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Representation When You Become An Auto Accident Statistic

Don’t Become a Statistic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted its fiscal year 2016 budget request to Congress in early February 2015.  The profundities of the budgetary process notwithstanding, the 210-page document used motor vehicle accident figures to justify efforts to help the states to strengthen law enforcement and public policy in the area of highway safety.The NHTSA figures are from 2013, the most recent year for which annual data was available. “In 2013,” the agency writes, “the nation lost 32,719 people to motor vehicle crashes in highway crashes.  In addition to the human suffering caused by the tragedy of highway crashes, NHTSA estimates that in 2010, the total economic cost of motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. was $277 billion (Administrator’s comment says $871 billion).”

Young people are particularly victimized.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for those age 15 to 20 years old,” the administration reports.  “In 2013 in the U.S., 1,691 novice teen drivers died in the motor vehicle crashes.” Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia pull out all of the stops in legislation, public education and targeted traffic enforcement to curb the incidence of driving while impaired and distracted driving.  NHTSA figures contained in the agency’s budget request justify these sorts of initiatives.

Distracted Driving

We start with distracted driving.  In 2013, 3,154 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver. What may be even more alarming is that many motorists continue to drive while using electronic devices, thus violating the law and ignoring common sense. “Surveys indicate that most drivers are aware of the dangers of driving while talking on a cell phone or while texting,” according to the agency’s report to Congress.  “However, one survey found that two-thirds of drivers admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving last year, and 21 percent indicated that they had sent or read a text message while driving.” One might believe that younger drivers are the distracted drivers, taking into account the number of “novice” drivers involved in fatal crashes as a whole.  Nevertheless, the NHTSA says it just isn’t so.

“The youngest Americans are most at risk, but they are not alone,” the agency writes to lawmakers.  “At any given moment during the daylight hours, approximately 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.  People of all ages are using a variety of handheld devices, such as cell phones, mp3 players, personal digital assistants, and navigation devices, when they are behind the wheel.”

By now, every motorist should know about the dangers of driving while intoxicated or while otherwise impaired.  That said, the death toll for drunk-driving crashes nationwide is more than three times the figure for distracted driving.

“In 2013,” the agency explains, “there were 10,076 deaths in alcohol-impaired driving motor vehicle traffic crashes.  Additionally, according to the latest National Roadside Survey, 11 percent of daytime drivers and 15 percent of nighttime drivers test positive for drugs.  Enforcement of strong impaired driving laws has proven to reduce impaired driving and the resultant fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving crashes.”

Perhaps the public awareness campaigns and the escalated enforcement are working in Maryland.  The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that the number of fatal traffic fatalities in Maryland has declined from 643 in 2004 to 465 in 2013.

Protecting the Victims’ Interests

A decline in fatal accidents in Maryland is obviously a good thing.  But when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, encouraging figures neither alleviate your suffering nor ensure that justice is served. Here is where an experienced Maryland auto accident attorney is beneficial.  It is in the best interest of an auto accident victim to get in touch with one of our attorneys for a free consultation, to include an analysis of all of the legal options.

Someone injured in a motor vehicle accident can benefit from our advice on trustworthy health care professionals; our skill in dealing with insurance companies, who do not always protect the interests of the injured; and our successful track record in maximizing our clients’ compensation.

The family members of someone who died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that someone else caused need a Maryland auto accident attorney they can count on.  They can count on us.

Get in touch with us for a free consultation.  Our toll-free number is 1-888-540-2599.

