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Driving Safely on Maryland Roads this Holiday Weekend

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

labor day trafficAccording to the Baltimore Sun, approximately 750,000 people will be out and about this Labor Day weekend – and when we say out and about, we mean traveling 50 miles or more. You know how badly 695 can get congested, but just imagine how bad it will get with all of the extra traffic. It is important to take extra safety precautions when this many people are out on the road and driving in areas that they are not familiar with. Traffic accident deaths on Labor Day weekend generally average around 450 in the US.

In order to avoid becoming a statistic for this last summer holiday, there are a few different things that you can do.

Safety Tips

  • Don’t drink and drive – It can be tempting to get behind the wheel after a cookout and head home to beat the holiday rush, but it’s much better if you avoid it. For one thing, cops take holiday weekends as a free for all. It is when they are the busiest and when they are the most likely to stop you driving on y our way home. You can easily pick up a DUI on a holiday weekend for being a little over the line or speeding. Best to avoid it altogether.
  • Wear your seatbelt – Speaking of being pulled over, officers can pull you over for not wearing your seatbelt, whether you are a passenger or a driver. If you have been drinking, being pulled over could lead to a more serious arrest. Make sure to buckle up. It may save you if another driver decides to get on the road after drinking and you get into an accident-no fault of your own. Encourage others in the car to do the same just in case.
  • Allow for extra travel time – With nearly three quarters of a million people on the road, it will take you some extra time to get where you are going. In order to avoid aggressive and distracted driving, we advise that you add some extra estimated time on to your trip. It is also a good idea to do this in case you get into a fender bender this weekend. The more time you have to get there, the less frustrating the whole situation will be as you sit in holiday traffic.

Maryland Accident Attorney

We hope you have a safe and pleasant holiday, but if you are injured in an accident this holiday weekend, you need to seek appropriate, qualified legal counsel ASAP. We can take your call anytime, day or night. 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 www.birthinjurymedicalmalpractice.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you.

The GM Recalls are Still a Danger for Maryland Drivers

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

gm recallSo far there have been 63 death claims filed against General Motors as a result of their faulty ignition switches. Injuries have numbered more than 600. 46 million vehicles have been recalled. If you drive a GM vehicle, like many people in the United States, this means that the odds are you probably have a vehicle that is affected by their negligence. You almost definitely have a recalled vehicle – one that could potentially lead to a deadly accident if you have not yet taken the vehicle in to get the part replaced. GM and their dealerships across the country recently realized that the recall is leading to another problem: used GM vehicle sales. New owners of used vehicles need to know whether or not the part has been replaced, and there is not always a reliable source for figuring that out.

How are Consumers Finding Safe Vehicles?

The government is actually responding to this problem (you know, months after it showed up). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is bringing users an online search tool that will help you see recalls for every vehicle and find out whether or not a particular automobile situation has been corrected. You can check the website out here if you have a GM vehicle that you are as of yet unsure about. One of the big problems that GM is facing (aside from hundreds of large lawsuits) is the fact that many people have yet to take their cars in to get the recall fixed. When you go to buy a car, you cannot be certain that the owner, or even the dealership, has made a point to fix the recall. To avoid further accidents and lawsuits, if you have one of these cars, it is advisable to get it checked out as soon as you can. Many dealerships are on a wait list for the parts right now. The sooner you call, the safer you, your family, and other drivers will be on the road. Risking an accident where you are at fault because of a recalled car part is irresponsible and could result in the injured party suing you for negligence.

Maryland Accident Attorney

If you’ve been in an accident with 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.  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 http://www.marylandaccidentattorney.com/blog/today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you.

Source: Washington Times, LA Times

Determining Fault in Maryland Rear-End Collisions

Friday, August 15th, 2014

rear end accidentYou have probably heard that rear-end collision cases always end the same way – the person who rear-ends the person in front of them is always at fault. Well, not so fast. While, yes, you will usually be considered at fault for a rear-end collision, it does not always work that way. There are a few things that that the court will consider when a rear-end collision happens.

  1. What type of damage did both cars sustain? Is it clear that the driver in the rear car was at fault?
  2. Was the collision a result of a chain reaction?
  3. Did the person who rear-ended the person in front suddenly become incapacitated at no fault of his or her own?
  4. Was the person who was rear-ended participating in distracted driving practices?

