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More often than not, pedestrian accidents occur when a driver strikes a pedestrian with their vehicle. Pedestrians accidents can have a number of causes, but they often result from a driver’s negligent behavior. When a pedestrian suffers injuries from a negligent driver, they may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for their harm.

For example, a recent news article reported a fatal pedestrian accident in Rockville, Maryland. The pedestrian was crossing a road known for speeding when two drivers, both traveling eastbound, struck her. Sadly, the pedestrian died at the scene. Both cars also suffered damage, but the drivers were unharmed.

What Are the Causes of a Maryland Pedestrian Accident?

One of the hallmarks of reckless driving is illegal speeding. Unfortunately, the probability of death or serious injury rises with impacts at higher speeds. According to some estimates, the risk of serious death or injury doubles for every ten miles per hour over 50 miles per hour that a vehicle is traveling. As a result, pedestrians and bicyclists struck by cars driving 40 miles per hour are eight times more likely to die than a pedestrian or bicyclist struck at 20 miles per hour. A recent news report detailed a dangerous car accident that led to a massive 23-car crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

According to the news report, the crash occurred early in the morning on Saturday, January 27, 2024, when a speeding blue 2018 Honda Civic may have contributed to a chain-reaction 23-car crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Authorities said the car was traveling westbound on the Bay Bridge on US 50 at a high rate of speed and erratically between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. Another 20 vehicles were involved in a series of secondary crashes, transportation officials said on Saturday afternoon. Multiple injuries were reported, according to MDTA, and the Bay Bridge was closed for hours. The multi-vehicle collision sent two people to local hospitals with serious injuries and 11 other people went to local hospitals, too. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, transportation officials said. While first responders worked to clear the bridge of impediments, drivers were stuck with nowhere to go.

What is the Most Common Cause of Car Accidents?

Speeding is a massive cause of car accidents throughout the country. Some estimates project that speeding is a contributing factor in over a third of all accidents nationwide. Approximately 41 percent of drivers surveyed admitted to frequently or sometimes driving 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit on the highway (roads with speed limits over 55 miles per hour). An additional 37 percent of drivers admitted to driving 10 miles per hour or more over the speed limit on residential streets (roads with speed limits over 30 miles per hour) in the past 30 days.

Automobile accidents involving deer in Maryland are on the rise throughout the state. Reports indicate that deer-related collisions account for more than $10 million in annual damages. Many of these incidents are driven by the further expansion of development into deer habitats, especially in more rural areas. This results in things such as deer attempting to cross highways and roads more frequently. According to safety reports, if you are a Maryland resident, there is a one in 114 chance that you will be involved in a deer-related automobile accident at some point. A recent news article discussed a fatal Maryland car accident that began with a deer collision.

According to the news article, the accident occurred on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, when a deer darted out into the path of a Nissan Altima. The Nissan Altima was driven by a 50-year-old local man and a 13-year-old juvenile was a passenger. The Nissan Altima collided with the deer, sending the deer airborne before it hit a Toyota Tundra. The deer entered the passenger compartment of the Tundra, striking the 63-year-old driver of the Toyota Tundra, before exiting through the rear window of the truck. The Toyota Tundra then veered off the road, hitting multiple trees. The driver of the Toyota Tundra tragically passed away from his injuries. The collision occurred on Maryland Route 6, east of Poorhouse Road. Maryland State Police out of the La Plata Barrack responded to the scene around 3:44 pm. The condition of the two individuals in the Nissan Altima was not disclosed at the time of reporting.

Does My Negligence Affect My Maryland Case?

Contributory Negligence is a legal concept that potentially prevents plaintiffs in an accident case from receiving recovery for injuries resulting from a crash if their negligence contributed to the accident to any degree. Essentially, even if the negligence of the operator of another vehicle is largely responsible for the accident if the plaintiff was even a little negligent, it is possible they will not be able to recover compensation. In Maryland, contributory negligence is interpreted very broadly, allowing minor negligence by the plaintiff in personal injury cases to defeat even very strong claims. A recent article discussed a local fatal crash where the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Dangers of Driving Under the Influence in Maryland

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only dangerous but highly illegal. The chances of crashes and fatal accidents increase when drivers are inhibited because they are less able to react to situations that come up on the road or exercise poor judgment while driving. Unfortunately, Maryland drivers are all too familiar with the dangers of drivers operating their vehicles under the influence. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland drivers reported driving after drinking at a higher rate than the national reporting rate. In fact, between 2009 and 2018, 1,515 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes in Maryland. The CDC has found that over 10,000 people per year die in such crashes throughout the country. Recent local news coverage discussed a dangerous crash where impaired driving is a suspected cause.

