Do You Know Maryland’s Right-Of-Way Rules?

Maryland Road 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 if no accident occurs. With that in mind, we are providing the right-of-way rules for Maryland; more information can be found in the Maryland Driver’s Manual. Intersections and Left Turns Intersections, especially if one or more drivers are turning left, can be dangerous places. Over 53 percent of intersection collisions are caused by drivers making left turns; for comparison, only 5.7 percent of intersection crashes are caused by right turns. In fact, left turns are so risky that UPS prohibits its drivers from making left turns unless no alternative exists. The right-of-way rules for four-way Maryland intersections are: You must yield the right-of-way to all opposing traffic (vehicles that are facing you) if you are trying to turn left at an intersection. Right-of-way belongs to anyone already in the intersection. This includes bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians. Right-of-way belongs to all other vehicles and to pedestrians[…..]

Ruling Expands Protections For Whistleblowers

Whistleblower

Remember Sherron Watkins? She was the accounting executive who blew the whistle on Enron’s “creative accounting” practices, which included hiding risky investments and financial losses by creating special purpose entities and inflating assets and profits. In 2002, TIME magazine named Watkins one of its persons of the year, praising her for her “exceptional guts and sense.” Enron’s collapse led to its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a little more than 12 years ago now. The scandal also led to new regulations and legislation – the Sarbanes-Oxley Act – which was intended to “enhance corporate responsibility, enhance financial disclosures and combat corporate and accounting fraud.” Sherron Watkins resigned as Enron’s vice president of corporate development in November 2002, discovering only later that then Enron Chairman Ken Lay had tried to get her fired after she met with him in 2001 to discuss her findings that the company had masked $500 million dollars of losses in 2000. We’re betting that Ms. Watkins is cheering the U.S. Supreme Court’s expansion of whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by their February ruling in Lawson v. FMR. At issue in the case before the Court was whether contracted employees are given the same protections under[…..]

Tips to Keep the Winter Holidays Safe

The holiday season means more traveling, more time with friends, and more parties. Unfortunately, for revelers in Maryland and across the U.S., it also means snow and ice, driving without daylight during the long nights, and other situations that increase the risk of a car accident ruining your holiday festivities. To keep you and your family safe while you enjoy the holidays, please keep these important safety tips in mind. If you are going to be drinking, do not drive. Choose a sober designated driver, take a cab or public transportation to and from a party, or host the party yourself so you can drink without worrying about “one too many” making you unable to drive. If you’re hosting a party, provide plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, foods, and safe activities appropriate for the ages of all your prospective guests. Make sure young children are supervised at all times. Never leave candles, a fireplace or woodstove, or holiday lights burning unattended. Always unplug your Christmas tree or other holiday lights before leaving the house. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case holiday lighting gets out of control. Choose age-appropriate gifts for small children. Make sure that any small parts, such as[…..]