Being involved in a car accident is never a good thing. It does not matter who was at fault, this will lead to many challenges.
Any type of motor vehicle accident is scary. Not only can property be damaged, but more importantly, those involved can be injured or even killed.
As one of our Baltimore readers, you know that pedestrian accidents happen throughout the area from time to time.
A lot has changed over the past few decades when it comes to keeping our children safe. Regulations for the production of toys, household products and child safety seats have gotten more stringent, and laws at both the state and federal level appear to be reducing the number of child injuries and deaths.
Anyone who commutes on a regular basis on Maryland's roads accepts some level of risk. We all know in the back of our minds that car accidents are an inevitable part of modern life, but we tend not to think about that risk from day to day. So when a serious accident happens, it's both upsetting and shocking -- especially when someone is injured or killed due to the careless actions of another driver.
One of the responsibilities we all have as drivers is to make sure our vehicles are in safe driving condition. A car with faulty, broken or unstable parts creates a risk not just to ourselves and our passengers, but to other motorists on the road. If a car accident results from a vehicle that isn't in working order, a driver could even face criminal charges.
Most of us have had the experience of driving while we're fatigued: The soothing hum of tires on the road starts to lull you, your eyelids begin to droop and your chin starts to fall -- before you snap back to life suddenly and realize you need a jolt of energy. This scenario may be common, but that doesn't make it safe. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 1 in 6 fatal car accidents involves drowsy driving, which can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk or distracted.
Heavy traffic in Baltimore and other areas of Maryland is enough to make anyone a little cranky. Whether you're a daily commuter or are running late for an evening date or other appointment, you may have gotten frustrated by traffic jams or specific drivers on the road. But there's no excuse for the kind of road rage that leads to intentional car accidents like the one a Frederick County, Maryland, man is accused of causing last weekend. In addition to damaging several vehicles, the accidents caused numerous injuries.
Most of us are aware of the dangers and prevalence of drunk driving. The practice causes countless car accidents in Maryland every year, even though the laws are very clear about the penalties drivers face if they're convicted of DUI. We tend to hear less about drivers under the influence of drugs, but they're out there, and unfortunately, they cause plenty of crashes, too.
Many 16-year-olds are looking forward to a school-free summer, family vacations and hanging out with friends. However, none of those carefree, seasonal activities are available to a teenager recently charged with negligent homicide after a fatal car accident in a nearby state. Police say the young female driver killed a man because she was distracted by a cellphone.