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Do you have recourse when an emergency vehicle hits you?

You regularly see emergency vehicles such as police cars, ambulances and fire trucks, their sirens blaring as they rush to accident scenes or transport injured people to the hospital.

In a twist of irony, though, emergency vehicles can be at higher risk of involvement in a vehicle crash. High speeds and the element of surprise for other drivers make for a dangerous combination. So, emergency personnel who are helping someone could end up hurting or killing someone else.

Anyone who is walking is at risk for a pedestrian accident

Walking is a great form of exercise for most Maryland residents. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. Although most people take great care to look both ways before crossing the street and stick to well-lit areas, they are simply no match for large motor vehicles. Because of this, virtually anyone can be at risk for a pedestrian accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, pedestrians are the most susceptible group on the road. This includes children in strollers and individuals who use wheelchairs. On average, approximately one pedestrian is killed every two hours and around 430 more seek treatment in emergency departments for every 24 hours. In 2013, this totaled to over 156,000 visiting ERs and 4,735 fatalities.

Was the driver who caused the accident late for the game?

You’re in downtown Baltimore, riding in the bike lane with traffic, when a guy in a Jeep sideswipes you. The driver says he was on his way to the Orioles game and was running late. That would explain why he was speeding through a 25 mph zone and endangering everyone in the vicinity, including cyclists like you.

Speeding – especially aggressive driving by people in a hurry – is frequently a root cause of traffic accidents. And innocent people pay the price for those negligent drivers who are always behind schedule.

What are my options after experiencing legal malpractice?

Whether faced with the wrongdoing of another, a criminal charge or a serious injury, heading to court is a nerve-wracking experience. Most people in Maryland do not take on this experience alone. Obtaining the guidance of an experienced lawyer is often your best option for achieving the best possible outcome for your unique situation, but what if someone drops the ball? In the face of legal malpractice, you might feel understandably lost.

Your only familiarity with the word "malpractice" might be in relation to negligent health care providers, but many other professions hold their members to similar performance standards. Lawyers are certainly no exception. If your past lawyer behaved unprofessionally, failed to perform his or her duty and left you high and dry, you can potentially hold them responsible. Common instances of legal malpractice include:

  • Claiming improper bankruptcy exemptions
  • Improperly drafting real estate contracts
  • Agreeing to low or unauthorized personal injury settlements
  • Missing important filing deadlines
  • Misusing clients' funds

Texting may not be the most dangerous distraction?

Millions of dollars are spent on campaigns against texting while driving. But texting is just one form of distraction. Eating. Smoking. The radio. Pets. Or simply zoned out.

According to federal traffic data, the most common cause of distracted driving deaths is …. daydreaming at the wheel. Are you paying attention to the road? What dangerous things are your fellow drivers doing?

Dancing surgeon named in multiple medical malpractice suits

Professionalism in the work place can be much more than just a point of company pride -- it can be the difference between life and death. An out-of-state dermatologist was recently accused of behaving inappropriately in the operating room, causing severe injuries to her patients. She is currently facing at least five medical malpractice lawsuits, which Maryland victims of malpractice may also choose to utilize when seeking justice.

Nearly three years ago, a soon-to-be married bride sought help from the self-proclaimed "leading cosmetic surgeon" in the area. Although the bride was only seeking a minor cosmetic correction surgery, the surgeon convinced her to undergo an additional surgery to make her stomach flatter. After eight hours of surgery, the bride stopped breathing. Although the attending staff phoned 911, the damage was already done by the time they arrived, and the bride suffered permanent and irreversible brain damage. The victim is now cared for full-time by her adult son.

Should school buses have seat belts? NTSB says the time has come.

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending seat belts on school buses. This may be the push needed for Maryland and other states to protect students who take the bus.

Seat belts on buses do save lives and limit injuries. However, the debate always comes down to the substantial cost of adding safety belts and who will pay for it. School districts look to state legislatures. States look to the federal government.

Experts point to SUVs for increase in fatal pedestrian accidents

Sports utility vehicles are popular choices for many families in Maryland, and it is easy to see why. These vehicles typically offer adequate seating, ample storage space and competitive gas mileage, all of which is perfect for a busy family on the go. However, there may be a darker side to SUVs -- an increase in pedestrian accidents.

In 2009, the number of pedestrian fatalities -- having been on a downward trend since 1975 -- hit a record low. But that did not last long, and from 2009 to 2016, fatal accidents involving a single motor vehicle and pedestrians shot back up over 80 percent. So what is to blame for this frightening increase in deadly pedestrian accidents? Experts from the Governors Highway Safety Associate believe that SUVs are responsible for the sharp uptake in deaths.

Car crashes caused by texting happen in a matter of seconds

People go through life thinking that if they had been a few seconds earlier or a few seconds later, such-and-such would not have happened.

So it is with car crashes and texting. Maryland law prohibits drivers from using hand-held devices while operating a vehicle, yet texting while driving continues to cause roadway disasters. Looking away from the road for a few seconds can literally be life or death.

Police say driver in truck accident was drunk at the time

Drunk driving remains a threat to innocent motorists, their passengers and others using Maryland's roadways. A crash involving a drunk driver and a passenger vehicle has enough potential to be serious or deadly, but when a truck is also involved, the force of the impact only increases. Under these circumstances, a truck accident tends to increase the possibility of fatalities exponentially.

On a recent Monday, a Penske truck driven by a 49-year-old man careened into the rear of a passenger vehicle carrying a family of three. The impact critically injured the 3-month-old boy in the backseat of the vehicle. Troopers with the Maryland State Police report that the baby's parents "did everything right" in that the baby was properly strapped into a car seat. It just wasn't enough, and the infant died on the Thursday following the crash. 

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