As a resident of Maryland, you likely spend a decent amount of time on the road throughout the week. Poor driving behaviors can put you at risk any time you go out, and this includes drivers taking risks by making illegal turns.
If you have ever had a case of road rage while traveling in Maryland traffic, you are not alone. In fact, up to 80% of Americans admit that they have experienced road rage at some point during the last year. There is no doubt that getting stuck behind a slow driver or in traffic when you are late for a meeting or an appointment is frustrating. However, road rage can cause people to engage in dangerous driving practices that may lead to a serious car accident. It is important to refrain from engaging in these behaviors and to be on the lookout for other motorists who are driving dangerously, as they may put other peoples’ lives at risk.
As temperatures gets warmer in Maryland, more people are out and about on their bikes. Whether they are commuting, going out for a Saturday afternoon ride or training for an upcoming race, cyclists present a risk on the road because motorists do not always know how to share the road with bicycles. There are things both drivers of vehicles and cyclists can do to minimize accidents.
Sometimes it can take months, or even years, for justice to take place. In July 2018, a one-vehicle rollover accident in Maryland caused the death of two children, ages 12 and 13. It was only last week, more than six months after the accident, that authorities have arrested the adults allegedly responsible for the vehicle, a 35-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, on charges that include criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle, neglect of a minor and having an occupant under 16 not restrained by a seat belt.
With spring just around the corner, many residents in Maryland may be eager to get back to some activities they do not engage in during the winter months. For many people, riding a motorcycle may well be one of those activities. Bikers have good reason to enjoy the thrill of riding on two wheels but they must also navigate serious risks when they share the road with cars, trucks and other larger vehicles.
Seven people were riding in a minivan near Pointer Ridge Drive on Maryland's Route 301 in early February. Two were adults and five were children ages 5 to 15. Six of the people in the car were family members to one another. Due to an accident that caused the vehicle to go off the road into the woods and spin out in a snow-covered field, six of the occupants are now dead. Only the driver is still alive, and she sustained critical injuries in the crash that led to her initial hospitalization, although her current condition is unknown.
Motor vehicle accidents in Maryland that involve large commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers can often involve some of the most horrific injuries in large part due to the immense size and weight of these big rigs. There may be a variety of factors that contribute to a trucking accident. Some of these include vehicle parts malfunction, reckless or negligent operation, impairment by drugs or alcohol and trucker fatigue.
Road construction can be both a blessing and a bane. It is necessary to keep the roads in good condition and to correct hazards that could lead to accidents or vehicle damage. At the same time, construction can contribute to hazardous conditions that can lead to accidents with the potential to injure drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, as well as construction workers themselves. Road construction played a part in a disastrous multi-vehicle accident that injured at least six people on Interstate 70 in Washington County, Maryland, late last Friday morning.
If you have shopped for a new vehicle in Maryland in the last couple of years, you might have seen vehicles that feature interesting new safety technologies. You might even have taken one of these vehicles for a test drive. The idea that technology can help people drive more safely and avoid accidents is certainly enticing. However, it is important for people to be educated about the true capabilities of these systems.
Dashcam footage shows the scene of a horrific accident that happened in the Tribeca area of Manhattan in New York City, resulting in damage to multiple vehicles, several injuries, a life lost and a Maryland man in jail facing criminal charges.