June 2009 Archives

Back Injury Settlements

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Missouri Lawyers Weekly verdicts and settlements database found that the median plaintiff's verdict award for motor vehicle cases that involved back injuries is $212,500.

For all car, truck and motorcycle accident injury cases . the median award is $300,000. These are median numbers; the average back injury settlement/verdict is almost invariably higher than the median.

What do these numbers say? Not much. But it is still interesting data.

If you have suffered a serious back injury in a Maryland auto accident, call one of our Maryland car collision lawyer at 800-553-8082

Maryland Seat Belt Law

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Kansas.com links to a post from Lawrence Journal-World about Kansas' seat belt law. Drivers who are not wearing seat belts can get a ticket only if they are involved in a auto accident pulled over for some other reason.

Maryland's seat belt law does allow for primary enforcement.  Maryland police can give a ticket solely for failing to wear a seat belt (it did not start out that way).  But the fine is only $25.  Another good law that needs a little more teeth.

Two other notes of interest about Maryland seat belt law.  First,  it is not contributory negligence not to wear your seat belt even though it is a misdemeanor crime (and pretty stupid).

 Second, which is purely an interesting, historical vehicles are exempt for seat belt laws.  So if you are going old school, feel free to take your life in your own (or the driver across the double yellow lines) hands.