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  • How to Reduce Your Risks While Riding Your Motorcycle at Night

    The best time to ride your motorcycle is when the sun is shining and the roads are dry. Visibility and traction are your best friends when you’re traveling on two wheels. However, you can’t always ride in ideal conditions. And with the days becoming shorter as winter approaches, there’s a good chance you’ll spend some time riding at night—especially if you use your motorcycle as your primary method of transportation.

    Here are a few tips to follow to reduce your risks while riding after dark or before sunrise:

    • Ensure all of your lights work—Your motorcycle’s lights don’t just illuminate your path, they also help make you visible to other drivers. Check your lights regularly and have spare bulbs ready in case any are burned out.
    • Make your bike and yourself reflective—Although riding around with your lights on makes you easier to spot by other drivers, your appearance may be “washed out” by their own headlights. Reflectors on your riding gear or bike can you much easier to spot and thus much safer on the road.
    • Don’t ride when you’re sleepy—Driving a vehicle requires fast reflexes and alertness. Riding a motorcycle is even MORE demanding. And if you ride while you’re sleepy, you aren’t at your best. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night and avoid riding when you’re fatigued.

    Unfortunately, there are always negligent and reckless drivers on Virginia’s roads, especially at night. If you get hurt by a negligent driver while you’re riding, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help. Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.

  • Can You File Separate Compensation Claims After a Truck Accident?

    Truck accidents are typically more damaging and expensive than auto accidents. That’s because semi-trucks outweigh even the biggest pickup trucks and SUVs by tens of thousands of pounds. There’s no question that most truck accident victims need substantial settlements to pay for their medical bills and lost wages, but many of those victims don’t know that they can file multiple compensation claims.

    Every at-fault party that was responsible for an injury can be held liable for a victim’s expenses. And in the case of truck accidents, there are often multiple at-fault parties. For example, the truck driver can be held liable if they were driving under the influence. The truck company can be held liable if the truck was overloaded. And the truck owner can be held liable if the truck wasn’t properly maintained or repaired.

    However, juggling multiple claims and proving negligence was a factor in all of them can be virtually impossible for victims to do on their own. One claim is difficult enough, especially when they’re dealing with serious injuries. That’s why it’s essential to contact an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer right away after your truck accident injury.

    At Skolrood Law Firm, our lawyers can not only determine who was at fault—and there may be multiple parties—but we can collect evidence that proves they’re at fault. Then, we can negotiate with each party and their insurer individually to ensure you get every penny you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to go to work for you.

  • Hospitals and Doctors Are Good at Denying That Medical Malpractice Occurred

    Medical malpractice can be very difficult to prove. Because medicine is such an inexact science, and because bad outcomes can happen after any treatment, it’s easy for hospitals and doctors to deny responsibility when patients get worse or even die.

    And when victims are sick or their loved ones are grieving their passing, trying to understand what happened and prove negligence was a factor can be almost impossible. That gives negligent medical providers and facilities a big upper hand when it comes to avoiding liability and paying out big settlements.

    If you suspect that you or someone you love was the victim of medical malpractice, it’s important to get an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer on your side as soon as possible. At Skolrood Law Firm, we know how difficult these claims are to prove and win. But we don’t back down from the challenge.

    Our experience means that we can review medical records, injuries, and illnesses to determine how and when our clients’ health suffered as a result of negligent medical care. Then, we’ll determine exactly how and where the negligence occurred and whether it was a result of a single act or even an entire culture of negligence on behalf of a hospital or clinic.

    Don’t be a victim twice by paying out of pocket for medical expenses and pain and suffering that were caused by a preventable injury or illness. Contact us today for a free consultation.