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What About The Reckless Drivers Police Don’t Catch?

Posted on: January 12, 2015

The Maryland State Police and the police departments of Montgomery and Prince George Counties took stock of their traffic enforcement initiative launched during the last two months of 2014.  The police focused especially on weekend nights, including during the holiday season.

Here is what the agencies accomplished through Jan. 5, 2015, in a joint initiative centered on nabbing drunk/drugged drivers, distracted drivers, speeders, and those who failed to obey Maryland’s “move over” law.

  • 360 drunk/drugged driving arrests
  • 102 criminal arrests
  • 17 citations for selling/furnishing alcohol to a person under 21
  • 12 citations for a person under 21 in possession of alcohol
  • 330 traffic citations for speeding
  • 293 traffic citations for violation of the move over law
  • 15 traffic citations for cell phone use/texting while driving
  • 775 safety equipment repair orders
  • 7,322 traffic citations and warnings for other traffic offenses

“Police at all three departments,” state police said in a statement, “believe this cooperative effort has saved lives and helped remind motorists of the importance of traffic safety and increased safety in the Capital Beltway region for motorists and police officers, fire/EMS personnel, and tow service operators working on the roadside.  Similar efforts are expected in the future.”

An increase in drunk-driving crashes spurred the cooperative effort, including accidents that involved four state troopers who were struck in four weeks, all by suspected drunk drivers, according to state police.

The sheer percentage of crashes related to speeding and drunk driving may seem to necessitate the escalated enforcement.  There are still a lot of seatbelt law violators as well.  For instance, at last year’s Maryland Highway Safety Summit, representatives of numerous agencies came together to discuss their progress on minimizing traffic fatalities.  In a summary of the meeting, Col. Michael Kundrat, chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, “acknowledged that with 32 percent of fatalities being unbuckled, 32 percent involving alcohol and 28 percent involving speed we have a very long way to go.”

Invariably many of those careless people – who drive while impaired, distracted or otherwise determined to ignore the law – cause accidents.  What happens to the victims who survive the crash?

Many of the victims incur prohibitive medical expenses, miss time at work and thus lose wages, suffer from injuries that require lengthy, if not permanent, rehabilitation, and worry about how to ensure that the insurance claim covers every penny required to fully repair or replace the damaged vehicle.

Where to Turn

Simply put, the victim deserves fair compensation, and an experienced Maryland car accident lawyer can ensure that the victim receives it.

Someone involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver may be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical expenses, depletion of future earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses.  But the victim cannot expect the insurance company for the negligent driver to willfully pay the maximum claim for economic and non-economic damages.  For this reason, hiring a Maryland car accident attorney is a prudent move.

An experienced Maryland car accident lawyer specializes in investigating the circumstances of the accident, dealing with the insurance companies involved, and ensuring that some of the best appraisers and repair shops are brought into the process.

Moreover, a Maryland car accident attorney can direct the accident victim to trustworthy health care professionals.

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, get in touch with us for a free consultation.  Our toll-free number is 1-888-540-2599.

Justin Katz is a personal injury lawyer who represents injury victims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC
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