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Snowy Weather Causes Thousands Of Accidents Across Virginia

by | 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 | 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 | 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.

First Lady Announces In Battling Brain Injuries In Soldiers

by | January 16th, 2012

January 16, 2012

With the war in Iraq officially coming to an end just weeks ago, many soldiers returning home are suffering undiagnosed brain injuries. In an effort to combat the growing problem, WAVY-TV 10 News reports that First Lady Michelle Obama announced a partnership last Wednesday that will promote and cultivate better prevention and care of traumatic brain injuries for soldiers.

Among the most common mental injuries in soldiers is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a severe anxiety disorder that develops after experiencing a traumatic event.

Dr. Serina Neumann, a doctor at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, hopes that her study into better care for PTSD sufferers may benefit from the partnership. She says that PTSD is caused by off-balance circuits in the brain.  This led her to conduct ground-breaking research and produce a device she hopes will become a standard in treatment of the disorder.

The device stimulates certain sections of the brain, thus balancing the off-balance circuits of a PTSD victim’s brain. If approved, her study will begin with 10 to 18 patients.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reports 10-18 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans may suffer from PTSD. However, claims from veterans for disability benefits due to the condition are often denied.

The Virginia Veteran’s Disability attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley understand that suffering from PTSD can be as debilitating as losing a leg or an arm. If you have been denied veterans disability benefits, contact them today for a free initial consultation.

Packaging Mix-Up Forces Recall Of Over-The-Counter Medications

by | January 9th, 2012

January 9, 2012

A major mix-up at a Novartis pill manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, has prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company to issue a recall for certain over-the-counter medications. According to an article by WAVY-TV 10 News, reports of manufacturing problems have resulted in the discovery of a packaging mix-up between dangerous–and potentially deadly–opioid painkillers and common over-the-counter painkillers.

Numerous complaints were filed against the company in response to broken and chipped pills found in medications being produced at the facility. These discoveries prompted further investigation that uncovered painkillers such as Percocet, Endocet, Opana and Zydone in bottles of Excedrin and Gas-X.

A subsequent shutdown of the plant followed, and regulators are now anticipating a shortage of medications that are produced by the plant.

The plant was cited for similar problems earlier this summer after it was discovered that the company did nothing to follow-up with consumer complaints that had built up for more than two years regarding similar problems. More than 223 complaints were never examined during that two-year time period.

The Virginia drug injury lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley urge you to examine any over-the counter medications in your home. Compare the picture on the bottle with the medication inside to ensure they are the same. If there are any discrepancies, consult your doctor and/or pharmacist immediately.

Two Virginia House Fires Leave One Dead And Others Injured

by | December 19th, 2011

December 19, 2011 Two house fires in the area have left one person dead and several others injured. According to WVEC 13 News, the first fire broke out at around 4:30 Thursday afternoon in the kitchen of an apartment building on Garden Drive. Newport News firefighters stated that a plume of smoke was rising from the building when they arrived. They added that they were quickly able to rescue two adults and three children who were trapped in the home at the time. One of the adults was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The second fire took place less than 24 hours later in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Reports show that the fire was called in at 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday. Firefighters said that the home on West Bugle Road was fully engulfed with flames upon their arrival. After firefighters got the blaze under control, they found the body of a victim inside the home.  A police officer who arrived at the home before fire crews and attempted to break out a window to help also was injured by the fire. He suffered from smoke inhalation and was treated at a nearby hospital.

The Virginia Fire Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley know that the best way to keep you and your family safe from a similar accident is to install smoke detectors throughout your home. One device should be located within 10 feet of every bedroom door. If you can’t afford the detectors, they are often available for discount or for free through your local fire department.

Virginia Beach motorcyclist killed in accident

by | 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.

Virginia auto accident kills one, injures two

by | January 6th, 2009

January 6, 2009

The Roanoke Times reported a Virginia auto accident on Friday evening in which the driver was killed and two passengers suffered injuries.

Police noticed the driver driving recklessly on Williamson Road when they attempted to stop him; instead the sped away from the police and caused a Virginia auto accident.

The 21-year-old driver crashed into a house in the Virginia car accident.

The driver, as well as two 20-year-old passengers, was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The driver later died from injuries suffered in the Virginia auto accident.

Man ran over in Virginia auto accident

by | December 11th, 2008

December 11, 2008

Richmond Times-Dispatch reported a 57-year-old man was trying to stop a truck, but was struck and ran over in a Virginia truck accident on Tuesday evening.

The man was a manager of a campground and was trying to get the female truck driver’s attention when the Virginia truck accident occurred.

The man got up on the running board of the truck and was trying to open the door when he fell and was run over by the truck in the Virginia auto accident.

The police were able to locate the female truck driver with witnesses’ help and are continuing the investigation on how the Virginia truck accident happened.

The truck accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help if you have been injured in a Virginia truck accident.

Three killed in Virginia auto accident, two injured

by | December 9th, 2008

December 9, 2008

A Virginia auto accident on Saturday evening claimed the lives of three people and injured two others, as reported by the Roanoke Times.

The Virginia car accident occurred on US 460 between Christiansburg and Blacksburg. It was reported that one car was driving the wrong way and caused the three-car accident.

A 27-year-old was killed in the Virginia car accident and another 27-year-old man and a 36-year-old man died after they were taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital. Two female Virginia auto accident victims are in stable condition at the hospital.

Police are reconstructing how the Virginia auto accident occurred to determine what caused the accident.

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The car accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help if you have been injured in a Virginia auto accident.