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Could texting or other distractions have caused a crash?

We all have seen them. While stuck in traffic, or even while hitting high speeds on a highway or freeway, other drivers are texting and driving. If we are all honest with ourselves, it's possible that everyone has done this dangerous act at least once while behind the wheel. Since cell phones have become readily available, texting and driving has become a dangerous trend, as it is often the reason behind a person's car accident injuries.

Texting and driving is viewed as a type of distracted driving behavior that is not only dangerous, but illegal in most states. With cell phones increasing their technological capabilities, it's not just texting that could be happening when a driver is distracted by their cell phone. A driver could be posting on social media, taking a video or scrolling through their music selection. All of these behaviors fall under the category of texting while driving.

Proactive choices for those who spot drunk drivers

Whether you're an experienced driver or have only had your license a year or two, you've probably done your best to keep yourself and all your passengers as safe as possible when navigating Maryland roadways. You just never can tell when a reckless or otherwise negligent driver will suddenly come upon you on the highway. Such situations can be extremely disconcerting. Hopefully, if it happens to you, you'll be able to think quickly and react safely to avoid collision.

Many problematic travel incidents involve drunk drivers. In fact, as a motorist or pedestrian, you must be alert and on the lookout for people behind the wheel who don't appear to be acting appropriately to the task. It's important to know how to spot a drunk driver and what to do next.

Woman dies in latest example of danger of pedestrian accidents

When there is an accident between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle in Maryland, the pedestrian is likely to suffer from severe and even fatal injuries. These motor vehicle accidents can happen at any time to any person who happens to be in the wrong place when walking. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in pedestrian accidents, having legal advice on how to pursue compensation is essential to pay for medical bills and treatment or to provide for the family left behind after a fatality.

One family may be in this position now after an accident between a garbage truck and an SUV led to a pedestrian being hit and killed. The wreck occurred shortly after 2 p.m. when an elderly woman attempted to cross the street. She was hit by the SUV and thrown into the garbage truck. According to a witness, the SUV was speeding at the time of the crash. Two other people were injured in the accident. It is not known whether there is a plan on the part of law enforcement to file charges in the incident.

Statistics for fatal motor vehicle accidents in Harford released

Law enforcement and governmental agencies in Maryland make certain to keep track of motor vehicle accidents and their causes throughout the state. This is not just to maintain a record but to determine how and why they happened so methods can be devised to reduce them where it is possible. These statistics are separated into the individual areas of the state so that the causes can be analyzed in depth.

For Harford County, the number of fatal accidents on the road rose in 2016 compared to previous years. There were 23 fatal accidents in Harford County last year with 25 total deaths, as some had more than one death in the same incident. This is an increase from the 22 there were in 2015. Five were investigated by Harford County law enforcement and 17 by Maryland State Police. This includes one accident that happened just after the start of the new year.

Research examines frequency of drug impairment in car accidents

Maryland's roads can be treacherous even without driver behavior placing people at risk. When those behaviors, such as intoxicated driving, are factored in, a car accident can happen resulting in injuries and fatalities. One new report has found that drivers who operated their vehicles while on drugs caused more fatalities in 2015 than those who were impaired by alcohol. Even with this information, some experts state that drinking and driving is still a bigger problem than drugged driving.

The drug-related report was released by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. When people who had died in car crashes were tested, 43 percent were found to have had drugs in their system while 37 percent had alcohol in their system. Across the nation, it is illegal for any driver to be impaired when behind the wheel. But there are differences in how these laws are interpreted when it comes to drugs. Testing practices also vary.

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.


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