Rockville Maryland Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

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?

When a car accident results in a head injury

Have you ever experienced an injury that seemed mild at first, but became more severe over time? This is the case for many people who sustain head injuries in car accidents. These injuries can take days, weeks or even months to appear. In fact, some survivors may not even realize how seriously they have been injured.

Though head injuries vary widely in severity, even small ones can cause big problems. Memory loss, diminished cognitive abilities and long-term pain are just a few potential consequences for victims.

What are Maryland’s laws—and penalties—for distracted driving?

As all drivers should know, distracted driving can be incredibly dangerous. Every year, about 27,000 people in the United States are injured or killed as a result of distracted driving. Drivers should also know that it is illegal in most states, and Maryland is no exception.

Distracted driving can cover a wide range of activities, from texting to changing the radio dial. It may not be possible to outlaw every single activity that can contribute to distracted driving, but Maryland has made a concerted effort to reduce it wherever possible. So, what types of distracted driving are prohibited in our state? In this post, we will go over Maryland’s distracted driving laws and the penalties if you are caught.

Some tips for filing a hit-and-run claim

After a car accident, both drivers are expected to stop and exchange insurance information. Most drivers are considerate enough to provide their information, or at least leave a note, at the scene of the accident. This is not true of everyone, though. What happens if someone hits your vehicle and drives away? This is called a hit-and-run, and it is illegal. 

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, you no doubt have a lot on your mind. Filing an insurance claim while dealing with the fallout of an accident can be daunting. If you are filing a hit-and-run claim with your insurer, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Tailgating isn’t just annoying—it can cause accidents

Perhaps you have been driving on the highway, obeying the traffic laws and keeping your eyes on the road. The car behind you is getting closer and closer. Soon, its bumper is practically touching yours, and the driver doesn't seem to care.

Most of us have been tailgated when driving. Yes, it’s obnoxious—but more than that, it can also be dangerous. A recent study has shown that tailgaters are not just annoying. They can also cause traffic jams and serious accidents.

Winter weather can make for deadly car accidents

If you were to guess, which weather condition do you think is most deadly: Tornadoes, earthquakes, floods or snow?

You may have guessed one of the first three, with good reason—those weather hazards are indeed dangerous. But snow is actually responsible for more deaths than all of the other conditions combined. That is because snow can lead to deadly traffic accidents—about 800 in the United States every year. There are many other facts that you should know about deadly winter accidents—so we have compiled a list of important statistics that you should know.

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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