Norfolk car accident

Tips for Staying Safe and Avoiding a Norfolk Car Accident During Winter Storm Octavia

by | February 17th, 2015

Winter weather has descended on Norfolk and coastal Virginia. That’s why the Norfolk personal injury lawyers with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers would like to let you know about several resources that will be available, as well as offer several tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has prepared the roads for ice and snow, but this often isn’t enough to prevent a Norfolk car accident from occurring. Most experts advise drivers to stay off the roads during winter weather, but for those who must travel, consider following the safety tips that are being provided by WAVY 10 News.

Even if you don’t leave your home, you may still be at risk of dangers from the storm—like losing power and heat. If you lose your heat and power source, it may be important to know where your local shelters are located. In Norfolk, Maury High School will be open from 7A.M. until 7:30 P.M. as a safe place to stop in and get warm. Virginia Beach’s winter shelter program will be in full swing as well.

Lowell Stanley and his team of Norfolk personal injury lawyers are aware of the risks and dangers winter weather can pose and we are hopeful this information helps to keep you and your loved one’s safe and warm during winter storm Octavia.

VDOT Works to Reduce Norfolk Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians and Cyclists at Berkley Bridge

by | July 28th, 2014

There is currently a serious concern among local lawmakers about the high number of Norfolk car accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles. Just last month, a cyclist was hit on the pedestrian path of the Berkley Bridge near downtown.

The incident left many citizens calling for safety improvements to be made in the area and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has responded. According to an article from WAVY 10 News, the VDOT has not only repainted markings on the road and installed new signage, but they have also set up posts that will guide pedestrian and bicycle traffic across the span.

The VDOT didn’t stop there though. They also established regulations that would prevent motor vehicles from regularly traveling along the bridge. Now, golf carts will be used to shuttle employees from nearby businesses to and from their vehicles. Furthermore, walking spotters will be used to help identify any hazards when motor vehicles do have to travel along the bridge.

The VDOT says it will continue to evaluate the safety situation at the bridge and make any necessary changes to improve safety when they are pointed out.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and his team of Norfolk personal injury lawyers understand the importance of protecting cyclists and pedestrians from the dangers car accidents can pose and are hopeful the changes that have been made are a success.

Virginia Beach DA to Prosecute All DUI Offenses

by | June 23rd, 2014

Drunk driving has reached epidemic proportions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Estimates show the area sees approximately 2,300 drunk driving arrests each year, many of which are made after the impaired motorist has caused a Norfolk car accident. These individuals account for roughly 10 percent of all Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests in the commonwealth and give the area the title of having the highest total number of DUI arrests.

These numbers leave many citizens wondering what is being done to address this problem and there seems to be a solution being put into place. According to an article from WAVY 10 News, the District Attorney’s office has vowed to prosecute every DUI case that comes across their desk beginning on June 30.

Typically, first-time offenders can have their case settled out of court in order to allow more focus to be placed on other cases involving repeat offenders or drunk drivers who kill or injure other motorists; however, every offender will now have a day in court before the judge.

In order to accommodate the approximately 1,400 extra drunk driving cases per year the area will see, a courtroom will be dedicated to prosecuting these cases. The District Attorney’s office is also working to raise awareness of their policy change through a public service announcement airing on local television stations and a Public Safety Night that will be held on June 27 at 7 p.m. at Mount Trashmore.

Our team of Norfolk personal injury attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley has seen the devastating results of accidents caused by drunk drivers. That’s why we applaud these changes and encourage anyone who has been harmed by an intoxicated motorist to speak with us about the compensation you may be entitled to.

Inaugural Virginia Hot Rod and Custom Car Show Comes to Hampton

by | March 17th, 2014

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.

Local Man Loses Life In Norfolk Car Accident

by | July 1st, 2013

July 1, 2013

A 63-year-old Virginia man died as the result of a Norfolk Car Accident he was involved in with a tractor-trailer earlier this month. Reports indicate the crash occurred just before noon on Friday, June 14, along the eastbound lanes of I-64, near the Norview Avenue exit.

According to an article published by The Virginian-Pilot, the victim was driving a 1988 Isuzu along the highway when he failed to realize the 2003 International tractor-trailer that was in front of him was slowing. The Isuzu’s driver did not have time to stop and struck the rear end of the truck.

The accident supports the findings of a new study, in which researchers found that under ride guards on tractor-trailers may not do enough to protect victims of accidents with the big rigs. The research found that the current standards for the piece of equipment fail to prevent a vehicle from going under the trailer of a truck in the event of an accident where the vehicles collide off-center.

Officials are using the study’s findings to push for more sturdy equipment on commercial tractor-trailers.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are aware of the risks that are posed by an accident involving a tractor-trailer. The firm urges anyone who has been hurt in such a collision to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.


