Use Caution on Social Media After a Baltimore County, MD Auto Accident

Friday, June 15, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are a useful way to stay in touch with friends and family. As such, they are also useful for keeping people posted about your condition after you were hurt in a car accident. However, posting photos, comments, updates, and other content can also be detrimental to your injury claim, impacting your rights in ways you did not expect. Insurance companies are always seeking reasons to deny or dispute your claim, and representatives are not above reviewing the stories you post on social media. A Baltimore County, MD auto accidents attorney can give you additional details, but you should review some helpful information about use of social media after a crash.

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Baby Injured in Charles County, MD Auto Accident: What Would You Do?

Friday, June 8, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

While no adults were seriously hurt in a Waldorf, MD car accident that occurred on May 7, 2018, a three-month-old baby sustained life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition. According to an article published by The Bay Net, drunk driving was to blame in the incident, in which the operator of a Freightliner box truck failed to stop at a red light and smashed into two other vehicles. When Maryland State Police and other first responders arrived on the scene, they immediately checked the condition of the infant. He was rushed to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and then on to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C for further treatment.

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Filing a First Party PIP Claim After a Baltimore County, MD Auto Accident

Friday, June 1, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

If you are injured in a car accident in Baltimore County, the general rule under Maryland’s fault system is to seek compensation from the driver whose negligence caused the incident. Officially, you would pursue the insurance company that provides coverage for the responsible motorist. State law requires all drivers to carry a minimum amount of insurance, which is $30,000 in bodily injury coverage or $60,000 for two or more people. The problem is that not all motorists comply with these laws, so you could be in a tough position if your injuries were caused by an uninsured motorist. Alternatively, the negligent driver may carry the legal minimum amount of insurance, but that coverage may not be enough to compensate for your injuries.

Fortunately, Maryland’s insurance laws include provisions regarding Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Some answers to the most common questions about PIP should help you understand how these policies work.

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Recent AAA Study on Drowsy Driving is a Reminder for Maryland Motorists

Friday, May 25, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

The results are in on a recent, ground-breaking study on drowsy driving conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and, unfortunately, the numbers exceed expectations: The percentage of crashes that occur as a result of sleepy drivers is almost eight times more than federal agencies previously estimated. The reason for the discrepancy between the AAA findings and prior statistics is likely the fact that the study took a different approach than government officials had relied on in the past. The higher numbers reveal that drowsy driving accidents in Maryland are more common than you think, but the availability of advanced technology may have a significant impact to reduce them.

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When Can You Sue an Employer for a Work-Related Accident?

Friday, May 18, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

For the second time in less than a month, an employee at a scrap metal recycling company in Hagerstown, MD was injured after being struck by a forklift. The Herald-Mail Media reported in a March 30, 2018 article that the man was working when he was hit from behind, pinned to the ground, and dragged for a few feet. The worker was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for surgery and is expected to fully recover. The victim in the previous forklift incident was not so lucky: He was killed when a forklift’s load slipped off and fell on top of him. As the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health continues its investigation into both incidents, the employer of the workers could be under fire if the circumstances go beyond what a typical Maryland workers’ compensation claim covers.

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Top Three Reasons to Seek Medical Care After a Baltimore County, MD Car Accident

Tuesday, May 8, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

It is only natural to feel overwhelmed and shaken in the chaotic aftermath of a car accident, but it is also important to recognize how the incident may have affected your health. Some injuries will be immediately obvious, while you may not experience symptoms of other trauma until hours or days later. For example, you may not know you sustained a concussion or whiplash for up to 24 hours after the crash. Regardless, it is critical that you do not attempt to minimize the situation or try to “brush off” your injuries. If you are suffering any pain, even minor, seek medical treatment right away. There are three key reasons to make your health a priority after a Baltimore County, MD auto accident.

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Reasons an Insurance Company May Deny Your Claim After a Maryland Auto Accident

Friday, April 27, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

On its face, the process for filing an insurance claim for injuries you suffer in a Maryland auto accident is simple: Fill out the proper forms, send them to the insurance company, and wait for the check. In practice, the actual process is anything but straightforward. Insurance companies deny claims for one reason and it is business-related. They do not want to compensate you for your losses because that cuts into their profits.

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Controversial Guardrail in the Spotlight Again After Marine Dies in a Maryland Car Accident

Friday, April 20, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

The family of a young Marine killed in a car accident is pushing Maryland officials to remove the type of guardrail they claim was a factor in his death. Washington-Baltimore NBC News Channel 4 reported in a March 23, 2018 article that the victim’s mother did some research after the incident, finding that at least seven other people were killed after crashing into X-LITE guardrail end pieces. There are five lawsuits against the manufacturer, claiming that the rail’s defective design is to blame because the metal impales the vehicle rather than deflecting it away from a hazard. Currently, 10 US states are in the process of replacing the guardrails due to safety concerns, but Maryland officials do not intend to make any changes. Therefore, more than 900 of the X-LITE guardrails will remain on the road, presenting a severe risk of auto accidents for drivers.

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Truck Load May be a Factor in Deadly Maryland Crash

Friday, April 13, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

Officials believe the driver’s failure to control speed is to blame in a truck accident that killed two people on March 12, 2018, but there are indications that improperly loaded cargo could also be a contributing factor. According to a report from Southern Maryland’s online news source SoMdNews, the incident occurred when three passenger vehicles were backed up while waiting for the lead car to make a left turn. The driver of fully loaded truck approached the line of vehicles, but was unable to stop to avoid a collision. Though he attempted to swerve around the backed-up traffic, he struck one car from the rear and created a chain reaction of collisions. The victims were the driver and passenger in the first car hit by the truck.

