A collision between a privately-owned vehicle and a Maryland Transmit Administration (MTA) bus sent 17 people to the hospital on the afternoon of May 20, 2017. According to MTA officials, the accident occurred at 3:54 p.m. at the intersection of St. Paul Street and East North Avenue in central Baltimore.
Two bus crashes made today's news.
After an individual has been involved in a collision or been the victim of some other incident where they have received personal injuries, it is normal for the injured person or his/her family to be contacted by an insurance company very soon afterwards. It is important to understand that these insurance representatives have adverse interests and are agents of a profit-motivated insurance company. It is common for the insurance adjusters to suggest that the injury victim not contact a lawyer and that people are better off dealing directly with the insurance company. This is all in an effort to try and get the injury victim to settle quickly for an inadequate amount. For the reasons stated below, it is strongly suggested that injury victims ignore any quick settlement offers or advice from adverse parties.
The result from a report by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has shown that headlights of many vehicles did not perform as well as expected. The IIHS is well known for crash-testing vehicles to evaluate how well passengers are protected in a collision. Headlight illuminations of 31 new 2016 midsized vehicles from various models were tested at dusk and night. According to the IIHS nearly 50 percent of all accidents occur during this time period. Overall 82 different headlight configurations were tested and more than half of the variations received a "poor" rating at best.
Toyota recalled nearly three million RAV4 sport utility vehicles worldwide. This recall includes 1.33 million units in North America, 625,000 in Europe, 434 in China, and 177,000 in Japan. Uncovering a defect in the rear seatbelts resulted in the automaker's recall. In the event of a frontal collision, the seatbelts could be damaged or completely severed, leaving passengers unprotected. The automaker said in an email that the lap-shoulder seatbelts in the vehicles' second-row seats could come into contact with the metal seat cushion frame causing it to cut off. "There is a possibility that, in the event of a high-speed frontal collision, the seatbelt webbing could contact a portion of the metal cushion frame, become cut and separate," stated the company. "If this occurs, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury to the occupant."
In a triumph of common sense over legal formalism, the Texas Supreme Court held for the first time that the owner of wrongfully destroyed property may recover damages for the loss of the use of that property. This decision brings Texas in line with the majority of jurisdictions that have rejected the traditional rule limiting the owners of totally destroyed property to a recovery only of the market value of the property.
According to the Department of Transportation, there was an average of 868 big rig crashes per day in 2012. This resulted in an average of 11 fatalities and 200 injuries every day. A 2006 Large Truck Crash Causation Study found that 13 percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers were found to be fatigued at the time of a serious crash..
In June 2014, a Walmart truck crashed into a limo carrying actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several others on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan was seriously injured in the crash, suffering a severe brain injury, broken nose, leg, and ribs. He is still recovering. Another passenger, James McNair, was killed in the collision.
On June 30th of last year, Dennis Montgomery, a sanitation worker in Longview, Texas, was working his usual route down Alpine Road. While he was working, a car driven by Susan Skinner slammed into the rear of the garbage truck, pinning Montgomery between Ms. Skinner's car and the sanitation truck. Emergency rescuers from the Longview Fire Department were forced to use air bags and the Jaws of Life to rescue Mr. Montgomery from between the vehicles. Upon searching Ms. Skinner's vehicle, police found open cans of beer and a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine.
According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, a Corpus Christi jury awarded $24 million last Friday to a woman that was catastrophically injured by a Coca-Cola driver that was using her cellphone at the time of the collision. Of the $24 million awarded, $14 million was allocated for actual damages (the damages to compensate the plaintiff for the terrible injuries she sustained - past and future medical bills, past and future loss of earning capacity, and past and future pain, impairment and disfigurement) and $10 million was allocated to punitive damages (those damages that are meant to deter such conduct in the future).