While all car accidents in Maryland are serious and deserve attention, hit-and-run accidents can be especially concerning. This is because it can be difficult to identify a fleeing driver in order to hold him or her legally responsible for his or her negligence.
There are many drivers in Maryland who, due to careless disregard, being in a rush or just thinking its the norm, drive excessively over the posted speed limit. Yet speeding is a major cause of car accidents in our nation and, depending on the circumstances, could be viewed as negligent behavior, exposing the speeding driver to liability.
Not all auto accidents in Maryland are caused by negligent drivers. Some car accidents are caused by negligence on the part of automobile designers and manufacturers who put defective vehicles out in the market. However, the federal government has taken steps to study and enhance vehicle safety features.
Many residents of Montgomery County ride bicycles. Bicycles are a great way to get some exercise, and for many riding is simply fun in and of itself. Unfortunately, when bicycles and motor vehicles share the road, there is a potential for car accidents.
Most people certainly see snow-covered roads as a major hazard while driving. Yet rain can make roads slick and reduce a driver's visibility too, leading to the possibility of car accidents.
Large vehicles such as semi-trucks, tractors and dump trucks often carry immense loads. Should a driver of one of these trucks become involved in an accident, not only could they spill their loads, but they could also be injured in the process.
Taking the bus on one's morning or evening commute is usually no big deal. In fact, it is not unusual for passengers to be engaged in other activities, such as taking on the phone, reading a newspaper or enjoying a cup of coffee. Most people don't expect anything bad to happen while they ride the bus. But even busses aren't immune to car accidents.
A tragic accident took place at a Maryland middle school soccer field where a teenage girl was run down by a Ford Focus and killed. The victim, age 13, was watching the game when the accident occurred. The woman behind the wheel of the Ford, age 33, was driving through a parking lot behind the school when she suddenly lost control of her vehicle and left the parking lot, striking the 13-year-old girl and one other woman after first hitting a sign and then a tree. Sadly, although the teenage girl was rushed to the hospital, she did not survive the accident. The second woman struck by the Ford suffered only minor injuries.
Commuting on a bus is often the best way for people in a big city to travel to work, stores, restaurants and many other locations. It is so common that most riders do not expect that an accident may occur. But unfortunately, a recent bus accident claimed the life of a Maryland woman.
Maryland residents are all aware of the traffic headaches that can be caused when a car crash occurs. In one recent incident, a Maryland Transportation Authority officer was injured in a crash that backed traffic up for 16 miles.