With over 10 million car accidents on record each year, it is important for drivers to understand what to do in case they are involved in a crash. Whether it's a small fender-bender or a major accident, it's key to follow proper protocol, which can make seeking claims for repairs and medical expenses more straightforward.
Getting into any kind of car accident is serious, but colliding with a tractor-trailer may have side-effects that can change your life. The most recent FMCSA report on Large Truck and Bus Accidents notes that injuries from commercial vehicle accidents have increased by 21% percent.
On Oct. 5, the Obama administration announced the first steps in a plan designed to make roads safer for drivers in Maryland and throughout the United States. As part of the new initiative, the U.S. Department of Transportation will emphasize seat belt safety and the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. The ultimate goal is to have zero injuries or fatalities from traffic accidents within 30 years.
An 11-year-old Maryland girl was killed in a car accident on Sept. 25. The crash occurred at approximately 4:37 p.m. in Baltimore. According to Baltimore City Police, a 26-year-old man was speeding his vehicle west on the 2800 block of Frederick Avenue when he crossed into opposing traffic and smashed into an SUV.
On Oct. 1, 2016, a number of new laws will go into effect in Maryland, including one that is aimed at reducing the number of drivers who take to the state's roadways while impaired or under the influence of alcohol. Named after fallen Montgomery County police officer Noah Leotta, Noah's Law, or the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, says that individuals who are convicted of drunk driving charges must use an ignition interlock device when they regain their driving privileges.
Older drivers in Maryland might be safer on the road in the years ahead as safety technology becomes increasingly mandatory in those vehicles. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, more than 54 million people will be 70 or older, and at least 80 percent are expected to have driver's licenses. However, older adults might run into a number of problems. In addition to a greater susceptibility to injury in an accident, they may lack the range of motion needed to safely look all around their vehicle and might become confused at busy intersections.
Parents in Montgomery County and throughout the country have sent their kids back to school. For many families, that means entrusting their kids into the hands of school bus drivers.
A drive of less than an hour southwest of Silver Spring will bring you to Haymarket, Virginia. The small town was the site of a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 66 that took the life of a 5-year-old girl.
Across the country, there have been safety initiatives aimed at combating distracted driving, largely by asking drivers to pledge to stay off their cell phones while they are driving. While phones have proven to be a distraction and are a contributing factor in many crashes, putting down the phone doesn't come with any guarantees. The reason? People have long been distracted behind the wheel, even before cell phones were part of the equation. In fact the most dangerous person to talk to while driving isn't the person on the other end of the phone -- it's the other people in the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that passenger conversations contribute to 57 percent of crashes, while phones are blamed for just 12 percent.
If you are a parent to a new college student, that bittersweet time of having to send your child out into the world is here. The years have flown by, and now you are packing up the furniture and boxes that will make up the landscape of your kid's first year in school.