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Winter Storm Bozeman Sets Up Season of Car Accidents

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

This past weekend saw a powerful winter storm, dubbed “Bozeman,” wreaking havoc across the country. The Northwest saw the earliest effects of the weather, while later on states as far eastward as Ohio experienced them. Winter Storm Bozeman, which consisted of heavy snow, freezing rain, and ice, knocked out power lines, brought down trees, and caused many car accidents, some which resulted in fatalities. The latest news shows that at least 11 individuals have died due to weather-related car accidents due to this storm, and with hundreds of these incidents being reported, there are many more injuries as well. So is this early winter storm system an indication that weather will only get worse as the season goes on? Read on to find out more.

Winter Storm Bozeman Winter Storm Bozeman: A Warning Sign to Drivers on the Road

 While there is no way at this point in time to predict with 100 percent certainty that similar storms will ravage the country all the way through March, it is important to note the scale of the damage inflicted by Winter Storm Bozeman. Thousands are still without power, hundreds of school closings have been reported, and national flights have been delayed or canceled, stranding people at airports. But perhaps the biggest impact of this storm has been the one it has had on the roads. Car accidents due to limited visibility and slippery ice have been reported in every state that Bozeman affected and with so many resulting in injury and fatality, it is necessary to see this as a warning sign for the remainder of the season.

 Tips to Stay Safe on the Roads in Winter Weather

 Knowing what we now do about the extremely hazardous driving conditions created by Winter Storm Bozeman, it is important to know what steps to take in the event a similar storm hits our region of the country in the coming months.

-First, pay attention to weather reports. If a storm is projected to come your way, go out and collect the supplies you will need before it hits, i.e. flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods.

-Do not leave your home during a storm unless it is an absolute emergency. If you are not at home, stay in whatever sheltered place you can until the snow stops falling and weather conditions look more favorable. If that means getting stuck somewhere overnight, remember that the daylight will greatly improve visibility and it is worth your safety in the long run.

-If you must leave your home for an emergency, be extremely cautious on the roads. Use your headlights, even in the daytime, so that other drivers can more easily spot your car, and drive slowly. Make sure you have good control over your breaks.

-After the storm passes, remember that the roads may still not be safe. Watch out for patches of black ice or slush that have formed, as these can be extremely slippery. Again, only drive when you must, and ideally, wait for the roads to be salted before you go out.

 Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident due to weather-related conditions or any other reason, call Bruce M. Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case 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 experienced trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Maryland on the Road: Distracted Driving Statistics

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Even Maryland’s safest drivers can be at some risk while on the road. Add in the kinds of factors that distract drivers from what they are doing, and this risk increases exponentially. So how can we, as Marylanders, stay safe and keep others safe while driving? The key is to avoid the pitfalls of distracted driving, and Bruce Robinson & Associates is here to help you learn how.

distracted drivingWhat Constitutes Distracted Driving?

To say that someone is a “distracted driver” can cover any number of causes of that distraction. Most people break down the types of distractions into three different categories, which can overlap depending on the exact nature of the secondary activity. Visual distractions are those that take your eyes off of the road in front of you, i.e. looking at a smart phone screen or reading handwritten directions. Manual distractions are those that take your hands off of the wheel, i.e. reaching for food/drink or changing the radio station. Cognitive distractions are those that take your mind off of driving and your surroundings, such as speaking to someone else in the car or simply “zoning out.” As you can imagine, these three categories have a lot of shared territory: checking your voicemail, for example, takes both your eyes off the road and your hand off the wheel, while you are also more focused on the call you’ve missed than the road ahead of you.

What are the Distracted Driving Statistics in Maryland?

Distracted drivers in Maryland accounted for almost 24,000 car accidents according to a 2008 study. Texting, specifically, was singled out as one of the most harmful distractions a driver could partake in, increasing the risk of a crash by a whopping 23 times that of non-distracted driving. In those approximately 24,000 car accidents caused by distracted driving, there were 35 deaths and over 11,000 injuries sustained.

These kinds of numbers show that distracted driving is simply not worth the risk. When you are operating a vehicle, the whole of your attention should be devoted to the task at hand. If a phone call or text message is really so important that it must be addressed immediately, pull off to the side of the road (when it is safe to do so!) and park. It may seem like an inconvenience or as though it is a waste of time, but when the alternative is risking the safety of yourself and others on the road, it will be well worth it.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident due to a distracted driver, texting driver or any other reason, call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case 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 experienced trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Source: http://transportationlaw.org/distracted-driving/distracted-driving-statistics/

My Car Accident Re-Injured a Preexisting Injury—Can I Sue?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Though there can be many issues that come up in the aftermath of a car accident, the typical way to respond to them is fairly straightforward. The injured party is able to sue the responsible party for damages, and they either reach a settlement or the case gets resolved in court. One of the advantages of these kinds of cases is that sometimes they can be straight forward; after all, if it is clear that you have suffered from injuries caused by an accident, then it is clear you should receive some form of compensation. But what about a car accident that, instead of causing a new injury, re-injures an old one? Preexisting injuries can make your car accident case much more complicated to argue, and so you will need an aggressive, experienced trial attorney to present your case in court.

 Preexisting Injuries Preexisting Injuries- Do They Spell Defeat for Your Car Accident Case?

The short answer to that question? No. The fact that you had a preexisting injury that was either re-injured or made worse by a car accident that you were involved in does not necessarily mean you no longer have a colorable claim to make. You are still the injured party and still deserve compensation for the suffering the accident has caused you. But it will nevertheless become more difficult to prove this, as the lines between old and new injury can become blurred in the eyes of a jury. You will need to discuss with your lawyer the differences between the two injuries so that the nature and extent of the injury can be properly demonstrated for the jury. It will be important to note:

What the preexisting injury is. The responsible party in your accident is, of course, not responsible for the original circumstances that lead to your first injury. When presenting your case to your attorney, be clear about which treatment, injury and medical bills relate to this specific case, paying special attention to onset dates for the injuries.

What the effects of the accident were. If your preexisting injury was healing and the accident aggravated it to the point where it will now need further and or enhanced medical attention, or if the injury is now permanent, this is something that can be demonstrated for the jury. Be clear about what kind of effect the post-accident injury has had on your recovery time and your overall health.

Your attorney can provide you with the guidance you need to ensure that your preexisting injury does not stand in the way of the justice and compensation you deserve following a car accident.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident, call the friendly attorneys at Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case 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 trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!