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.
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.
Many states, including Maryland, have laws prohibiting texting and using a handheld cell phone while driving. But the problems of distracted driving, which killed over 200 people in Maryland in 2011, go beyond the use of electronic devices, especially for teens. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, 27 percent of teens reported that they sometimes change their clothes and shoes while driving. Other behind-the-wheel activities included changing contact lenses, doing homework or putting on makeup.
A 59-year-old female passenger was killed by a car accident that occurred in Maryland on Feb. 26. The crash happened at approximately 8 p.m. in Middletown, nearby Ridge Road. According to police, a 25-year-old man driving a 2012 Dodge Ram was traveling west on Route 40A before he crossed over onto the eastbound side of Ridge Road. He collided head-on with a 67-year-old Middletown man driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla.
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is killed in an accident involving an impaired driver every 51 minutes on average. These accidents have an economic impact of $59 billion per year in the United States. Overall, 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities occurred in accidents involving impaired drivers in 2012. Of the 1,168 traffic deaths involving children under the age of 14 in 2012, 20 percent of those deaths were caused by drunk drivers.
Many people in Maryland are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents each year. Some of these incidents may result in significant fractures to the bones that comprise the shoulders.
Maryland residents may wonder if it is possible to develop post-traumatic stress after a car accident. The fact is that it can be common for an individual to develop symptoms of this medical condition whenever a traumatic event takes place. The emotional experiences of post-traumatic stress can often exaggerate the normal feelings that occur after a car accident, including shock that the event happened, difficulty accepting that it really did take place, anger about the situation or fear that it may happen again. Replaying the memories over and over again may also be an indicator that PTSD has developed.
As many Maryland residents have already learned, distracted driving is a growing danger on the roads of America. The high-technology world of instant text and voice communication that we live in today has caused unforeseen side effects to those who operate motor vehicles and utilize the highways or streets. Even pedestrians and bicyclists are at greater risk than ever before because of the increasing prevalence of distracted driving.
Authorities with the Anne Arundel County police reported that a head-on collision claimed the lives of both involved drivers. According to reports, the accident occurred on Dec. 15 on Central Avenue West in Davidsonville.
While most Maryland drivers know that impaired drivers may cause serious car accidents, they may not know the estimated number of people who are impacted. In fact, it is estimated that drunk drivers cause 30 deaths throughout the nation every day and more than $59 billion in damages every year.