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January 2011 Archives

77-year-old man struck and killed by snow plow

The season's first major snowstorm has reportedly caused a number of serious car accidents, including the death of a 77-year-old man who was allegedly struck by a snowplow as we walked along the side of a snow-covered road. Initial reports have indicated that the victim of the accident was Richard Oles, the renown fencing coach of John Hopkins University, who coached there for more than forty years.

Maryland a dangerous state for pedestrians

Many times when we think about what it means to be involved in a car accident, we think about two vehicles colliding or someone rolling an SUV onto its side by going too fast. However, Maryland appears to be one of the worst areas in when it comes to car accidents involving pedestrians.

Two Hit and Run Accidents Underscore Pedestrian, Bicyclist Hazards

Just hours after an Alexandria pedestrian was hit and killed by a driver who fled the scene on January 21, a Silver Spring bicyclist was injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. While police are pursing leads based on witness reports, no one has been arrested in connection with either of the hit-and-run collisions.

Government Settles Birth Injuries Lawsuit for $2.3 Million

We depend on doctors and hospitals to treat us effectively and help keep us healthy, but when mistakes are made or medical professionals act negligently, the results can be disastrous. The stakes are even higher when dealing with childbirth because medical errors or mistakes can lead to serious and permanent birth injuries.

New Safety Regulation Hopes to Reduce Number of Fatal Rollovers

Rollover crashes account for about one third of all fatal car accidents, according to federal government statistics. Many of those deaths are caused by drivers or passengers being ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

Car Wash Accident Claims Life of One, Injures Others in Maryland

When we think of dangerous jobs, working at a carwash does not generally come to mind. However, driving vehicles that are owned by other people and working near moving vehicles are tasks that have at least some level of risk. Two weeks ago, one Maryland carwash was reminded just how dangerous the job can be.

New Year's Eve Crash Injures Five, Results in DUI Charges

In a previous post, we discussed how common car accidents and emergency room visits for young people on New Year's Eve. Unfortunately for a number of young people near Delmar, this year was not immune from New Year's Eve crashes or emergency room visits.

Two Injured in Car Accident Along I-70 Ramp

One of the areas of interstate highways that are prone to backed up traffic and car accidents are the on-ramps, or interchanges. Depending on the time of day, traffic and congestion can make it difficult for vehicles to enter the interstate and quickly get up to speed. In addition, aggressive driving tactics by some drivers sometimes contribute to collisions. An auto accident late last week on I-70, just west of Hagerstown, looks like it might be a good example of one of these types of interchange collisions.

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