We often discuss the tragic car accidents that drunk driving can lead to, but plenty of crashes are also caused by operating a boat while intoxicated. In many ways, boating under the influence is even more dangerous because controlling a motorized vessel after drinking can be more difficult than driving a car, and many boaters overestimate their ability to see other watercraft and steer away from them in time.
Motorists have more responsibility than just driving safely. They must also make sure their vehicles are in safe, stable working order and that any cargo they're carrying is properly secured. Drivers of cars or trucks hauling trailers or other attached equipment should ensure that their loads won't break loose and that contents won't escape and cause harm to others on the road. After all, an object that seems to be sufficiently fastened when the vehicle is stopped can be unpredictable at high speeds.
A recent ruling by a state appeals court has dog bite victims celebrating and pit bull owners and others growling. The Maryland Court of Appeals decision declares pit bulls an "inherently dangerous" breed and says that owners of pit bulls or pit bull mixes are liable for damages in cases of dog bites or attacks. That liability also extends to landlords who rent to pit bull owners. It means, essentially, that victims seeking to file a personal injury suit will have an easier time proving their cases.
You might assume that if you're killed in an accident, no one will hold you liable for any damage you or your vehicle might have caused. But a recent court case is blowing that assumption out of the water.
Gambling is a popular pastime for many in the Old Line State, whether it's at a casino or the racetrack. People who come to play the slot machines or put their money down on a favorite horse know there are no guarantees, and that they could risk losing everything with a roll of the dice or a pull of the slot machine arm. But they do it anyway, because they love the rush they get when they win.