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Before we dig into finding out “who’s at fault” after a wreck, let’s go over some myths you may have heard when sidewalk lawyers (those who got their “law degree” by watching CSI) try to determine liability in a car accident. Myth: Every time you are hit from behind, it’s the other car’s fault: Not…

If you haven’t noticed all the “Rookie Driver” stickers on cars, you’ve certainly noticed all the young drivers with obviously stressed adults in the passenger seat. It’s that time of year again, when the newest flock of motorists are hitting the road. Here are 7 driving safety tips to offer to keep them, and those…

September is here, bringing cooler nights, football, changing leaves, and school buses on every corner. Did you know that Maryland falls in the top ten states for school bus fatalities for students between the ages of 12 and 19? Many times, these accidents occur because an estimated one out of every five teenagers cross streets…

Here’s a sobering fact: tractor-trailer accidents result in nearly 500,000 non-fatal accidents and 4000 fatalities every year. It’s really not surprising that tractor-trailers, which are between 20 and 30 times heavier than average cars, are involved in so many accidents. After all, it’s estimated there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the US alone. Why…

In the aftermath of an accident, tensions and anxiety run high. You may not even be sure how the accident happened. Witness testimony is an important part of your insurance claim, but having a witness who isn’t credible can damage your claim far more than it will help you. What do we mean by credible,…

From the moment of impact, your life is changed forever. Motorcycle accidents are almost always more severe than car accidents, frequently resulting in serious injuries and, in a lot of cases, the loss of your bike. Motorist insurance will cover some of the costs, but keep one thing in mind: the insurance companies are not…

Nothing can take away the pain of losing a loved one, but the victim’s family members may be eligible to sue for damages relating to the loss. Wrongful death claims are the avenue for recouping all losses, financial and otherwise, related to the incident, vehicle accident, or motorcycle crash that led to the death of…

For motorcyclists, spring and the open roads are calling. Warm, dry weather should mean clear roads for bikers, right?  Surprisingly though, 63% of motorcyclist fatalities in 2019 occurred between May and September. Weather, it turns out, has less to do with accidents than you might think. Instead, studies suggest it’s the time of day you…

If you’re a motorcycle rider, warmer temperatures mean you’ll be able to take your bike out more often for longer periods of time. Take the time now while the weather is still transitional to do those all-important safety checks to ensure your motorcycle meets all the basic requirements. Brakes: The ability to stop your bike…

Most Marylanders didn’t see much snow last winter, but so far, 2021 has more than made up for that. The Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction of a wet, snowy winter for the mid-Atlantic region has been turned into a reality, especially in Frederick and western Maryland– bringing with it more challenges for drivers on the roads. Driving…

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 11,000 tire-related automobile crashes on our county’s network of roads and highways every year. You might be surprised at how little time it takes to keep up with good tire safety practices. Do a Regular “Walk-Around” There can be visible signs of problems…

The best time to learn about what to do in the event of an emergency is before it happens. Just as it’s not very effective to try to piece together what you have seen about doing CPR while you are with someone who has had a heart attack, neither does it make sense to try…

Since 1980, Frederick Health Hospice, formerly Hospice of Frederick County, has been caring for members of our community with life-limiting illnesses and their families, and comforting those who are grieving. Thanks to generous community support, Frederick Health Hospice is able to offer a wide range of services that are not reimbursed by insurance but that…

Some people consider tractor trailer trucks the bullies of the open road. If you’ve ever had one of these big rigs bear down on you while you’re driving up Route 15-North, you might agree. But upon closer examination, more often than not, accidents between tractor trailers and automobiles are the fault of the latter. In…

Vehicle accidents happen when you least expect them, and your commitment to driving carefully and responsibly does not insulate you from becoming the victim of one. It’s sad but true. In the worst cases, an accident on the road can cause death—yours, or a loved one’s. In a matter of moments, car accidents can also…

Maryland often enjoys warm weather through the fall, making it possible for us to find new ways to enjoy the outdoors — a welcome respite following the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Higher temperatures pose serious health concerns, however, for those who work outdoors, especially when personal protective equipment is requirement. Those…

In less than six months, COVID-19 has changed the way we operate within our society. In many ways, the ordinary things we used to do every day—like going to the grocery store or the dentist—have been fundamentally altered. Many attorneys believe that the laws that currently govern our society will need to change as well….

