October Brings New Laws to Maryland Roads

The fall season has finally arrived and with it, some important new laws for Maryland drivers. There are three laws that went into effect on October 1, 2011, which are expected to strengthen traffic enforcement and close loopholes in existing legislation, according to The Washington Post. The first law updates Maryland’s texting while driving law, the second broadens drunk driving penalties, and the third legalizes criminal prosecution of drivers who cause fatal accidents. Texting Although Maryland has had a texting ban for more than a year, it was only considered a secondary offense. In an effort to decrease the number of distracted driving accidents in Maryland, the new law makes reading and sending text messages a primary offense, which means that a police officer can pull over a driver who is texting for no other reason than that. Drivers using GPS on their cell phone or other mobile devices and those who are sending an emergency text are exempt from prosecution under the new law. Drunk Drivers Another new law requires that all repeat drunk driving offenders use an ignition interlock device, which requires a breath sample before allowing the car to start. Some other drunk driving offenses will also[…..]

Baltimore Proposes Speeding Cameras Near School and Construction Zones

A proposal that would allow speed cameras to be installed around school and construction zones in Baltimore, Maryland, received an initial stamp of approval from the City Council recently. If the measure passes, the cameras could be online and in use by October, the Baltimore Sun reports in an account. This is apparently part of the city’s effort to address the problem of speeding around schools and construction zones. The use of speed cameras was first proposed in 2007 as part of a traffic control plan. However the city needed approval from the General Assembly before these cameras could be used. In May, Maryland legislators passed a law allowing the use of speed cameras within half a mile of school zones and road construction sites. If caught speeding, a motorist could receive a $40 ticket in the mail based on vehicle registration and license plate number. State law requires that signs be posted in areas where these speed cameras are in use. Hopefully, these speed cameras will do to speeding motorists what red light cameras do to red light runners. Research and studies have found that at intersections with red light cameras, motorists are far less likely to run a[…..]

Maryland to Ban Texting!

WUSA 9 reports in a story that the Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to ban text messaging while driving. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun on March 13, 2009, talking on your cell phone while driving is still legal for drivers over 18, so some may argue that talking is still more of a danger than texting because it is more common. Cell phone usage while operating a motor vehicle continues to be a hot topic. So why ban texting and not all usage of a cell phone while driving? The Senate isn’t sure how the texting law will be enforced since it will be hard for officers to differentiate between drivers making a call and texting; however, they still argue that texting is more distracting and therefore poses more of a threat. Lawmakers are creating a maximum fine of $500 for violations. Experienced Maryland personal injury attorney Steven H. Heisler reminds all drivers to stay safe by driving in accordance to Maryland state laws and free from distractions to ensure safety on the roads. If you are or have been involved in a personal injury incident where one or more of the parties were distracted by cell[…..]

REMEMBER TO PUT MARYLAND LOCAL OR STATE GOVERNMENT ON NOTICE IF INJURED DUE TO ITS’ NEGLIGENCE

I am happy to announce a new feature on the Injury Lawyer website. The Personal Injury Legal Assistance Headquarters contains important and useful information for personal injury victims. Please check it out and let me know what you think. One of the sections at the Headquarters provides you with details you need to know if you are injured as a result of the negligence of a local or state government in Maryland. THERE ARE TIME LIMITS IN WHICH TO PUT THE LOCAL OR STATE GOVERNMENT ON NOTICE AND IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE YOUR CLAIM WILL BE DISMISSED!!! Do not confuse this with the Maryland Statute of Limitations. The Statute of Limitations is the total period of time you have to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. The Maryland Local Government Tort Claims Act and the Maryland Tort Claims Act is the law that requires an injured party to notify the local or state government that you are making a claim and may be filing suit in the future. So if you’re in an auto accident and the at fault driver was operating a Local or State Government vehicle, or if you slip[…..]