Law enforcement officers with the Westminster Police Department are investigating a fatal wreck on Maryland 31. The accident, which claimed the life of a 74-year-old Westminster woman, took place on April 27 near Uniontown Road.
Using a cellphone without a hands-free device and texting and driving are two activities that are often associated with accidents attributed to the negligence of a distracted driver. Along with many other states, Maryland has prohibited those practices. However, according to the National Safety Council, using a hands-free device may be just as dangerous.
At least 12 people were injured in an accident involving multiple vehicles in Montgomery County on April 3. Four of the injured were children.
Maryland residents who are getting ready to buy a new vehicle should opt to get one with front crash prevention. An available option, front crash prevention systems include collision alerts or automatic braking, both of which have been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of rear-end collisions and injuries.
Based on statistics from the first nine months of 2015, Maryland drivers may be more likely to be in a fatal car accident than in previous years. From 2000 to 2014, fatal motor vehicle accidents declined over 22 percent around the country. There were 23,796 in the first nine months of 2014, but in the first nine months of 2015, that number rose to over 26,000.
Maryland residents have likely read about the autonomous vehicles being developed by technology companies like Google and car makers like Volvo and Tesla. Gaining regulatory approval for self-driving cars in all 50 states has been seen as one of the chief challenges facing these companies, but a letter sent to Google by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Feb. 4 indicates that the federal government at least seems ready to embrace the technology.
On Feb. 5, an accident involving a van and a tractor trailer resulted in the deaths of two people in Maryland. State Police reported that the crash occurred at the Route 113 and Bishopville Road intersection in Bishopville.
Swedish automaker Volvo has made a promise that could make the roads safer for drivers in Maryland and around the world. By 2020, Volvo promises that there will be no serious injuries or fatalities in its cars and SUVs. This comes after a history of research into the injury and fatality rates among Volvo's drivers and passengers. While Volvo is a leader in autonomous driving technology, the automaker is joined by Google, Ford and Tesla in its pursuit of safer driverless technology.
Some Maryland residents have heard that four U.S. Secret Service agents were involved in a head-on car accident. The crash happened on Route 16 in New Hampshire on the evening of Dec. 29 and sent all of the agents to the hospital.
Maryland residents who are waiting for self-driving cars to become commonplace may wait a little longer as engineers deal with a conundrum that tests have revealed. By driving as safely as possible and obeying traffic laws, self-driving cars are twice as likely to be involved in accidents than cars driven by humans. The self-driving cars are not at fault. Instead, they are hit by human drivers after failing to make intuitive adjustments in their driving. The crashes have been minor.