According to the news coverage about the recent crash, the accident occurred early in the morning around 5:00 am before the sun came up on a particularly curved portion of Shreve Road. According to the report, alcohol is suspected to be involved. News coverage of the incident states that the car came over a hill and into a curve of Shreve Road before veering off the street and hitting a tree. At that point, the car spun out or started to roll, crossing Pioneer Lane before coming to rest many feet away. The teenagers that were in the car at the time were scattered around the street having been thrown from the car wreckage. The local fire department, police, and EMS responded to the scene, rescuing the seven teenagers who were involved in the violent crash. Of the seven individuals in the car, the six passengers all experienced life-threatening injuries. At one point, the Fairfax police department launched a helicopter to scan the area for passengers. At the time of reporting, all six passengers were still in the hospital.

The danger of not wearing your seatbelt is compounded when a truck or other large vehicle is involved in the crash. That goes for people in the large vehicle as well as others on the road. Large commercial vehicles like trucks are on the road to transport heavy items over long distances. That means that large automobiles can become difficult to maneuver in emergency situations, preventing drivers from turning or stopping suddenly due to the weight of their vehicle and cargo. Even without heavy cargo or large trailers, big vehicles are heavy, making accidents involving them inherently dangerous. Additionally, long-distance drivers are under extreme pressure to spend significant hours on the road, as they may have to meet delivery deadlines. This can lead to exhaustion and impaired judgment on the roads. Tired drivers are more likely to make mistakes when driving, increasing the likelihood of accidents. It is vital to wear your seatbelt while on the road and stay aware of large vehicles that could be merging onto your road. A recent news article discussed a serious multi-vehicle accident.

According to the local news article, the accident happened at approximately 3:00 pm in Columbia, Maryland on the afternoon of Sunday, December 3. According to Howard County police, the crash occurred when a car was entering Route 29 south from the Route 108 ramp when it lost control and struck two other vehicles. Ten people total were injured or hospitalized as a result of the three-vehicle crash, including two juveniles and eight adults, ranging from nine to 42 years old. The woman driving the vehicle that initiated the collision was in critical but stable condition according to law enforcement authorities. At the time of reporting, the nine other individuals who were transported to the hospital had sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation according to law enforcement officials.

What Are the Car Insurance Requirements in Maryland?

Maryland maintains minimum insurance requirements for drivers in the state. Minimum insurance requirements are designed to ensure sufficient compensation is available to victims of car accidents should it be required. As a result, Maryland drivers are required to purchase at least $30,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person, $60,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per accident, and $15,000 in property damage liability coverage.

In a tragic incident on a Tuesday morning, a head-on collision claimed the life of one driver and left another seriously injured. The accident occurred on Route 23 at Morse Road in the Jarrettsville area. According to a local news report, the accident involved two vehicles, a Hyundai Accent, and a Nissan work van. Maryland State Police stated that the Hyundai was traveling east on Route 23, attempting to pass multiple vehicles within a designated passing zone. Meanwhile, the Nissan van was heading west, ultimately leading to a devastating head-on collision. The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation, though it appears that an unsafe attempt to pass other cars may have played a role in the accident.

The Importance of Safe Passing in Maryland

Passing zones are designated areas on the road where it is legally permitted to pass slower-moving vehicles. These zones are marked with road signs and dotted or solid lane markings to ensure safe overtaking. While passing zones allow faster-moving vehicles to overtake slower ones, it is essential to exercise caution and adhere to safety rules. Passing zones are typically created on straightaways or sections of the road with good visibility. They are intended to minimize the risk of head-on collisions and should be used judiciously. Drivers should not attempt to overtake other vehicles in no-passing zones, curves, or intersections.

In a tragic incident in Cheverly, Maryland, two lives were lost when a driver fled the scene after causing a collision. Hit-and-run accidents like these are not only devastating but also pose complex legal challenges for victims and their families. It’s crucial for accident victims to understand their rights and how to make insurance claims for injuries and losses caused by a hit and run, as it is all too common for the guilty driver to escape liability for their conduct.

According to a local news report discussing the crash, The accident occurred in the early morning in Prince George’s County. A Kia, driven by an unidentified person, collided with a Toyota Camry, resulting in a fiery accident. Tragically, the driver and passenger in the Camry lost their lives, and the driver of the Kia fled the scene on foot. This hit-and-run incident left the community in shock and mourning for the affected families. The police are actively investigating this incident, urging anyone with information to come forward to aid in identifying the responsible party.