Workers compensation insurance exists because there is always the risk of an employee becoming ill or injured at work. Here’s how it works in simplest terms: in order to provide coverage and benefits to an employee in the event of an illness or injury “arising out of and occurring in the course of their employment”,…

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of life as we know it. Schools, businesses, factories—nearly all types of enterprises—have needed to either close or adapt significantly to comply with current recommendations to slow the spread of coronavirus. Because one does not need it every day, one aspect of U.S. infrastructure that has been…

It’s been 17 years since a severe acute respiratory virus (SARS) appeared in China. Within weeks, SARS spread to nearly 25 countries in Asia, South America, Europe, and North America, infecting 8,000 people and killing 800. Recently, a new SARS-like illness, COVID-19, caused by a novel coronavirus, has emerged. As of April 1, 2020, with…

Bicycles and motorcycles join cars and trucks on the road with no surrounding structure to protect their operators from injury. Therefore, it’s not surprising that cyclists are far more likely to suffer critical and fatal injuries on the road than passengers in vehicles. In fact, on average, motorcyclists are over 5 times more likely to…

True or false: Making a left turn is one of the most dangerous things a motorcyclist can do on the road. The answer may surprise you, but that’s true. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association, turning left is considered a “leading critical pre-crash event.” Statistics show that nearly 25 percent of all…

Self-driving vehicles are cars and trucks in which human drivers are never required to take control to safely operate the vehicle. Also called autonomous or driverless vehicles, they combine sensors and software to control, navigate, and drive the car or truck. And while it may seem like the technology literally driving these autonomous vehicles cars…

“Personal injury” is a legal term that refers to cases in which a person is sustains harm to their “body, mind or emotions” by another person or entity. Typical defendants in personal injury cases are accused of “carelessness or negligence rather than malice. Negligence occurs when an individual fails to exercise a reasonable standard of…

We are pleased to announce that Arthur Crum was recently certified as a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States, as membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, settlements and awards….

Let’s start at the beginning… For a case to be heard, you must have sustained an injury or sustained damage to your property as the result of wrongful or negligent actions by a third person or entity. Common cases include traffic accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, defective products, and medical malpractice. Unfortunately, these types of…

There are few things in life as rewarding as helping kids do something for the first time. Earlier this month, I had that pleasure at the Frederick County Bar Association’s 17th annual fishing derby at Culler Lake in Downtown Frederick, MD. I was one of 12 local attorneys who helped give about 40 kids in…

If you are in a car accident, and the accident was the fault of another driver, you may be able to receive compensation. After all, the accident was not your fault, and you should not be left to bear the financial burden that it has caused. With that said, you may not know what kind…

Car accidents happen far too often, and the first and most pressing concern after an accident is the well-being of those involved. Anyone needing medical attention should be cared for promptly, and other issues should be left for later. At some point, the conversation will turn to liability, and determining who is at fault for…

Unfortunately, auto accidents are quite common. From minor fender benders to major accidents on the interstate, cars are running into each other on a regular basis on roads across the country. It’s important to understand the various types of accidents, as this information could help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim…

When you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, it is not required to hire an attorney. You could proceed with the claim on your own, taking your chances with the system as it is. On the other hand, you may wish to hire an attorney in order to have some assistance along the way….