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Heroin Overdose Leads to Fatal Car Crash: Recklessness in Maryland Auto Accidents

Friday, April 6, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

One woman is dead and another five people were injured in a horrific Anne Arundel County car crash that police indicated was caused by a driver’s overdose on heroin. ABC’s Baltimore, MD affiliate WMAR News Channel 2 reported on the March 11, 2018 accident, where the drug user sped down an Annapolis roadway in his Ford Taurus, crossed the center line, sideswiped another vehicle, and struck a pickup truck. The two passengers in the Taurus and one injured victim were transported to shock trauma, while others were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

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Types of Expert Witnesses in Maryland Car Accident Cases

Friday, March 30, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

When you hear the term “witness” in connection with a car accident case in Maryland, you think about the people that were present at the incident and have first-hand knowledge about what they saw. It’s true that the testimony of these eye witnesses plays a crucial role as you pursue the responsible driver for compensation for your losses. However, there is another type of witness that may be instrumental in your case: Expert witnesses. Under the Maryland Rules of Evidence, expert testimony may be admitted at trial where the court determines that it will assist the jury in understanding evidence presented. How to use experts at trial will ultimately depend on the strategy of your car accident attorney, but it may be helpful to understand the different ways these specialists may be involved.

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Heavy Winds Overturn Two Semi Trucks on I-95 Bridge Near Baltimore

Friday, March 23, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland Transportation Authority officials shut down a section of Interstate 95, the East Coast’s main shipping thoroughfare, after heavy winds caused a truck accident on the Tydings Memorial Bridge in northeast Maryland. Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR News Channel 2 reported on the March 2, 2018 incident and posted video showing two semi truck trailers being overturned by the excessive gusts. High winds are a contributing factor in many Maryland auto accidents involving trucks, but blustery conditions can also make fault a complex issue if you are injured in a crash.

 

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Speed a Factor in Car Accident that Injured a Maryland Woman

Friday, March 16, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland State Police responding to an auto accident in rural Queen Anne’s County, MD say that speed may have been a factor in the crash, which sent a woman to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. According to a March 5, 2018 article from ABC affiliate News Channel 47, first responders were forced to forcibly remove the victim from the vehicle, at which point she was airlifted to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The investigation continues on the factors that caused the victim’s SUV to veer off the road and collide with a tree near the shoulder of the highway. A preliminary review of the extensive damage to the vehicle indicates that excessive speed was a contributing factor, though officials are exploring other theories.

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Common Causes of Eye Injuries in Baltimore County, MD Car Accident Cases

Friday, March 9, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

While they may not be as common as broken bones, head trauma, and whiplash, eye injuries from Baltimore County, Maryland auto accidents can be devastating for the victims. As humans, we rely on our sense of sight to help us engage in the most fundamental activities; an injury that reduces or takes it away is truly life-changing. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the US every year, and roughly 9,500 of them are the result of a car crash. There are many different types of eye injuries that can occur due to the impact of an auto collision, but a few of the more common scenarios include:

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FDA Approves Concussion Blood Test but Concerns Remain

Friday, March 2, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

On February 14, 2018, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved usage of a ground-breaking blood test that can diagnose concussion in patients who have suffered head injuries. According to NBC News, the primary advantage of the test is that the victim obtains a faster, more accurate diagnosis without the need of exposure to radiation. The test will be most useful in cases in which there is some doubt as to whether the individual has suffered a concussion, such as after a car accident when the victim does not show obvious signs.

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Car Accident with Box Truck Kills One, Injures Another

Monday, February 19, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

One man is dead and another was injured in a serious accident involving a box truck that occurred in Beltsville, Maryland, about 25 miles southwest of Baltimore. According to ABC affiliate WJLA News Channel 7, Prince George’s County police responded to a call of a crash between a passenger vehicle and a truck just before 11:00 a.m. on February 6, 2018. When they arrived at the scene, first responders discovered an adult male in critical condition after crashing his car into the commercial box truck. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries. The driver of the box truck was also hurt, but the injuries were not reported as life-threatening. Investigators continue to investigate the details of the collision, as Maryland auto accidents involving box trucks present several unique hazards.

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Burn Injuries are More Common Than You Think in Maryland Car Accidents

Friday, February 9, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

When you think of being hurt in a car accident, the first injuries that come to mind may be broken bones, head and brain trauma, whiplash, and other types of bodily harm. Burns may not top the list, but they are quite common; unfortunately, they can be among the most painful, traumatic, and life-changing as well. Plus, the scarring and disfigurement may be long-term or permanent, leading victims to experience increased levels of emotional distress. If you or a loved one sustained burns in a Baltimore County, MD auto accident, here are some of the basics you need to know about these injuries.

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Complicated Legal Issues in Maryland Multiple Car Pile Up

Friday, January 26, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland State Police and local authorities continue to investigate a multi-car accident that occurred in Frederick, MD on September 29, 2017. According to ABC 7 News WJLA, early reports show that the crash took place on a stretch of Interstate 270 near Route 85, in the southern outskirts of the city limits. Officials did not make a statement regarding injuries due to a lack of specific details; however, police did mention that several ambulances were at the scene and providing treatment to victims.

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Should I talk to the insurance adjuster after an accident?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

It’s a common occurrence - you’re involved in an auto accident and a few days later you get a call from the other driver’s insurance company. If the insurance adjuster knows it wasn’t your fault, they want to talk to you quickly.

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