If someone has been in a car accident that was caused by another party, they are likely to seek compensation. In most cases, accident victims will get a settlement from the responsible person's insurance company. To ensure a settlement, individuals will normally need to provide proof that a motorist was at fault for the accident and that they suffered injuries as a result.
Many Maryland drivers face a combination of congested highways and busy city streets every day. For those who navigate the streets defensively, it often seems incredible that people drive while texting, browsing social media and flipping through playlists without causing a car accident. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, suggests that this behavior is causing more car accidents. An attorney and proponent of defensive driving explains how a distracted driver is the virtual opposite of a defensive one.
One in every three motorists in Maryland and across the U.S. displays habits consistent with distracted driving. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 engage in at least one risky driving behavior each day. This makes them the worst behaved age group of drivers in the United States.
Brake failure can be a significant factor in the occurrence of motor vehicle accidents in Maryland and the rest of the country. There can be varying reasons why a vehicle's brakes may malfunction, and they all should be considered when determining who may be liable for an accident.
Police in Maryland believe that excessive speed likely contributed to an accident on the afternoon of March 9 in Anne Arundel County that claimed the life of a 22-year-old man and left his 24-year-old passenger seriously injured. The collision, which involved a Maryland Transit Administration bus and a Chevrolet sedan, took place at about 4:15 p.m. near Chestnut Hill Cove.
Motorists may begin to see an increasing number of self-driving vehicles on the road. Maryland drivers who concerned about the safety of autonomous cars may also be interested to learn about the insurance changes that may occur as a result.
Maryland drivers face an increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident when daylight savings time occurs each year. In the spring when the clocks are moved forward, forcing people to lose an hour of sleep, more accidents happen, according to researchers.
After years of steady progress, the roads in Maryland and across the country are becoming far more dangerous. Traffic accident deaths increased by more than 7 percent in 2015, and data released by the National Safety Council on Feb. 15 indicates that this disturbing trend continued in 2016. The data, which the safety advocacy organization says could be revised slightly upward or downward in the coming months, shows that traffic accidents claimed 40,200 lives in 2016. The last time the accident death toll exceeded 40,000 was in 2007.
During 2016, more than 40,000 vehicle-related deaths occurred in the U.S., which was the highest amount of traffic fatalities since 2007 according to the National Safety Council. Healthy economic conditions and lower gas prices were major factors that increased the amount of vehicles on roadways in Maryland and around the country that year.
There are many stereotypes about millennials in Maryland and the rest of the country. However, when it comes to their driving, potentially negative perceptions about them may be true. According to an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to risky behavior while driving in the past 30 days. Examples of these behaviors include texting while driving, running red lights or running stop signs.