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Manufacturer responsibilities during a motorcycle-related recall

As with any type of product, motorcycles can sometimes be manufactured with defects that put the riders of certain models at risk. When a manufacturer discovers this fact, they are supposed to issue a warning and recall to consumers. In some cases, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will order manufacturers to issue a recall. Either way, when a recall is in effect, manufactures have some specific responsibilities.

First, they must issue a report in a public manner that describes the defect and the remedy. That report must include how the defect or product is noncompliant with safety standards. It must also identify the exact model, vehicle or equipment that is impacted and provide a population. For example, a company might say that a specific gear model manufactured between January 2015 and March 2015 is impacted, and that there are 50,000 of them on the market.

Some cellphone use forbidden for truck drivers

It's not news to anyone that mobile devices in a vehicle can be dangerous, especially when they are being used inappropriately by the driver. Numerous states have cracked down on both texting while driving and handheld cellphone use while driving, but two federal agencies have also published some applicable rules specific to truck drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are prohibiting the use of handheld mobile phones by interstate truck drivers and drivers of buses and those hauling certain amounts of hazardous materials. Violators of these rules could face fines, negative impacts to their Safety Measurement System results or loss of driving qualifications.

When you have a hard time quantifying your damages

After you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you will likely deal with insurance companies and claims processes. If someone else was liable for the accident, they might also be held liable for any financial damages that you experienced. Often, payment for those damages are provided by the other person's insurance company, but it can be difficult to ensure you receive a comparable payment to your injuries and damages.

Damages can include physical injuries to your body, physical damage to your property, lost wages and pain and suffering. The first three are easier to quantify than pain and suffering. The cost of physical injuries are usually calculated via your medical bills, and adjusters do follow some protocols when reviewing property for damage. Lost wages can be calculated based on how much you make and how much work time you lost to injuries.

Alleged drunk driver causes fatal accident involving children

Driving while intoxicated isn't something that should ever be done. People who drink and drive put themselves, everyone in their vehicle and the occupants of other vehicles on the road in danger. A recent accident in West Baltimore shows how devastating drunk driving accidents can be.

The accident occurred a bit after 4:30 in the afternoon. A 26-year-old man was driving a vehicle when he crossed the center line and slammed into an SUV. The driver of the SUV wasn't at fault for the accident, and the man who was driving the other vehicle is said to have been impaired.

You can help reduce car accident risks

While you can't stop other drivers from doing whatever they will on the road, you can take actions in your own car to reduce your risks of being involved in a car accident. The tips for doing so range from common sense measures to following best driving practices. The editors at Edmunds provide some information about how to reduce your accident risks.

First, keep yourself out of the fast lane on highways and freeways. The fast lane is usually the lane located to the far left, and it often leaves you with little in the way of exit strategy should an incident occur. The right lane -- or even the center lane -- is a better choice unless you are in the middle of a passing maneuver.

What are some responses to a sudden loss?

The loss of any loved one can be sad and even tragic, but losing someone suddenly in a motor vehicle accident is very different than losing someone due to old age or a chronic condition. When you have time to prepare for the loss, then the response to grief is often more managed and sometimes even healthier.

Perhaps one of the most common reactions to a sudden loss is shock. Shock responses of various types can extend into the first month of a loss. Screaming, shaking, loss of appetite or the inability to sleep are all shock symptoms that can occur, particularly in the immediate hours and days following a sudden loss. Shock can also cause physical symptoms, including stomachaches and digestive distress, aches and pains in the body, heart palpitations, stuttering and fatigue.

What are some important motorcycle safety gear options?

When you think about personal motorcycle safety, you probably jump immediately to helmets, and for good reason. Helmets have been shown to decrease the rate of fatalities in motorcycle accidents, and they provide protection against brain injury, which can make a minor incident a severe one. We agree, helmets might be the most important piece of personal safety gear a motorcyclist can wear.

There are other forms of safety gear for motorcyclists that are also important, however. Many riders choose to wear gloves, for example. Gloves can protect the hands from cuts, abrasions and burns. During an accident, most people instinctively use their hands to catch themselves, protect their face or break a fall. You'd probably reach out with your hands in a fall from a motorcycle, and your palms will scrape across the ground. This is true even if you simply slip from the motorcycle while getting on, and your hands could be seriously scraped if you aren't wearing gloves.

Firefighters' pickup involved in collision in Columbia

Howard County police investigators are trying to determine what caused the collision of multiple vehicles on Friday, Aug. 26, in Columbia. The accident involved a pickup truck owned and operated by the Howard County Fire and Rescue squad, as well as several civilian vehicles.

State route 175 was shut down where it intersects with Dobbin Road for about three hours while authorities investigated.

Pedestrian killed by city worker in hit-and-run crash

A Baltimore worker has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident after he allegedly struck a pedestrian with a city vehicle. The incident occurred on Aug. 15, and detectives are still working to determine exactly what happened. What is known is that the driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident and failed to return.

After the fatal accident occurred, the investigators had to work to determine who struck the pedestrian. It was eventually determined that it was a Baltimore City Department of Public Works vacuum vehicle that hit the pedestrian. From there, it was determined that a 36-year-old man was the driver.

Take steps to protect your rights after a car accident

In our previous post, we discussed how the drunk driving fatality rate in Maryland is lower than the national rate. These fatal wrecks are only one small subset of the car accidents that occur in our state. With that in mind,you should be ready to protect your rights if you are ever involved in an accident. You can start at the scene of the accident if you are able to take certain steps.

One thing that you should do, as long as you aren't severely injured or in need of medical care, is to get contact information for people who might have seen the accident. This can help you if you decide to file a claim for compensation because the witnesses might corroborate your side of the story.

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