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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. 

Be proactive to help minimize DUI arrest consequences

No one wants to be pulled over by law enforcement, especially if the reason is suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Maryland has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation, and you face stiff penalties if you receive a conviction. What is involved, and how can you minimize the impact on your life?

Top mistakes to avoid after a car accident

Car accidents can inflict a great deal of harm in a wide range of areas such as health and finances. In addition to taking some immediate steps at the scene, it is important to continue on the right course and steer clear of errors that can sabotage your case.

Some cases contain facts that can lead to additional legal complexities. It is best to develop a targeted strategy for your case.

Driving can be risky for post-concussion motorists

You probably know medical personnel closely watch and give clearance to athletes who sustain concussions before they can resume playing their sport.

What about people who drive cars after recovering from a concussion? As a university study shows, getting right back onto the road might not be such a good idea.

Who is to blame for Maryland pedestrian deaths?

Nobody is contesting the vulnerability of pedestrians. If you are walking to the bus stop and a vehicle strikes you, there are no airbags or crumple zones to absorb even a little of the impact. You probably are not wearing a helmet, heavy boots or other protection a motorcyclist might wear, or even a bicycle helmet to protect your head from a blow. 

This lack of protection contributes to dozens of pedestrian deaths in Maryland each year. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were over 100 pedestrians struck and killed by vehicles in Maryland during 2016. 

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