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Who pays for damages caused by a car crash?

You do not have control over an accident; anything could happen out on the road. However, you could have some control over what happens after a car crash. Specifically, you could try to make sure that the responsible parties cover your expenses. There are many people or organizations you might approach to handle your bills and expenses in accordance with Maryland law.

In most cases, your insurance company would be the best place to start looking for some reimbursements. According to the Insurance Information Institute, your policy might even cover a rental car in the event that your vehicle is unfit for driving. 

Sleepy behind the wheel? Tips to combat drowsy driving

Driving is an activity that takes a person’s full and undivided attention. Everyone knows and worries about the dangers of drinking while driving and distracted driving, but what about another major threat to roadway safety in Maryland, drowsy driving?

This risk might sound miniscule to you, but in reality, there are drivers on the roads every day who are too fatigued to properly operate their vehicle. Drowsy driving is a problem with a potential solution, but it takes the efforts and mindfulness of many to combat the issue. To reduce the likelihood of experiencing a drowsy driving accident, consider some key reminders.

What is traumatic brain injury?

With winter just around the corner, many people in Maryland face an increased risk of slip and fall injuries due to icy roads and sidewalks. This can lead to the development of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can have devastating consequences or even result in loss of life. The Mayo Clinic offers the following information on TBI, including what symptoms to look for.

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Why has hand position when driving changed?

In the past, all driving students in Maryland were taught that to have the best control over steering, they should keep their hands at the 10:00 and 2:00 positions on the wheel. This was the standard for many years. However, as technology in vehicles has advanced, this rule has changed. According to NBC News, the new driving standard for hand position is to have hands at the 9:00 and 3:00 positions or the 8:00 and 4:00 positions.

There are a couple reasons for this, but the first is that this keeps hands, fingers and arms out of the path of the airbag. Airbag injuries are very common to these body parts if they are in the way of the mechanism when it deploys due to the high speed and pressure that is involved. In addition, hands in these positions also allow for better control and it is more comfortable position than the old 10:00 and 2:00 position. Finally, it makes it easier to turn, avoiding the need to cross arms or even move hands from the wheel, which also adds to the control you have when steering.

What are the dog liability laws in Maryland?

If you own a dog in Maryland, you are responsible for that dog and anything it does. There are specific laws about your liability and responsibility when it comes to dog ownership. According to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, one of your main duties is to ensure you dog is properly contained. This could include always keeping your pet on a leash when you are in public and making sure you have a proper fence or tie out for when the dog is outside on your own property.

If your dog is running free, it could be a legal problem for you. If it is unleashed, you could face a fine of $100 the first time it happened and be fined $500 for any other time it happens. In addition, if your dog is running loose, you could end up in a situation where it hurts someone else. If your dog is determined to be a dangerous animal because it has attacked or bitten someone, then you may have to meet very strict containment standards to avoid being fined or having your dog taken away.

How we can prevent texting and driving

The National Highway Safety Administration reports distracted driving accidents kill eight people every day, and injure more than 1,000. Though it is harder to measure how many of these crashes involve cell phone use, studies have shown an increase in texting and driving. Despite the increase in safety features and technology in cars, road fatalities per vehicle mile traveled are on the rise, and the rising number of technological distractions taking drivers' eyes off the road almost certainly impact this.

While many states have laws restricting cellphone use by new drivers, only 14 states prohibit the use of handheld devices while driving - no matter your age. Maryland, for instance, bans the use of cellphones while driving unless with a hands-free device. An exception to this, is if a 9-1-1 call is necessary.

Should you have a bounce house at your child's party?

If you are holding a party for your child, you want it to be fun and exciting. You may decide to rent a bounce house since they are so popular. However, before you do, it is a good idea to consider safety. If a child is hurt while on your property in Maryland, you could be liable, and bounce houses are notoriously dangerous.

According to, one of the leading causes for bounce house injuries is improper installation. If a bounce house is not proper installed, it can collapse, move or be picked up by the wind. This can lead to serious injuries. In addition, the nature of a bounce house also increases the risks of injuries from falls.

How long does it take to get a payout after an accident?

If you have been involved in an auto accident in Maryland, you may wonder when you will receive payment from the insurance claim. This is especially concerning when your vehicle was severely damaged and you cannot drive it until it is fixed or replaced. You may not have the money on your own to do it. Unfortunately, the insurance claims process often does not move too swiftly. According to, laws do regulate the process somewhat, ensuring that the insurance company does not drag out the process any longer than necessary. However, factors can affect how quickly a payout occurs.

Most insurance companies will try to move the claims process along quickly, especially if you need repairs. Claims are often paid within 30 days. Some insurance companies may have a network of approved repair centers where you can go to get your repairs done. The repair shop then works with the insurance company to get the bill paid. If the accident is straightforward without a legal battle or other issues, then you should not have to wait too long for your claim to be paid.

What are the risks of a swimming pool?

Warm weather means spending a lot of time in the water. Whether you have a backyard pool or visit the local one, this favorite summer pastime comes with many dangers. Water safety cannot be stressed enough, especially with younger children, but drowning is only one of the risks that come with swimming pool use. It is the other dangers that you and other parents in Maryland may not be aware of that could pose the most risk.

According to Medical Daily, swimming pool dangers include the risks of contracting something from the water. One of the biggest issues is fecal matter and urine that is commonly found when public pools are tested. This can expose you to many different diseases and the chemical treatment of the water may not kill them all before they invade your body. For example, Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling bacteria into the lungs.

Why seniors are more prone to falling

As a senior living in Maryland, you face elevated fall risks that make you more likely than those in the general population to fall and suffer a serious injury. As you age, you become increasingly prone to falling, and there are numerous factors that contribute to this rise. At Greenblatt & Veliev, LLC, we recognize that seniors often face heightened fall risks, and we have helped many people who suffered injury because of someone else’s negligence pursue appropriate recourse.

According to, one of the primary factors that make today’s seniors more at risk for slip-and-fall accidents is an overall decline in their levels of physical fitness. Most people tend to slow down over time in terms of physical activity, but this can lead to a decline in muscle and bone mass and diminished flexibility – all of which can make you more likely to fall.

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