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How Long Does a Hit-and-Run Investigation Take?

Published on Mar 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm in Car Accidents.

Finding yourself dealing with the ramifications of a car accident is bound to be stressful – especially if you’ve been injured. If, however, you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, the experience is likely to be that much more frustrating. Whether you were in the vehicle at the time of the accident or not, you’ll need to contact your insurance company and try to resolve the matter as efficiently as possible.

Drivers involved in crashes are supposed to stop their vehicles, assess the situation to determine if medical attention is required, share contact information with the other driver(s), and contact the police so an official report can be filed. In Maryland, it is illegal for drivers to leave the car accident scene without completing those steps. Punishments, depending on the severity of the wreck, may range from fines to point removal on their driver’s licenses, or even jail time.

5 Facts You May Not Know About Drunk Driving

Published on Feb 26, 2019 at 6:47 pm in Car Accidents.

We all know that drunk driving is unsafe and an overall bad idea. We are also aware of the associated dangers and the tragic outcomes that can follow. Unfortunately, that knowledge isn’t enough to keep some drivers from operating their vehicles while intoxicated. No matter their reason, the decision is always a wrong one.

While we help drunk driving accident victims, we also strive to encourage the prevention of such accidents. Let’s dive deeper into the facts you may not know about drunk driving. The key to aiding in the prevention of such tragedies is to know as much as possible.

How Often Do Crashes Result Due to Poorly-Maintained Roads?

Published on Feb 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm in Car Accidents.

In 2017, there were 114,848 motor vehicle accidents in Maryland. While many of these resulted from negligent drivers, it’s likely that a number were caused by poorly-maintained roads. Poor road conditions play a role in a significant number of crashes all across the country. Despite the impact on people’s lives, state and local governments do not always correct road problems or take measure to warn drivers about possible hazards.

When cars wind up in an accident, it’s easy to place the blame on one of the drivers; however, it’s important to remember that it’s possible for wrecks to happen when all drivers are following traffic laws and operating their vehicles in a safe, responsible manner.

What Role Does Informed Consent Play in Instances of Medical Negligence?

Published on Feb 6, 2019 at 2:44 pm in Medical Malpractice.

When a doctor or medical professional performs a procedure on a patient, begins treatment, or administers a test, the patient is legally required to be made aware of everything about the procedure, treatment, or test, its risks, the desired outcome, and any other crucial information such as recovery time, etc. They must willingly agree to move forward before the test or procedure is done. In some cases, the patient will have to make a difficult decision about their own care. This process is something called informed consent, and allows patients to have realistic expectations as well as stay properly informed and educated.

6 Examples of Wrongful Death Claims

Published on Jan 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm in Wrongful Death.

According to Maryland law, a wrongful death implies a fatality that occurred as a result of other party’s negligence or unlawful actions. A number of situations can result in wrongful death, and when a wrongful death occurs, families have the right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for what they’re loved one was put through, as well as the consequences related to the loss.

Wrongful death claims are made all over the country. The following cases exemplify what justice looks like when a loved one’s life has been wrongfully taken:

Examining Nursing Home Resident Rights in Baltimore

Published on Jan 22, 2019 at 2:32 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Seniors who reside in assisted living or continuing care communities in Maryland have legal rights that should always be respected. These rights are listed in the Health General Article under Section 19-343. They state that nursing homes will provide residents with care while respecting their dignity, and respect the residents’ individualities. By law, facilities cannot refuse these rights to a resident as they are protected.

Residents have a long list of rights that make sure they’re treated fairly and respectfully. When a nursing home doesn’t uphold these rights and your loved one suffers as a result, the lawyers from Belsky & Horowitz, LLC may be able to step in and ensure your loved one gets the justice they deserve.

Essential Things to Carry in Your Car During a Winter Storm

Published on Jan 16, 2019 at 4:36 pm in Car Accidents.

Depending on where you live in Maryland and what the winter season brings, snowfall amounts vary year to year. On some occasions, however, blizzards strike and snow totals are significant. Getting stuck in a winter storm on the road can be a stressful and scary situation. When the weather is snowy, icy, and unpredictable, it’s crucial to have essential emergency supplies in your vehicle. If you run into trouble, you’ll be thankful you’ve prepared for anything.

In order to plan ahead for winter driving, it’s important to ensure you’ve got the following items in your trunk:

Common Causes of Jackknife Accidents in Maryland

Published on Jan 8, 2019 at 4:09 pm in Truck Accidents.

Motor vehicle accidents always have the potential to be devastating. When a semi-truck is involved, the chance of serious injury or death increases because of the truck’s added size and weight. Unfortunately, someone could potentially be hospitalized or suffer from catastrophic injuries following a truck accident.

One of the most devastating types of truck accidents occurs when a commercial truck’s trailer and cab don’t accelerate or decelerate at the same rate of speed in a short amount of time. If a trucker slams on their brakes very quickly, for example, the momentum of the connected trailer may carry the trailer forward and surpass that of the cab’s momentum. This can cause the trailer to skid forward into a “V” shape in relation to the cab instead of its normal position behind the cab, mimicking the shape of a jackknife or pocketknife.

When the entire trailer skids forward, any vehicles in the nearby lanes are likely to get pushed into and aside, causing a serious accident that often gets referred to as a “jackknife” accident. The entire truck’s momentum moving forward may additionally cause other vehicles to collide into the tractor trailer as it slides in whatever direction the momentum is carrying it in.

Why Would My Airbag Not Deploy?

Published on Jan 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm in Car Accidents.

Airbag technology has prevented a significant number of injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 45,000 lives were saved by airbags from 1987 to 2015. As such, they are one of the most important safety features in vehicles today. When airbags fail to deploy during a crash; however, the vehicle’s occupants have nothing to protect them from serious impacts with the steering wheel, windows, or other parts of the car.

It’s important to understand how your vehicle’s safety features are supposed to work, which is why we’ll be going over airbags and their deployment. In the event they do not work as promised, you may have grounds to file an airbag failure to deploy lawsuit.

How Many Car Accidents Are There Every Day in the U.S.?

Published on Dec 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents happen every day. One of the common characteristics of these crashes is that a negligent driver caused the crash. Negligent drivers can cause all kinds of collisions, from a small bump in a parking lot to speeding on the highway and causing a multiple vehicle pileup. Unfortunately, their reckless behaviors often injure other people. Referring to someone as a negligent driver may sound a bit nebulous, you know that they weren’t driving safely, but how? There are a few ways that drivers can make themselves a danger on the road that affects people every day.

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