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Victim of hit-and-run motor vehicle accident dies

Published on Sep 14, 2017 at 10:32 pm in Car Accidents.

Too many Maryland families have lost loved ones to car crashes. What may make the sorrow worse is when that loved one was left to die by a driver who failed to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Some of those accidents involve pedestrians who may have lived if they had received medical care as quickly as possible.

The problem is that some of the victims are not found right away. For instance, a pedestrian was found in a roadway on a recent Thursday night. His condition was critical, and emergency responders rushed him to a hospital in the area. Sadly, his injuries were too severe, and despite their best efforts, medical personnel were unable to save his life.

Tacos, chickens, movies and other dangerous driving distractions

Published on Aug 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm in Car Accidents.

When you hear the term “distracted driving,” you probably picture someone who is texting or using a cell phone to make a call. Many times that cellphone is the culprit, but there are many other kinds of distractions that divide motorists’ attention when they should be focusing solely on the road.

Accidents happen swiftly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,000 people are injured each day in crashes involving distracted drivers. All it takes is a few moments of diverted attention behind the wheel to change lives forever.

Did Maryland’s alcohol sales tax increase help lower DUI crashes?

Published on Jul 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm in Car Accidents.

There is no disputing the toll that drunk driving accidents take on U.S. roads and highways. Indeed, statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 2015 alone saw over 1.1 million DUI arrests and, more significantly, a staggering 10,265 lives lost in DUI-related crashes. As if this wasn’t shocking enough, the CDC puts the price tag of these crashes at over $44 billion per year.

Given staggering numbers like these — and the sad reality that they are by no means a statistical anomaly — the question has always been what can be done to lower impaired driving rates. One suggestion that has been consistently floated by vehicle safety experts has been to limit alcohol intake by raising the sales tax on spirits, wine and beer. 

Just how safe is it for motorists to ‘follow a friend?’

Published on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm in Car Accidents.

While motorists can now rely on everything from GPS systems and in-dash navigation programs to smartphones to provide them with directions, many nevertheless still rely on such tried-and-true techniques as consulting paper maps, asking strangers for directions and, of course, following friends.

Interestingly enough, a recently published study in the journal Frontiers in Psychology set out to determine just how safe this last method of getting from Point A to Point B really is.

The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers are officially here

Published on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:07 pm in Car Accidents.

For teens, the period running from Memorial Day through Labor Day ranks as one of the best of the year. That’s because school is officially out, meaning they are free from homework, able to earn much-needed income at summer jobs and, of course, hang out with their friends far more often.

On the other hand, the period running from Memorial Day through Labor Day ranks as one of the worst of the year for parents, emergency responders and safety advocates. That’s because it’s come to be known as the “100 deadliest days,” a timeframe in which the average number of teen driving fatalities has been shown to rise by as much as 15 percent compared to the remainder of the year.

Why one study called Maryland the safest state for teen drivers

Published on May 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm in Car Accidents.

Without question, one of the most stressful moments in the life of any parent is when their child is old enough to start driving. Indeed, this stress has only been exacerbated in recent years, as moms and dads not only have to worry about things like speeders and impaired drivers, but also distracted drivers.

There is good news for parents here in Maryland, however, as a recently released study by an independent insurance marketplace and consumer guide recently ranked the Old Line State as the safest in the nation for teen drivers.

Who’s an aggressive driver? The answer might surprise you

Published on Apr 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm in Car Accidents.

As you made your way to work this morning, chances are good that you noticed the usual assortment of questionable driving practices from those more interested in their phones than surrounding traffic to those who simply failed to notice the posted traffic signs.

You may have even encountered drivers whose behavior stopped short of road rage, but could easily be classified as dangerously assertive or perhaps even aggressive. As obnoxious as this type of behavior is, it can also be incredibly dangerous with statistics showing that aggressive driving is behind an alarming number of serious and even fatal car accidents.

A flying toaster hit my windshield. Do I have a case?

Published on Mar 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm in Car Accidents.

At one time or another, every motorist must try to avoid flying debris or an unexpected obstacle in the roadway. The item could be anything from a chunk of concrete to a mattress to a toaster that falls out of the loaded bed of the pickup in front of you.

You may incur a cracked windshield or dented grill, resulting in a property damage claim with your insurance company. You might also end up crashing your car because you swerved and lost control of your vehicle. In that case, you might find yourself in another category altogether, if you or your passengers suffered injuries.

Just how bad are Maryland drivers?

Published on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm in Car Accidents.

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.

Pokémon Go: Is catching them all really worth an accident?

Published on Jul 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm in Car Accidents.

By now, the Pokémon Go craze has spread almost everywhere in the nation, including Baltimore. While this popular game – which requires players to capture animated Pokémon characters projected on their cellphone screens amid the player’s actual surroundings – has coaxed countless kids and adults off the couch, it has also gotten several people injured. In fact, the internet is rife with stories of people walking into traffic, trees and even off rocky ledges as they try to catch Pokémon on their cellphones.

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