Maryland authorities believe that a recent school bus accident that sent more than a dozen students to the hospital was caused by a drunk driver. Students from the Great Mills High School girls basketball team were returning home from a game when a chain of events caused the bus to careen off the highway, hitting trees before coming to a stop in the woods.
When drivers are drowsy, their driving skills suffer. They may miss seeing traffic signals, weave between lanes and make other errors in judgment. They may even fall asleep at the wheel with predictably disastrous results. Sleepy drivers are a significant danger on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drowsy driving causes 56,000 car accidents every year in the United States, and that the actual number is likely to be considerably higher.
It only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen, but the consequences can last a lifetime. In very serious cases, motorists and passengers can lose their lives. In car accident cases, a detailed and thorough investigation is often needed to understand exactly what happened. In a recent fatal crash, Maryland police believe they have a good understanding of what caused the accident-- a driver was apparently driving the wrong way on the highway.
The recent early blizzard to hit the east coast should remind all drivers that it is never too early to think about winter driving safety. Drivers unprepared for winter conditions could easily find themselves in car accidents. At the least, it means slowing down.
It is always tragic when a young person dies in a motor vehicle accident. On Oct. 20, a 23-year-old Morgan State University senior with a promising future died in a car accident at approximately 10:30 p.m. The crash took place in the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore, and resulted in the death of an 18-year-old front seat passenger in another vehicle.
Recently, a pleasant ride on an Anne Arundel County road in Maryland turned into a fatal accident for an unfortunate bicyclist. The bicyclist was struck from behind by a driver who said he did not see the rider in time to avoid the accident. The road did not have a bike lane or shoulder, and there was little natural lighting when the collision happened at 7:30 p.m. The bicyclist only had a makeshift headlight turned on and a small red LED flasher on the rear of the bike that may not have been turned on at the time of the accident.
A 12-year-old Amish girl died in a fatal accident in California, Maryland, when a pickup truck hit the horse-drawn buggy she was riding in. The girl and two other passengers who were riding in the buggy were all ejected when the impact happened. The other passengers were treated for injuries resulting from the motor vehicle accident.
When it comes to distracted driving, many consider text messaging while at the wheel extremely dangerous, and rightfully so. This practice takes a driver's eyes off the road, and it has been attributed as the cause for countless fatal car accidents in Maryland and around the United States.
However well people may drive, where they live affects what they pay for car insurance. That is one reason drivers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. cannot afford any moving violations on their records. They already live among the most unsafe drivers in the United States, according to Allstate's 2010 Best Driver's Report.
When a large truck is involved in a traffic accident with another vehicle, the consequences can be devastating for people in smaller vehicles. Recently, a truck accident involving four cars and a rented truck has resulted in the death of two people and injuries to six others, including two children.