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Shortage of truck drivers could lead to more crashes

Unemployment levels are at historic lows, but that is not necessarily always a good thing. The trucking industry is currently facing a crisis where there are conservatively estimated to be 63,000 open positions. This number is expected to double in the coming years.

This will impact the economy because nearly every product manufactured and consumed will be freight in a truck at some point. But the other part of this equation is the fact that trucking companies are struggling to meet demands, which can mean overworked drivers getting pushed past legal limits for safety.

July 4 still one of the most dangerous days on the road

Many assume that New Years Eve is the best night to stay off the roads to avoid drunk drivers. However, Americans love to celebrate July 4th with family and friends. This often leads to long days in the sun eating and having fun. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the fun turns tragic with the 4th being one of the most deadly of the year for drivers and their passengers due to drunk-driving crashes.

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Why drivers can’t help being distracted

Most drivers understand that texting, using social media, playing a game or watching a video while driving is not safe behavior. Yet many still do it. The question is: Why?

A recent study at the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction now has answers for us. According to founder David Greenfield, the addictive nature of smart phones with its bells and pings make it hard for the owner to ignore them even when driving.

Obliviousness to wet weather can be cause of wrongful death

We can't control the weather. If we could, someone would turn off the rain spigot that has been drenching Montgomery County and the rest of the Washington metro area for the past week and bring an end to the precipitation.

Lacking power to change meteorological facts doesn't mean we are off the hook when it comes to safety in public. Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists all have an extra duty of care when conditions make the going tough. Failure to do so can be seen as negligence and if disregard results in serious or fatal injury, the law says victims and/or surviving loved ones have a right to seek compensation.

Reckless driving is a crime in Maryland

It’s rush hour after work, and traffic is crawling. Except for one car: The driver is speeding, swerving between lanes and behaving irresponsibly to escape the traffic jam. This behavior is not just irresponsible—it is very dangerous.

In addition to causing physical and psychological injuries and damaging property or other vehicles, reckless driving is against the law. Many Marylanders don’t realize this, but reckless driving is a crime in our state. In Maryland, it is a misdemeanor offense that is taken very seriously.

Public employee struck pedestrian, left scene

When someone hits another car or a pedestrian, the responsible—and lawful—thing to do is get out, check to see whether the other party is injured, and exchange insurance information. But not all drivers act responsibly—or lawfully. Some drivers simply drive away when they hit another car, leaving the other person to deal with the damage.

Hit-and-runs drivers come from all walks of life. Sometimes, they can even be public employees. One example is a recent Maryland case in which a city employee fatally struck a pedestrian, then left the scene.

Self-driving cars bring many liability issues

Self-driving cars, once merely a futuristic fantasy, may soon appear on roadways nationwide. Several auto manufacturers are designing autonomous vehicles, test-driving them and even sending them out into the world. Self-driving cars are still rare on public roads, but may soon become widespread.

The inception of self-driving cars has raised several important issues. Two weeks ago, a woman was struck and killed by a Volvo that was in autonomous mode. Her death raised issues of safety, insurance and responsibility.

Three common types of long-term injuries from car accidents

You have survived a serious car accident, but your troubles are not over yet. Even after the police arrive at the scene, you are transported to a hospital and your injuries are treated, there is a long way to go. Many car accidents—even small ones—have long-term consequences that you may have to deal with your whole life.

The consequences of a car accident range from minor to severe. No matter how seemingly inconsequential, an injury can affect you for a long, long time. These are three of the most common long-term effects of injuries sustained in car crashes.

Bicycles can cause hit-and-runs, too

Let’s say that you are driving down a residential street when a bicyclist sideswipes your car. You pull over, expecting to exchange insurance information, but instead he rides away. Your car now has substantial damage, and you don’t have any information on the cyclist. Is this still considered a hit-and-run?

Most people associate hit-and-runs with cars, trucks or motorcycles. These are the vehicles that cause most hit-and-runs, but they are not the only perpetrators. But hit-and-runs can be caused by other types of vehicles, including bicycles.

When pedestrians are hit by cars on interstate highways

When you are driving your car down a highway, you may sometimes see a pedestrian standing alongside their stranded car, walking along the shoulder or even trying to cross to the other side of the highway. There is a high level of danger for pedestrians on a highway. Being struck by a car traveling at high speeds can mean severe injury or death.

Accidents that occur on the highway can cause serious injuries-- and serious legal consequences. But if a pedestrian is hit by a car while on the highway, does he still have grounds for a lawsuit?

Steven H. Dorne

Attorney Steven H. Dorne

Attorney Steven H. Dorne is an accomplished lawyer who practices in state and federal courts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He brings more than 30 years of experience and a long record of success to each case. His law practice is distinguished by careful preparation and thorough analysis of each case...

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