- 2006 to 2007 Jeep Commanders
- 2005 to 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Chrysler Town and Country minivans
- Dodge Journey crossovers
- Remove all other keys or times form the key ring containing the ignition key to reduce pressure on the switch mechanism.
- Avoid hitting or pressuring the ignition with your knees or anything else.
The choice to drink and drive continues to haunt us and contribute to tens of thousands of car crashes. Research by our Baltimore personal injury attorney shows that the National Highway Transportation Administration reported over 10,000 people died as a result of alcohol impaired driving. This amounted to 31% of all car accident related deaths.As you may suspect, the highest percentage of drunk driving accidents occur between midnight and six in the morning. Of the 10,000 fatalities, over 5700 of those were people ages 21-44. According to the report, drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 higher resulted in over 600 pedestrian deaths. You may have heard of the recent fatal hit and run of a Goucher college student where the driver was charged with a DUI as reported by CBS Baltimore. As you can see, drunk driving accidents are often fatal and when not result ins significant injuries. Victims of drunk drivers have the right to fight back. If you or your family members has been the victim of a drunk driving accident call me, your Baltimore drunk driving accident victim attorney today at 410-849-9529. Alcohol's Impact on the Brain The National Institute of Health reports that impairment impacts the following things that are essential to the safe operation of a vehicle.
- driver's ability to divide attention between two or more sources of visual information
- eye movements
- glare resistance
- visual perception
- reaction time
- steering tasks
- information processing
Fatigued driving has been in the news lately due to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart Truck driver. According to news reports reviewed by our Maryland personal injury lawyer, the driver is alleged to have being awake for more than 24 hours. The driver failed to see the traffic in front of him slow down and crashed into the the car in front o f him triggering a pile up.
The scary fact is that life and poor choices have led you or someone you know to drive while fatigued or sleepy. As evidenced by the accident above, the consequences can be fatal.
According to the Maryland Highway Safety Plan for 2012, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Analysis found that drivers age 16-24 are more likely to be involved in driving drowsy accidents than any other age group.
Fatigued or drowsy driving occurs during late-night hours.
Drowsy driving is likely to occur due to:
Driving between midnight and 6 a.m. - Natural sleep pattern dictates that most of us are likely to be asleep during these hours so one is likely to fatigued or drowsy during these hours than any other time.
driving for longer times without taking a break.
Use of sedatives
Alcohol consumption – in addition to the obvious impairment that may occur with alcohol it exacerbates the effects of lack of sleep or fatigue.
Drowsy Driving Impact
According reports by National Highway Safety Transpiration Administration (NHTSA) reviewed by our Maryland personal injury attorney there are
71,000 injuries due to drowsy driving
Over 100.000 accidents are attributed to drowsy driving
The issue is serious enough that Maryland has a Drowsy Driving Prevention Driving week in an effort to education the public of the causes and dangers.
How to Avoid Drowsy or Fatigued Driving
When a driver becomes drowsy, the most obvious behavioral step for avoiding a crash is to stop driving and sleep for an extended period.
Napping - Taking a break for a short nap (about 15 to 20 minutes)
Caffeine -Caffeine can improves alertness in sleepy people
Avoid traveling at times when you would normally be asleep
Take regular breaks at intervals of 2 hours or every 100 miles
Drive with a passenger to keep you company and watch out for when you start to show signs of fatigue
The potential outcomes of fatigued or drowsy driving should be enough to encourage anyone not to do it. Not only are you putting your life at risk but also of those around you. Exercise caution when you are just going down the road or going out-of-state.
Are you a victim of a fatigued driving accident?
Have you been injured in an accident that you suspect was cause by the other party's fatigue or drowsy driving? I can help you as I have other victims of automobile accidents in Maryland.
Call 1-410-849-9529right now to discuss your case with an experienced Maryland accident lawyer. I guarantee personal service and I offer a free consultation. Remember you don't owe a fee unless I recover money in your case. Do not miss the deadline to file your claim. Call Now!
