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Prince George's County Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

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.

Drunk driving death rate is lower in Maryland than in the nation

People who live in Maryland have one advantage that some other states don't have — when they get on the roads, they are less likely to be killed in a drunk driving accident. The death rate for drunk driving accidents is lower in Maryland than the nation as a whole across both genders and all age groups except one. Overall, the death rate for all ages is 2.7 out of 100,000 people in Maryland and 3.3 people per 100,000 nationally.

The only group in Maryland with a higher death rate in collisions with drunken drivers than those elsewhere in the United States is those 20 years old and younger. The national death rate is 1.3 individuals per 100,000, and for that population in Maryland, the death rate is 1.6 people for every 100,000.

Road trip driving safety tips

There is nothing more exciting than taking to the open road on your way to a summer vacation destination. However, if you aren't careful, you could put yourself at risk of being involved in an accident.

There are many safety tips you can follow, including but not limited to:

What happens in a motorcycle accident?

As a motorcyclist, you hope you are never involved in an accident. If the worst happens, you could suffer a serious injury.

Since no two motorcycle accidents are the same, you never know what could happen if you are involved in a crash with another vehicle. Even so, you realize one thing to be true — you don't have much protection between you, the other vehicle and the road.

2015 was the deadliest year on American roads in years

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) released data on fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2015. The results were sobering. This year was the deadliest year for American drivers and passengers since 2008, when 37,423 people were killed. In 2015, 35,200 people died in all types of traffic accidents, a 7.7 percent increase from 2014. Certain kinds of traffic deaths increased at even higher rates. For instance:

  • Bicycle deaths increased 13%
  • Pedestrian deaths increased 10%
  • Motorcycle deaths increased 9%

The death rate on American roads increased to 1.12 deaths per 100 million miles travelled, a slight increase from 2014.

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