Distractracted Driving Causes Ramblewood Road Harrisonburg Crash

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, the 2000 block of Ramblewood Road was the scene of a two-car crash that left a 7-year-old boy dead.

The Harrisonburg Police Department is reporting that on Sunday, Tony Nolasco was traveling on Ramblewood Road in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he crossed the center lane and struck the side of another vehicle.  The 7-year-old boy was a passenger in the vehicle that was hit.

After the crash, Nolasco fled the scene but then crashed his car on Stone Spring Road.  Nolasco was eventually located by police officers and arrested.

Nolasco has been charged with DUI, manslaughter, and felony hit-and-run.

Inattentive Driving Accidents

Inattentive driving is a major cause of car accidents. Inattentive driving happens when a driver doesn’t use care in watching the road for various reasons, some of which may include:

  • looking at a cell phone
  • attending to children
  • picking up something from the floor
  • changing the radio station
  • programming GPS
  • many others

Even though cell phone usage is thought of as the primary cause of distracted driving, inattentive drivers were causing accidents long before cell phones were ever invented.

Inattentive Driving Risk

Nearly 3,000 people are killed each year in the United States as a result of inattentive driving.  In addition to vehicle occupant deaths, there are an additional 600 pedestrians, bicyclists, and others, who are killed each year by distracted drivers.

Inattentive driving is especially dangerous if the driver:

  • fails to notice changes in speed limits
  • misses an exit or carelessly crosses through traffic lanes
  • fails to notice hazards on the roadway
  • fails to notice approaching sirens
  • fails to notice children playing nearby
  • fails to stop for a school bus stop or for flashing lights

How is the Ritchie Law Firm Different?

At the Ritchie Law Firm, we believe that the people who are responsible for your injuries should be held accountable.  But, it’s difficult to negotiate with the insurance company while trying to make sure that all of the negligent parties are held accountable.

Many times, car accident victims receive lower settlements than they should get because either they or their attorneys are not experienced in determining the value of their cases.

An experienced drunk driving accident lawyer can help ensure that you are fairly compensated.  At the Ritchie Law Firm, in our half-century of legal practice, we have handled thousands of distracted driving accident cases.

This experience gives us an advantage as nothing comes as a surprise to us and we are always thoroughly prepared for even the most challenging cases.  We have a track record of success and a strength that is unmatched.

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Ritchie Law Firm is a personal injury law firm devoted to helping individuals who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries or lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence. Ritchie Law Firm serves all of Virginia, while helping clients in cities and surrounding areas of Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Staunton, and Winchester also serves clients in West Virginia, including Martinsburg, WV.