As many Marylanders know, Indian Head Highway/Route 210 is notorious as one of the state’s most dangerous roadways. Over the past 11 years, 65 people have lost their lives in horrific crashes there. An illegal drag race that took advantage of the straight highway ended in horror in 2008 when eight people died. Last year, […]
Category Archives: Auto Accidents
Maryland Drivers Are Ignoring School Bus Safety
A 2018 survey in Maryland shows that the state has a serious problem when it comes to drivers’ ignoring school bus safety rules. A significant number of drivers disregard the law that requires them to stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing and stop-arms out to indicate children are getting on or […]
Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter? Here’s a Checklist.
With winter come rain, sleet, ice, snow, slush, and just plain old cold and dangerous driving weather. Seventeen percent of crashes nationwide occur in winter weather conditions, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. While you probably won’t step outside when temperatures begin to drop without first donning appropriate cold-weather clothing, is your car, […]
If You Own a Kia or Hyundai, Read This
Certain Kias and Hyundais from model years 2011 through 2014 are vulnerable to spontaneous fires. Vehicles affected include the Kia Sorento SUV and Kia Optima sedan, as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and Hyundai Sonata sedan. While the fires have not been associated with any crashes, it’s estimated that six persons have suffered […]
Still Hurting After the Accident? It Could Be a Herniated Disc
After a car crash, are you still suffering from back pain that is not getting better? You’ve received medical attention and do not have any fractures, but the doctor did say you might have a herniated disc. Further testing was recommended to determine the cause of your pain. All types of back and neck injuries […]
Do You Know Maryland’s Right-Of-Way Rules?
Right-of-way laws bring order to traffic situations where it might be difficult to determine who should yield to whom. Failure-to-yield is the second-most common driving mistake, and it is the leading cause of fatal crashes in seven states. In Maryland, failure-to-yield will cost you one point on your driving record and a significant fine, even […]
Look Out for Unsafe Lane Changers
Reckless lane changes cause a lot of crashes on our roads. While the danger is usually greater when a heavier commercial vehicle is part of the mix, the reality is that abrupt lane changes by any vehicle can be responsible for injuries and fatalities. Changing lanes unsafely, whether due to weaving and other aggressive acts […]
Should We Lower the BAC to 0.05?
We’ve taken great strides to reduce drunk driving in the U.S. From the early 1980s to the early 2000s, we increased the drinking age to 21 and lowered the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit to 0.08 percent across all states. These changes worked; alcohol-related traffic fatalities were cut in half, with the greatest decline […]
Should We Slow the Development of Autonomous Cars?
Are autonomous vehicles safe for our public roads? The March 2018, death of a pedestrian near Phoenix, Arizona, would seem to indicate they may not be. The victim was walking her bicycle across the road when she was struck by an Uber SUV. Autonomous vehicle data, which the public interest group Consumer Watchdog says was […]
Post-Collision Fires: An Escalating Threat
Serious car crashes often leave terrible injuries in their wake. But sometimes such crashes result in post-collision fires. The fire’s victims can suffer injuries such as life-threatening burns, extensive scarring, and permanent nerve damage. Problems arising from such devastating wounds often mean a lifetime spent adjusting to pain and disability. Data in the National Highway […]