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Driver fails to control speed causing severe crash, injuring 12

Driving while under the influence is not only dangerous, but it can be a deadly decision for one to make. An impaired driver can cause accidents injuring or even killing themselves or other vehicle occupants. In a recent Maryland crash, such an event has reportedly happened. 

Maryland State police, county police, State Highway Administration and local volunteer fire company were called to the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on a past Saturday evening. A local stretch of highway was closed for nearly two hours as the result of a serious accident involving three vehicles. Supposedly, a driver traveling east failed to maintain its speed. This vehicle collided with a van, causing it to be propelled into a third car. Police believe the driver of the vehicle that caused this accident to have been impaired at the time the accident took place. 

5 must-follow holiday driving tips

With the holiday season in full swing, you will no doubt be on the roads dashing to stores and parties, along with so many others doing the same thing. While some people only travel locally, it's possible that you could be visiting friends or family hundreds of miles away.

When it comes to holiday driving, there are things you can do to maintain a high level of safety.

Driver's failure to halt at stop sign causes Maryland crash

Failing to stop at a stop sign is a very dangerous choice, not only for the driver and his or her passengers, but also for others in or near the roadway. Unfortunately, these road signs are often the scenes of many severe accidents. A recent Maryland crash was apparently caused by a driver's decision to speed through a stop sign, causing serious injury to an elderly couple.

On a recent Saturday, Maryland State Police were called to a multiple vehicle collision at the intersection of state routes 300 and 290 in Sudlersville. When troopers arrived, they found two profoundly beat-up vehicles. An elderly husband and his wife were found in the first vehicle, trapped and badly injured. The second vehicle, from out of state, was unoccupied. Witnesses say two males ran from the car and fled on foot before police had arrived. 

Failure to maintain lane causes Maryland head-on crash

Learning of any accident, no matter how severe, can leave a Maryland resident upset. Learning that a motorist caused a head-in crash by failing to stay in the correct lane is horrifying. Just such an incident has reportedly happened on a recent afternoon, killing one and severely injuring another.

Maryland State Police are investigating a motor vehicle accident that took place on a recent Saturday. Just after 1 p.m., a SUV traveling east on a local road in Westminster apparently crossed the double, yellow line and crashed into a pickup truck straight on. Due to the accident, the area was closed off to the public, allowing personnel to investigate and clean up the scene. 

Serious crash shuts down vital route in Ocean City for hours

The southern area of Maryland is home to many forms of wildlife that attract nature lovers and camping enthusiasts alike, especially the Assateague Island wildlife refuge. Because of its location, there are limited routes on and off the island, and when a serious crash occurs, it can result in visitors being stranded. One recent wreck halted traffic for hours while officials worked to assist the injured and clear the scene.

According to the police, the accident occurred in the early afternoon hours. A motorist, who was traveling south toward the island, purportedly failed to maintain his proper lane position. His vehicle veered over into the northern lanes and struck another vehicle. The force of the collision forced the first car back into the original lane.

Woman suffers serious injuries in crash between vehicle and bike

Ocean City, Maryland, sees a great influx of visitors every summer from all walks of life. As a result, the quiet streets in the off-season are transformed into heavily traveled thoroughfares when the tourist season is in full swing. Unfortunately, the congested roads come with an increased risk of being involved in a crash.

Recently, police responded to a scene of a collision between a bicyclist and a motor vehicle. While the details of the wreck were not released, they did state that the driver of the sports utility vehicle did not stop as required by law. The 21-year-old victim suffered critical injuries in the collision.

Car insurance claims: Do these things after an accident

There is nothing worse than the thought of being part of a car accident. You know that this can cause serious injury, along with damage to your vehicle.

Since you have a lot going on, it's only natural to want to rush through the process. While you should move forward as quickly as possible, you never want to get ahead of yourself.

No criminal charges for driver in commercial truck accident

Every day the media reports on horrific crashes that forever change the lives of the victims. If the wreck involves a large vehicle, then the aftermath often proves deadly. Recently, a Maryland prosecutor announced that a driver who was believed responsible for a fatal commercial truck accident will not face any criminal charges.

The wreck occurred in January of this year. It was purportedly triggered by a driver who was possibly not attentive enough to the braking of the vehicles in front of him. According to the police, a motorcade of buses carrying Maryland lawmakers was given the right-of-way at an interchange located at the Interstate 70 and I-270 location. Motorcycle officers were setting up rolling stops along the ramp in order to allow the buses to travel ahead of other motorists. A driver of a dump truck that was fully loaded purportedly failed to stop in time to prevent a collision.

Town hopes to reduce injuries caused by pedestrian accidents

Ocean City, Maryland, is a popular resort town that is known for its almost 2.5-mile-long wooden boardwalk that features shops, restaurants and a fair-sized amusement park at the end. However, it is also known for a high number of pedestrian accidents and the serious injuries that victims suffer. The town recently announced that it was taking steps to try and reduce these serious accidents.

Over a five-year period, from 2011 to 2016, officials reported 155 pedestrian accidents. Of that number, three involved fatalities. It is unknown how serious the injuries were for the majority of the victims, as those details were not included in the report. However, so far this season, the town has reported one fatal accident that involved a driver who was later charged with driving under the influence.

Studies show some technology may decrease serious car accidents

Americans have a strong love for freedom and independence, and one of the most prominent symbols of those ideals is the automobile. However, over time, these machines have also destroyed countless lives due to tragic and often preventable car accidents. Many Maryland families have had their lives forever changed in the aftermath of these horrifying collisions.

Recently, two studies were conducted that tested the efficiency of two new safety options on some vehicles. The studies focused on the optional lane and blind spot warning systems. The first safety feature alerts a driver when he or she begins to drift out of the established lane of travel. This warning system has shown to be effective in preventing side-swipe and head-on crashes.

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