A 62-year-old woman was killed in a Maryland car accident when a van struck her as she crossed the road. According to a WUSA 9 news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at Bock and Kingsway roads in Fort Washington. Officials report that the woman may have been outside a crosswalk at the time of the crash, and it is unclear how close she was to the intersection. She suffered critical injuries and died several hours later at a nearby hospital. The driver of the van remained at the scene of the crash.
In the event of a Maryland car accident, occupants are protected by their car’s metal frame, seat belts, airbags and other safety devices. Pedestrians, however, are vulnerable to the elements. Even relatively low speed collisions can result in serious and even fatal injuries. It is common for victims of pedestrian accidents to suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple bone fractures, severe lacerations, sprains, strains, and other serious injuries. Read the rest »
Over the past decade, the number of traffic fatalities in Maryland has fortunately trended down. Despite more drivers traveling greater distances on our roadways, the number of fatal crashes has continued to drop. According to Annapolis transportation officials, 442 people were killed in Maryland traffic accidents in the year 2014, including 98 fatalities in Prince George’s County and 64 deaths in Baltimore County. All traffic deaths are tragic, but 442 is a relatively low number compared to the 643 deaths that occurred in 2004 and the 872 traffic fatalities that occurred in the year 1968, the deadliest year on record in Maryland.
As reported by The Baltimore Sun, not all news was positive. Numbers show that drunk drivers killed someone in the state of Maryland every 66 hours. That number means that about 30 percent of all Maryland traffic fatalities last year involved alcohol. Furthermore, the number of pedestrian deaths actually went up from the 106 average from 2009 to 111 in the year 2013. Motorcycle fatalities also increased to 66 in 2014 – up from the 61 motorcycle deaths that occurred in the year 2013. Read the rest »
A decade ago, the maximum speed limit for vehicles on most highways was 65 mph. According to a new report by The Associated Press, many tractor-trailer tires are still designed to travel less than 75 mph and, now that the speed limits have increased nationwide, there are a number of truck drivers who are travelling faster than their tires can handle. There are even some states where the maximum speed limit has been increased to 80 mph or even 85 mph, which is far greater than many truck tires can handle.
When a truck driver exceeds 75 mph for an extended amount of time, it can create heat that damages their rubber tires. This has led to a number of tire blowouts and traffic accidents. Extreme Transportation Corp., for example, has filed complaints with regulations after they had seven blowouts of the Michelin tires they use on their rigs.
The Associated Press has exposed this disconnect between rising speed limits and safety standards that must be addressed before more blowouts occur. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently closed a case in which it determined that truck operators were at fault for blowouts and not tire manufacturers. Read the rest »
Two vehicles collided along a major road in Baltimore County resulting in a chain reaction crash and multiple injuries. According to a CBS Baltimore news report, the car crash occurred along York Road between Shawan and Schilling roads. Officials say one of the vehicles may have been speeding when it struck another resulting in an eight-car pileup. Two of the vehicles ended up on their sides. Emergency crews took six people to local hospitals, but none of the injuries appear to have been life threatening.
Whenever someone is injured in a Maryland car accident, it must be determined what caused the crash, who was responsible, and how it could have been prevented. If the victim’s injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, he or she may be able to pursue financial support from the at-fault driver. However, accident investigations often become complex when a number of parties are involved in a multi-vehicle crash. Read the rest »
By law, all car owners in the state of Maryland must carry a minimum of $30,000/$60,000 in bodily injury liability insurance and $30,000/$60,000 of uninsured/underinsured bodily injury coverage. Vehicle owners must also purchase a minimum of $15,000 in property damage coverage as well $15,000 in uninsured/underinsured coverage. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can protect you if you are injured by an at fault driver who is uninsured or underinsured.
It is dangerous to assume that all other drivers are sufficiently covered. In truth, a significant number of Maryland drivers either have no insurance or an inadequate amount of coverage. According to the Insurance Research Council, 12.6 percent of all drivers nationwide in the year 2012 did not have any insurance. In Maryland that same year, 12.2 percent of all drivers were behind the wheel with no insurance. Read the rest »
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 »