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October 2010 Archives

Fatal Crash Rate Drops for 16 and 17-year-olds

A report released on Thursday brought a bit of good news for state legislators who have pushed hard for tighter restrictions on teenage drivers. According to the study, between 2004 and 2008, the number of 16 and 17-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes decreased from 2,200 to 1,400.

Toyota Announces Yet another Million-Car Recall

For all the recalls and repairs already put into action, Toyota is still coping with car issues. Yesterday, the beleaguered car manufacturer announced yet another recall, this one for problems with the brake fluid and fuel pumps in more than 1.5 million Lexus, Avalon and other models.

The End of Car Accidents?

Every year, thousands are injured in Maryland car accidents because of distracted, careless drivers. It's no problem that people want to eat breakfast, put on makeup or text their friends. The problem is that people seem to want to do these things, and others like them, behind the wheel of their car.

Two Pedestrians Killed in a Montgomery County Crosswalk

Two pedestrians were struck and killed while crossing the street in the early hours of Sunday morning this past week. The deaths mark the 10th and 11th pedestrian fatalities this year in Maryland's Montgomery County, adding to an already tragic total.

Maryland Officer is Denied Immunity in Car Accident Lawsuit

A four-year court case revolving around a minor car accident involving a Maryland police officer and a third party was finally resolved on Tuesday of last week. The car crash occurred after the officer made an illegal u-turn on a one-way road, hoping to break up what he believed to be a drug sale.

Maryland Rejects Challenge to Damage Cap in Wrongful Death Suit

For now, at least, non-economic damage caps will remain in place for Maryland plaintiffs. Earlier this year, the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld the state's limit of $725,000 in non-economic damages. In doing so, the court rejected the claim that such a cap on damages violated the constitutional right of plaintiffs to a trial by jury.

Maryland's New "Share The Road" Law Gets Underway Today

On the heels of the tragic death of a Senate candidate in a bicycle / car accident back on September 19th and years after the national "share the road" PR campaign was rolled out, Maryland has a new law on the books starting today. The law stipulates new rules for bike riders and motorists on our state's increasingly congested roadways. In order to prevent future bicycle vs. car accidents, drivers now face fines upwards of $500 for passing within three feet of someone on a bicycle.

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