Truck Crashes are More Complicated than Car Crashes

Friday, October 20, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland State Police continue their investigation into a fatal, two-car accident that occurred in the early morning hours of October 6, 2017. According to a report in The Garrett County Republican, a 28-year-old man was killed when he drove his Kia passenger vehicle into the rear section of a truck and became trapped underneath the trailer. The driver of the semi had pulled over on the shoulder of Eastbound Interstate 68 to inspect damage to an air hose, and was in the process of setting up emergency markers when the victim struck the trailer. When first responders arrived on the scene, the driver of the Kia was discovered to be deceased.

If you are an injured victim or the surviving family member of someone killed in a truck accident, you may assume that the process of seeking compensation is similar to auto collision cases in Maryland. However, there are a number of ways these incidents are far more complicated.

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Factors to Consider When Hiring a Baltimore County Car Accident Lawyer

Wednesday, October 11, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

It’s both overwhelming and devastating when you’re injured in a Baltimore County car accident, so the most important task – after seeking proper medical treatment – is to retain experienced counsel to assist in pursuing your rights to compensation. It’s a mistake to go it alone when dealing with pushy insurance companies and even more rash to represent your own interests in court. A skilled car accident attorney can assist you with obtaining the highest amount of financial recovery under the law, but you’ll need to first find the right fit. Here are some factors to consider when hiring a lawyer to take on your personal injury case in Maryland.

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Rollover Car Accidents in Maryland

Monday, September 25, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

There are countless trajectories a vehicle may take upon impact in a car accident, but a rollover is certainly among the most catastrophic. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rollover crashes are responsible for more fatalities than other types of accidents, with about 10,000 victims killed every year. An accident is considered a rollover any time the vehicle flips over onto its roof or side, and many of these incidents involve a single car that flips over. However, there are many other accidents that are the result of negligence, so an injured victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her losses. If you were hurt in a rollover collision in Baltimore County, MD, an experienced car accident attorney can tell you more about your options.

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Dangerous Intersections and Maryland Car Accident Cases

Monday, September 18, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland State Police continue to investigate an accident that occurred in Solomons, approximately 95 miles due south of Baltimore. The BayNet online news source reported that, on August 27, 2017, a trooper responded to reports of a car accident at the intersection of Route 4 and Patuxent Point Parkway around 1 p.m. The crash involved multiple vehicles, including a Ford Expedition that had rolled over in the collision; the driver was transported via Medevac to Prince George’s Hospital Shock Trauma Center. Police accident reconstruction experts were on the scene and closed down the intersection to assess what may have caused the crash. There are various factors that play a role in Maryland car accidents, but there are certain issues that make hazardous intersections an extreme risk for drivers.

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What is Probation Before Judgment in a Maryland DUI/DWI Case?

Friday, September 8, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) in Maryland, you probably assume that your options are limited. You expect a hefty fine, driver’s license suspension, ignition interlock device, and even more severe penalties if the DUI/DWI arrest is not your first. What you may not realize is that you might qualify for the “Probation Before Judgment” program under state law. There are significant advantages if you are eligible, so you should discuss your circumstances with a Maryland DUI/DWI attorney right away.

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School Bus Safety Reminder as Baltimore County Kids Head Back to Class

Wednesday, August 30, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

It is back to school time for Baltimore County children, who will be returning to class on September 5, 2017. As families are enjoying the dwindling days of summer and stocking up on school supplies, now is a great time to remind parents and kids of all ages about school bus safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 174 children died in school-transportation related incidents from 2003-2012, both as bus passengers and pedestrians. While we may not be able to prevent all school bus accidents in Baltimore County, it is helpful to review common causes of these incidents and learn some tips on how to avoid injury.

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What are My Benefits Under Maryland's Workers' Compensation System?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Accidents in the workplace are inevitable, which is why states enact workers’ compensation laws providing financial benefits to injured or disabled workers. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) oversees the program, which requires employers to procure a type of insurance policy for coverage of employment-related injuries and illnesses. It is not necessary for a worker to prove fault for workplace conditions that cause medical problems because the intent of a workers’ comp program is to get the employee back to health and back to work as soon as reasonably possible. However, benefits do not extend to all types of accidents and all individuals in the workplace. A general review of the complicated regulations and eligibility rules is helpful, but it is wise to consult with a Maryland workers’ compensation lawyer to fully understand your rights.

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Defenses to Liability in Maryland Car Accident Cases

Tuesday, August 15, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’re a victim injured in a Maryland car accident and are pursuing a claim for compensation against the responsible party, you may be generally aware of what you need to prove in order to prevail. However, there are two sides to every case and you can be sure that the other driver’s insurance company will fight every step of the way. The legal team for the insurer will exploit every possible weakness in your case and present any defenses that may limit the amount of your financial recovery. While your Maryland car accident attorney will take responsibility for strategies to counter opposing counsel’s positions, you may find it useful to understand the defenses to liability in these types of cases.

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Delayed Injuries in a Baltimore County, MD Car Accident Case

Wednesday, August 9, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

There is a considerable amount of chaos at the scene of a car accident, and emotions run high as you assess the damage, communicate with the other drivers and passengers, and make calls for help. In the confusion, you may not sense that you’ve suffered an injury – or, if you do feel pain, you may think that it’s minor. However, these seemingly insignificant injuries often turn into something more severe in the days after the accident. This may be a result of how the human body releases adrenaline and endorphins during periods of excitement. Delayed injuries are common after a car accident but no less serious, so discuss your circumstances with a Baltimore County, MD attorney right away.

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Lost Wages Versus Diminished Earning Capacity: What's the Difference?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’ve been injured in a Baltimore County car accident and were out of work during your rehabilitation, you may recover lost wages for the income you didn’t earn. Proving your right to lost wages is relatively straightforward: You can use pay stubs, cancelled checks, bank statements, or income tax returns to establish the amount you made before the accident occurred.

