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Are you ready for winter-weather driving?

As a Maryland resident, you may have become accustomed to the winter weather that comes every year. You may unpack your winter wardrobe, bundle up and get ready to deal with the icy and snowy conditions that are likely to hit your doorstep. Though the cold may not bother you, you certainly understand the importance of taking precautions for the unexpected twists Mother Nature could throw your way.

Of course, winter weather can impact more than just your home. Road conditions can easily become more treacherous during snowy and icy weather, and as a result, you may want to also take the time to prepare for heading out on the road.

Multi-vehicle accident sends 5 to Maryland hospitals

A car accident in the Baltimore area sent five people to area hospitals. Police described the injuries of the driver who allegedly caused the accident as life-threatening but did not provide details on the other victims of this accident, which also caused significant delays on the Interstate.

According to both the other motorists involved and the bystanders, the driver who allegedly caused the accident was seen weaving in and out of traffic quickly, well in excess of the posted speed limit, immediately before the accident. At some point, the driver apparently could no longer control his car and struck a vehicle, causing the five-car pileup.

Truck drivers using cellphones can be held accountable

A previous post on this blog talked about the significant threat distracted driving poses to Marylanders who commute and otherwise travel on this state's roads. This is threat is especially pronounced when a distracted driver is operating a large commercial vehicle.

For one, trucks naturally take longer to stop because of their weight, meaning a distracted truck driver is going to have less time to correct the situation before causing a wreck. For two, when truck accidents do happen, trucks tend to cause a lot more damage to other vehicles; again, this is largely because of their large size, especially when compared to passenger cars.

Distracted driving is a real danger on our roadways

Every day in the United States, 9 victims die in accidents involving distracted driving and another 1,000 victims are injured in accidents involving distracted driving. During 2015, 3,477 victims were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving and another 391,000 victims were injured in car accidents involving distracted driving. Distracted driving removes the driver's focus from the roadway, hands from the wheel or eyes from the roadway and increases the changes that a car accident will occur.

There are three categories of distracted driving that include cognitive distractions, that remove the driver's attention from the roadway, manual distractions that physically remove the driver from the task of driving, and visual distractions which cause the driver to remove their eyes from the roadway and the task at hand. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can result in serious harm and damages to victims.

Maryland drunk driving accident results in injuries

Drunk driving accidents can cause serious harm to victims. A Maryland car accident involving a suspected impaired driver and six vehicles is currently being investigated. The multi-vehicle accident occurred when a man driving a pickup truck crossed the center line, striking a dump truck which resulted in an accident involving 6 other vehicles. The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was airlifted to the hospital following the car accident. A victim in another vehicle was also transported to the hospital for treatment.

Though the driver was not charged, charges are pending and alcohol is suspected to have contributed to the accident. Police are consulting with prosecuting authorities and the accident remains under investigation. Criminal charges may be used as evidence of negligence if a personal injury claim for damages if brought against the drunk driver. As a result, a drunk driver may face both criminal penalties and other types of legal consequences associated with a drunk driving accident.

Different types of car accidents may injure victims

There are a variety of different types of car accidents which can cause serious harm and injuries to victims. The nature of the car accident can have an impact on the nature of the injuries and harm suffered which can include life-threatening injuries in situations of fatal accidents. Personal injury and wrongful death legal protections are available to victims of car accidents to help them with the damages suffered.

Head-on collisions can result in catastrophic injuries to victims including ejections from the vehicle and other life-threatening injuries. While head-on collisions involve significant force, rear-end collisions can also be deadly and may also cause significant injuries and harm. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident. Rear-end car accidents can result in serious neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and concussions. Whip lash injuries, commonly suffered in car accidents, can be serious injuries and may be difficult, costly and time-intensive to treat.

Legal resources are available to victims of distracted drivers

Distracted driving creates a risk to other drivers on the roadway. Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon but technology is leading to proliferation of potential distractions drivers can engage in which create hazards on the roadway. When a distracted driver causes a car accident, it is the victims that may be left putting their lives back together afterwards.

Distracted driving behavior may involve technology or may not. Distracted driving behaviors include talking on a cell phone; texting while driving; operating a navigation device while driving; operating a radio or other music device while driving; talking to passengers while driving; engaging with children or pets while driving; eating while driving; personal grooming while driving; reading while driving; or reaching for items in the vehicle while driving.

What do I do if I am hit by an uninsured motorist?

Being unexpectedly hit by a negligent driver can be devastating for the lives of victims. It can be even more devastating when the victim discovers that the negligent driver that hit them is either an uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist. What may have started out as injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma, may become more complicated when an uninsured or underinsured motorist is involved.

In general, victims of car accidents may pursue a personal injury claim for damages to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Insurance companies are commonly involved in the process. When the negligent driver the claim is brought against is underinsured or uninsured, injured victims can rely on their uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy. While drivers are required by state laws to carry a minimum amount of insurance, they do not always which can leave victims vulnerable.

The potentially serious nature of rear-end accidents

Many people think that rear-end accidents and low-sped collisions are not major or capable of inflicting serious injury, but that is simply not the case. These accidents can be quite serious, and Maryland victims may find that they have to deal with crippling, lingering, lasting injuries. 

If you suffered injuries in a low-speed accident, your injuries could be a lot worse than originally expected. In fact, if your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, your injuries are not your fault, and you could be eligible for financial compensation. Rear-end and low-speed accidents can range from minor to completely debilitating, but you do not have to face the aftermath alone.

Understanding what trucking log books are for

Truck drivers transport goods across the country which may require long and monotonous hours on the road. Truck driver fatigue, drowsiness and inattentiveness can be serious concerns on the roadway. Truck driver fatigue can be especially hazardous because of the size of commercial trucks compared to the vehicles they share the roadways with. To help improve safety, the United State Department of Transportation regulates truck drivers and the number of hours they can be behind the wheel without a break.

In addition to limiting the number of hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel without a break, drivers are also required to keep a log book that tracks their hours. Truck drivers must have 10 consecutive hours off in between shifts of driving. Off time is considered time off duty and not just time that is spent not driving. Specific rules apply to how many hours a truck driver can be on-duty in set period of hours and on a weekly basis and the rules can be sometimes complex. Drivers are required to note off-time in their log books.

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