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Archive for July, 2014

Avoiding Aggressive Driving for Safer Maryland Roads

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

aggressive drivingWe have all been in this situation: driving down the highway, minding our own business, when suddenly VROOOM – someone passes us driving 95mph and weaving in and out of traffic. At that point, you are essentially just waiting for them to get into an accident because you know that it’s the unavoidable result of such aggressive actions. Sure enough, you catch up with them 5 minutes later and they have managed to roll their car and take out an innocent driver. This is known as aggressive driving and it needlessly takes hundreds of lives every year.

What Constitutes Aggressive Driving?

If you are doing any of the following, you are considered to be participating in aggressive driving:

  • Driving over the speed limit
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Tailgating
  • Ignoring red lights and stop signs

These are not the only ways that you can be participating in aggressive driving, but they are some of the most common ways that people do. Speed is usually the biggest factor in aggressive driving accidents. In fact, in 2010, over 10,000 people involved in aggressive driving accidents lost their lives as a direct result of speeding.

Why is Aggressive Driving Such a Problem

Baltimore is actually one of the worst cities in the country for aggressive driving. In fact, Baltimore comes in at number 1 for the most dangerous driving cities in the entire country, which comes as no surprise for most of us that live here. Aggressive driving has spiked significantly during the past years for a few different reasons.

  • Crowded highways
  • Busy workdays
  • Road work
  • Road rage

It’s easy to get upset in the driver’s seat when you’re sitting in the afternoon rush hour, but screaming and participating in aggressive driving isn’t helping anyone – in fact, it’s probably hurting more people than anything else. Aggressive driving tends to breed more aggressive driving. The best thing to do is to avoid aggressive driving altogether and report aggressive drivers when you see them on the highway. It makes Baltimore roads unsafe and leads to many car accidents and injury claims.

Injured in An Aggressive Driving Accident?

If you’ve been injured in an aggressive driving accident, you need to seek aggressive, experienced counsel to take your case to the mat. A consultation with Bruce Robinson & Associates is free and if we can help you, it will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you.  For a free consultation with our car accident lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you.


Preventing Distracted Driving for Safer Maryland Roads

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

distracted driving accident“Distracted driving” is definitely one of the biggest buzzwords right now. Anytime you turn on the TV or start reading about an accident, one of the first things that you hear is “Oh, the driver was distracted texting, talking on the phone, or whatever.” More times than not, that’s the reason that’s given for a crash. But what constitutes distracted driving? There are so many different ways to get distracted on your way home from work or headed to the grocery store.

Practices that Cause Distracted Driving Car Accidents

  • Texting or using a smartphone – The amount of people that use their phones while driving has increased dramatically over the past several years. Phones are a huge distraction, especially if you’re texting, looking up information, or getting driving directions while driving. Some of the worst car accidents are a result of phones and distracted drivers.
  • Dealing with other passengers – Is it okay to have a conversation while driving? Yes. Should you be arguing with your spouse or yelling at your children while driving? No. It’s important to keep a level head when behind the wheel. Your emotions can distract you just as well as any tangible thing.
  • Adjusting entertainment – This includes changing the radio station, messing with your iPod, putting a CD in, or even watching videos. Put on a playlist that you know you like and shuffle it or have your passenger control the music. NEVER watch a video or attempt to read while driving.
  • Adjusting hair or makeup – Men and women are both guilty of this. If you don’t have a full face of makeup on or a clean shave by the time you get to work, it’s not the end of the world. Wait until you get to the parking lot and take care of it quickly there instead of putting hundreds of other people in danger.
  • “Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.”
  • “Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.”
  • You are 3 times more likely to get into an accident when engaging in distracted driving.

Distracted Driving Statistics

Many of the cases that we handle at Robinson & Associates are a result of distracted driving accidents. Try to keep Maryland roads safe by not engaging in distracted driving. If you have been involved in an accident where the other party was engaging in distracted driving, you should contact the experienced, aggressive counsel of Bruce Robinson & Associates. The consultation is free and if we can help you, it will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you.  For a free consultation with our car accident lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you.


How is Fault Determined in a Maryland Car Accident?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Traffic collisionIn Maryland, as in all states, car accidents usually go one of two ways – they’re really hazy in the minds of those involved or they’re incredibly clear. Figuring out who’s at fault in a car accident can be very difficult, partially for this reason, though there’s a lot more that goes into determining fault than just the testimony of those involved. Determining fault can take a lot of time and evidence because insurance company lawyers are trained to make things as confusing as possible in order to motivate a jury to vote their way. The worst part is that if you know you are not at fault and the other person is saying that you are, there’s a long process to go through to prove your position in order to obtain the compensation that you deserve after an accident.

How Do Insurance Companies Determine Fault?

The first thing that you’ll want to do to get the ball rolling on determining fault is filing a police report. You should always call the police to the scene of the accident since they can be a huge asset if the other person is at fault. Make sure that you’re careful about what you say in front of a cop, though. They can use anything you say in that report, so if there’s any chance that the liability might fall on you, it’s better to say less. Let the scene of the accident do the reporting for itself. The other person involved or witnesses may talk to the officer and give testimony against you – if that’s the case, you should contact your Maryland accident attorney immediately to advise you. The sooner you get your attorney involved, the better your chances are of a good outcome. If, in fact the accident is your fault, you do not need to retain a private lawyer, your automobile insurance company will provide you a free lawyer to defend your case in court.