Motorcycling is an exciting activity – but there is a pretty steep learning curve to get started. If you have a desire to get started in the world of motorcycle riding, you are going to need to learn the basics in order to make your early experiences as enjoyable as possible. With this article, we…

If you read part one of this post, you already know that there are four standards which will typically need to be met in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The first requires that you are an employee of the business where you were working when you became injured or ill. The other…

Unfortunately, injuries on the job do occur from time to time. Even in companies where much is done to keep employees safe, accidents are just a part of life. So, if you have been injured on the job recently, you may be wondering whether or not you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits (also referred…

If you have already read the first part of this article, you have a basic understanding of what personal injury protection insurance is, and what it may cover. In this second part of the article, we are going to discuss some additional points which may be helpful as you look for a policy. Let’s get…

For the average driver, car insurance can be a little confusing. When you shop for a policy, you are going to encounter a variety of different terms, and you may not know what many of them mean. This can make purchasing an insurance policy far more stressful and complicated than it should have to be….

If you are involved in a workers comp case, you may be asked to attend an IME as part of the process. IME stands for ‘Independent Medical Review’, and it is meant to confirm the status of your condition. While that might not seem like a big deal at first, it is important to note…

When you take a job, you may assume that you are automatically covered by workers’ compensation. If you are injured during the course of performing that job, it would be easy to think that your medical costs along with some of your lost wages will be reimbursed by the workers’ comp system in Maryland. While…

In part one of this article, we covered two common types of motorcycle accidents, along with providing some basic tips on how they can be avoided. In this article, we are going to pick up where we left off. Let’s take a look at a few more types of motorcycle crashes. Lane Splitting This is…

If you are a motorcycle rider, you already know just how exhilarating the experience can be. When riding a motorcycle, you feel the road in a way that simply isn’t possible in a passenger car. You also get a great view of the world around you, and there is a wonderful sense of connection between…

There is never a good time to be in a car accident. Obviously, the goal is to stay safe and sound out on the roads, all year long. However, the holidays can be a particularly tough time for car accidents, for a couple reasons. First, there are more vehicles on the road as people go…

The Law Office of Arthur Crum is proud to have sponsored the 7th Annual Goose Hunt this past January, in Memory of Judge Herb Rollins and Donald R. Grossnickle. Each year, the Frederick County Bar Association assists with fundraising efforts through an auction and the goose hunt that benefits Hospice of Frederick County. Hospice of…

By definition, accidents are unpredictable. If you could see an accident coming, you would obviously take steps to avoid it from actually occurring. While you might be able to do some things that will reduce the overall likelihood that you are involved in an accident, there is nothing you can do to completely eliminate the…

When you consider filing a personal injury claim, you may be a little bit unclear as to what qualifies as ‘pain and suffering’. After all, this is a fairly vague term, especially on the suffering side of the ledger. What counts as suffering, and how does that suffering receive a dollar amount? This is tricky…

Nobody wants to be involved in an auto accident. There is the physical injury risk, of course, which is the first concern if you are involved in a crash. Then, once you work through your injuries, there is the financial side of the equation to deal with, as well. The experience of an auto accident…

The workers’ compensation system in the state of Maryland is extremely important for those who are in a position to need it. Workers’ compensation provides employees with protection when they are harmed on the job, as they may be able to collect things such as lost wages as well as medical treatment. Also, some will…

After you have been in a car accident, there are sure to be a lot of things running through your mind. First, of course, is your personal health, and the health of others involved. If you have been injured, then an finding an auto accident attorney may be added to your list of to-dos. Once…

It is always a good idea to do your best to avoid auto accidents, regardless of season. Not only are car and truck accidents extremely dangerous to your personal health, and to the health of your passengers and those in the other vehicle, but they are also expensive. Paying for repairs and increased insurance premiums…

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in your life, to say the least. While you certainly have plenty of emotional challenges to work through at this time, you may also need to think about legal action. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the loss of your loved one, a wrongful death suit…

If you have been injured in an accident, you need to look out for yourself first and foremost. That means taking the necessary steps to get yourself healthy, and it also means retaining a lawyer if legal action is appropriate. You should not have to suffer financial loss as the result of the action of…

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