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Just how safe are Maryland's streets for pedestrians?

Even though the calendar says autumn is officially here, anyone who has lived in Maryland long enough knows that we are still several weeks away from any noticeable shift in weather conditions. What this means, of course, is that there is still more than enough time to take part in our favorite outdoor activities from long bike rides to leisurely walks.

It's important to understand, however, that no matter what time of the year it is, the danger of being involved in a pedestrian accident is always present. In case, you don't believe it, consider statistics show that of the 32,675 traffic-related fatalities that occurred in 2014, an astounding 15 percent were pedestrians.

Understanding your options when faced with attorney misconduct

There are certain professions that we, as a society, hold in high regard owing to the education and training required, and the complexity of the work performed. While physicians certainly fall into this category, so do attorneys, whom we rely on to handle an array of matters from car accidents and divorces to estate planning and criminal charges, to name only a few.

It naturally follows that with this high regard comes high expectations. Indeed, we expect attorneys to handle our legal issue with the necessary diligence and to provide zealous advocacy, no matter the circumstances.

How the feds are cracking down on social media abuse in nursing homes

When most people hear the terms nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, what likely springs to mind are things like bedsores, malnutrition, medication errors, falls and unacceptable living conditions.

While this is certainly accurate, the unfortunate reality is that these terms have recently expanded to include yet another form of deplorable and demeaning conduct: social media abuse.

There is a lot to deal with after a car accident

If you are involved in a car accident, you know that there will be many details to deal with in the days and weeks to come. The situation you face will depend on many factors, including the extent of the damage and if you suffered any injuries.

First things first -- you need to deal with any injuries you have suffered. This is more important than anything else, including your vehicle and financial situation. It's common to suffer a variety of injuries in a car accident, including but not limited to:

CDC declares sepsis to be a medical emergency

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an eye-opening report in which it declared sepsis, a condition that the agency said is responsible for over 258,000 fatalities per year, a medical emergency.

What makes sepsis so especially problematic, say experts, is that many Americans are otherwise unaware of its extreme danger. Indeed, the Sepsis Alliance has determined that fewer than 50 percent of Americans know what the condition actually is despite the fact that it was the cause of death of such high-profile figures as Jim Henson, Patty Duke and, most recently, Muhammad Ali.

Are EMTs and other emergency responders immune from patient lawsuits?

Though they train for crisis situations, it is not fair to expect miracles or perfection from those who respond to 911 emergencies. They aren't doctors or rolling hospitals. They must make quick decisions under chaotic or even hostile circumstances.

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Maryland law shields first responders, EMTs, paramedics and ambulance drivers from liability for bad outcomes of good faith efforts to help those in distress. But emergency personnel and their employers may be legally accountable for injury or death when they are reckless with protocols or derelict in their duty.

NHTSA proposal calls for lower national speed limit for trucks

It doesn't matter whether it's day or night, or whether road conditions are perfect or abysmal, there's simply nothing more terrifying for motorists than seeing a fully-loaded truck bearing down on them in the rearview mirror or go barreling by them at a high rate of speed.

While encounters with speeding semis are both frightening and frustrating for motorists, they can also be deadly. Indeed, safety experts indicate that speed plays a major role in the thousands of fatal truck accidents that take place here in the U.S. every year.

Can I sue for injuries involving a public bus, subway or commuter train?

Hundreds of people -- passengers, pedestrians and motorists -- are injured each year in mass transit accidents in the Baltimore area. Some people forfeit their right to compensation by waiting too long to bring a claim. Other victims never pursue legal action, believing that government entities are immune.

BoardingBus(2).jpgA public transit agency can be held liable -- the same as an individual or corporate entity -- but there are special rules and restrictions. Your best recourse is to work with a lawyer who has actually filed and won such claims.

Just how bad are Maryland drivers?

While bad drivers can be found almost anywhere, some states definitely have more than their fair share. In fact, according to a report compiled by CarInsuranceComparison.com, there are certain states with worse drivers than others.

So, where does Maryland rank when compared to other states? Does it have the worst drivers? No, but it can certainly do better.

The at-fault driver doesn't have insurance! Am I out of luck?

Even though drivers in Maryland are supposed to carry auto insurance, many do not. What is particularly frustrating about these careless motorists is that they are not only putting their own financial future at risk should they ever cause an accident, but your future as well.

So what happens if you suffer an injury in a car accident caused by an uninsured driver? Do you have any options, or are you simply out of luck? Fortunately, for many car accident victims, hope may be found in their own auto policies - specifically, under their uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage.

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