You should also take photos and document everything that happens at the scene so that you have your own evidence. It will be useful if you go to court or simply to prove to the insurance company what actually happened. Both insurance companies will view any documents, pictures, and evidence you have and review the police report to begin determining who’s at fault in the accident. This is the part that can take a while as insurance companies will haggle amongst each other to avoid having to pay for injury or property compensation. The insurance company will use every trick in the book to avoid accepting fault and to avoid having to pay money out; after all, at the end of the day, the insurance company is in business to make as much money as possible and not to pay money out. This is why it’s so important to have a qualified and aggressive attorney who will work closely with you and fight the insurance company as necessary to obtain a fair and appropriate result for you.

An aggressive accident attorney won’t let the insurance companies steamroll you, but will fight for you in court. If you need to find a good personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the murky waters of personal injury lawsuits, then give us a call. You will need an aggressive lawyer who can make sure that you get what you’re entitled to after an accident. We’re available anytime day or night for a consultation, so call 410-844-0235 or click today to schedule your free consultation.

Source: All About Car Accidents

Update on the GM Recall

Friday, July 11th, 2014

GM recallGM keeps getting further and further into the weeds with the whole recall issue. If you read our blog back in April, you’ll remember that they had already recalled a couple million vehicles. Well, they’re now up to a whopping 29 million cars and trucks just this year. They’re certainly breaking records, and not the good kind. Though you wouldn’t know it, since their sales figures haven’t changed at all this year. It would be difficult to dent those numbers, given the amount of different cars that GM manufactures. But still, what a mess for the company, certified repair shops, and millions of people that drive GM manufactured vehicles. BUT WAIT, there’s more.

Apparently GM has been keeping quiet about the fact that many people knew about this problem. The designer of the part himself called the ignition switch that has been recalled “the switch from hell” since it malfunctioned so often during testing. If that isn’t an admission of guilt on the part of GM, what is? GM conducted tests on the switch as well as other faulty parts that had to be recalled. The tests never caused them to recall anything in the past or deal with the problem in any way. A state trooper and a research facility both also noticed the correlation between the switch and quite a few accidents. Apparently the 13 deaths and 54 head-on collisions weren’t enough for GM to decide that it was time to do something about the faulty parts.

The biggest problem car so far has been the Chevy Cobalt because of the ignition switch problem. In a nutshell, the switch can become faulty at any time while driving and shut the car off. This means that the airbags won’t deploy in the case of an accident and that power steering goes away – obviously a significant issue. The Cobalt was designed to compete with the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Accord, which it did, but there’s no question that the Cobalt caused more problems than both of those cars put together. The CEO of the company is going to have to sit in front of yet another Congressional committee to testify on behalf of GM soon. What she’s going to say after recalling a couple more million cars remains a mystery, but it seems like it’s getting more and more difficult to defend GMs intentions.

If you’ve been in an accident in one of the recalled cars because of the faulty ignition and find yourself injured, or if you need to find a good personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the murky waters of personal injury lawsuits, then give us a call. You will need an aggressive lawyer who can make sure that you get what you’re entitled to after an accident. We’re available anytime day or night for a consultation, so call 410-844-0235 or click today to schedule your free consultation.

Source: FOX News

Bay Bridge Crash Enforces Need For “Move Over” Law

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

bay bridge accidentIt’s one of Marylander’s biggest fears – getting stuck on the Bay Bridge for any length of time. Sitting on that bridge hundreds of feet above the Chesapeake Bay can cause even a seasoned driver a significant level of distress. What’s worse is having to sit on the bridge for hours at a time while waiting for a Medevac to show up after a car accident. This very problem happened for hundreds of people a few weeks ago when a car on Route 50 ran off the highway and crashed into an MdTA officer who was sitting between the eastbound and westbound lanes. The driver struck the officer and sent him spinning into 3 lanes of oncoming traffic. After that, those who were on the eastbound span of the bridge were backed up for 7 miles. Both drivers were flown to Shock Trauma in serious condition.

At the time of the accident, the officers were participating in an initiative to alert more people to Maryland’s “move over” law. Even though it’s been enacted for quite some time, there are still many civilian drivers who aren’t aware of it or who don’t take it seriously. The law is very simple; if you see an officer or emergency responder on the side of the road, you are supposed to move over (if it’s reasonable to do so) or slow way down to help ensure the safety of the emergency responders. There are penalties for not obeying the “move over” law.

  • Primary offense - $110 and one point on your license.
  • Causes you to contribute to an accident - $150 and 3 points on your license.
  • Results in death or serious accident - $750 and 3 points on your license.

It’s important that people know about this law and make a point to obey it in order to improve the safety of police and emergency responders. It is also important to note that because this is a “primary offense” meaning police can pull you over directly for violating the law, the police then have carte blanche to look for any other offenses that a driver may be committing. Other common offenses that result from stops like this include DUI, DWI, driving suspended, driving on bad tags, open containers in the car, serving outstanding bench warrants and the like. The vehicles that are included in this are law enforcement agencies, fire trucks, rescue squads, state vehicles, ambulances, and more. You should also keep an eye out for tow trucks as well as civilians that are stranded on the shoulder or side of the road. Though they’re not covered under this law, in all likelihood there’s a chance that tow trucks will be added to the law very soon.

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: SHA, Baltimore Sun