Norfolk Car Accident Involving Pedestrian Claims Man’s Life

by | February 4th, 2013

February 4, 2013

A 67-year-old Norfolk, Virginia, man was killed last week as a result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred as the victim attempted to cross the street. According to an article from WAVY 10 News, the incident occurred at around 6:45 p.m. on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk, Virginia.

Reports indicate the man was attempting to cross the street at a crosswalk while in his wheelchair when an oncoming vehicle suddenly struck him. Paramedics then rushed the victim to a local trauma center, but he died a short time after arriving as a result of his injuries. Police say they are continuing to work to determine whether the pedestrian or the vehicle had the right of way at the time of the accident.

The Norfolk Car Accident highlights the importance of taking several steps following an accident where there are no witnesses to confirm what happened. It is vital that you take photos of your vehicle, any other vehicles that are involved, and your surroundings following an accident. The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say a person should then visit a medical facility to receive the care they need, while also keeping records of any expenses incurred due to the accident.

The firm then suggests discussing your legal rights and options with a qualified attorney before conversing with an insurance adjustor or accepting any sort of settlement pertaining to the collision.

Drugged Driving Puts Virginia Motorists At Risk Of Danger

by | November 29th, 2012

November 26, 2012

Drugged driving is a growing problem across the United States—including Virginia. Each year, roughly one-fifth of all motorists killed in accidents have drugs in their systems at the time of the crash.

One such Virginia car accident killed a 46-year-old father and husband, while leaving his 14-year-old daughter seriously injured. According to WAVY 10 News, the accident happened on October 27 at around 5:00 p.m. along Route 17 in Gloucester, Virginia. The accident happened when the truck collided with a vehicle driven by a 40-year-old man.

He was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and was charged with manslaughter, but was released on bond the following day despite tests showing he had marijuana, cocaine, and heroin in his system at the time of the accident. Further investigation showed a history of the man committing drug-related crimes, including four separate charges in the last four years.

Loopholes in Virginia law sometimes allow drunk and drugged drivers back onto the road. In this case, because the charges were dismissed at a later time, the crash was considered a first time offense.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley believe drugged drivers should be held responsible when they cause accidents that injure other people. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have if you have been hurt in a crash with a drugged driver.

Virginia Sees Decline In Serious Accidents, But Experts Look For Continued Improvement

by | October 22nd, 2012

October 22, 2012

While Virginia has seen a steady decline in the number of serious motor vehicle accidents in recent years, experts say the trend seems to be slowing down.

The Virginia-Pilot says the number of serious motor vehicle accidents in the state dropped from 5,803 crashes in 2010 to 5,662 in 2011. This was accredited to stricter licensing policies for new drivers and DUI laws, seatbelt use, and law enforcement’s educational campaigns. A spokeswoman for the Virginia Highway Safety Office, Mary Ann Rayment, lauded DUI checkpoints, along with the Click-It-Or-Ticket campaign for reducing drunk drivers on the road, which can be a major catalyst for serious accidents. Others say the increase in seatbelt usage, from 70 percent in the late 90’s to 82 percent last year, could be credited with the reduction in motor vehicle crashes.

Despite the decrease, more than 700 people die in motor vehicle accidents each year in Virginia and many cities have had a consistent number of serious accidents for decades. In fact, Norfolk Car Accident numbers have remained around 80 annually since the beginning of the decade. Officials plan to combat the problem by working to clear accident scenes faster. They believe this will help to prevent secondary crashes from occurring.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are hopeful the new strategy will be successful in reducing the number of Virginia Car Accidents that occur each year.

6 People Injured in Norfolk Crash on I-64 West

by | August 23rd, 2011

August 23, 2011

Speed and alcohol contributed to a two-vehicle crash that badly injured six people early on the morning of Tuesday, August 23, on I-64 in Norfolk, Virginia.

WVEC reports that the crash occurred around 2:10 a.m. when a speeding 2005 Volkswagen GYTI veered into the left lane and rear-ended a VDOT contractor’s truck.

Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Michelle Anaya says the truck’s driver and two other VDOT employees had been dispatched to clean drains and do other maintenance. They had completed that work and were picking up cones from the work zone, preparing to reopen a closed lane.

The three people in the Volkswagen were hurt in the crash, along with the three VDOT employees, who were thrown from the truck.

The crash closed the westbound lanes of Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel for five hours, reopening around 7:30 a.m.

Anaya has confirmed that both speed and alcohol played a role in the crash, for which charges are pending.

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What do you think can be done to deter drunk driving in Norfolk?

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

Driver hit house in Norfolk auto accident

by | 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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