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Lawsuit Filed Against MTA in Maryland High Speed Chase

Wednesday, July 26, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

The family of a victim who died in a high speed police pursuit has sued the Maryland Transportation Authority and some of its officers for their involvement in the incident. According to Baltimore’s CBS affiliate WJZ News 13, MTA authorities were conducting a traffic stop in December 2015 when the suspect refused to pull over on Interstate 95. Officers gave chase for around 14 miles at speeds up to 130 miles per hour, until the suspect crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into another vehicle. Three women were in that car; the mother died, while her other two daughters survived the impact.

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Victim's Rights in Maryland Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Wednesday, July 19, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

In Maryland, it is illegal to use a handheld phone while operating a vehicle. However, the law does not prevent many motorists from writing a text, responding to an email, taking pictures, or surfing the internet while driving the streets of Baltimore County. This conduct and other types of distracted driving put many on and around the roadway, such as other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, at higher risk of an injury-causing car accident. If you have sustained injuries as a result of someone texting, talking, or getting social while driving, talk to an experienced auto accident attorney about your rights to compensation.

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Defective Car Parts as the Cause of Maryland Auto Accidents

Friday, July 14, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

While human error remains at the top of the list as the primary cause of car accidents, there are still plenty of collisions that occur due to vehicle defects. In a Crash-Stats survey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the critical cause in 2% of crashes was a vehicle component’s failure or degradation. That may sound like a small number, but it is still approximately 44,000 car accidents during the two-year period covered by the survey. When an incident causes injury, a victim may be able to recover his or her losses under Maryland law. You should discuss the specifics of your case with a Baltimore County auto accident lawyer if you have been injured due to one of these common defective car parts.

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Whiplash-Related Injuries in Baltimore County, MD Car Accident Cases

Friday, July 7, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

When you think about the typical injuries a victim suffers in a car accident, broken bones, contusions, scrapes, cuts, and other types of obvious trauma come to mind. However, one of the most common injuries traffic accident victims suffer, whiplash, is actually not so visible.

Referred to in the medical world as cervical sprain, cervical strain, or hyperextension, whiplash is a unique injury that often occurs in auto collisions. It is caused when an impact forces the head forward and then backward violently, and though you may not be able to see the harm externally, it can be quite serious. Here is what you need to know if you have been in a Baltimore County, MD car accident and may have suffered a whiplash injury.

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Maryland Truck Crash Demonstrates Importance of Accident Reconstruction

Friday, June 30, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

On March 30, 2017, Southern Maryland Online reported on a serious car accident that occurred in Leonardtown, Maryland, approximately 85 miles south of Baltimore. According to police, a car driving southbound on State Route 4 struck a dump truck that was carrying asphalt, sending both vehicles off the road. The truck flipped into the car and landed on top of it as the vehicles came to rest in a nearby ditch, an accident reconstruction investigation revealed; the man in the passenger car was killed in the collision. Accident reconstruction specialists can be critical if you’re injured in a motor vehicle crash in Maryland, as their insight and expertise is important to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Stay Safe When Traveling to Maryland's Top Vacation Spots

Friday, June 23, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

With summer in full swing, many Baltimore County residents will be heading to vacation destinations to spend some time in the sun. HomeAway, a site that connects travelers and homeowners for accommodations sharing, recently reported on the Top 10 Maryland Vacation Spots that will attract many visitors from near and far. Those who will be driving to such area hot spots as Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, and Ocean City will no doubt experience high levels of traffic and congestion, which tends to increase the number of car accidents in Maryland. Here is what you can do to stay safe while on the road.

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Tiger Woods' Recent Arrest & Maryland Drugged Driving Laws

Friday, June 16, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

By now, you’ve surely seen the headlines about Tiger Woods’ recent arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. You’ve probably also read the news reports, such as in Baltimore’s CBS affiliate WJZ News 13, stating that the superstar athlete submitted to breathalyzer tests. Not once, but twice, the results came back as negative for the presence of alcohol. However, Mr. Woods did admit to using multiple prescription medications, including painkillers. While further details may not be available until his arraignment on July 5, 2017, it’s possible that the famous golfer will be charged with drugged driving. In Maryland, the offense is termed driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). These matters have a lot in common with drunk driving cases under state law, but they’re also distinct offenses that you’d be wise to entrust to an experienced DUI/DWI lawyer.

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Exceptions to the Harsh Contributory Negligence Rule in Maryland Car Accident Cases

Monday, May 29, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

In a Baltimore County, Maryland car accident case, negligence is a term attributed to the conduct of the responsible party that presents a risk of harm to another person. Victims can sue the negligent individual for damages related to their injuries, including costs of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. However, under state law, a victim may not be able to recover compensation if he or she bears some responsibility in the accident. If you’ve been injured in a car crash and may be partly to blame, talk to a Maryland car accident lawyer right away about the exceptions to the harsh rule of contributory negligence.

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Baltimore Bus Crash Highlights Issues of Vicarious Liability in Maryland Accident Cases

Friday, May 19, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Many around the Baltimore area may recall the tragic bus crash in November 2016 that claimed the lives of five individuals and caused injuries to 11 other victims. On May 4, 2017, the Baltimore Sun reported that a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of all victims, seeking more than $10 million in damages. The theory of liability is that the driver of the school bus, which struck a Maryland Transit Administration bus, should have been disqualified from obtaining a license to operate a commercial vehicle. The plaintiffs contend that the man suffered from numerous medical issues, including seizures, diabetes, and hypertension, that impact his ability to operate a bus. In fact, the driver had a history of previous traffic accidents and health-related problems.

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