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Archive for March, 2014

Maryland May Expand the “Move-Over” Law

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

move-over lawIf you spend any time driving on Maryland highways (in particular Baltimore’s Beltway 695), you will notice that there are consistently emergency responders and tow trucks on the road. Accidents happen on Maryland highways nearly every hour of every day. It’s very rare that you won’t see someone stranded on the side of the road or encounter heavy traffic due to an accident. Because of this, the Maryland Move-Over Law was passed. Under the law, motorists must either move over or slow down (presumably below the speed limit) to avoid first responder vehicles (think ambulances, fire trucks, cop cars, etc) and those involved in the accident or other routine traffic stop.

Now, after a few accidents involving tow trucks, Maryland lawmakers are attempting to expand the law to include tow trucks. Maryland is one of only four states that doesn’t have tow trucks included in the law; that seems a little dubious, all things considered. Tow trucks still have to show up on the side of the road anytime an accident occurs and have to be present to help motorists out of potentially dangerous situations. If this law goes into effect, it could, like the current Move-Over law, result in a $500 fine for motorists who don’t obey the law.

For now, make sure that you always move over if you see a first responder vehicle, and give tow truck drivers the courtesy of moving over.  If it’s not possible to move over, make a point to slow down and avoid the shoulder as much as possible. The expansion of the Move-Over law will have a hearing in the House this week. Keep an eye on the legislation so you can avoid fines and make an effort to be a safer driver.

If you are injured in a car accident or need qualified counsel to speak with, you are invited to call or click Bruce Robinson & Associates anytime day or night. We are always here to help. 410-844-0235.

Source: General Assembly Considers Expanding State’s “Move-Over” Law

Maryland House Approves “Jake’s Law”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Negligent DrivingThe Senate decriminalization of marijuana wasn’t the only thing that passed through Maryland legislation last week. “Jake’s Law” was proposed after a Maryland driver crashed into a vehicle carrying five year old, Jake Owen, while talking on his cell phone. The accident resulted in the tragically early death of Owen. Because of the laws in place for cell phone usage and negligent driving, the man was only fined $1,000. He was also charged with vehicular manslaughter, but was not convicted.

Because of Jake’s untimely death, his mother is looking to try to change the laws surrounding distracted driving, and while the legislation has so far made it through the house, with an overwhelming majority of 111-25, it still needs to pass through the senate.

What is “Jake’s Law”?
The idea behind “Jake’s Law” is to have much more stringent rules and penalties for distracted and negligent drivers. Under the new law, Maryland drivers who contribute to an accident while using a handheld cell phone or device could receive up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. This is a more significant penalty than the one incurred by the driver who crashed into the vehicle occupied by Jake Owen. It is likely that the law will pass, since 75% of Marylanders support the law, even though another recent poll says that 28% of Marylanders admitted to texting while driving in the past six months. That percentage seems awfully low if you’ve ever looked into other cars while driving on any highway in Maryland.

There are currently laws against using handheld devices and cell phones in Maryland, though the penalties are not as tough right now as they look like they will be in the near future; if you are involved or injured in an accident and the other party has been charged with use of a handheld device at the time of the accident, you need a good Maryland accident attorney. It is always best to seek counsel quickly. Bruce Robinson & Associates are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for consultation. Don’t hesitate to call or click anytime day or night. 410.844.0235

Common Car Accident Injuries and What You Should Do

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Car Accident InjuriesInjuries from car accidents can leave you dealing with residual problems for life. It’s important that you know exactly what to do after being injured in a car accident, especially if you are not the party at fault in the accident. You are likely entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, inconvenience and damage to the car. First and foremost, let’s talk about some of the most common types of injuries you can suffer from car accidents and why they can cause problems.
• Brain and head injuries – These types of injuries are some of the most frequent in car accidents because of the nature of collisions. It’s likely that you’ll hit your head on something in a car accident, whether it be the headrest or the steering wheel. It’s possible that you could suffer a concussion or a worse head injury that could cause long-term problems.
• Neck injuries – People frequently complain of whiplash after an accident, but worse forms of neck injuries can occur as well, such as disc herniation or cervical dislocation. Neck injuries are so common because the headrest/seat of the car lounges the head and neck forward and an accelerated speed and then when the reach reaches full extension, it snaps the head back, thus severely hurting the neck.
• Spinal cord and back injuries – Back injuries and spinal cord injuries can severely limit mobility, depending upon the injury. If the nerve or disc is affected negatively, the pain can be excruciating and can even radiate to different parts of your body.
• Internal injuries – These are among the most dangerous kinds of injuries because you may not notice them right away; however, they need to be treated immediately. If damage is done to your heart, lungs, bowels, or other organs, it can cause lifelong damage or death.
• Psychological injuries – There is no doubt that a car accident can cause psychological problems. Pain and injury can change the way that you live your life and the accident itself can cause posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression.
If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s necessary to immediately find your way to a hospital, no matter how minor the accident. If there are any lasting complications from the accident, you’ll want to know right away. You are likely entitled to compensation from the other party’s insurance company but that company will not make it easy on you. Insurance companies do everything within their power to limit their exposure and frequently they play unexpected tricks! Don’t take any chances, if you have been injured as a result of the negligent driving of another, please feel free to give us a call. It cost you nothing and can save you a great deal of headache. If you are injured in a car accident or need qualified counsel to speak with, you are invited to call or click Bruce Robinson & Associates anytime day or night. We are always here to help. 410-844-0235.

Source: common accident injuries