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Maryland crash between van and truck results in 12 injured

Safety while driving can often be taken for granted because driving is essential for the daily activities of many Maryland residents. Cell phones, children, signs along the road and other drivers can often distract drivers from maintaining safety at all times. One recent two-vehicle crash has resulted in injuries for 12 people.

The accident occurred on U.S. 15 between a pickup truck and a 15-person passenger van. The van was traveling north and the pickup driver was traveling southbound when the driver swerved and collided with the van. Accident investigators have not confirmed the pickup driver's account of actions prior to the collision but took photos and measured tire tracks to add to the evidence.

Maryland head-on crash injures 6 individuals

A motor vehicle crash can change lives in an instant. Victims of car accidents usually are unaware of the changes in the quality of life that may be experienced following a collision. Not only are collisions an unfortunate inconvenience, but they can result in property damage, injury and/or death. The cost of medical treatment may result in short or long-term financial stress. Several injured individuals in Maryland have been recently plunged into the stressful aftermath of an unfortunate head-on crash.

The two vehicles that were involved in the collision were traveling in opposite directions on a Maryland road when the collision occurred. For unknown reasons, the car crossed over the median and crashed into the pickup truck in the opposite lane. Everyone suffered injuries, and authorities have not determined if charges will be filed.

Can I challenge breathalyzer results?

Receiving DUI charges after failing a breathalyzer test is a difficult experience, especially if it is your first time receiving these charges. Many suspects in this situation shrug and assume that they have no useful legal options because of the strength of breathalyzer evidence. However, this type of evidence is not always as infallible as it may seem in movies or on television.

If you recently received DUI charges, remain calm and consider your options carefully. Whatever you choose to do moving forward, you should attempt to build a legal defense. Without some kind of defense, you have very little hope of dismissing the charges against you or lessening the punishment if convicted.

Can safer roads prevent pedestrian injuries and death?

Pedestrian safety is a major concern in Maryland communities. Many communities promote walking for daily activities and other communities consist of lower income demographics that may have no other choice but to walk throughout their community. Data indicating significant pedestrian deaths and injuries as a result of accidents have led some to question the safety of Maryland state roads.

Pedestrian safety advocates feel that the Maryland State Highway Administration is ignoring the dangers in several problem areas and failing to act quickly. Advocates say that one roadway, in particular, has had 138 reported pedestrian accidents within a two-mile stretch of the roadway -- University Boulevard in Langley Park -- in a five year time period. Out of the 138 accidents, eight deaths have occurred. Another busy state road (Georgia Avenue in Baltimore) has had 22 reported pedestrian accidents in the last two years.

Mother sues school for failure to provide safe premises for son

Many Maryland parents are thankful for the access to and education from the public school system and the services it provides. Trusting children to the care and management of teachers and administration can sometimes be difficult. Parents expect safety measures to protect children from any unnecessary danger and to be provided at all times. One mother in another state has accused the school her son attends of failure to provide safe premises, and she has filed a slip-and-fall accident lawsuit against the public school.

The lawsuit claims that the school failed to remove an unknown liquid from the bathroom floor. Because no notification was placed in the area of the slippery floor, the woman's son slipped and fell. The boy's mother claims that he suffered a serious injury.

Maryland man killed in drunk driving accident

Despite well-documented research and media outlets recounting sad tragedies, drivers continue to drive impaired on a daily basis. Fortunately, some may never harm another person, but the choice often does result in serious injuries or death of anyone involved in a drunk driving accident. Recently, a Maryland community was shocked and saddened by the loss of a man after he was struck by an impaired driver.

A 24-year-old man was apparently attempting to turn left into northbound traffic when he crashed into the victim who was traveling southbound. The 56-year-old victim was riding on his scooter when the accident occurred. The victim suffered serious injuries and did not survive despite attempted medical intervention.

Car accidents: Off-duty officer killed protecting crash victim

In recent years, the reputation of law enforcement has suffered throughout the United States. Despite the negative media, most law enforcement officers are considered heroes for risking their lives every day to protect and serve their communities. One Maryland off-duty officer recently displayed heroism when he stopped to assist a crash victim. Unfortunately, it was the first of three car accidents, and he was sadly killed in the process. 

The 33-year-old officer stopped to assist an FBI Supervisory Special Agent who had crashed his vehicle. The officer used his own vehicle to attempt to protect the agent's car and to alert other vehicles of the crash. The men were apparently concerned for their safety and moved to the shoulder of the interstate. 

Crushing injuries: Toxins make these injuries life threatening

In a crash, one kind of injury a person could suffer is a crushing injury. A crushing injury is bad enough as it is, but there are also life-threatening complications of crushing injuries that patients face once they're freed from the weight of an object.

Crushing injuries damage muscles, bones, tissues and ligaments. On top of that, they cause the muscles to release toxins, which could put your life at risk.

Television excutive suffers broken bones at Emmys

People in Maryland often enjoy viewing Hollywood award shows such as the Emmys and Oscars which are usually full of glitz and glamor and attended by some of  Hollywood's elite. Unfortunately, for one television executive, the 2016 Emmys resulted in her being hospitalized with broken bones. She has recently filed a lawsuit against several organizations for their alleged negligence that she claims resulted in her fall. 

Nancy Lesser is a successful Executive Vice President of HBO for media and talent. She attended the 2016 Emmys and was headed to a nearby ball that followed the show when the accident occurred. She states that there were some cutouts in the concrete that they were forced to walk on that could not be seen due to poor lighting and the large number of people that were directed by Emmy management to walk in the direction of the ball. She claims that the cut out resulted in a fall that caused her to land on her hip.

Commercial truck accident: Driver sentenced to probation

All too often, Maryland authorities have to inform families of a loved one's tragic death. The deaths are typically the result of a fatal motor vehicle or commercial truck accident. One Maryland family has had the unfortunate experience of dealing with the aftermath of a fatal collision after the death of their loved one.

A 44-year-old female woman was driving a sedan when a trash truck collided with her vehicle, causing her death. Apparently, the trucker was charged with negligent manslaughter following the accident investigation. Earlier this month he pleaded guilty in criminal court. If the man violates any of the conditions of his five-year probation, he could spend up to three years in prison. His probation includes random urine drug tests as well as mental evaluation and treatment.

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