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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.

Recover damages for injuries that claimed your loved one's life

In matters of personal injury, various circumstances could apply. Perhaps someone's negligence led to an injury. Or maybe safety regulations gave way to reckless behavior. Regardless of the cause, if an injury led to the death of your loved one, you might be eligible to recover damages.

Considering your loved one's untimely death, you could be interested in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Depending on specifics of your case, you may also consider a survival action.

Maryland, Virginia continue rare contributory negligence laws

If you are in an accident, one of the first questions you may be asked is to what degree you were responsible for the incident. That’s called comparative negligence and it’s the standard in almost every state.

But it’s not the standard in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. In those jurisdictions (as well as in Alabama and North Carolina), the standard is called contributory negligence.

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 children dead in Maryland

A serious multi-vehicle crash in Oxon Hill led to the tragic deaths of three children, according to local police. Very little information has been gathered about the accident so far, but Maryland authorities also confirmed that two adults were injured. Charges have not been filed at this time, but as with most motor vehicle accidents, this tragic crash is still under investigation. 

According to the limited report, three vehicles were involved in the accident, which took place the night of Dec. 30. It is unclear at this time what caused the initial collision, but police have not dismissed driver error, recklessness or negligence as possible contributing causes. Two adults were reportedly trapped in one of the vehicles and needed to be extricated. They were taken to a local hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. 

Deadly motor vehicle accidents occur as 2019 begins

Cars and trucks have coexisted on the nation's highways for many years. As life becomes more hurried and deadlines tighter, this coexistence has the potential to become increasingly dangerous in Maryland and other states. Truck drivers push the boundaries of fatigue in an effort to keep to tight schedules. Tragic motor vehicle accidents can result.

Early one morning an SUV was heading west on Route 392 near Finchville Road in Hurlock. A tractor-trailer was heading east at the same time. As truck neared the SUV it veered across the yellow line and struck the SUV on the driver's side.

Holidays, distracted drivers and motor vehicle accidents

The holiday season is a busy time for most everyone in Maryland. When it involves additional driving, the chances of being involved in motor vehicle accidents increase. It is easier to become distracted when behind the wheel as one's mind is more likely to wander while contemplating the added work and social obligations of the season.

A 31-year-old man was driving north on Littlestown Pike recently. His car, a sedan, veered into the southbound lane and struck an SUV that was heading south. The sedan hit two additional vehicles before coming to a stop.

Crowded highways can lead to motorcycle accidents

Every year, it seem that there are more and more vehicles on Maryland roadways. As traffic increases so does the likelihood of a serious accident. In addition to car and truck traffic, there are also a significant number of motorcycles on the highways. Motorcycles are smaller and can be harder to see, making it necessary for motorists to always be on the lookout for them in order to prevent motorcycle accidents.

In a recent tragedy in Waldorf, a motorcycle rider lost his life. A Mercury Mountaineer was proceeding northbound on Poplar Hill Road near Bellflower Place in Marlboro. Traffic in front of the Mountaineer slowed and the driver attempted to brake but veered into the southbound lane, hitting a motorcycle that was heading south.

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