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Tracy Morgan Recovering from Accident Involving Wal-Mart Truck

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Truck WreckWhenever celebrities are involved in car accidents or lawsuits, the whole world hears about it. Such is the case with comedian Tracy Morgan. The accident occurred early in the morning on June 7th. Morgan was riding in a limousine bus with a fellow comedian, James McNair, and another passenger when a Wal-Mart truck struck the vehicle from behind, doing nearly 65 MPH. Morgan was taken to the hospital in critical condition along with the other passenger, Jeff Millea. McNair did not survive the accident. Though Morgan had to deal with a broken nose, broken ribs, and a broken leg, he is now considered to be in fair condition.

The problem with this accident is that the truck driver, Kevin Roper, may have been negligent behind the wheel of his truck. He knew that there was construction site coming up; he decided to ignore the signs and continue on at the speed he was traveling, resulting in the accident. Morgan’s limo flipped onto its side when Roper struck it from behind. An investigation ensued. Truck drivers are only allowed to be on a shift for a given amount of time: 14 hours, to be exact and 11 total driving. Roper’s shift at the time of the accident had reached 13 hours and 32 minutes, while his total drive time was 9 hours and 37 minutes. Though he was under the limits for both requirements, he was close enough that it seems it may have been a contributing factor. Roper may also have been awake for much longer since he commutes from Georgia to Delaware to work. The 700 mile journey there could be a big factor why Roper wasn’t driving his best on that fateful morning.

Roper is being charged with vehicular homicide as well as assault by auto. He plead not guilty to the charges and is currently out free on a $50,000 bond. Wal-Mart is also undergoing an investigation involving the truck and how long Roper was awake– they’re fully cooperating with law enforcement to find out what happened and how accidents like this one can be prevented in the future. The charges that Roper is facing are very serious and could be life-altering. Only time will tell how this case will pan out. We’ll keep you updated.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a truck and you think it was the result of negligence, you should immediately seek competent aggressive legal counsel. You are invited to call or visit Bruce Robinson & Associates’ anytime day or night or fill out our “contact us form” for more information. 410-844-0235.

Source: CNN

Maryland Distracted Driving Laws

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

distracted drivingDistracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents in the country and has become equally as dangerous as driving under the influence. States are gradually starting to implement laws that ban distracted driving and are cracking down hard on those that violate these laws. While the laws vary from state to state, they’re similar in attempting to curb the dangerous behavior. Don’t talk and drive without a hands free device, and never text and drive (or use any of your apps for that matter). The idea is that you shouldn’t have a device in your hand at any point while you’re operating a motor vehicle. Maryland’s laws are fairly straightforward, as are the penalties.

  • You can be pulled over at any time for using a handheld device while driving. It is now considered a primary offense in Maryland. In the past, you could only be ticketed if you were pulled over for a different primary offense first, such as speeding or negligent driving.
  • If you’re caught on a handheld device, at present the worst you can receive is a fine.

o   First offense – $83

o   Second offense – $140

o   Subsequent offenses - $160

  • You are permitted to call 911 while driving in an emergency situation, but it is never permissible to text while driving in the state of Maryland.

These laws officially went into effect October 2013 and will undergo another significant change in October 2014 due to Jake’s Law, which was signed by Governor O’Malley a few months ago.

  • If it is proven that you are texting or talking while driving and you cause injury or death to another person, you may receive up to a year of jail time and a $5,000 fine. Clearly, this is a much steeper penalty than the previous ones.

Bear in mind also that police currently have a right to search your phone after an accident to see if there’s evidence that you were, in fact, using your phone at the time of the accident; evidence can also be obtained by your mobile carrier to see if you were talking or texting at the time the accident occurred. Laws concerning legality of searching media devices such as phones are still being considered by law makers as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

If you’ve been involved in an accident where the other party was at fault because of distracted driving, you should immediately seek competent aggressive legal counsel. You are invited to call or visit Bruce Robinson & Associates’ anytime day or night or fill out our “contact us form” for more information. 410-844-0235.

Source: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/04/14/governor-omalley-signs-jakes-law-monday/, http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Handheld-Cell-Phone-Use-While-Driving-Ban-Begins-Oct-1-in-Md–225509792.html

Motor Vehicle Accidents Costing Innocent Americans

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

accident injuryIf you’ve been the victim of a car accident, you know that the accident is very traumatic; however what can be equally difficult is to be victimized again afterwards. If the negligent party’s insurance company chooses to make things difficult, which oftentimes is the case, you could end up with a big problem, requiring the immediate assistance of counsel. One of the many problems that Americans are facing in respect to car accidents is the time it takes to realize a fair and appropriate recovery. On average, car accidents are costing every American about $900 per year because of people who aren’t taking the necessary precautions behind the wheel. These costs show up as insurance premiums, loss of productivity when there’s an accident, and of course direct costs when people are involved in accidents. The following leading causes of accidents in America are avoidable, yet people are still frequently victims of crashes.

  • Drunk driving – About 90% of alcohol related incidents occur at DUI level (.08% BAC) or above. These incidents account for an average of $158 per person each year – that’s a lot of money to support other peoples’ drunk driving habits. Driving under the influence of alcohol is never recommended and can result in serious injury or death for all parties involved.
  • Driving over the speed limit – Most people end up driving over the speed limit on the highway, but this can be very dangerous, especially if you’re not paying close attention to the road or if you’re breaking the limit by a considerable amount. Approximately 24% of accidents are caused by speeding.
  • Distracted driving – This has become a big one since the invention of the smart phone. People who use their phones and other smart devices while driving are very likely to get in an accident. There are Maryland laws now to prevent people using handheld devices while driving, but distracted driving comes in other forms as well and accounts for 15% of accidents.

The fact that the money comes out of everybody’s pocket for the damages is problematic as the insurance companies simply raise rates to compensate for lost corporate profits. The person at fault for a car accident due to negligence should be the one paying for it – and not just medical and repair bills, but for emotional and physical pain and suffering including loss of quality of life. As a victim of a car accident, you must demand fair and appropriate compensation for your injuries. The best way to do this is to retain a Baltimore car accident lawyer who can help you get what you fairly deserve under the law. At the law offices of Bruce Robinson & Associates, we will work tirelessly to force the insurance company to do the right thing; that is, to secure your fair compensation – if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay. For a free and confidential consultation, contact Bruce Robinson & Associates at 410-844-0235 or click today.

Source: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/NHTSA-study-shows-vehicle-crashes-have-$871-billion-impact-on-U.S.-economy,-society