Maryland Accidental Injuries and Deaths Report

June 15, 2012 by  
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About 56 out of every 100,000 Maryland residents will die due to an accidental injury or violence, according to the findings of a new report. However, researchers concluded that Maryland and other states could do more to reduce the risk of injury by passing injury prevention laws. Read more

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Deaths

May 30, 2012 by  
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According to a new report, the number of deaths caused by Maryland motorcycle accidents decreased last year, but state officials note that the differences between a crash that results in a fatality vs. non-fatal accidents can be very slight. Therefore, continued efforts to increase motorcycle safety and reduce the risk of all motorcycle accidents are important. Read more

“Click it or Ticket” Seat Belt Laws Reduce Auto Accident Injury, Death Rates

May 17, 2012 by  
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Next week kicks off the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign, designed to raise awareness about the importance of seat belts, as police make an increased effort to be on the lookout for drivers that are not buckling up. Read more

Auto Accident Head Trauma Risks for Teen Drivers

May 11, 2012 by  
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A new study by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance indicates that auto accidents cause more fatal head injuries for teens than any other types of events.

According to the report, “Miles to go: Monitoring Progress in Teen Driver Safety”, substantial progress is being made to reduce the risks associated with car accidents involving teen drivers. However, injuries sustained in accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens, with traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures following car crashes accounting for about 30% of the 55,000 serious injuries that occurred in 2009 and 2010.

Auto Accident Head TraumaResearchers determined that states with the most stringent driving laws had lower numbers of children who died in car crashes. States with loose driving laws had significantly more teen car accident deaths. Those laws often require the teen to have at least 50 hours of adult-supervised driving experience, limits the number of passengers a teen driver can carry, requires seat belt use and restricts the amount of driving that can be done at night.

The report also found that teens were more likely to adhere to seat belt laws in states with the strictest driving rules.

Overall, researchers saw improvements in teen driving safety over the last several years. From 2005 to 2010 the death rate among teen drivers dropped 46 percent, according to the report.

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Should Older Drivers Be Required to Obtain Physician Screenings?

April 26, 2012 by  
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As the “baby boom” generation grows older, there are an increasing number of senior citizens on the road, and some doctors are suggesting that older drivers should be required to establish that they are medically fit to drive, in an effort to reduce the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries from auto accidents. Read more

Auto Accident Deaths Spike on Tax Day

April 13, 2012 by  
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According to new research, drivers should be careful on Monday, as tax day is consistently the deadliest day of the year on roads throughout the United States, with more auto accident deaths than any other comparable day.

The study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), indicating that there was an average of 13 more road fatalities annually on the day income taxes are due in the United States than on any other day.

Researchers collected crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on tax day from 1980 to 2009.

They found a six percent spike in road fatalities that affected drivers, passengers and pedestrians. On a normal day around the same time of year, there were an average of 213 fatal crashes. However, on tax day the average rose to 226.

Although the data does not provide causes, the researchers speculate that the increase is a combination of the increased number of people on the road trying to file at the last minute, many of whom are stressed out. Some of that stress comes from waiting until the last minute, but in other cases it is possibly because tax filers waited until the last minute because they owe, often for the first time, and are worried about their tax situation.

The stress leads to distracted drivers, which leads to auto accidents which sometimes turn fatal, researchers said. While the study focused on fatal crashes, the researchers noted that they saw an increase in non-fatal accidents as well.

Although April 15 is typically tax day, this year tax day falls on April 17th due to the weekend, so be careful. While it is probably too late for advice like “file earlier”, hopefully with the increasing number of electronic filings, this increased risk of auto accidents on tax day will disappear in future years.

15 Passenger Van Rollover Risk Highlighted in NHTSA Safety Tips

April 3, 2012 by  
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Federal traffic safety officials have released a consumer advisory, providing a list of safety tips for those operating 15-passenger vans, which have been found to carry a particular risk for rollover accidents that can have tragic consequences. Read more

Maryland Accident Insurance Policy Limits Information

October 3, 2011 by  
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According to a new Maryland law that took effect October 1, insurance companies can now be required to disclose the policy limits of coverage provided as a result of a Maryland automobile accident prior to a lawsuit being filed. However, there are specific steps that a Maryland lawyer must take to obtain this policy limits information. Read more

Maryland Pedestrian Accidents:
Dangers of Texting and Mobile Phone Use

September 16, 2011 by  
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A new study suggests that using your iPhone, Droid or other mobile phone to listen to music or send out text messages while crossing the street may increase the risk of getting hit by a car and suffering a serious injury from a Maryland pedestrian accident. Read more

Police Making Effort to Reduce Maryland Auto Accident Injuries in August

August 11, 2011 by  
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Maryland law enforcement agencies are stepping up traffic enforcement patrols until Labor Day, from increased sobriety checkpoints to more aggressive enforcement of seat belt use. The additional efforts are being made in an attempt to reduce the number of Maryland auto accidents this month throughout the state. Read more

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