Archive for the ‘ Auto Accident ’ Category

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24
Mar

Three Major Contributing Factors to Norfolk Car Accidents

March 24, 2014

Motor vehicle collisions are a very serious danger to motorists in Virginia. In fact, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles shows that in 2012 alone, there were a total of 123,579 Virginia Car Accidents that led to 775 fatalities and approximately 64,000 injuries.

Statistics like these leave many motorists wondering what some of the most common contributing factors to these crashes are. The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain they can be:

  • Speeding – Estimates show excessive speed to be a factor in as many as one-third of all fatal accidents. It is also being considered to blame as the cause for an accident ABC 13 News says claimed the life of a 18-year-old girl from Hampton, Virginia.
  • Distracted Driving - As many as 60 percent of motorists have admitted to taking a call or sending a text while at the wheel. Teens seem to be at an especially high risk of being involved in an accident when engaging in this behavior.
  • Drunken Driving - This is one of the most significant problems on the road today. Studies show that if the 17 million drunk drivers in our country had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in our nation.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and his team of attorneys recognize these dangers, and they ask motorists to stay safe behind the wheel.

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17
Mar

Inaugural Virginia Hot Rod and Custom Car Show Comes to Hampton

March 17, 2014

The history and technology that has powered the advancement of the automobile is of interest to many Americans. To help further cultivate such interests in the Hampton, Virginia, area, the Inaugural Virginia Hot Rod and Custom Car Show will debut next week.

The event will take place at the Hampton Coliseum beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, and will run until 7 p.m. Sunday, March 30. The event will feature a show of custom vehicles from several different classes that will compete for awards and honors. Some of the vehicles on display will include customized Triumph Bobber motorcycles, the 1969 Chevelle, the 1958 Volkswagen Beetle, and hot rods from the turn of the century.

Vendors will also be on hand selling goods, and several celebrity meet-and-greet opportunities are scheduled.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online for $10 – $20 or through the coliseum’s box office.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain the crowds that will gather in attendance of this event could significantly increase the chances of a Norfolk car accident occurring in the area around the coliseum. That is why the firm asks attendees to stay safe by being vigilant at all times when driving near the event.

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24
Feb

Man Injured in Virginia Hit-And-Run Accident

February 24, 2014

Motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and bicycles are a serious problem in Virginia. In fact, a total of 2,790 such crashes occurred in 2012 alone. The Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain the severity of the danger posed by these accidents was highlighted over this past weekend when a cyclist was left seriously injured as the result of a hit-and-run accident he was involved in with a vehicle. According to an article from WAVY 10 News, the crash happened at approximately 1 p.m. this past Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Route 17 and Owl Trap Road in Gloucester County. Reports indicate the victim was riding his bicycle north along the highway when what is believed to be a tan Toyota pickup truck with a camper cover attempted to pass the cyclist and struck him.

The driver responsible for causing the crash turned around and observed the victim before speeding away north on the road. Witnesses called for help and the victim was taken to a local hospital, where he continues to recover from injuries sustained in the crash. Investigators say they are continuing to search for the truck and driver involved in the crash.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley know how difficult overcoming injuries sustained in a crash can be. That’s why the firm would like to wish the victim a full and speedy recovery.

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Jan

Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Top 3 Ways to Reduce Crashes

January 6, 2013

The dangers posed by car accidents are a serious risk the residents of Virginia face each day. In fact, data indicates that in 2012 there were 123,579 motor vehicle collisions reported in the state. These crashes led to more than 67,000 individuals suffering serious injuries, while another 775 lost their lives.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and his team of Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers explain these numbers often leave many citizens questioning what they can do to help reduce the chances of being involved in traffic crashes. The firm states there are three behaviors that, if avoided, will drastically slash a motorist’s odds of being involved in an accident. These behaviors include:

  • Speeding- Research has shown that roughly one-third of all fatal crashes list excessive speed as a contributing factor. Motorists should remember to obey posted speed limits at all times.
  • Driving While Intoxicated- According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of 229 Virginians in 2012.
  • Distraction- Failure to concentrate on the road is listed as a contributing factor in an increasing number of crashes in recent years. Many states are creating laws that prohibit the behavior, in an effort to prevent these types of crashes.

Lowell Stanley’s Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful motorists will refrain from engaging in these behaviors, creating a safer and friendlier travel environment.

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Dec

NHTSA Launches “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

December 30, 2013

Drunk driving is a major problem on the highway, especially around the holidays. In fact, data indicates that last year, the number of fatalities associated with drunk driving rose by as much as 4.6 percent. Furthermore, roughly two out of every five deaths that result from motor vehicle accidents during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday are the result of drunk driving.

The Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say these numbers have prompted many Virginians to become concerned over what actions are being taken to keep intoxicated motorists off the streets this holiday season. Officials have stated the concerns have prompted the launch of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign.

According to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency has partnered with numerous other organizations to implement the program. “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” provides funding to law enforcement organizations throughout the nation to implement operations focused on deterring motorists from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The NHTSA also stated it has began an initiative aimed helping states create legislation requiring breath alcohol ignition interlock systems to be installed on vehicles that are driven by those charged with Driving Under the Influence.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are aware of the dangers posed by drunk driving and are hopeful the actions being taken by the NHTSA are successful in reducing accidents caused by intoxicated motorists.