We have all seen that certain car insurance commercial talking about 'humans'. As a Baltimore personal injury attorney, I can tell you that it has a lot of truth in it. Just look around you. How many people do you see doing crazy things on the road? We are our own worst enemy when it comes to car accidents. It is no surprise that avoidable mistakes are a factor or a cause in most auto accidents. This means that one or more drivers involved in a car crash was doing something that he or she should not have been doing. As a Baltimore car accident lawyer, here are some of the common reasons that I see often as causes of or factors in car accidents.TAILGATING We all remember the driving ed lessons from when we receive our learners permits. One of those lessons is do not drive too close to the vehicle in front of you. By keeping a safe distance you allow yourself the time to apply your brakes should the other vehicle make sudden movements. You should be even more careful when the road conditions are less than optimum such as when we have snow, ice or rain. You are likely to have less traction and control of your vehicle in those conditions which means you need more time and distance to bring your vehicle to a safe stop. As your Baltimore accident lawyer, I advice you to stay back and stay safe. SPEEDING
Schedules are tight all around. Between work and home life, we seemingly have less and less time to do everything we need to. At least some of us act that way, running from one thing to the next. Maybe we are just a little impatient . Pushing the speed limit becomes the norm. Unfortunately, the consequences of speeding can be pretty disastrous. On a bad day you may get a ticket with points. But things can get a whole lot worse if you cause an accident and seriously injure someone else! Time to slow down. It's cliché but look at the man or woman in the mirror and if you like him or her you should slow down!DISTRACTED DRIVING
In the age of phablets with the screens the size of flat screen tvs its a surprise anyone gets home safe! We have all seen people texting the whole way through a drive. Taking your eyes of the road robs you the ability to absorb what is happening and adjust your driving accordingly. As a result, your reaction time is slower or you are likely to notice the stop in the flow of traffic just a second too late to be able to safely stop your vehicle. Take it from me, a Baltimore injury lawyer who has seen and read about all manners of accidents, it really can wait.BUZZED DRIVING, DRIVING AFTER CONSUMING ALCOHOL
Buzzed driving is drunk driving. There is ample sceience despite youthful exuberance that even a small amount of alcohol impairs your reaction time. I once read a study that explained that the reaction time is impacted most if something out of the ordinary happens on the road. Threfore, a buzzed driver who experiences no sudden adverse effects like cars come to a sudden halt, a deer running in front of the car or a pedestrian darting on to the road will not get tested. But if one of these types of events occurs the drivers ability to react is diminished by even small amounts of alcohol.
Then there are those folks who have consumed so much alcohol that they cannot be expected to safely operate a vehicle. Research by our Baltimore personal injury lawyer reveal that according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration drunk driving results in more fatalities from car accidents than anything else .
It is understandably that between work and kids we have to juggle a million things. But it is better to get home in one piece than not getting home at all. As your Maryland personal injury attorney, I advocate that you use safe driving habits and hopefully your fellow drivers will also do the same so we can all get home safe.
Types of Personal InjuryI work with victims of serious personal injury in Baltimore such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
Broken or bruised bones
- Spinal cord injury
Serious injures have long-term consequences over and above medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. You deserve the best representation on your side. The insurance companies spare no expense in diminishing the value of your claim. You need to be prepared to successfully bring your claim. As your Baltimore personal injury attorney, I work with you to understand your claim and the best way to get the compensation you deserve.
For a free no obligation consultation call 410-49-9529.
These models were recalled for the faulty ignition switch that is linked to at least 13 deaths. Baltimore personal injury lawyer review of recent news bulletin reveals that vehicles included in this latest recall include the
1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu,
1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique
1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
Other Recalls unrelated to the Ignition Issues
2007-11 Chevrolet Silverado HD (electrical issues)
2005-07 Buick Rainier (faulty driver door).
For more go to Forbes