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Determining fault in an autonomous car crash

According to Google, 94 percent of car accidents are attributed to human error. It is believed that making the transition to autonomous vehicles could significantly reduce the number of collisions in Maryland and around the country. However, there is still a chance of an accident occurring regardless of who or what controls the vehicle. Currently, several automakers plan to introduce autonomous vehicles in the future or have begun testing them already.

Head-on collision leads to 4-vehicle accident on bridge

An accident took place in Maryland on Sept. 28 involving four vehicles at around 7:55 a.m. The collision occurred on the Thomas Johnson Bridge, and charges are pending against the driver believed to be responsible. He was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer when he crossed into the southbound lane from the north by driving over the solid yellow center line for unknown reasons.

Convictions overturned as car defect is revealed

Maryland drivers who own General Motors cars may have heard about a recall the company issued in February 2014 in connection with the ignition switch in 2.6 million of its vehicles. Several people were criminally charged in fatal accidents in which the defect is now considered the cause, and others may be forthcoming. The people had described their cars as increasing speed or stopping on their own and were not believed.

Accident injuries in Maryland

Maryland residents who have been in auto accidents often incur injuries without realizing that they have been harmed. Whether a victim has suffered serious trauma that is overshadowing less noticeable problems, or the shock of the collision has left an individual unaware that he or she has suffered harm, symptoms may not show up for hours or days after a crash.

Teen drivers cause more fatal car crashes

While individuals under the age of 21 make up approximately 10 percent of all licensed drivers in Maryland and across the United States, they cause a disproportionate number of fatal crashes. These accidents, which often involve drunk driving and distracted driving, are due in large part to teen-specific behaviors. For example, experts believe many young drivers have an invincibility complex that leads them to engage in dangerous activities.

Speeding is major cause of car accidents

At one time or another, many Maryland motorists have driven over the posted speed limit, whether they were traveling on city streets, freeways or rural roads. Before they do so again, however, they should consider the consequences, the least of which is a traffic ticket on their driving record.

Improving car roof standards may save lives in Maryland

According to the NHTSA, roughly 600 people are killed each year and 900 are injured due to collapsing car roofs after a rollover. However, regulations regarding the stability of car roofs had not been updated since they originally went into effect in 1973. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 216 required a vehicle's roof to be able to withstand a force equal to 1.5 times it weight up to 5,000 pounds without moving more than five inches.

Car accident statistics

Everyday, car accidents in Maryland and around the country result in deaths, serious injuries and property damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs report that was released in October 2014, almost 7,000 people go to the emergency room everyday in the United States because of motor vehicle accidents. The majority of car accident victims are people over 80 years old, teens and young adults.

Maryland man in hit-and-run turns himself in

According to reports, a 73-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Feb. 1 on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway turned himself in to federal marshals on April 8. The man reportedly told officers he didn't know what he had struck with his vehicle the night of the accident.

Maryland car accidents and sternum fractures

One of the more dangerous injuries a person might receive in a car accident is a sternum fracture. The majority of people who suffer from sternum fracture injuries receive them in motor vehicle accidents, and they are at greater risk if their airbags do not work or they are not wearing seat belts.

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