How Common are Hit and Run Accidents in Maryland?

Hit-and-run accidents are all too common in Maryland, and they can have life-altering consequences for victims. In such cases, the immediate priority is seeking medical attention for injuries, but once that is addressed, understanding the legal and insurance aspects is essential. After a hit-and-run accident, it’s natural to wonder how you can recover your losses when the responsible party cannot be identified or located. Here’s what you need to know:

The safety of our children in Maryland is paramount, and one area where their well-being is consistently at risk is during their journeys to and from school. A recent incident involving a bus crash serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safe driving habits, especially around schools and children.

According to a local news report discussing the recent crash, it was a typical Monday morning when Maryland State Police received a distressing call about a crash involving a bus. A KinderCare 15-passenger mini bus, carrying 10 children, collided with a car near Emmorton Road and Bel Air South Parkway in Harford County. The collision resulted in injuries to 10 children and the car’s driver, who was also accompanied by a 1-year-old child. While the injuries were not fatal, it serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks that children face during their daily commutes.

The crash and its aftermath underscore the critical need for safe driving practices, particularly around schools and areas with high child pedestrian traffic. Children are vulnerable and may not be as aware of traffic rules and are more likely to engage in unpredictable behaviors. This makes them highly vulnerable in traffic situations. It is incumbent on adult drivers to be extra cautious around them. Safe driving habits can significantly reduce the number of accidents around school zones. Slowing down, staying attentive, and obeying traffic rules can go a long way in preventing collisions.

Automobile accidents involving larger vehicles such as buses can be devastating. The mass, speed, and size of larger vehicles increase the severity of collisions, turning crashes into fatal encounters. Many people have a fundamental understanding of the risks associated with driving near larger vehicles, such as semi-trucks, but not many people just how dangerous these crashes have become. According to the statistical analysis organization Policy Advice, truck accidents have increased by 52% since 2009, and 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle accidents include large trucks. A local news article discussed a recent fatal Maryland bus crash.

According to the local news article about the Maryland crash, the accident occurred early in the morning on Thursday, August 31, 2023, resulting in one dead and eighteen injured. According to authorities, a Greyhound passenger bus was traveling eastbound on Route 32 near Interstate 95 near Savage with 38 passengers aboard around 3:30 a.m. when a Buick Enclave collided with it. The Buick Enclave was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes at the time, going in the wrong direction. The man who was driving the Buick Enclave died at the scene. The bus driver and injured passengers were taken to area hospitals with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, police said.

Accidents involving buses, trucks, and other large-sized vehicles such as SUVs are more dangerous than other types of collisions for a number of reasons. Busses, especially very heavy ones such as passenger buses inherently result in more serious accidents when they are involved in crashes due to their weight, size, and speed. These features similarly make accidents involving SUVs more dangerous, as SUVs tend to be larger than sedans and other standard automobiles. Additionally, the conditions that many large vehicle drivers, such as greyhound truck operators, operate under force them to drive extreme distances, resulting in fatigue. Further, large emergency response trucks, such as fire trucks, are often driving at extremely high speeds and operating under different driving rules than ordinary traffic, creating more opportunities for accidents. Finally, commercial trucks also carry heavy cargo, complicating truck crashes and accidents.

Contributory Negligence is a legal concept that can prevent plaintiffs from receiving recovery for injuries resulting from a crash if their negligence contributed to the accident to any degree. Even if the negligence of the operator of another vehicle is in large part responsible for the accident, if the plaintiff was negligent at all, it is possible they will not be able to recover compensation. In Maryland, contributory negligence is generally interpreted very broadly, allowing extremely minor negligence by the plaintiff in personal injury cases to defeat even very strong claims.

How Common Are Truck Accidents?

Accidents involving trucks have increased by 52% since 2009, and 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle accidents include large trucks according to the statistical analysis organization Policy Advice. Crashes involving trucks, campers, and other large-sized vehicles are more dangerous than other types of collisions for a number of reasons. Trucks, especially very heavy ones such as semi-trucks inherently result in more serious accidents when they are involved in crashes due to their weight, size, and speed.

Many people understand that there is some increase in risk when driving around trucks, but don’t fully grasp the underlying causes or percentages for those risks. Not only do many truck drivers operate under extremely difficult conditions, such as driving extremely long distances, but they often drive at night and under intense time constraints as well. Finally, commercial trucks are also potentially carrying heavy cargo, complicating truck crashes and accidents. A recent news article discussed a fatal accident involving large vehicles.

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