Fall can be a dangerous time for pedestrians, as dusk becomes part of rush hour. The end of daylight savings time moves sundown right into the commute, meaning that drivers are forced to adjust to less ambient light and more light from headlights and streetlights. The difference in light changes the appearance of things. It changes the shadows. Small moving objects like pedestrians seem to disappear.
Statistically speaking, most of us will end up in an auto accident at some point in our lives, whether as a driver or as a passenger. Understanding what steps to take following an accident can make the insurance claims process easier, and can make it easier to seek compensation from the at-fault driver through a personal injury claim.
The weather is getting cooler all along the East Coast. We're officially in the grip of fall right now, and winter is right around the corner. Before the cold weather arrives is a good time to review some of the common causes of cold-weather motor vehicle accidents. Having this knowledge in hand may help you avoid some of the hazards that can lead to crashes in the coming months.
Children love Halloween. After all, what’s not to love: there’s dressing up, hanging out with friends and most of all, free candy. Sadly, though, the joy of the holiday will be ruined for some because of careless or reckless drivers who don’t pay enough attention.
At Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., we often represent people across the state who have received injuries in motor vehicle accidents to which texting behind the wheel contributed. Not only is texting while driving illegal in the state, but also such a driver who caused a crash that hurt someone else because of texting behavior would be liable for money damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Autumn is a beautiful time of the year along Maryland's many scenic roadways. The leaves are changing and falling from the trees, animals abound, and cooler temperatures make it a prime time to be outdoors with family, be it picking apples or selecting a perfect Halloween pumpkin.
If the National Transportation Safety Board has their way, all motorcycles in Maryland and across America will come with some heretofore unseen accessories: anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. The NTSB recently held a vote on the topic, and the results were unanimous, with all present board members voting in favor of the proposal.
Our nation is in the midst of a massive truck driver shortfall. Estimates vary from source to source, but an anticipated 50,000 or more short- and long-haul trucking jobs are currently open, just waiting for qualified drivers to fill them.
Drivers’ education programs that include Reality Education for Drivers (RED), and that show real-world consequences of risky driving behaviors like texting, talking on the phone, speeding and more, may be more effective to teach teen drivers about the road than traditional public service announcements and education programs. A small-scale study at Texas’ Baylor University preliminarily found that teens who toured morgues, hospital wards and emergency rooms to see the real-life impact of motor vehicle crashes had a better understanding of the potential cost of risky driving behaviors.
According to The Washington Post, we currently have 15 active work zones on Maryland highways. Back in April as construction season approached, we wrote to warn of the dangers to road-construction workers, passengers and drivers from motor-vehicle accidents in work zones.