Major automotive safety manufacturer Takata Corp. is currently facing daily fines of $14,000 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing to cooperate in an ongoing investigation of the company’s defective airbags. As of January 2015, a total of six people have been killed and 100 injured as a result of the malfunctioning airbags.
According to former Takata Corp. employees, as early as 2004, the Japanese auto parts supplier was aware that its airbags were prone to deploy with excessive force, causing the part to rupture and send shrapnel flying – not unlike a grenade – yet remained silent. The potentially deadly airbags were installed in millions of vehicles from over 10 major automakers, including GM, BMW, Toyota, and Honda, between 2002 and 2008. Read the rest »
An investigation is underway to determine why a 33-year-old man was fatally injured while working in a Maryland distribution center. According to The Baltimore Sun, the fatal accident occurred in the 500 block of Advantage Avenue in the Perryman industrial area near Aberdeen. Officials say the Forest Hill man was operating a forklift when he was knocked to the ground by another forklift. The worker fell about 20 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene. Foul play is not suspected but an investigation is underway by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about 100 people are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents each year. Here are a few of the most deadly forklift dangers: Read the rest »
Three people were seriously injured in an Anne Arundel County car accident involving a 1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT and a 2008 Chrysler van. According to a news report in The Annapolis Patch, the car crash occurred on Solley Road north of Nabbs Creed Road in Glen Burnie. Officials say the 20-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi may have been speeding when he hit ice and lost control.
The car crossed the double yellow center line and struck the van, which was driven by a 56-year-old woman. An 18-year-old passenger in the Mitsubishi suffered life-threatening injuries. Both drivers sustained serious injuries and were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma. Read the rest »
A Pennsylvania woman was killed in a Maryland car accident when the Honda she was driving collided with a Mack truck. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the fatal truck accident occurred on Maryland Route 439 north of Maryland 23 in White Hall. Officials say the Honda was traveling westbound on a partially snow-covered, wet road when it veered out of control, crossed the center lines, and struck the Mack truck. The car’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash, but they believe that weather was a contributing factor.
We are months away from having clear, snow-free roadways here in Maryland. In all likelihood, you will have to drive in adverse conditions on a regular basis. To reduce your chances of being in a weather-related crash this year, it would be a good idea to take the following steps: Read the rest »
Officials are looking for witnesses in a fatal truck accident in Queen Anne’s County, which left five people, including a pregnant woman, her sister, a man, a 7-year-old girl and a 2-month-old boy dead. According to CBS Baltimore news, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 50 in Queen Anne’s County on January 10, 2015. Officials say the family was traveling from Greenbush, Virginia to Baltimore when the truck smashed into the passenger’s side of their car. The accident is still under investigation.
Truck accidents are often devastating and tragic. The size and weight of trucks make them extremely dangerous. Often, we see that occupants of other smaller vehicles suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries in a truck crash. Read the rest »
Depending on the settings on your phone, you may receive amber alerts for missing children and silver alerts for seniors. A Maryland Senator has proposed creating a yellow alert when there has been a hit-and-run accident. According to a news report in The Associated Press, Senator Bryan Simonaire will introduce the legislation in the new session, which begins on January 14, 2015. The Republican Senator told the press that there have been five unsolved fatal hit-and-run accidents in Arundel County since 2009 including three in his district. He believes that more should be done to give victims’ families closure.
Under Maryland Statute 20-103, the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident, even if it only results in damage to property, “shall stop the vehicle as close as possible to the scene of the accident, without obstructing traffic more than necessary.” Under Statute 20-102, drivers involved in an accident that results in bodily injury or death shall immediately stop or return to the accident and “remain at the scene of the accident.” Read the rest »
A 32-year-old man of Lazy Lane in King George Virginia was killed in a Prince George County car crash. According to a Southern Maryland News Net report, the fatal car accident occurred at Aquasco Road and Horsehead Road in Aquasco. Officials say the driver of a northbound pickup truck attempted to make a right turn when it struck an eastbound car. Both drivers were hospitalized and the driver of the car succumbed to his injuries the following day. Investigators are still asking for help in determining the cause of the crash.
Many of the most serious Maryland car accidents occur at intersections. It is all too common for drivers to fail to obey traffic control devices or to properly yield the right of way. To help you avoid being involved in an intersection accident, make sure you: Read the rest »
A 60-year-old Edgewater woman and a 22-year-old Davidsonville man were killed in a Maryland car accident involving a head-on collision between an Audi TT and a Toyota Yaris. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the fatal car crash occurred in the 400 block of Central Avenue West near Beards Point Road in Davidsonville. Officials say the 22-year-old man was behind the wheel of the Audi when it crossed the center line and struck the Toyota head-on. It is unclear what caused him to cross into oncoming traffic. She was pronounced dead at the scene and he died from his injuries. Read the rest »
Six people were injured in a Maryland car crash involving a tractor-trailer, a Howard County ambulance and three cars. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the truck accident occurred near Washington Boulevard and Kit Kat Road in Elkridge. Officials say a tractor-trailer tried to turn left when it struck a car. Then, an ambulance came over a nearby hill and hit a Hyundai Sonata that was stopped because of the truck accident, which in turn hit a Chrysler 300.
The EMT ambulance driver has been listed in stable condition. Two other EMTs were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The 45-year-old Hyundai driver, her 11-year-old daughter and the 63-year-old driver of the Chrysler were injured as well. The driver of the truck was not injured and it is unclear if the driver of the first vehicle struck by the truck was hurt. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway. Read the rest »
A 60-year-old Gaithersburg man was killed in a Maryland traffic accident when a truck struck his bicycle. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred in the 12100 block of Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg. Officials say a 52-year-old Hagerstown man was driving a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission truck when he turned left on a green signal and struck the eastbound cyclist. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Drivers who are turning left, even those that have a green light, must yield to oncoming drivers and bicyclists. Under Maryland Statute 21-402: “If the driver of a vehicle intends to turn to the left in an intersection or into an alley or a private road or driveway, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any other vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and is in the intersection or so near to it as to be an immediate danger.” Read the rest »