Automobile accident fatalities continue to be reported in high numbers across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 43,000 people killed in fatal car accidents each year in the United States. About 40% of these fatal crashes are alcohol related.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, Maryland was one of 32 states that had a decrease in drunk driving fatalities. Drunk driving deaths in Maryland declined by 10, or a 5.3% decrease. Sadly, still almost 13,000 people were killed in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents where a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08 or higher was recorded. More troubling is the report that there is a 7.5% increase in the number of motorcycle drivers killed in accidents where alcohol is involved. Many states did not follow this downward trend as drunk driving fatalities increased in Washington D.C., Virginia, and several other states. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1-33 and those who are most affected are in the age ranges of 15-24 and over 75 years of age.
These decreases are due in part to stricter enforcement and changing public attitudes about drinking and driving. Sobriety checkpoints and public awareness should both be increased and continued to ensure that these numbers do not increase. Learn more about auto accidents and Maryland law on our website.
Maryland’s Vehicular Manslaughter Law May Be Changing
11/18/2008 05:39:04 PM
Our law firm keeps a close eye on Maryland’s traffic laws. That’s our job. As accident lawyers we deal with all types of traffic accident cases on a daily basis. In the past few years, if you have been following closely, you may be aware that some Maryland prosecutors are working to change the law. Right now, if you are a hit by a negligent driver you may be surprised to know that the at fault driver may only get a payable fine. That’s right, even if the negligent driver caused a wrongful death as the result of the accident, they may only be cited for a traffic violation – not vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors are currently working to change this law and require a vehicular manslaughter charge. Currently Maryland’s vehicular manslaughter charges have three levels; starting with a three year, five year and up to a ten year sentence. The ten year sentence is typically used when the driver is considered extremely negligent and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, when attempting to charge a 10 year sentence for vehicular manslaughter being under the influence is typically not enough. In Maryland, the judge may want to see five factors that contributed to the accident. Such other factors would include excessive speed, the nature of injuries, and other factors. Maryland’s prosecutors have been trying to get the law changed to be closer to Virginia’s laws. Virginia has an additional type of vehicular manslaughter – negligent manslaughter. Maryland’s prosecutors are pushing for a maximum of 25 years for vehicular manslaughter and if they can get the new legislation passed – some would like to see a maximum of 10 years for negligent manslaughter. What do you think? Are Maryland’s current laws fair? If someone causes a death albeit negligently, is ten years a fair amount of time? While you think about that you should know that in Maryland vehicular manslaughter is not considered a violent crime. Therefore, the defendant may only have to serve 25% of whatever sentenced is passed by the court. With good behavior and a clean record the defendant may only serve two and a half years in prison out of a 10 year sentence for causing a death.
Auto Accidents & Maryland Law
11/12/2008 05:39:40 PM
We read it in the news all to often, ‘fatality in an auto accident’. Just this week there was a fatal auto accident in Frederick Maryland. Less than an hour from our law office. In this case the driver was just 25 years old. The driver was not found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The exact cause of the accident is unknown. The very same day a 17 old young teenage girl was killed in a St. Mary’s County car accident. Speed was believed to be a factor in the accident that caused the death of the young child. Two auto accidents in a single day, both causing deaths. What can be done about to help prevent these serious accidents from ever taking place? Our law firm believes that increasing awareness of serious safety issues can help prevent them from ever happening.
Our law firm handles auto accident cases and other serious injury cases. We represent victims and their families to help them get back on their feet. If you or someone you care about has been injured due to someone else’s negligence contact our law firm for a free consultation. In the upcoming weeks our law firm will post helpful information on how you can help protect you and your family on Maryland’s roads.
10/29/2008 05:40:15 PM
How much can a dog bite cost me?
09/24/2008 05:41:11 PM
Depending upon the amount of the damages and the severity of the injuries sustained, it could cost tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Dog bite claims make up approximately one third of all liability claims against home owners insurance policies. More than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Nearly 25% of those bitten require medical attention. Medical costs can range from a trip to the emergency room at a cost of $500.00 to multiple surgeries and medical procedures totaling in excess of a hundred thousand dollars or more or even death. Some policies of insurance do not cover certain breeds of dogs for dog bites or personal injuries as a result of the dog. Most policies have provisions that may demand a higher premium if you choose to cover a high risk dog or after your dog bites someone for the first time. Some other insurance policies may drop your dog from coverage if there is an attack or bite.
Dog owners can get into trouble if homeowners insurance will not cover an attack or bite, the dog owner chooses to keep the animal and does not get any additional insurance and that same dog attacks someone else. If for one reason or another, your homeowners insurance declines coverage, or you are self insured, you will be responsible for your dogs actions. In this case, a skilled lawyer will likely get a judgment against you as the owner/or responsible party for the damage that your dog caused.
For more information on dogbite claims, please visit our website.
Medical negligence in children
09/22/2008 05:42:03 PM
Test to determine cancer poses risks to patients
08/28/2008 05:43:42 PM
Testing developed by Yale may be able to detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stages. ovarian cancer can be treated effectively in its earliest stages. Currently, approximately 20 percent of cases involving ovarian cancer are detected before the cancer has spread to other body parts. The disease of cancer has a 90 percent survival rate when the cancer is detected in its original site and has not spread to other organs. In the later stages of cancer, only 30 percent of people will survive 5 years. However, the FDA advises that this type of testing has been proven effective at detecting cancer at its early stages and may even pose a risk to some patients.
Most types of cancer are curable if the disease is found early enough. There are different stages that are used to identify the extent of a person’s cancer, the appropriate treatment, and the prognosis (what the future holds for the patient’s health/how long he or she will live). The staging systems use numbers, letters, or roman numerals. In all staging systems, the higher the number or letter, the greater the amount of the body involved in the cancer. The lesser the number or letter, the better(and the less cancer present in the persons organs). Since most cancers are treatable if found at an early stage, it is hopeful for most patients who discover that they have cancer. Some types of cancer are even curable if the disease has spread throughout the body. With quick treatment and the right type of support and monitoring, most people can even live a productive and successful life with cancer for many years. It is important to get regular screening for cancer from your physician especially if you are at risk for cancer.
Workplace Deaths on the decline?
08/25/2008 05:45:00 PM
Should the Federal Government be liable for Anthrax mailings?
08/20/2008 05:45:53 PM
Over the past few weeks, evidence has come out that pointed the finger directly at a former government scientist as being responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks. Further, evidence has also come out that this scientist may have been mentally disturbed. According to the Justice Department, the scientist suffered from serious mental and emotional problems during his tenure. That employee’s psychological state may raise serious questions about whether the Federal Government properly monitors its employees with access hazardous materials.
Blame the Victim in Workers Compensation Cases?
08/18/2008 05:46:48 PM
Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that injuries that were caused by a claimant’s smoking habit can be separated from his injuries resulting from asbestos exposure. The Court reduced the award for the injured worker based upon his concurrent conditions. Thomas B. Scheffey, Law.com 8/14/08