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What common hazards can lead to motorcycle accidents?

Maryland residents who choose to ride motorcycles typically understand that riding comes with a degree of danger. However, many do not recognize the specific situations that can pose a threat to personal safety and lead to motorcycle accidents. Practicing caution is never a bad idea, but developing a deeper understanding about some of the most common road hazards can provide an extra measure of safety.

When you know the warning signs and the dangers to watch for, you will have a better chance of avoiding certain hazardous situations. You deserve praise for asking the right questions and seeking to expand your safety knowledge. Below you will find some answers to your questions.

Seeking compensation isn't a ploy for free money

We recently discussed some factors that matter when you are in the market for a new car. As important as those are, they might not mean much if your vehicle is rammed by another vehicle. In those crashes, you may suffer from injuries that require you to seek medical care. There is a chance that a safer vehicle might reduce the severity of the injuries you suffer, but those injuries might still be present.

We know that your mind is probably reeling from the accident. You might continually relive the horror of the accident. You may be dealing with injuries that are taking forever to heal. All of those are reasons why you should consider the option that you have for seeking compensation.

What new car should you get when safety is your priority?

If you're hoping to increase safety on the road for you and your family, choosing a new car with a high safety rating is a good idea. Here's a look at some of the top rated sedans according to Kelley Blue Book and other ranking agencies.

The 2016 Volvo S60 has a 5-star safety rating in crash testing. It also gets 37 miles per gallon on the highway according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It also has a high overall consumer rating, making it a well-rounded choice. Next to the Volvo is a Volkswagen: the Passat comes in with similar ratings all around. The Jetta, Golf R, Golf GTI, and standard Golf also all come in at the top of the list.

Your loved one's untimely death demands action

There are many reasons why a person's driver's license might be suspended. One thing is certain in all of these cases -- the person shouldn't drive without a valid driver's license. In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of a fatal accident that involved a school bus driver who caused an accident. The driver had a suspended driver's license.

We know that you didn't expect to lose your loved one in a tragic accident. When the accident was caused by a person who was acting in a negligent manner, such as someone who was driving with a suspended license, you might opt to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

School bus driver in fatal crash had suspended license

The school bus driver received his letter back in September from the state Motor Vehicle Administration, informing him he was "no longer authorized" to operate his school bus, and that his license could be revoked if he didn't give authorities a medical clearance permitting him to drive.

But he didn't take that action, and the Maryland agency failed to let the Baltimore City school district know that his license was in jeopardy. Therefore, the school bus driver was able to carry 17 special needs and homeless children back and forth from school for months without a valid license.

Let us handle the legal footwork in your wrongful death case

In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of the parents who opted to file a wrongful death lawsuit after their teenage child was killed. This wrongful death claim brings up the question of exactly when a wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate. We understand that if you have lost a loved one in a tragedy, you might want to know if you can seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate when your loved one died because of another person's actions. There are some elements that must be present in the case in order for the death to be considered a wrongful death.

Parents of dead teen file wrongful death lawsuit

The parents of an 18-year-old who was killed in a collision after he and other underage teens were served alcohol at a party have filed suit against the parent of the teen host of the party that left two friends dead, one injured and the driver behind bars.

Two boys, both 18, died in the wreck in North Potomac on June 26, 2015. Both were rear-seat passengers who died at the scene.

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.

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