Just a few months after an 83-year-old driver struck a Johns Hopkins student on a bicycle, putting him in a coma, another pedestrian accident occurred near the campus. This time, police say, the accident was an early morning hit-and-run crash that injured two students and led to the arrest of a suspect who was trying to flee the scene.
A tragic car accident occurred in a residential driveway in Laurel, Maryland, in late March. A mother pulled into the driveway of a babysitter to drop her children off shortly before 9 a.m. When she got out of the car, the vehicle began rolling backward down the driveway where the woman's young son was standing. Running to get him out of the path of the car, she was struck by the open driver's door and fell underneath the vehicle. Her 3-month-old daughter was still in her arms when the car rolled over all three of them.
Auto safety experts are growing increasingly concerned about the risks associated with distracted driving. Potential distractions for drivers have been popping up more and more as we have seen an increase in the amount of electronic devices that drivers have access to while they drive. Distracted driving can be dangerous even in good road conditions. However, as the spring and summer construction season begins on Maryland highways, distracted driving can be even more dangerous.
In our February 12 post, we discussed the problems of pedestrian accidents in Baltimore. Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian always have the potential to be devastating for a pedestrian. The pedestrian typically has no padding or protection that can absorb the impact of a collision.
Many Maryland car accidents are caused by inattentive or distracted drivers. Thanks to public awareness efforts by the government and private organizations, many people now realize how dangerous driving while eating, on a cell phone or texting can be.
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that sticky gas pedals, obstructive floor mats and simple driver error are primarily to blame in dozens of car accidents caused by runaway Toyota vehicles over the past several years. Critics of the study, however, are very skeptical.
Recently, a Las Vegas tourist noted the exceptional lack of jaywalking within that city. He found it ironic that a city known for casual lawlessness and an obvious lack of sobriety maintained such a respectful relationship between pedestrians and drivers. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Maryland, a state known for pedestrian accidents despite its relatively charming and friendly image.
Driving while intoxicated presents a grave danger to people on Maryland roads. Nearly 11,000 people are killed each year in the United States as a result of alcohol-related automobile accidents, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That figure representing about one in every three traffic fatalities.
During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the President discussed his commitment to electric vehicles and stated his goal is to have 1 million of the vehicles on the road by 2015. While electric vehicles do not harm the environment with emissions, they are definitely not immune to car accidents.
With winter storms pounding Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region, many vehicles are on the road while carrying sheets of ice. Icy vehicles create a very real danger on the highways, especially when the ice on vehicles flies off and strikes vehicles to the rear. Accidents involving icy trucks are especially dangerous because the tops of trucks can form thick sheets of snow and ice that can come off in large chunks.