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Magic show accused of failure to provide safe premise

David Copperfield is a popular magician, impressing audiences in Maryland all over the world with his tricks and illusions. In some of his shows, he picks volunteers from the audience to be a part of his performance. Unfortunately, one tourist who was a part of a show was injured during the process. Because the man feels that the parties involved in the show are responsible for a failure to provide safe premise, he has filed a personal injury lawsuit.

During the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a British audience member was picked to be a part of Copperfield's disappearing act. The audience member would disappear off the stage and would reappear in the back of the theater as part of the trick. Because the man would not really disappear, he was routed secretly through the theater through what he claimed to be a rushed, dark and chaotic environment. Just before he reached the re-entry to the theater, he fell and was injured.

Maryland car accidents: Morning commute turned tragic

A Monday morning commute in Maryland can be stressful. Unfortunately, some commutes are cut short by unfortunate and tragic car accidents. Sadly, two people recently suffered serious injuries following a collision, resulting in one death.

Due to the continued investigation and collision reconstruction, some details are not yet clear. It is believed that the 36-year-old driver, a woman, had stopped and was beginning to cross westbound traffic lanes when the accident occurred. The other driver was traveling in one of the westbound lanes and was struck by the car crossing the traffic lanes. 

Is an ignition interlock device in your future?

As the weather warms up, more Maryland residents will be enjoying outdoor activities like trips to the river and barbeques. Some of these events will include alcohol and could result in attendees drinking and driving.

It's important to remember that, even if you don't feel like you're impaired, it's never a good idea to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking. If you are pulled over and arrested for DUI or DWI, you could face serious penalties including fines, imprisonment and having your driver's license suspended or revoked.

Young man's crash into guardrail results in death

Guardrails protect motorists along many Maryland roadways. Although they are designed to help prevent tragedy when a vehicle crashes into a guardrail, some people across the country are claiming that one manufacturer's design is causing more harm than good for those that crash into them. One mother has written to Governor Larry Hogan removal of the guardrails that may have had an impact on her son's death.

The mother's 18-year-old son was traveling to work when his tragic accident occurred. He had recently become a U.S. Marine and was headed to the recruitment office when he veered off the road and crashed into an X-LITE guardrail. The accident investigation is pending, and it is not clear why he drifted into the guardrail. The investigation has also not concluded if the X-LITE guardrail had an impact on the young man's death.

Broken and defective sidewalks can result in serious injuries

It is natural for tree roots, erosion, drainage issues and other natural elements to result in a breakdown of sidewalks, roads and other concrete walking paths over time. Although it is expected to occur, property owners are responsible for maintaining their property and promoting the safety of anyone who enters the property. Maryland residents who have suffered injuries due to an unkempt walkway may be interested to learn one woman's ordeal in another state following an unfortunate fall. 

While celebrating New Year's Eve, the woman was being carried on the back of another person when her accident occurred. She claims that some defects in the sidewalk resulted in the man carrying her to stumble. The woman fell and hit her head on the concrete, suffering injuries.

Truck driver error may have resulted in Maryland pileup

There is often a stereotype that tractor-trailer drivers are aggressive drivers and act as if they own the road. Unfortunately, the stereotype exists because of too many accidents that occur because of a truck driver error. Recently, multiple Maryland drivers were impacted by a massive pileup that appears to have resulted from a swerving tractor-trailer.

Reportedly, an unmarked white tractor-trailer swerved into the lane and path of another driver. Authorities suspect that the driver's need to slam on the breaks to avoid a collision with the truck is what may have begun the multi-vehicle collision. The truck kept on driving but left a massive mess in its wake.

Collisions: Drug use may have resulted in woman's death

Impaired judgment and reaction time is the main reason that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. Unfortunately, alcohol and other drugs often impair the judgment of drivers who should refrain from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle in the first place. Sadly, tragic collisions occur in Maryland all too often due to the negligence of an impaired driver. One driver's substance use prior to driving may have resulted in a recent woman's death.

The 27-year-old man had more than one passenger in his sedan and was reportedly speeding down the road just prior to the accident. At some point, he crossed into the other lane and hit the side of another sedan, resulting in a horrific collision. The other sedan contained an 81-year-old female driver. A total of six people were injured in the collision.

Commercial truck accident in Maryland destroys home

As people wake up and begin to process their day, most would attest that they do not anticipate a trip to a hospital. In addition, most people feel safe within their home and cannot imagine the possibility off being a part of a horrific accident while in their home. A recent Maryland commercial truck accident surprised a family and left unsuspecting individuals in their home in need of medical care.      

The accident occurred early on a recent morning when many individuals are just getting started in their day. The details of what proceeded are unclear, but the accident occurred after a tractor-trailer traveled through a roundabout. Apparently, the truck veered off of the road and crashed into the house containing two adults and two children.

Exhaustion is a common factor in commercial truck crashes

Most people understand that alcohol and drugs can impact driving. Distraction has also been the focus of much attention in recent years, especially with the rise of texting and driving. One other serious risk factor that too often gets overlooked is driving while exhausted or fatigued, also called drowsy driving.

Drowsy driving is dangerous when anyone on the road does it. When someone operating a massive commercial vehicle engages in the practice, however, it becomes particularly dangerous. Commercial drivers being too tired to react or missing critical information while at the wheel could result in severe injury or even death for other people in the road. After all, all your safety efforts around trucks won't matter if the driver is negligent or asleep.

Woman may have died in drunk driving accident

When a motor vehicle accident occurs, a presumed negligent driver may be most concerned about his or her liability in regard to any other motor vehicles involved and any injuries suffered by its occupants. Some may not understand that negligence on their part can also result in liability for any resulting injuries of the occupants in the vehicle they operated. A recent Maryland fatality may be the result of a drunk driving accident.

The 20-year-old woman who died in the accident was a passenger in the vehicle operated by a 23-year-old driver. In an attempt to cross a highway, the driver slammed into another vehicle on the passenger side. It has not been reported if the other driver suffered any injuries as a result of the collision.

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