 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Route 633 and Pine Log Road in Greensville County.

Reports state that the 18-year-old driver veered off the road and collided with a tree, leaving herself and her 18-year-old passenger severely injured, as neither was wearing a seat belt at the time of the Norfolk car accident. Rescue crews were able to free the girls and transport them to a local hospital, but they both died shortly after arrival as a result of their injuries. Investigators are also examining whether or not alcohol may have played a part in causing the crash.

Limits being set on the number of passengers a teen driver can carry in the vehicle is a step in the right direction, considering that the AAA Foundation recently culminated data showing that a young driver with a passenger younger than 21-years-old in the vehicle with them is 44 percent more likely to be involved in a crash.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say the best way to keep young drivers safe is for parents to set reasonable rules and limits for their children. The firm says it is also important for parents to explain why following these rules is so important to their safety.

Drowsy Driving Blamed For Fatal Virginia Car Crash

by actuate | April 30th, 2012

April 30, 2012

Research by the National Sleep Foundation has found that 60 percent of adult drivers–about 168 million people–say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. These drivers were responsible for the more than 100,000 accidents that resulted in an estimated 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries.

Five people were injured and a teen died as a result of one of these crashes just over two weeks ago. According to WVEC 13 News, the accident happened around 6:15 a.m. on Route 58 in Suffolk County, Virginia. The family was heading home to Virginia Beach when the father fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the highway. The SUV than ran into a culvert and rolled onto its side. No one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time.

The mother and her 3-year-old daughter were ejected from the vehicle, while the father was able to crawl out of the wreckage. Two of the children were trapped inside the SUV, while their 16-year-old brother perished in the crash. The surviving five members of the family were taken to local hospitals to receive treatment.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley, the Norfolk Auto Accident Lawyer, says that it’s important that motorists never drive when drowsy or sleep-deprived. He adds that if you do become tired while driving, pull over immediately and rest.

Bad Weather May Have Played A Part In Virginia Car Accident

by actuate | March 27th, 2012

March 26, 2012

Slick roads and low visibility may have played a part in a single-vehicle accident that left one woman injured Sunday night. According to WVEC 13 News, the crash happened around 7:40 p.m. at the intersection of Route 58, better known as Holland Road, and Chappell Drive.

Troopers with the Virginia State Police who responded to the scene say that it was raining when the woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed. The woman was trapped inside the vehicle for several hours before rescue crews were able to cut her free using the Jaws of Life. She was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries she sustained in the crash. She remains there in stable condition.

Investigators say they will continue to look into the cause of the accident.

Slick road conditions contribute to thousands of wrecks on America’s highways each year. The best way to ensure you do not become a statistic in one of these accidents is to monitor the tread on your tires carefully and rotate them on a regular basis. You also should always buckle up and follow the posted speed limits.

The Norfolk Auto Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley understand just how dangerous driving during inclement weather conditions can be. That is why they ask that all motorists do their part to keep the highways safe by driving carefully and patiently at all times.

Restaurant Owner Who Served Underage Patrons Before Fatal Crash Charged

by actuate | February 28th, 2012

February 27, 2012

The owner of a restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia, has been charged by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission with serving underage and intoxicated patrons just minutes before a fatal crash claimed the life of a 20-year-old man. According to reports from The MetroWest Daily News, the accident happened on October 11, 2010 around 9:30 p.m. at 45 Holliston Street, a short distance from the restaurant.

Reports indicate that the man and two other underage patrons were served between seven and ten drinks from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The patrons then got into a 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup and drove away. Moments later, the vehicle struck a curb and a tree before rolling several times and landing in front of a local middle school. Two of the victims, including the young man who died at the scene, were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle.

The other ejected victim survived after receiving treatment at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester for bleeding in her brain, a fractured eye socket and nose, and a broken collarbone, ribs, pelvis, and spine.

Virginia state law allows for restaurant owners and servers to be charged with crimes, and they can be held liable if a patron of their establishment is invoed in an accident after drinking.

The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley express their condolences to the families of those involved in this crash.

Snowy Weather Causes Thousands Of Accidents Across Virginia

by actuate | February 20th, 2012

February 20, 2012

With snow falling across the state of Virginia, state police say they are overwhelmed with accident calls. According to reports from WTKR Channel 3 News, police have responded to approximately 1,000 calls in the last two days.

A spokesman for Virginia State Police, Sgt. Thomas Molnar, said emergency crews have responded to 881 crashes and 456 disabled vehicles in the past 48 hours, and that 230 of those calls came from the Richmond area. Troopers added that they responded to roughly 40 crashes in Metro Richmond.

The high number of accidents has prompted the Virginia Department of Transportation to offer the following tips to drivers:

  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Be sure to check your:
    • brakes and tires,
    • battery and ignition system,
    • antifreeze and thermostat,
    • windshield wipers and de-icing washer fluid,
    • headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flashers,
    • exhaust system, heater and defroster,
    • and oil.
  • Leave early and know the conditions for the roads you‘ll be on.
  • Keep windows, mirrors, and lights free from snow.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Start out in the lowest gear possible.
  • Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.

The Virginia Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley hope that these driving safety tips help keep motorists safe during the winter.

