Maryland has adopted a relatively firm stance when it comes to distracted driving. Indeed, state law dictates that no licensed driver may use a "text messaging device" to send, read or write messages behind the wheel (with the exception of contacting 911), classifying this as a primary offense punishable by fines and even license suspension if the driver is under 18.
Maryland is doing a lot of things right to limit teen crashes
After dropping to an all-time low in 2014, Maryland traffic fatalities rose in 2015 and so far the upward trend continues in 2016. Fatal accidents involving teen drivers in particular are up sharply after so much progress in recent years.
The federal government announced a plan this week to set a goal of zero traffic deaths and injuries within the next 30 years. As car accidents remain one of the leading causes of deaths or injuries in this country, officials explained how they would achieve this new goal.
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.
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.
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.
A man was killed in a multi-car accident that took place in Baltimore July 6. Maryland Transportation Authority police said that the fatal crash involved three cars and occurred on Interstate 95 North. Two other people who were injured but survived the accident were treated at Shock Trauma.
Police in Maryland are working to find out if alcohol played a part in a two-car accident that left three people injured in Howard County on June 19. The accident took place on Route 175 in Elkridge at about 3:25 a.m.
The advent of driverless cars on the roads of Maryland and other states will probably not completely eradicate traffic collisions. It could, however, change the way insurance and safety industries work to protect motorists and passengers. Some accidents, such as those caused by programming errors or software, may raise unique questions of who ought to be held accountable. New forms of insurance fraud could even place some of the responsibility for accidents on hackers who intentionally cause wrecks in order to win payouts.
Maryland motorists who are following the development of self-driving cars may be interested to learn that Google recorded two accidents in April. In both cases, they were minor and not the fault of the autonomous vehicles, and they did not result in any injuries.