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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Blog

What will you do after a motor vehicle accident?

A motor vehicle accident can bring a lot of unwanted challenges into your life. If you are injured as a result, you will be faced with a recovery process that can last for many months or longer.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, your mind will be racing. This is why it is important to know in advance which steps you should take. Here is what you should do:

Drunk driving and motor vehicle accident statistics

When a person drinks too much alcohol, he or she should refrain from getting behind the wheel. This will ensure that they avoid causing an accident or getting in trouble with the police. Every year, though, tens of thousands of people are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Furthermore, many drunk drivers cause accidents that results in injury or death.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving continues to fight against this epidemic. One way the organization does so is by providing information and statistics on this subject.

Maryland workers’ compensation: Getting what you deserve

Do you live and work in the state of Maryland? Have you been injured on the job? If you answered yes to both these questions, it goes without saying that you will want to learn more about the Maryland workers' compensation system.

It is easy to believe that you will qualify for workers' compensation benefits, but you never know what could come up as you move forward with the claim process. For example, your employer could argue that you were not actually hurt on the job, but instead, injured at home.

Fatalities from and causes of large truck accidents

In 2012, approximately 104,000 people were injured and 3,921 killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks. The number of injuries was an 18 percent increase from 2011, while the death toll was a 4 percent increase. Residents of Maryland might be surprised about the causes of these crashes and the number of large trucks involved in state collisions.

A total of 45,637 vehicles were involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents across the country in 2012, and 3,802 of these vehicles, or 8.3 percent, were large trucks. In Maryland, a total of 704 vehicles were involved in deadly crashes, and 56 of these, or 8 percent, were large trucks, which is close to the national average. The number of these trucks involved in fatal Maryland crashes was 1.5 percent of the U.S. total for large truck involvement.

Motorcyclists face many roadway hazards including other drivers

People who ride motorcycles in Maryland, like elsewhere in the country, often experience more safety challenges on the road than drivers of closed vehicles do. Poor visibility, slippery roads and vehicle stability are common factors that can contribute to crashes.

Visibility is a major issue for motorcyclists. Because motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks, drivers of other vehicles may not see them. Accident data reveals that two-thirds of motorcycle crashes that involved another car or truck are attributed to violations of the motorcyclists' right of way.

Whiplash injuries in Maryland car accidents

A whiplash injury may result from any sort of car accident. No matter how severe the impact may have been, the sudden shock that comes with an automobile wreck can cause the head and neck to jolt around. This can be very harmful to the neck, spine and head.

The specific damage from whiplash injuries manifests in many different areas. For example, ligament strain tends to occur along the facet joints of the back of the spine. Discs between the vertebrae are subjected to undue levels of stress, compressing them and sometimes causing them to herniate. The tissues that hold the spine in shape and allow freedom of motion in the neck may be sprained, pulled or even torn.

Maryland man killed while standing in the road after accident

According to Maryland State Police, the driver of a Subaru who suddenly lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the center median was struck by another vehicle and killed. The 43-year-old Annapolis native had gotten out of his vehicle after the accident and was standing in a travel lane when a Ford SUV struck him and his Subaru. He was pronounced dead at the scene that occurred on westbound Route 50 at South Haven Road near the Interstate 97 exit.

The incident took place around 2:10 a.m. on Jan. 7; the other driver, a 30-year-old Hyattsville native, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown. Authorities say they do not yet know if charges related to the accident will be filed. They are still investigating both collisions. While it is unknown what caused the initial accident, police did say that the roadway had no overhead lights in that particular area.

Worker injuries decline in 2013

Workers in Maryland might already know that the workplace environment has become safer over the past decade. Workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, declined once again in 2013. The continuing of this trend requires cooperation on the part of many different safety groups and employers.

Programs supporting occupational safety and health have evolved in the past 11 years, and a myriad of different groups including employers, safety advocates, health workers and unions have sustained program goals. Despite the recent creation of more jobs, the number of workplace accidents continues to decline. However, officials note that efforts must continue and improve.

Driving while impaired

Motor vehicle accidents caused by impaired drivers are a serious problem in Maryland. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, impaired drivers cause approximately 30 deaths each day across the country. These accidents have a yearly cost of nearly $60 million. When an impaired driver causes an accident, it may be possible to obtain compensation in court.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, in the year 2000, over 2 million alcohol-related vehicle crashes occurred in the United States. These crashes led to over 16,000 deaths and approximately 513,000 injuries. The most dangerous crashes involved drivers who tested for a blood alcohol concentration of .10 percent or above. In 2012, almost one-third of all vehicles crashes resulting in death were caused by alcohol impairment.