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5 overlooked facts about the dangers of motorcycle accidents

Last year alone, more than 1,000 people suffered injuries and 58 others died as a result of motorcycle-involved accidents in the state of Maryland. Those figures may be concerning, but they're actually an improvement. A decade ago, the state averaged 84 motorcycle-related deaths every year.

These statistics do not tell the full story, however. Here are five facts that help further explain the types of dangers riders can face while on the road.

Negligence, a rear-end collision and soft tissue injuries

Negligence in a rear-end collision is usually assigned to the driver who only stops when his vehicle strikes the one in front, crumpling the bumper and putting a dent in the automobile.

Unfortunately, the impact may cause soft tissue injuries to the occupants of the victim’s car.

What to consider before taking a settlement offer

Car accident cases become complicated quickly. A few weeks ago, a three-car crash occurred on Interstate 95, which resulted in one person sustaining injuries and significant traffic backup. 

After involvement in any motor vehicle accident, it is critical to get in touch with your insurance company right away. Your insurance agency will speak with an adjuster from the other driver's company, and you may get a settlement offer fairly quickly. However, you need to be cautious about accepting that offer. You need to ask yourself some questions first to determine if this is the best route to take.

Be careful about what you say after a car wreck

Nowadays, metro-area roadways seem to have more traffic than ever. Whether you are moving quickly down the highway or creeping along in rush-hour traffic, you may eventually find yourself in the middle of an automobile collision. What you say after the crash, though, may have a significant effect on your ability to receive compensation for your injuries and property damage. 

After any car collision, you must take certain steps to protect yourself. As you may suspect, you are likely to have many opportunities to discuss the wreck with insurance adjusters, other drivers, co-workers, friends, family members and others. If you have sustained an injury or have a damaged vehicle, though, you must think twice about your conversations. 

Understanding Maryland’s implied consent law

As you know, a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol can destroy your life. After all, you need your driver’s license to go to work, buy groceries and otherwise get through every day. You also need your freedom. 

Maryland has an implied consent law. That is, when you received your driver’s license, you gave implied consent to submit to chemical testing to measure your blood alcohol content if an officer has reasonable suspicion to believe you are driving while impaired. Before you find yourself in the middle of a DWI stop, you should understand Maryland’s implied consent law. 

Can illegal immigrants get payment for a car accident injury?

You may be one of many people living in North America without legal citizenship. Your status means you are an illegal immigrant or undocumented worker. You may worry about deportation if someone finds out you do not have the legal papers required to live in the U.S. Deportation means you must leave the United States and return to your original country. 

Even if you live in the United States as an illegal immigrant, you have similar rights to those of an American citizen in a car accident.

Avoid “the right hook” and other devastating bike accidents

If you are an experienced bicyclist, you are probably accustomed to riding in traffic, either in the bike lane or along with vehicles in the traffic lane.

However, accidents happen, and as a cyclist, you are vulnerable. Here are four potentially calamitous bicycle crashes and how you can avoid them.

A few tips for managing an accident with an uninsured driver

Few things can ruin your day faster than an automobile accident. If you swap paint with an uninsured motorist, though, your bad day can turn into a nightmare. While driving carefully is always an effective strategy for staying safe on roadways in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC, you may not be able to avoid an accident with an uninsured driver. 

There are more uninsured drivers on metro-area roadways than you may think. In fact, with more than 15 percent of drivers lacking insurance coverage, the District ranks 10th in the country for the number of uninsured motorists. Here are a few tips for managing an accident with an uninsured driver. 

What to do if you sustain a traumatic brain injury in a car crash

Your brain is one of the most important parts of your body. Not only does it allow you to accomplish everyday tasks, but it also controls your personality. That is, your brain makes you who you are. Therefore, if you have been in an automobile accident, you must be certain you have not sustained a traumatic brain injury. 

Traumatic brain injuries occur when the brain smashes into the skull. The impact causes a disruption in the way the brain functions. Here are three things you should do if you sustain a traumatic brain injury in a car crash. 

5 things to do if a careless driver hits you when you are walking

Cars, buses and metro trains seem to be everywhere in the Washington, D.C., area. When you head out on foot, you must contend with traffic congestion. Even if you exercise caution, you may find yourself in an accident with an automobile. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average weight of passenger vehicles in the United States is more than 4,000 pounds. When combined with speed and a careless driver, heavy vehicles can inflict serious bodily injury on unsuspecting pedestrians. Here are five things you should do if a distracted or negligent driver hits you with his or her vehicle. 

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