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Maryland crash shows the dangers of school bus accidents

There is an expectation that when Maryland children are placed on a school bus they will be safely brought to their destination. While this is the case most of the time, there are also the unfortunate incidents in which motor vehicle accidents happen involving a school bus and children. It is essential that these bus accidents are fully investigated to determine the cause and lay the foundation for a potential legal filing.

Such an investigation is necessary now after a school bus was saved by a guardrail on the Maryland interstate when it was hit by a Jeep Cherokee. The accident occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. when the Jeep tried to merge with traffic and leave the roadway. It clipped the front of a box truck which sent the Jeep into the school bus. The bus then hit a guardrail and was stopped from going down an embankment. The driver of the school bus and a student onboard were taken to the hospital. The driver of the Jeep, a 73-year-old woman, was given a citation for an unsafe lane change. Law enforcement said that the accident was her fault.

Study shows growing danger of encountering a distracted driver

Maryland residents might be casually aware of the dangers inherent in encountering a distracted driver. The reality is that drivers who are not paying strict attention to the road are an even bigger risk than was previously known. As motorists have an increasing number of ways to multitask with a smartphone or other device, the number of people who are a car accident victim because of texting and driving, checking emails, or doing any number of other things with a device is increasing.

A new study from Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) says that distracted driving was a factor in 52 percent of all accidents. In the study, hundreds of thousands of phones were analyzed after there was a car crash. It showed that the amount of time that people were distracted prior to an accident was an average of two minutes and 15 seconds, during times when their vehicles were traveling at speeds that surpassed 56 miles-per-hour. The most frequent ways in which people were distracted by their phones were texting, using social media, and checking email.

Car accident injures Harford County deputy

Law enforcement officers in Harford County and throughout Maryland are accustomed to responding to the scene of a car accident and helping those who were involved. There are times, however, when an officer will be involved in a car crash and turn into the car accident victim. Regardless of who is involved, car accidents can lead to serious injury, lost wages, and the incurrence of medical expenses. Understanding the various legal issues that may come into play in the aftermath of such a crash is imperative to protecting one's legal rights and maximizing his or her chances of recovering compensation.

A deputy sheriff in Harford County may need to do this now after he was injured as he responded to the scene of a car accident. The wreck occurred around 5:25 p.m. The driver's door of his squad car was hit in the accident. He was taken by air to the shock trauma unit of the hospital. As he was being transported, he was awake and alert. The injuries he suffered are not thought to be life-threatening. The driver that hit the deputy was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Injured by a drunk driver? What's next?

Individuals who are seriously injured in a car accident often suffer in multiple ways. In addition to any physical harm, emotional stress can take a toll on your everyday life. Similar injuries can be difficult to overcome, and often lead to extensive rehabilitation. This can cause you to rack up significant medical expenses, and if you are forced to take time off work, the situation can quickly become overwhelming.

You may be the type of driver who follows all the rules to protect yourself from a similar situation. Unfortunately, the negligence of another driver can take away your control over your safety. If your accident came at the hands of a drunk driver, you may wish to seek restitution for financial losses, but you may be unsure how to proceed.

NHTSA rates the rollover rates of motor vehicles

Motor vehicles account for about one-in-ten "tow-away" accidents, however; they are responsible for one-in-three of all fatalities. In response to these disproportionate numbers, Congress instructed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to study rollover risk and devise a system to address it. NHTSA responded with Special Report 265 which this post will briefly summarize.

Survey shows dangerous behaviors and risks of an auto accident

Harford County residents should be aware of the dangers of a distracted driver, or a person who is otherwise driving negligently or recklessly. All are factors that can lead to an auto accident. However, when there is research detailing exactly who is the highest risk for these and other dangerous behaviors, it becomes clearer as to how risky it is to go out on the road. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers classified as Millennials are, statistically, the worst drivers on the road.

According to the study, 88.4 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 confessed to taking part in the above-listed dangerous activities when behind the wheel over the month before they were surveyed. This is in comparison to far lower percentages of drivers in different age groups. Slightly more than 2,500 drivers took part in the survey. It found that the number of Millennials who typed text messages or emails while behind the wheel was nearly twice as high as other drivers.

Self-driving cars are a nascent industry

Self-driving cars have been all the rage of 2016, from the introduction of Tesla Autopilot to the many experiments by Google and Uber with self-driving technology. States, companies and, the federal government, are all struggling to bring self-driven cars to the market. But it is important to remember that self-driven cars, despite all of the hype, are still a very nascent industry and probably won’t penetrate the market in any great way for at least ten years. In the meantime, it is critical to protecting and foster innovation in the industry.

Self-driven cars promise to be the silver-bullet that reduces or eliminates traffic-related fatalities. For the first time in five decades, more Americans died in car accidents than in the year before. In 2015, 35,092 people were killed which represented as 7.2 percent increase over 2014. Furthermore, a 2015 review by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that human error is responsible for 94 percent of crashes.

Uber experiences car trouble in paradise

It seems Uber’s self-driving technology was better suited to the East Coast Pittsburgh downtown streets, rather than San Francisco’s hilly West Coast streets. Uber, despite substantial developments in autonomous car technology, is experiencing significant technical and legal hurdles in California. This post will go over those hurdles and what it could mean for anyone who is injured in an accident with a self-driven car.

The problems for Uber are two-fold: legal and technical. The legal issues concern Uber’s permits, or lack thereof. California requires all self-driven cars and companies to register and receive permits. Uber refuses to comply with California regulations, despite repeated warnings that they would be subject to unspecified legal actions.

Overview of the types of injuries caused by car accidents, Part 1

Car accidents are among the most prolific accidents in the United States. There are millions of car crashes every year. Automobile crashes are responsible for thousands of fatalities and hundreds of thousands of injuries. As such, there is lots of focus on the nature of the injuries that people incur as a result of crashes. This post will go over head and neck injuries; a later post will discuss the other injuries.

Study reviews causes of commercial truck crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the results of a study that researched the causes of commercial truck crashes. The study reviewed crashes from 2001 to 2003 involving trucks that were 10,000 pounds and larger. This post will go over the results of the finding and how you can protect yourself.

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