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Auto accident study details most dangerous cars on the road

Maryland residents who head out on the road will have a basic understanding that there are certain dangers that are inherent with being in a motor vehicle. There are many ways for injuries and fatalities to occur to a car accident victim. One issue that is often understated is the type of vehicle the person is in. Studies are done to determine the statistics of safety and risk for certain vehicle models. A recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety listed the seven worst models when it came to fatalities in an auto accident.

The study indicates that the most dangerous vehicles are small cars or minicars. This indicates that those in bigger vehicles will have a better chance of surviving a crash. It also shows that there is a big difference in the number of deaths in small vehicles and large vehicles. For the top seven in more fatalities, certain vehicles have more than 100 driver deaths for every million vehicles that are registered for one year. They are: the Kia Rio, Toyota Scion tC and the Hyundai Accent. The others within that top seven - the Ford Fiesta sedan, Kia Soul, Nissan Versa and the Chevrolet Spark - all had 80 driver fatalities for one million registered vehicle years.

Over 100 arrested for drunk driving over Memorial Day weekend

Throughout the United States, including the state of Maryland, drunk driving is a serious matter. Things escalate during holidays, evident last week during Memorial Day weekend. As the unofficial start of summer, many Americans spend their long weekend not only honoring the fallen with parades and ceremonies, but sharing their free time with family and friends at barbeques, sporting events and at bars. This of course inevitably leads to an increase in the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and in turn an increase of drunk drivers on the road.

Authorities in Maryland are well aware of the increase of drivers under the influence on the roads during the weekend and ramped up their enforcement efforts accordingly. Between May 26 and May 30, police increased patrols and set up sobriety checkpoints and speed enforcement traps in an effort to keep drunks off the streets.

Teen fatalities in car accidents much higher than adults

In Maryland and throughout the nation, it is generally accepted that teen drivers are a major source of danger on the roadways. This stems from their inexperience and lack of judgment as well as the propensity to take part in risky activities behind the wheel. Researchers are examining just how dangerous these young drivers truly are, and have found that they are three times as likely to be killed in auto accident than are adults. This must be considered when a person is involved in a car crash and has been injured or lost a loved one.

The study was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It coincides with the time known as the "100 deadliest days" when the most fatal teen crashes occur -- between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During this period, the number of fatal accidents increased by 15 percent compared to the remainder of the year. This is because more teens are out of school and driving. In the most recent statistics, the number of fatal teen accidents also rose by more than 10 percent for the previous year, 2015. In the past five years, there have been more than 1,600 fatalities in accidents with teen drivers in the 100 deadliest days.

I don't want to wait for a trial. Can my case be settled?

After surviving a car accident with serious injuries or losing a loved one due to the negligence of another, you more than likely began incurring significant financial losses in the way of medical bills and lost income, among other things. As you move forward, you realize that you need financial help in order to get out from under these losses.

Because the accident was the fault of another person, you decide to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim (as appropriate) seeking compensation for your financial losses. As the case moves forward, you come to another realization: that the case could take some time to reach a conclusion if you wait for a trial. You may consider settling your case.

Alleged drunk driver hits and kills Maryland tow truck operator

Auto accidents are sometimes unavoidable in Maryland. When there is a car crash, those who are injured may need medical assistance. In some incidents, however, there may be no injuries, but one of the vehicles involved was damaged to the point that it cannot be operated safely. It is then that roadside assistance is needed. These auto service professionals are invaluable for those who need help with their vehicles after car accidents, or simply when the vehicle has become disabled. Unfortunately, they are not immune to the dangers of the road, especially when they are attaching a vehicle to a tow truck.

Recently, a tow truck driver was killed as he assisted another motorist. The deceased victim, a 48-year-old man, was standing behind his truck when an allegedly drunk driver hit him. He was getting ready to tow a disabled car when the vehicle hit him. He was transported to a shock trauma center at the hospital, but died while there.

Injured by a semi? Compensation may lessen your financial load

When it comes to the road, tractor-trailers are large and in charge. When a semi decides to change lanes, there is little that you, as the driver of a car, can do other than simply get out of the way. Truck drivers undergo special training and licensing concerning the safe operation of such a large vehicle, but unfortunately, it isn't always enough.

There are countless circumstances in which a motor vehicle accident can occur, each of which can be dangerous, but those involving a semi have the potential to be catastrophic. If severely injured in a similar collision, your ability to pursue and obtain compensation could depend on accident liability.

First steps after a car accident

For many Maryland residents, getting in the car is just another part of a daily routine. They might drive to bring their kids to school or commute to work -- it is a routine, everyday occurrence. The thought of being in a car accident is often far from people's minds. However, all it takes is the negligent actions of another driver for something to go wrong. This can result in a chain reaction and, before a person is even aware of it, they may find themselves caught in a serious car accident.

Following a car accident, a person may be experiencing several confusing emotions. It is important, however, that the car accident victim remain on the scene. Leaving the scene of the accident can result in serious consequences and a person may face such penalties as hit and run. And of course, before inspecting the vehicle for property damages it is vital to account for all drivers and passengers, making sure that no one suffered any serious injuries. If someone is unconscious, or appears to have a neck or back pain, it is important to wait until medical help arrives.

Fatal car accidents in Maryland continue to rise

When analyzing and assessing Maryland car crashes, the statistics are an important part of determining how and why they happened as well as being integral to coming up with strategies to reduce their frequency. The latest numbers indicate that the number of fatalities on roadways in the state are rising. Governmental agencies and law enforcement are concerned about this. Those who are on the road in the state should also keep these issues in mind.

There are numerous reasons why a car crash might happen. Inclement weather, medical problems, aggressive drivers, reckless drivers, and driving under the influence are just a few. Officials in the state say that there were 523 fatalities on state roadways in 2016. In 2015, there were 521. In 2014, there were 443. This makes a 14 percent rise in just two years. The question is: why?

Distracted drivers are everywhere

You've seen them, people who are doing everything while behind the wheel except for really focusing on the main task at hand. Distracted drivers are everywhere. If you have suffered injuries or lost a significant other or family member in an accident with one, you may, according to Maryland laws, seek compensation for your losses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, at least eight people lose their lives in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Studies show that such incidents injure nearly 1,200 people daily. Over the course of a year, that is a lot of people's lives forever changed due to others choosing to focus on other things rather than operating their vehicles safely.

Failure to yield leads to fatal auto accident

An auto accident can seemingly happen without warning and come about for a variety of reasons. With these car accidents, there can be injuries and deaths. Injuries can cause significant problems for the person who was hurt and his or her family. A fatality will leave a family without a loved one due to an incident that did not have to happen and, in many instances, was not their fault. Because of the different issues that arise after a car crash, understanding how to move forward with litigation is not easy, but is imperative.

A two-car crash seriously injured one man and killed another. The accident occurred at around 9:40 p.m. and involved a 2006 Honda Civic and a 2001 Lexus GS 350. According to the investigation, the 47-year-old male driver of the Lexus made a left turn when he did not have the right of way and was hit by the Honda. Both men suffered serious injuries in the crash. The driver of the Honda, a 36-year-old man, was taken to the hospital's shock-trauma unit and died there. The driver of the Lexus suffered serious injuries, but survived. A crash reconstruction is underway to gather more information regarding this fatal crash.

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