A new study suggests that drivers are repeatedly breaking a traffic law that leads to 2 million car accidents a year. Traffic police tend to overlook it and drivers forget or ignore it. But a new engineering study says the "epidemic" failure to use turn signals is a major American road problem.
A man accused of stealing a car in Montgomery County, Maryland, is suing the police department that arrested him. The 18-year-old man says the fiery wreck that claimed the lives of three other people in the car was caused when a police cruiser rammed into the stolen vehicle, setting it ablaze. Although he may not evoke much sympathy as a crime suspect, his role in that case shouldn't come into play if in fact the police caused a fatal car accident.
Imagine for a moment that a loved one has been critically injured in an accident in a location far away from a hospital. An ambulance rushes to the scene, but the distance back to an emergency room with doctors that can save the victim is several miles. When every second counts, ground transportation may not be fast enough.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is attempting to spread the word to drivers across the country that cellphone use remains a top cause of car accidents. There are numerous campaigns addressing the issue in individual states, including Maryland, where 231 people died last year in accidents involving distracted driving.
Recent statistics indicate the number of fatal car accidents in the U.S. is at a historic low, with only 1.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles recorded in 2010. Still, that amounts to 32,885 people who died that year, and the low rate is of little comfort to those whose family members were among the dead.
Imagine driving along the highway and suddenly noticing little bits of green sailing through the air. Upon closer inspection, you realize that those bits of green are wads of cash, sailing out of an armored truck and into the air for drivers to grab.
If your vehicle has ever stalled on a highway or busy street, you may remember feeling nervous about being exposed to traffic as you tried to fix the problem or call for help. As cars and large trucks rush past you, you run the risk of being hit even if you're fully pulled over on the side of the road. These accidents do happen, unfortunately, and they're quite often fatal.
With spring planting season nearly upon us, Maryland's farmers are heading back to their fields. And their large machinery is going with them. That means the state's drivers will start to see tractors and other large equipment on the roads surrounding farms.
An extremely deadly February on Harford County, Maryland, roads has police officials concerned yet uncertain about the reasons behind an unusually high number of fatal car accidents last month.