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Why drivers can’t help being distracted

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Car Accidents on June 14, 2018.

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. The study asserts that smart phones are affecting the circuitry of our brains, giving the body a euphoric

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Obliviousness to wet weather can be cause of wrongful death

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on May 21, 2018.

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

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Reckless driving is a crime in Maryland

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Car Accidents on May 8, 2018.

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. Reckless driving in the State of Maryland

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Public employee struck pedestrian, left scene

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Hit-and-Run Accidents on April 20, 2018.

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.

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Self-driving cars bring many liability issues

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on April 5, 2018.

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. Who is responsible? One of the biggest issues surrounding self-driving cars

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Three common types of long-term injuries from car accidents

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Car Accidents on March 27, 2018.

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

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Bicycles can cause hit-and-runs, too

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Hit-and-Run Accidents on March 9, 2018.

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. Bicycles and hit-and-runs Some

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When pedestrians are hit by cars on interstate highways

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Car Accidents on February 23, 2018.

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

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When a car accident results in a head injury

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Car Accidents on February 7, 2018.

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 can cause a head injury

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

On behalf of Law Offices of Steven H. Dorne posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on January 24, 2018.

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.

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