Request for Jury Trial in Maryland Lawsuits May Be Raised to $15,000

April 15, 2010 by  
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Maryland voters will get the chance to decide in November whether to raise the minimum amount that must be at stake in a lawsuit for the parties to request a jury trial. Read more

Maryland Auto Accident Deaths Declined Last Year

April 14, 2010 by  
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Reflecting what appears to be a national trend, the Maryland Highway Administration is reporting that the preliminary number of fatal Maryland auto accidents dropped last year to the lowest number in several years.

Maryland Motor Vehicle AccidentAbout 550 people died on Maryland roads in 2009, according to state officials. That is down from 591 in 2008, and in 2007 there were 614 Maryland automobile accident deaths. The numbers have been trending downward, even as the number of Maryland drivers has increased.

Throughout the United States there has been a drop in fatal auto accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reporting that 33,963 traffic fatalities were reported across the U.S. in 2009, down 3,298 from 2008; a 9 percent drop.

Some experts attribute the decline in traffic accident deaths, the lowest in 55 years, to the economic recession. As Americans have less money to spend, they drive fewer miles, putting themselves collectively at less risk of getting into a traffic accident. Before 2008, when most believe the economy bottomed out, the number of traffic deaths regularly surpassed 40,000.

However, there may be a number of other factors involved, from laws to technology.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Passes: Will Reduce Risk of an Auto Accident Injury in Maryland

April 12, 2010 by  
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Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to sign a Maryland cell phone ban passed last week by the state legislature, making it a crime to talk on hand held cell phones while driving. The legislation is another step forward in making our roads safer and reducing the number of automobile accidents in Maryland. Read more

Maryland Pain and Suffering Damage Cap Reviewed by Court of Appeals

April 6, 2010 by  
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The Maryland Court of Appeals is currently considering a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Maryland pain and suffering damage cap. The cap places an artificial and often harsh limit on the amount of non-economic damages a court can award in medical malpractice lawsuits, auto accident lawsuits, truck accident lawsuits or other personal injury claims. Read more