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Injured in a car accident?

Motor vehicle accidents of all sorts are seen on Maryland roads every single day. If you happen to be one of the unlucky few who suffered injuries in a car accident, you have likely, many times over, asked yourself if taking legal action to seek compensation for your losses is appropriate. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and help you decide if filing claims in civil court is the best course of action.

Most car accidents, thank goodness, are minor in nature. Sadly, your case was different. You may have walked away and started feeling the effects of your injuries hours, days or weeks after the collision. You may not have walked away at all and instead had to be transported to an area hospital from the accident scene. Either way, you have suffered physical pain because of the crash on top of financial losses and, possibly, psychological trauma.

Poor driver training may contribute to some trucking accidents

Driving a commercial vehicle is not a job for the faint of heart. It is tough work, often with horrible hours. It is a job that will always be in demand, though, as there will always be a need to transport goods across the country. Due to vehicle type and the amount of time spent on the road, truck drivers do need to go through very specific training in order to get their commercial driver's licenses. The problem is, some training programs may be better than others, and those who receive inadequate driver training are more likely to be involved in trucking accidents in Maryland or elsewhere.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set specific guidelines regarding commercial driver training. Currently, to obtain a commercial driver's license, one has to complete course work through an approved training program. To move on, one then has to pass the final exam with a score of at least 80%. Hands-on training is also required. No one is supposed to pass driver's training until they can adequately perform certain skills.

Claiming workers' compensation for a car accident on the job

Many professions require that you drive as part of your job. Perhaps you regularly drive to the offices of other clients, or maybe you run errands for your boss by driving to different locations. If you are involved in a collision when you are using your car, you may be able to claim workers' compensation.

When you are involved in a car accident, you should be most concerned with ensuring your safety and the safety of others. Call the police if necessary. Taking care of all administrative actions relating to the car accident should come first; you will have the time to notify your employer later. When attempting to claim workers' compensation after a car accident, do so with a full understanding of your rights in Maryland and responsibilities.

Police try but cannot stop all distracted driving accidents

Over Labor Day weekend, police in Maryland were out in force looking for distracted drivers. Their goal was to prevent distracted driving-related accidents and to make those who were not paying attention aware of the seriousness of their actions. Distracted driving is a big problem in this state, and law enforcement officials are doing what they can to address it. Unfortunately, they cannot be everywhere at all times, so distracted driving-related accidents will continue to happen until all drivers choose to pay full attention when behind the wheel.

Police departments across the state chose Labor Day weekend to increase patrols due to the number of drivers expected to be out on the roads for the holiday. This type of thing actually happens around most major holidays and even a few random times throughout the year. It is unclear how many drivers were stopped, ticketed and/or arrested over Labor Day weekend.

A bit about workers' compensation

People get hurt on the job or suffer job-related illnesses every day. Maryland residents who find themselves victims of work-related injuries or ailments may have compensation available to them. Most employers are required to have workers' compensation insurance. All employees have to do after suffering an injury on the job or illness due to his or her work duties is file a claim to get the compensation process rolling.

Some people put off filing workers' compensation claims because they are not sure if their injuries qualify for relief. Waiting to file could result in a missed opportunity to have one's losses covered. The qualifications to receive these benefits are as follows:

  • Employer offers workers' comp coverage
  • The injury/illness was work-related
  • The claim was filed on time

Soft tissue injuries often occur in car accidents

The vast majority of auto accidents that happen daily in the state of Maryland are deemed relatively minor in nature. Most people walk away from these car accidents sore, but overall in seemingly good shape -- so they think. What seems like insignificant injuries at first, however, can become significant over time, particularly soft tissue injuries.

A soft tissue injury is simply damage to a soft area on the body -- muscle, ligaments and tendons, primarily. The symptoms of this type of injury include bruising, soreness, pain, swelling and stiffness. Sprains and strains are common soft tissue injuries.

Aggressive driving sometimes behind trucking accidents

Truck drivers are on the road just about every day of their lives. As driving is their profession, one would think driving safely would be a top priority. Unfortunately, frustration may set in, and these drivers may drive aggressively, which often leads to trucking accidents. Those in Maryland who have been injured or lost loved ones in such events may be entitled to seek monetary damages through legal means. 

According to the AAA Foundation, aggressive driving is defined as deliberate unsafe driving. In other words, these actions are not done without thought or on accident. A few examples of aggressive driving include:

  • Tailgating
  • Driving over the speed limit
  • Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
  • Failing to signal when changing lanes
  • Blocking other vehicles
  • Forcing traffic to slow down
  • Cutting off other drivers

How common is distracted driving?

We all know that we should not engage in distracted driving. It is a practice that reduces the attention that we can pay to the road and it increases the risk of a collision. We should all do what we can to prevent and reduce instances of distracted driving.

If you have recently been affected by distracted driving, you should take the time to understand the basic facts surrounding it. Distracted driving is, unfortunately, very common, and it is, theoretically, preventable.

Man responsible for fatal car accident convicted of manslaughter

In Aug. 2018, two men were standing outside their car, which had become disabled, on Interstate 495 in Maryland. While figuring out what to do, they were struck by a vehicle. One of the men died, and the other was seriously hurt. Recently, the man responsible for this fatal car accident was convicted on a manslaughter charge. He stands to face well-over a decade behind bars. 

According to a recent report, the two men who were hit were on the northbound side of the interstate. They had stopped on the right shoulder. The driver who hit them -- a 32-year-old male -- was also traveling northbound on I-495, in the far right lane, when he crossed the line into the shoulder area and struck the victims. After the crash, he fled the scene. Police eventually located him at a gas station nearby. 

Should I file a workers' compensation claim?

Every year, numerous Maryland residents suffer job-related illnesses and/or injuries. Every year, many of these people question whether they should actually file for workers' compensation. Some worry that filing such claims could jeopardize their jobs. Others are not sure if they have all the information needed to claim such benefits successfully. If you are questioning whether you should pursue a workers' compensation claim, legal counsel can help you decide if filing is appropriate and, if it is, assist you in seeking maximum compensation for your losses. 

If you are worried that your employer will fire or punish you for seeking workers' comp benefits, don't be. If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, you are well within your rights to seek relief. If your employer retaliates after you file your claim, you do not have to sit back and take it. You may have legal recourse. 

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