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Kelly Kess Malone
Kelly Kess Malone
15:50 20 Nov 18
Very helpful paralegals and attorney assistants. Also informative on various types of cases. Reasonably priced for the work that they provide.
Brittany Peterson
Brittany Peterson
08:19 17 Nov 18
Had a very awesome experience fast settlements... Communication was a A+ ...Strongly recommend Mr.Katz. !!! Ms. Robin made me felt like family was always there when i needed her and when i had a question.
Yarnell Goodwin
Yarnell Goodwin
23:38 15 Nov 18
Got a little more settlement money than expected. Was provided great service and prompt responses. I greatly appreciate it!
Ashley Poole
Ashley Poole
01:05 08 Nov 18
Attorney Bob Katz and his staff are highly recommend. Customer Service was impeccable. Every phone call and email was responded to in a timely manner. Natalie Ulrich was very professional, helpful and thorough every step of the way, which resulted in a stress free experience. I will recommend this law firm to family and friends!
Tania Jefferson
Tania Jefferson
17:51 06 Nov 18
Customer service was A+. All questions were answered promptly and information was shared appropriately. Concerns were addressed and I was made aware of all updates on my case. I would whole heartedly recommend this firm.
edward Robinson
edward Robinson
03:00 06 Nov 18
I highly recommend Mr. Katz and his staff. They were friendly, compassionate and really showed they had their clients best interest at heart. There was never a time you called them they didn't respond or returned your calls and answer your questions.They took the worry, and stress and turn it into reassurance. They were diligent and just down right professional. My wife and I really thank God for allowing us to cross paths on a professional business experience. Ms. Rebecca Slatery is the most courteous, compassionate soul. We wish you all peace, love and blessings. Thank you for your service.
J JR
J JR
20:11 31 Oct 18
I decided to use this firm again for an accident I was involved in. As always they were professional and caring. Rebecca slattery was the paralegal assigned to my case and she was professional and kept me up to date with everything. I would recommend this firm to friends and family!
Cedric Jones
Cedric Jones
19:04 23 Oct 18
Erica Z is amazing with keeping you to date and staying communication with you during the entire process. Meghan Young was a wonderful lawyer made me feel extremely comfortable in the courtroom and she also fights for the best possible outcome for you..GREAT LAW FIRM
Nguyen Le
Nguyen Le
16:44 23 Oct 18
It was a great experience being taken care of by Rebecca Slattery and Meghan Young, they helped me resolve my case and were very courteous and professional. Highly recommend working with this law firm
Soun Gil
Soun Gil
21:35 17 Oct 18
Ms. Park helped me out through my whole accident process. She took her time with me and made sure I understood everything. I would recommend to her all of my friends if they were to get into any accident.
Yejin Chung
Yejin Chung
15:40 12 Oct 18
I highly recommend. My family’s experience with this office was great. Christina Franetovich was very helpful throughout the whole process, which made this experience less stressful. She responded to my questions immediately and made sure that I understood everything.
Claudette Pope
Claudette Pope
13:18 30 Aug 18
I was referred to Gordon & feindblatt in 2014 when my family was in an accident, Mr. Katz personally consulted with me by phone and he was very polite and professional, Mr. Carpuso, one of the litigation attorneys even came out to our home and went over our case with us, he made sure all of our needs was addressed and before he left our home that day I felt like we were old friends. that case was settled and I was very pleased, I have used this law firm twice since then and the results are always the same, I have nothing but great experiences with Gordon & Feindblatt the staff are courteous and professional and they get the job done but the one in particular that really stood out for me is Rebecca Slattery, she is truly a gem, she is so compassionate, she walked me through the entire process, she even checked up on me from time to time just to see how I was feeling and I really appreciated her kindness. I will use this law firm again and again for any future legal issue that may arise and I would highly recommend Gordon & Fiendblatt to friends, family and co-workers.
UniversalSniping
UniversalSniping
02:32 04 Aug 18
The lawyer who was initially handling my case parted ways with the company and I was assigned a new lawyer. This new lawyer was amazing! Christina Franetovich made me feel secure by double checking all the facts and notes in my case so that I was not worried during this transition. I was on disability from an a different accident while she was finalizing my case, and I had called and hounded her about the time frame of my settlement very frequently to the point that I felt guilty for calling so much. Christina was very sympathetic to my situation and assured me that she would do everything in her power to make sure the situation would be resolved quickly. She actually finalized my case before the time frame she had given me, was always very courteous and knowledgable on the phone, and I feel extremely lucky that she ended up handling my case because the previous lawyer was not as amazing with customer service as Christina. She also has a way of making you feel comfortable and builds incredible rapport quickly. I am going to highly recommend her to my friends and family. Thank you Christina!!!
Richard Hose
Richard Hose
02:26 27 Jun 18
On Feb 23, 2017 I was in a bad accident on the JFX. I had been rear end by another driver. Almost immediately I felt pressured by the other drivers insurance. Everything from wanting a recorded statement; to failing to acknowledge responsibility. No one would answer my questions, nor would anyone take responsibility. I was frustrated and overwhelmed with everyone from the towing company, to the repair shop, to the insurance company nightmare I just entered. I reached out to Attorney Robert Katz and I was assured they were here to help. He provided with some much needed information, and told me not to worry, Sarah his Paralegal would be in touch to help get things moving. Sarah reached out as expected and explained their process and walked me through what my expectations would be. She as well assured me they were here to help me navigate the obstacles. What Sarah really did was so much more than help. She took the stress and burden off my shoulders and assumed ownership for handling everything on my behalf. I knew what to expect, and I received regular updates throughout the entire process. Honestly, I received so much more than I anticipated. Some of the most frustrating items to chase after are medical records and hospital charges. While I was trying to recall events and timelines, she had already obtained my records and information. She made this process so painless. I truly cannot say enough about the exceptional service she provided. Many thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Richard Hose
Andrea Barajas
Andrea Barajas
15:13 16 May 18
My husband and I were in a car accident in August 2017. We contacted Bob Katz team for legal representation in our case. Kristen A. Turner was our paralegal and she was excellent. It took 9 months for us to receive our settlement and Kristen kept us updated throughout this entire process. She was very kind and patient as I happened to have several questions. She always answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I would highly recommend this firm and Kristen if you are in need of legal assistance.
TheOfficalCeeandDee
TheOfficalCeeandDee
15:24 09 Feb 18
My experience here was great. My lawyer Rebecca was so professional and I love her personality. She handled my case well and kept me updated and made the process easy and always made me feel comfortable to call whenever I needed to know anything.
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