Main Navigation
Wilson & Parlett
301-952-1311
En EspaƱol

car accidents Archives

The dangers of elderly drivers

Driving requires profound concentration, good eyesight and quick reflexes. As people age, however, one’s ability to pay complete attention to the road declines somewhat. In some cases, people are no longer able to stop quickly for emergency situations, such as bad weather conditions, reckless drivers, objects in the road and other hazards.

How to spot the signs of a traumatic brain injury

Whether you have been in a catastrophic collision or a minor fender bender, you may suffer from serious injuries as a result of a car accident. One of the most common accident injuries is traumatic brain damage. In fact, traumatic brain damage is involved in approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 153 people lose their lives to brain injuries every day. Motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of traffic accident fatalities in the United States. While some signs of brain injury are obvious, there are others that are not. Many people may not know that they have a brain injury until days, weeks or even months after the accident occurs.

How to identify the signs of a drunk driver

Drunk drivers present a significant risk to you and other motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians on the road. In 2015 alone, approximately 290,000 people were injured and an additional 10,265 people were killed in accidents involving drunk drivers, according to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. In Maryland, and in many other states across the nation, anyone who has a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or higher is considered intoxicated and may be convicted of a DUI if pulled over by law enforcement. In order to protect you and your family members from these negligent drivers, you should be able to spot the signs of a drunk driver.

Teens die in Charles County accident, officer suspended

Young and inexperienced teenagers are often at greater risk for being involved in a deadly accident that other age groups. These beginning drivers simply lack the ability to make quick judgements based on driving experience. Whether the driver was drunk or distracted, or the accident was caused by a simple mistake, it is always a tragedy when young people lose their lives in motor vehicle collisions.

Cognitive distraction II: Technological distractions

The first cognitive distraction study published by AAA focused on determining whether hands-free cellular devices were any less distracting than hand-held cellphones. Surprisingly, the results showed that the hands-free cellphone was only slightly less distracting than the hand-held model. Interestingly enough, the task that measured highest on the distraction scale was the one involving the use of voice-activated technology. Using this information, another study was conducted to find out more about this technology and the cause of distraction to drivers.

Cognitive distraction: The safety of hands-free cellphones

Driver distraction leads to a significant number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths every year. In Maryland and in many other states in the country, using a hand-held device while behind the wheel is prohibited by law. In order to comply with the law and continue engaging in cellphone business, a number of drivers have started using hands-free devices. Although these cellphones are designed to be safer by eliminating visual and manual distractions, they still cause a significant amount of cognitive distraction, which can be just as dangerous.

Why driving at night may increase the risk of an accident

If you travel along Maryland roadways once the sun has set, you are not alone. Many people have errands and functions that require them to navigate the roads in the dark. What you may not know is that your risk of being involved in a fatal car accident is three times higher at night, according to the National Safety Council. At Wilson & Parlett, we know that driving in the dark can be deadly and believe the it is important for people to understand the dangers of nighttime driving.

How to get your vehicle winter ready

As the holidays approach, you may have put off getting your vehicle ready for winter. Many people in Maryland don’t realize how critical this step is in keeping you safe while driving and avoiding accidents on the road. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 22 percent of all motor vehicles accidents involve bad weather conditions, such as snow, fog, wind, rain, sleet or ice. Approximately 6,000 people lose their lives in weather-related accidents each year. When you winterize your car, you can help to reduce the likelihood of becoming involved in a catastrophic car accident.

Motorists should remain cautious of aggressive drivers

There is no question that motorists can get restless and anxious when made to wait in heavy traffic conditions, especially when they are in a rush to get somewhere. The fact is that aggressive drivers are responsible for a number of serious car accidents, injuries and deaths in Maryland and across the U.S. Not only should motorists be careful to not engage in any aggressive driving behaviors, but it is crucial that people be on the lookout for other reckless drivers in an attempt to avoid becoming victimized in a catastrophic car accident.

How the car of the future may be insured

The car of tomorrow may not have a steering wheel. As a matter of fact, it may not have a designated driver or passenger side; meaning that it would not have a brake pedal or accelerator. Yes, the driver-less car of the future would rely on advanced technology that is currently being featured in a number of 2017 models.

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Upper Marlboro Office
14513 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Toll Free: 877-727-5388
Phone: 301-952-1311
Fax: 301-952-9117
Upper Marlboro Law Office Map

College Park Office
7309 Baltimore Avenue
Suite 115
College Park, MD 20740

Phone: 301-952-8205
Map & Directions

Prince Frederick Office
85 Sherry Lane
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Phone: 410-535-5333
Map & Directions

Leonardtown Office
22835 Washington Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Phone: 301-475-3232
Map & Directions

Waldorf Office
2 Post Office Road
Waldorf, MD 20602

Phone: 301-843-4004
Waldorf Law Office Map

Annapolis Office
8 Loudon Lane
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-263-0606
Map & Directions

Review Us