In recent years, many states have taken steps to increase penalties for drunk driving-related offenses. Maryland is among those states, and several DUI penalty increases are scheduled to go into effect this October 1.
If you've been involved in a car accident, you're likely to have many questions and concerns about what you should and should not do. This is often especially true if you suffer injuries and require ongoing medical treatment and care. If you have auto insurance, it's important to contact your insurance company and file an accident claim. However, prior to doing so, it's crucial to understand how Maryland's negligence law may affect your ability to recover compensation.
Any fatality resulting from a motor vehicle accident is a tragedy that ripples through many lives. Not only are the loved ones of the deceased affected, but if a negligent driver is involved, criminal penalties and wrongful death civil litigation changes the life of the negligent party as well. The state of Maryland has experienced a number of fatal motor vehicle accidents this year thus far, and sadly on May 11, another accident added to the numbers.
One of the scariest things for a driver cruising down a highway is to see another driver coming straight at them at lighting fast speeds. When a driver drives the wrong way down a highway, they often are travelling toward other vehicles at such a fast pace that the other drivers do not have an opportunity to react. When two cars travelling at high speed directly impact, the resulting car accidents are often tragic causing severe injuries and occasionally death.
A pedestrian is particularly vulnerable to drivers. Without the exterior protection of a car, any individual walking or even biking is exposed to substantial potential danger. While the state of Maryland has laws in place to protect pedestrians from negligent or distracted drivers, accidents that result in wrongful death still occur.
An accident can occur at any time, even when a driver is following all of the rules of the road. For one man driving to work early on a Monday morning, a tragic accident resulted in severe injuries that took him to the hospital. The car accident came after a short police chase at high speed on Maryland highways that ended in the death of the driver trying to flee.
One of most dangerous jobs in America is working in highway construction. Workers are not only exposed to heavy equipment and dangerous chemicals but workers may also face inattentive drivers on the road. Work injuries can be devastating to construction workers and their families. Each year across America nearly 700 people die and more than 40,000 are injured in road-construction related accidents. In Maryland, between 2008 and 2011, 25 people have been killed in work-zone -- the majority of those fatalities were the drivers of vehicles.
An accident investigation continues in the multi-car collision that occurred at the end of December. The car accident involved six vehicles and took place on Rockville Pike and the intersection of Edmonston Drive and Congressional Lane.
The holidays can be a time of cheer and joy for families. But unfortunately for some the joyous time can also bring tragedy. Due to the distances we travel on roads, rails and in the air, tragic accidents are inevitable during the holiday season.
There are many things to be concerned about when getting on the road. A negligent, distracted or drunk driver could cause any number of problems including delayed traffic, a car accident, serious injuries and even fatalities. One thing many of us, including Maryland residents, do not fret about, is a negligent drivers of ambulances and other emergency vehicles. While ambulances may speed through intersections and weave in and out of traffic, it is often done with sufficient warning and care. Yet, residents of Talbots and Queen Anne's counties witnessed some extremely dangerous ambulance driving recently.