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May 2010 Archives

Maryland Prepares to go Hands-free with New Law

Car accidents involving distracted drivers have lawmakers across the country scrambling for laws that would limit handheld devices for those behind the wheel. Maryland is the latest, with Governor Martin O'Malley signing a bill into law on May 20 to limit handheld use throughout the state.

Pfizer Settles Wrongful Death Suit for $400,000

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is looking at upwards of 1,000 lawsuits alleging illegal promotional activities surrounding the drug Neurontin. Plaintiffs have accused Pfizer of "off-label" marketing in their promotion of Neurontin, an epilepsy drug, for things like pain relief.

Maryland Signs Cell Phone Ban To Reduce Car Accidents

A new state law could affect millions of Maryland motorists. On Thursday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill that bans the use of handheld phones while driving. Beginning Oct. 1, Maryland will join a small minority of U.S. states that prohibits drivers to hold a cell phone to their ear while driving. Maryland officials and advocates believe this new law will make Maryland roadways safer and will significantly reduce the number of car accidents in the state.

Maryland Company Works to Help Teen Drivers Avoid Car Accidents

One Baltimore Company is taking a proactive approach to educating Maryland teen drivers about potential road dangers and good driving habits that could avoid a car accident. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) held an event on Saturday exposing teen drivers to road hazards they may encounter and how to safely handle these situations. This event came at a perfect time as the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that car accidents are now the leading cause of teenage death in the U.S. They estimate that more than one-third of teen fatalities are the result of car accidents.

Car Accident Claims Life of Maryland Toddler

A recent car accident has claimed the life of a toddler after the child was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. The crash occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when the mother's vehicle went over a curb and crashed in a wooded area on the side of the road. The accident occured at the intersection of Brightseat Road and Arena Drive in Landover.

Survey: Car Accidents Are Leading Cause of Teen Deaths

According to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control, car accidents are now the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates that more than one-third of teen fatalities are the result of car accidents. Furthermore, about 78 percent of all deaths by unintentional injuries involving 12-19 year olds are caused by car accidents. Car accidents now account for 48 percent of all teenage deaths in the U.S.

Widow Files $15M Wrongful Death Suit Against Federal Government

A Maryland widow has recently filed a wrongful death suit against the U.S. Federal Government, claiming that a 2008 medical helicopter crash that killed her husband was the result of air traffic controller negligence. The suit claims that air traffic controllers provided the pilot with bad flight information, ultimately resulting in the death of three people.

AP Investigation Finds Toyota Used Deceptive Practices When Sued

Toyota is currently facing nearly 100 federal wrongful death and injury lawsuits from victims of car accidents who blame their crashes on sudden acceleration. They are also facing 130 potential class-action lawsuits filed by Toyota owners who claim the recent recalls have significantly diminished their vehicles' value. The current recall includes 8 million vehicles worldwide. The National Highway Safety Administration has linked 52 deaths to accelerator-related car accidents.

GM Recalls Hummers, Corvettes to Prevent Potential Car Accidents

Automaker General Motors Co. has ordered a voluntary recall of more than 160,000 Hummer H3 sport-utility vehicles because of the potential for vehicle hoods to open while the cars are in operation. They have also recalled 40,000 Chevrolet Corvettes because of a potential defect with the steering column.

Judge Injured in Car Accident by Drunk Driver he Spared From Jail

A man who was offered another chance in 1998 came back to haunt the retired Montgomery County judge who had shown him mercy. The same man who was spared jail time by Judge Edwin Collier in 1998 on drunk driving charges crashed head-on into a car driven by the retired judge 11 years later in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The judge and his wife (who was riding in the passenger seat) suffered serious and debilitating injuries due to the August 21, 2009 car accident with Rene E. Fernandez, 45. Tests after the accident found two times the legal limit of alcohol in Fernandez's system.

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