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Lawsuits Filed In Connection To Fatal Virginia Drunk Driving Accident

by | December 3rd, 2012

December 3, 2012

Two Virginia Wrongful Death lawsuits have been filed on behalf of two victims of a head-on collision caused by a driver going the wrong way down the interstate. The Daily Press said each family is seeking $5 million in damages for their loss.

Reports show the accident happened a year ago today at around 2:50 a.m. on I-64, near the exit for Harpersville Road in Hampton, Virginia. The 34-year-old driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV was driving down the highway in the wrong direction when his vehicle collided with a Ford Taurus carrying the 17 and 19-year-old victims along with three of their friends, who were seriously injured in the crash.

Police determined the driver of the SUV was under the influence of alcohol. He was then placed under arrest for two counts of involuntary manslaughter, three counts of maiming by DUI, and having two DUIs within five years.

Two others in the Taurus who were injured have also filed personal injury lawsuits against the drunk driver, claiming their injuries were caused by his negligence. Those lawsuits are seeking a combined total of around $1.7 million.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley believe too many people are killed and injured at the hands of drunk drivers each year and hope a decision in these cases will help bring closure to the victims of this tragedy, as well as their friends and families.

Distracted Motorcyclist Involved In Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash

by | May 7th, 2012

May 7, 2012

Distracted driving is at the heart of a fatal motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a 44-year-old Mechanicsville, Virginia, woman over the weekend. According to the Hampton Roads Dailey Press, the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the westbound lanes of I-64 just outside Williamsburg, Virginia.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, Sgt. Michelle Anaya, stated that witnesses told troopers they observed the woman riding her bike on the highway when she momentarily became distracted. The distraction caused the woman to drive the motorcycle off the shoulder of the road and into a ditch, where it then struck a tree.

Although the woman was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, she was declared dead at the scene by the medical examiner. Investigators say they will continue to look into alcohol as a possible contributing factor in the crash as well. They are awaiting toxicology reports to make that determination.

Studies by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration have found that alcohol is one of the leading causes of fatal traffic accidents in the United States today, and distractions are quickly becoming a close second.

That’s why the Norfolk Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley suggest always wearing a helmet, keeping your eyes on the road at all times, and never drinking and driving as the best way to prevent Norfolk Auto Accidents involving motorcycles.

Trial Begins for Norfolk Drunk Driver in Fatal Wreck

by | October 26th, 2011

October 26, 2011

The trial began this week for a Norfolk, Virginia, man who got drunk and crashed his friend’s car in August 2010, killing three passengers.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the 32-year-old man went to trial on Monday on three counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter, for the deaths of an 18-year-old, 19-year-old, and 29-year-old. The crash, which occurred in the 1800 block of East Indian Road on August 11, 2010, also injured three people when the car ripped through a guardrail and into a group of trees.

Prosecutor Patricia O’Boyle told jurors on Monday that the driver reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour as passengers yelled for him to slow down. His blood alcohol content level was later shown to be three times the legal limit.

In connection with the crash, the man also faces charges of driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license, purchasing alcohol for a minor, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. These charges will be addressed in separate trials.

The driver’s defense attorney told jurors that a front-seat passenger jerked his wheel, causing the accident. O’Boyle said the car was so badly wrecked that rescue crews “could hardly tell it was a car.”

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

Navy Sailor Dies in Virginia Motorcycle Crash

by | October 20th, 2011

October 19, 2011

A 24-year-old Navy sailor from Danville, Virginia, was killed on Tuesday in a motorcycle accident on Norfolk’s Terminal Boulevard, which roughly defines the southern edge of the Naval Station Norfolk complex.

According to The Navy Times, the man was traveling eastbound on Terminal Boulevard on his 2007 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle when he lost control, hit a curb and was thrown into a guardrail around 1:50 p.m.

Officer Chris Amos told The Navy Times that the victim was “weaving in and out of traffic at a high speed.”

The motorcycle continued to slide eastbound along the road.

Amos also told The Virginian-Pilot that no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The victim was transported to Norfolk General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The details of this crash remain under investigation.

The victim was serving in the Navy and was assigned to the carrier Harry S. Truman, to which he’d reported in September 2007, according to Navy Personnel Command.

The Navy reports that this was the third off-duty motorcycle mishap fatality in fiscal year 2012, which began on October 1. In fiscal year 2011, 12 sailors died in similar accidents involving lightweight, high-speed sport bikes.

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

Norfolk Police Search for Drive-by Shooting Suspect

by | September 27th, 2011

September 27, 2011

A man was injured in a drive-by shooting very early this morning in Norfolk, Virginia, and police say they are still looking for the person(s) who did it, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

The victim was reportedly walking with two other males at Orange Avenue and 1st View Street around 1:10 a.m. Tuesday morning when a shot was fired into the group from a passing vehicle that’s been described as light-colored, perhaps white or silver. Witnesses have also indicated that the car might have been a Honda Civic.

The victim was transported to DePaul Hospital with what police spokesman Chris Amos calls non life-threatening injuries. No other information about the victim has been released.

As of yet, the suspect has not been found. Detectives are investigating the circumstances, vehicle description, and suspects.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).

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Why do you think drive-by shootings have become so prevalent in the U.S.? What can be done to thwart the trend?

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

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.

Newport News Roof Worker Electrocuted on the Job

by | August 9th, 2011

August 9, 2011

A Newport News, Virginia, man was burned on the job on Tuesday, August 9, while working on the roof of a church. reports that the man suffered an electrical burn around 10 a.m. when he came into contact with an electrical line that powered a rooftop air conditioning unit. The man — an employee of Hampton, Virginia-based Tidewater Roofing Company — was helping to repair the roof of Saint Paul AME Church on 2500 Chestnut Avenue.

The Newport News Fire Department used an aerial tower ladder from one of their trucks to bring the worker safely down to the ground — blocking thru traffic on Chestnut and 26th Street for 30 minutes.

The victim was transported to Riverside Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His name has not yet been released.

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Who do you think should be held liable for this on-the-job Virginia accident? Do you think this will become a Virginia workers’ compensation lawsuit?

If you or someone you know thinks they can claim Virginia workers’ compensation, the injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help.