These questions, and others, have relevance in the case of a rear-ending accident, though they vary in importance depending the specific facts of your case. The driver who does the rear-ending will be considered at fault the majority of the time and is considered the defendant, while the driver who was rear-ended and injured is the plaintiff in the case. The reason that it is usually the defendant’s fault is because the rules of the road state that you should be far enough behind someone that you can stop within a reasonable amount of time, no matter how quickly they have stopped. You are considered to be negligent otherwise.

Exceptions to the Rule

There are some important things to remember if you are the plaintiff in a rear-ending case. You can easily be found at fault for doing things like talking on your cell phone, texting, or participating in other distracted driving activities, or changing lanes at the last minute. You can also be ruled against or be found at contributing to the accident if you attempted to pull over and failed to move entirely to the side of the road, have faulty brake lights, or perhaps struck the car in front of you first then got rear ended.

It is also possible for neither party to be at fault, as was the recent outcome of the Cooper v Singleton case in Maryland where the defendant suffered a grand mal seizure at the time of the accident. He was on medication for the problem and had been taking it regularly under the impression that it would help him keep his seizures under control. Since he took all of the appropriate precautions for his medical condition, he was not considered negligent and therefore, not at fault. These types of cases tend to be a little more complicated and drawn out, but if you have been in an accident like this and believe that you are not at fault and didn’t contribute to the accident, you should take measures to protect yourself and advance your claim against the insurance company.

If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision and do not believe that you are at fault, you should contact qualified accident injury counsel. 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 http://www.marylandaccidentattorney.com/blog/today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you.

Source: NOLO, MD Courts

Edgewater Man Crashes into Office Building Overnight

Friday, August 8th, 2014

car crash anne arundel countyDriving under the influence causes drivers to do all kinds of things that they would not normally do – for instance, crashing directly into a brick building. 20-year-old Robert Damon Bernhard allegedly was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his car into the Mayo Office Building in Anne Arundel County at around 2 AM this morning. Officers reported to the scene, where Bernhard was nowhere to be found shortly after the accident. He did return to the scene after a short period of time. Officers observed that Bernhard’s speech was slurred and that there was “the odor of an alcohol emanating from his breath.” Bernhard did not pass his field sobriety test, but there is currently no information about what his BAC was at the time of his arrest.

What do His Charges Mean?

Bernhard has been charged with DUI as well as failure to remain at the scene of a property damage accident. Leaving after he drove his car directly into a building was dubious on Bernhard’s part, especially since he left his vehicle at the scene of the crime and was going to have to be identified. However, by leaving the scene and returning, there are two arguments he can make to defend himself. First, when was the alcohol consumed that he is charged with. Since he left and came back, the state may not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt when the alcohol was consumed in reference to the driving issue. He will say that he left, had something to drink, and then returned because he was so shaken up. The second argument, perhaps less strong, is that he returned to the scene so should he be convicted of leaving the scene? This argument will fail because the Judge will be upset that he left the scene and therefore it would be legally correct to toss the charges for DUI (although the judge may not have the fortitude to do this). The judge will not reward that behavior and encourage others, so he will be convicted of leaving the scene, even though he returned. So what does this mean for Bernhard?

  • DUI Charge – Luckily for Bernhard, nobody was injured as a result of the fact that he was driving under the influence. The only damage was done to the building and Bernhard’s car, otherwise he would be suffering much worse consequences. As it stands, if this is his first offense, he could receive 2 months up to 1 year of imprisonment and a fine if convicted. There will also be license consequences from the MVA since he is minor.
  • Leaving the scene – On top of his DUI charge, Bernhard could be facing another 2 months in jail, 8 points and a $500 fine, on top of the property damage that he or his insurance will have to compensate the company for. Judges can run sentences concurrent, ie. at the same time, or consecutive, one after the other, or they can suspend all the time if they so desire.

Maryland Accident Attorney

Bernhard was lucky that no one was injured due to his reckless driving. All too many times we see people in our office that have been victims of someone who got behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident where the driver at fault was determined to be under the influence, you need to seek aggressive counsel from a Maryland accident attorney. 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 http://www.marylandaccidentattorney.com/blog/today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you.

Source: CBS Baltimore