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Distracted driving can cause motor vehicle accidents

Growing up is full of rites of passage, and one of the most eagerly anticipated of these is getting one's driver's license. Teens in Maryland eagerly look forward to the freedom enabled by having a driver's license. What teens must remember is that a license is a privilege, not a right, and as with so many other privileges, there are responsibilities. One of the greatest of these responsibilities is to not be a distracted driver. Distracted driving can lead to motor vehicle accidents.

In today's world, the presence of electronic devices and social media can serve as a constant distraction to young drivers. Such a distraction may have contributed to a recent fatal crash. The accident happened around rush hour on a recent Friday afternoon. A woman was driving north on US 113 when she was struck by a southbound vehicle. The car heading south was driven by an 18-year-old man.

Wrong-way drivers continue to cause motor vehicle accidents

Drinking and driving don't mix. That statement is an old one and yet after years of continued tragic deaths caused by drunk drivers, the issue remains a major contributing factor to traffic deaths around the country. A recent death on a Maryland roadway may have contributed to the number of motor vehicle accidents that can be attributed to drunk driving.

The accident happened early one morning on a divided highway near Leonardtown. A man was driving the wrong direction on the northbound side of the highway when he collided with another vehicle. The collision was head-on.

Report: pedestrian deaths on the rise in Virginia

Pedestrian safety requires the buy-in of both drivers and pedestrians. If one group isn’t respecting Virginia’s pedestrian laws, then someone is in danger. Most likely the threatened group is the pedestrian because they don’t have tons of protective steel surrounding them.

A troubling trend has emerged over the last few years. From 2015 to 2018, pedestrian fatalities have risen from approximately 75 per year up to 150. The Virginia Department of Transportation says increasing crosswalk and signage visibility are two things the government seeks to improve in effort of bucking this trend. The possibility of improved traffic controls to give drivers more notice of potential pedestrians.

Ignoring medication side effects can lead to wrongful death suit

Many people take medications and continue to perform successfully at their jobs in Maryland. However some medications carry warnings regarding such things as driving and operating heavy machinery. These warnings are frequently prompted by a propensity of the drug in question to cause drowsiness. In a horrific accident involving a trash truck and a multiple car pileup, a woman lost her life and the driver of the truck and his employer were named as defendants in a wrongful death suit.

The truck driver had been suffering from depression and was prescribed antidepressants including Abilify, Zoloft and Atarax. The medications all carry a warning regarding possible drowsiness and advise users to avoid operating heavy machinery. The prescriptions were ordered following the man's hospitalization for symptoms of severe depression.

Motor vehicle accidents are a constant risk

Traffic congestion is a never ending problem on Maryland roads. With the constant congestion exists the constant threat of motor vehicle accidents. Accidents involving school buses can be particularly traumatic, and a recent accident in Prince George's County serves to remind people to be on the lookout for school buses, to obey the flashing lights and exercise extra caution.

The accident happened about 6 a.m. when high school students are being picked up for the bus trip to school. The accident involved a school bus, a car and a tractor-trailer. The bus and the car were traveling east and the truck was coming from the south. The car became sandwiched between the bus and the truck.

Morgan Whitlock invited to the Top 40 Under 40

In virtually every profession, peer recognition is evidence of a job well done, a reputation earned - with respect gained among those with the same or similar qualifications. For Whitlock Law, LLC, such recognition includes national recognition.

Personal injury attorney, Morgan Whitlock, was recently selected to join to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. Licensed to practice law in both Maryland and Virginia, Ms. Whitlock has been practicing law for more than 10 years. Her achievements both in and outside of the courtroom, led to her acceptance into the prestigious national organization.

Motor vehicle accidents are constant threat in congested Maryland

No one will dispute that Maryland has severe traffic issues. Sadly, when there is heavy traffic there is the potential for serious motor vehicle accidents. A recent crash involving 12 vehicles took the life of a prominent area businessman, the president of Kline ShopRite, and a 7-year-old boy.

The crash occurred when a ShopRite tractor-trailer failed to stop at an intersection and crashed into several cars. The two people who died were traveling in separate vehicles. The truck caught fire after the collision. Two cars that had become pinned beneath the truck also caught fire. One of the fatalities occurred in one of those two vehicles.

How do you file a slip-and-fall lawsuit in Maryland?

You may be walking down an apartment hallway or pushing your cart through the grocery store. You might encounter a puddle, a patch of ice or a loose step. A lot of things can cause you to lose your balance, slip and fall.

While some accidents leave you with only bumps and bruises, other slip-and-fall accidents are more severe. You can suffer head injuries, fractures, muscle strains or spine and nerve damage. These injuries can leave you serious medical bills, which may include surgery and rehabilitation.

Legal representation helpful in the event of a personal injury

Being injured in an accident can have serious repercussions on one's life. An injury can mean missing time away from school or work that can lead to a loss of income or to one's education suffering due to time away from studies. People may be reluctant to file a personal injury claim in Maryland for fear that it will take too much time to settle and take still more time away from other obligations.

A personal injury claim may be settled fairly quickly and is frequently handled out of court. Approximately 95 percent of personal injury cases do not go to trial. People may be reluctant to file a claim if they know the person responsible for the injury. There may be concern that the person held responsible for the injury would be paying a settlement directly. In most cases, most accidents are covered by insurance, and the insurance company would typically cover the claim.

Winter, distracted driving contribute to motor vehicle accidents

Winter poses its own challenges to drivers and pedestrians in Maryland. It gets dark earlier, and that can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians. Snow and ice can cause slippery conditions, and driver distraction always remains a possible issue. Any or all of these factors contribute to the occurrence of motor vehicle accidents. One such accident took the life of a young man in Upper Marlboro.

The young man and a female friend had just gotten off of a bus about 6:30 p.m. on a recent evening. They were crossing the road in a crosswalk near Campus Way when they were hit by an oncoming vehicle. They were both injured in the collision and were transported to University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center.

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