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16
Dec

Norfolk Car Accident Leaves One Motorist Seriously Injured

December 16, 2013

Each year, thousands of Virginians are injured in motor vehicle accidents. In fact, the state Department of Motor Vehicles reports that last year alone, an estimated 67,000 motorists sought medical attention after being involved in crashes.

To bring into perspective just how common such accidents are, the Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley point to an accident that recently left a motorist seriously injured. Reports indicate the crash happened just before 1:30 p.m. this past Saturday afternoon along Battlefield Boulevard South in Chesapeake, Virginia.

According to an article from ABC 13 News, the driver of a Mercury sedan was southbound along the road. As he began to approach traffic stopped ahead of him, the driver whipped his vehicle into the adjacent lane in an effort to pass the stopped cars. When he did so though, he pulled into the path of an oncoming Volkswagen and struck the other vehicle.

The impact of the crash caused the driver of the Mercury to veer off the road, where he struck a pole before plowing into a tree. He was seriously injured as a result of the crash and was rushed to a local trauma center by rescue crews who responded to the scene.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley’s Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to recover from car accident injuries and the firm would like to wish the victim of this latest accident a full recovery.

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9
Dec

Virginia Lawmakers’ Actions to Prevent Drunk Driving Paying Off

December 9, 2013

Alcohol is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents today. In fact, the Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain that data shows the intoxicant plays a part in roughly one-third of all fatal car accidents that occur annually.

In an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents, the state has recently stiffened penalties for motorists who drink and drive. The recent reforms not only include longer incarceration times and higher fines, but also the implementation of laws requiring offenders to use ignition interlock systems.

The new efforts seem to be paying off, considering a number of charges have stemmed from the new regulations, including those a 25-year-old Suffolk, Virginia, man is facing. According to an article from WAVY 10 News, the charges stem from a fatal crash that occurred September 18, along Route 460.

Reports indicate the collision, involving six vehicles and two tractor-trailers, claimed the life of a 48-year-old Virginia Beach man. Now, the 25-year-old is facing charges of homicide, involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license related to a DUI and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley’s team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers are glad to see the new laws holding offenders accountable for their actions and urge motorists to stay safe by refraining from drinking and driving.

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11
Nov

Norfolk High School Participating in Distracted Driving Awareness Competition

November 11, 2013

Many drivers, especially teens, continue to drive while distracted despite knowing the dangers involved. In fact, studies have shown as many as 25 percent of teens admit to responding to one ore more text messages every time they drive.

The Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain that in an effort to reduce the number of teens involved in distracted driving accidents, Norfolk High School is participating in a campaign titled “Celebrate My Drive”.

According to the Norfolk Daily News, students at each school can pledge to operate their vehicles safely each day. Each pledge counts as a vote, and the school with the most votes at the end of the campaign receives prizes. Awards will include the top school receiving a concert performed by three-time Grammy Award winner, Kelly Clarkson, and a $100,000 grant to be used to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving in the future.

Eight runner-up schools will also receive the $100,000 educational grants, while 90 other schools will receive grants of up to $25,000.

Students are working to promote the campaign via social media outlets.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and his team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers applaud efforts being made to eliminate distracted driving, and they wish Norfolk High the best of luck in the competition!

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Oct

Head-On Norfolk Car Accident Kills Two, Injures One

October 21, 2013

Each year, head-on collisions are responsible for injuring or claiming the lives of thousands of motorists. The Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain that one such accident was responsible for claiming two lives in Virginia Beach recently.

According to an article from WVEC News, the crash occurred at around 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, along I-64, near Indian River Road. Reports indicate the victims were in a Hyundai sedan heading east along the highway, when a pickup truck crossed the median and struck the Hyundai head-on. The impact of the collision claimed the lives of the 31-year-old driver from Norfolk and a 12-year-old girl, while the driver of the pickup truck was seriously injured.

An investigation into the crash was launched and law enforcement was able to determine the driver of the truck was responsible for the collision. The 21-year-old North Carolina man who caused the crash is now facing charges of reckless driving. The charges in the case could be upgraded at a later time.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are aware of how difficult handling the loss of a loved one to another motorist’s negligence can be. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of those who were killed in this most recent tragic accident.

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7
Oct

Stiffer Penalties For Drunk Drivers In Virginia

October 7, 2013

The Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain that while many drivers are aware of the risks posed by driving under the influence of alcohol, there are some motorists who do not learn the lesson even after being caught. Data from the non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), shows an estimated 30 percent of motorists arrested for drunk driving are previous offenders. These numbers have led to stiffer penalties for violators of the law.

One such case was recently brought to court in Attleboro, Virginia, after a man was found to be under the influence at a local pizza shop. According to an article from The Sun Chronicle, employees at Domino’s Pizza at County Square called police regarding an intoxicated man at the business. Officers arrived and placed the man under arrest. It was later discovered it was the man’s fourth arrest for driving drunk.

While prosecutors asked during arraignment that the man be held in jail, the judge ordered instead that he be released on $1,000 bond and be placed under house arrest with an alcohol monitoring device. This will prevent the man from drinking or driving until the case is settled.

The law firm’s team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how dangerous the behavior of drinking and driving can be. That is why the firm applauds the efforts being made to crack down on the behavior and asks that motorists refrain from getting behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol.

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