New Regulations Will Hopefully Improve Safety Along Virginia Highways

by actuate | February 13th, 2012

February 13, 2012

Lawmakers are trying to tighten safety regulations for drivers here in the United States. Two separate reports from News Channel 3 say that representatives and senators from around the country are considering several ways of keeping drivers safer on the road, including a nationwide ban on texting and driving and stricter requirements for DUI offenders who are allowed to drive.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will go before a New York State Senate committee this week to testify that distractions stemming from handheld devices, especially texting, have been found to be contributing factors in a growing number of transportation accidents over the last 10 years. The bill would make it illegal to operate handheld devices, except in emergency situations, while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Virginia lawmakers are also considering passing a new ruling that would require all DUI offenders to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. The devices require a user to have their blood alcohol content measured before their vehicle will start. Then, the device requires the driver be tested sporadically while the vehicle is in motion.

The Virginia car accident lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley hope that the new rules will make the state’s highways for all drivers who choose to utilize them. They agree that refraining from drinking and distracted driving significantly cuts lowers the chances a driver will be involved in an accident.

Child Ejected From Car In Virginia Crash

by actuate | February 6th, 2012

February 6, 2012

The importance of having your child in a safety or booster seat at all times in the car was shown last Thursday when two children were injured in a crash. According to reports from The Virginia Gazette, the accident happened at around 4:30 PM in the intersection of Hampton Highway and Yorktown Road.

Reports from Virginia State Police say that the 35-year-old father of the injured children did not have the kids properly restrained in safety or booster seats when he ran his 2001 Chevy Malibu through a red light and collided with Chevrolet Sienna. The impact caused the 2-year-old child to be ejected from the vehicle.

Both children were taken to Riverside Hospital to be treated for serious injuries they sustained in the crash.

Under Virginia state law, all children under the age of eight years old must be ride in an approved safety or booster seat when in a moving vehicle. The law is vital in protecting Virginia’s children, as research has shown that seat belts are designed to protect adults, not children, in case of an accident. The belts may be too large to properly restrain a child if a crash were to occur.

The Virginia auto accident attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley ask that all Virginians do their part to keep their children safe by always buckling them into a child safety or booster seat when riding in the car.

Drunk Driver Responsible For Hitting Man And Three Kids In Virginia Beach

by actuate | January 23rd, 2012

January 23, 2012

A suspected drunk driver was in court twice today after being involved in a pedestrian accident last Thursday in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Reports from WAVY-TV 10 News indicate that the accident happened at around 7:40 AM at the corner of Chester Street and Paladin Drive.

The Virginia Beach police department indicate that a school bus was stopped at the corner with its lights on and stop sign out as children loaded on. The adult male victim was walking his niece, son, and daughter to the bus when a truck hopped the curb, drove across the driveway, and into the front lawn to avoid hitting the stopped bus. In the process, the driver hit the man and all three children.

All four victims were taken to an area hospital where the young boy remains in critical condition. The father and other children are still listed in stable condition.

The driver, who has a history of drug and alcohol related offenses, was taken into custody after failing a sobriety test and was held without bond over the weekend. The driver remains in jail after a bond hearing earlier this morning.

The Virginia auto accident attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley believe that a victim of an accident should not be responsible for medical bills that come from an injury caused by another person’s negligence. That is why they would encourage you to contact an attorney immediately if you have been injured in a drunk driving accident.

Hampton Woman Killed, Two Others Injured In Virginia Car Crash

by actuate | November 7th, 2011

November 7, 2011

A 55-year-old Hampton, Virginia, woman is dead as the result of a three car accident that occurred Friday afternoon. According to Channel 13 News, the accident happened at 2:15 in the afternoon on West Pembroke Avenue.

Spokesman for the Hampton Police Department, Cpl. Jason Price, stated that the woman was a passenger in a teal, 2000 Dodge Caravan that was traveling east when it collided head-on with a black, westbound 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. The impact caused the vehicles to spin and hit a Ford Taurus that was on the road as well. Investigators stated that two women and a man who was riding in the S-10 were all transported to local hospitals to be treated for injuries. The 55-year-old passenger of the van died upon arriving at the hospital, just after 3:30 PM. The other two were treated and for non-life threatening injuries and were released.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that in 2005, head-on crashes only  made up two percent of all crashes, yet accounted for 10.1 percent of US fatal crashes.

The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Lowell “ The Hammer” Stanley and his team often handle cases for victims who were hurt in car accidents at no fault of their own. Contact Lowell Stanley today by filling out a free online consultation form to answer have any questions regarding your case answered.

2 Killed, 2 Injured in Wreck on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

by actuate | August 4th, 2011

August 4, 2011

Two people died and two more were injured late Monday, August 1, when a 1996 Buick Century went off Route 178 in Pungoteague, Virginia, and hit a tree stump before flipping over.

Both the 53-year-old male driver and the 72-year-old front-seat female passenger died at the scene north of the corner of Boston and Big Pine roads. The two were next door neighbors in Craddockville.

Two female passengers in the backseat were hospitalized. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

All four people were wearing seatbelts during the crash.

Police now say that alcohol played a role in the crash, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m.

DelmarvaNow.com reports that the passenger who died spent the night playing bingo at the Accomac Elks Lodge, where she was picked up by a friend. The additional two passengers had also been playing Bingo.

The driver’s brother-in-law said, “He would help anyone out. He was a good guy.”

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What do you think can be done to deter drunk drivers in Virginia?

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