The transportation industry may focus on auto accidents, but pedestrians face graver dangers. In 2013, the last year for which data was available, one pedestrian was killed every two hours in the U.S. A total of 4,735 pedestrians died from auto accidents across the country that year; 110 of these in Maryland. Learn how to walk smart to stay safe from auto accidents. This is increasingly important as more drivers engage in distracted driving, whether from Pokémon GO, texting or talking on the phone.
As most Maryland residents will agree, tragic car accidents occur much too often in the state. While there are laws in place in order to prevent collisions, one bad decision can result in serious injuries and even death to another. When a person is killed due to another's negligence, the deceased person's family may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim in Maryland court.
Imagine you are walking up a moderately busy street -- no gridlock or anything, but cars pass by frequently. You know the street well and when you get to the intersection of your local supermarket, you prepare to cross the street. You have done it hundreds of times before so, thinking nothing of it, you cross the street because you don't hear the familiar hum of a car nearby.
Authorities in Montgomery County have been raising warning flags about pedestrian safety lately. The impetus for the alerts appears to be a rash of accidents between Dec. 6, and Dec. 9 in which 12 pedestrians were struck by cars. Two of them died.
Commuting by train is an environmentally friendly, relatively convenient way to travel in Maryland. It's also a relatively safe way to travel. What is not safe when it comes to trains, however, is for pedestrians to cross the tracks.
It's the time of year when people are hitting the streets by foot or bicycle to get in a summer stroll or bike ride. It's beautiful out, and pedestrians should be able to feel safe when they make the healthy decision to forego a car ride for a leisurely workout.
More and more now, we are all seeing hybrid and electric cars on the roads. Whether you think that they are cool or strange, one thing about them is certain. They are quieter than the engine-running car or truck that most of us have.
According to the Washington Post, a Maryland child will receive over two million dollars in compensation from the State of Maryland after a Circuit Court jury in Prince George's County found in favor of her wrongful death lawsuit. The family of the young girl sued the state after the plaintiff's mother was struck by a passing car while walking down Pennsylvania Avenue.
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.
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.