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Travel With Care On I-95

By Alpert Schreyer on October 20, 2015

Maryland Truck AccidentI-95 is one of the oldest routes in the Interstate Highway System (IHS) and is the longest north/south interstate highway. Although it is the 6th longest highway (several east/west highways are longer) I-95 passes through more states than any other with a total of 15. I-90. which runs from Boston, MA to Seattle, WA is second with 13 states served.

I-95 is known as one of the busiest and most congested interstate corridors in the country and arguably the busiest on the east coast, which creates more opportunities for car accidents.

Just this past weekend, major accidents were reported from Palm Beach in South Florida to Daytona Beach, SC to Fayetteville, NC to New York State. Road work is almost always happening somewhere on this route, resulting in traffic pattern shifts like what is occurring in the New Rochelle, NY area.

If you are travelling for vacation or work or your daily commute puts you on I-95, stay updated on your local traffic and road repair/construction conditions through your local radio stations or websites like You can also download an iTunes app, which is also provided by NavBug. Use these resources to better prepare you for delays or to plan alternate routes to save time and provide safer travelling.

If you find yourself injured in an automobile accident and don’t know what to do, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer to find out what your rights are and to receive the most beneficial compensation for which you are entitled.

Halloween Safety: Are Your Decorations A Safety Hazard?

By Alpert Schreyer on October 8, 2015


Halloween is a great time of year where everyone can dress up as his or her heroes or as creatures of the night. You will want to keep your family of little ghouls safe while carving pumpkins, sorting candy, and running amok through the streets. Here are a few tips so you and your family can have fun this year.

DIY Halloween may be a safer Halloween

Halloween costumes and decorations are often made of inexpensive and highly flammable materials and fabrics. Though it may be easier to pick up a costume for your child in a pinch, if you can you should try to make one for them. This means the costume will fit them better (reducing the possibility of sagging fabric that could trip them or dip into a candle flame) and they will be made of more hearty fabrics (cotton, wool, etc.) that will be less likely to fall apart throughout the night.

Store-bought decorations have a similar hazard. They are often made of plastic and other highly flammable materials that can cause damage to your home or injury. Creating your own decorations can be safer (if they are made of organic materials) and may be a fun activity for the whole family. Here are a few neat projects for safe Halloween decorations and costumes!

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Invest in Surge Protectors

Surge protectors can be great for electric decorations. They give you plenty of places to plug in, easy to turn on and off, and don’t end up taking over your house. When you’re decorating try to keep all cords, wires, and decorations away from walkways, sidewalks, and rooms that will be crowded so no one will trip or get shocked. Though everyone likes a good jolt, it should be by a spooky ghost jumping out in a corn maze or plunging your hand into a bowl of peeled grapes – I mean eyeballs!

Go Through your Decorations

Before setting every bat, broom, and boiling cauldron you should look over wires, sockets, batteries, and lights before plugging them in or setting them up. That way there will be little chance of injury or damage to your home. Even though vintage decorations can be a beautiful way to celebrate the season, they won’t be as much fun if they shock you or harm your family or home.

If you have been injured or there is damage to your home from decorations or costuming, be sure to contact DCMD Law.

What Exactly IS Whiplash? What Should I Do If I Have It?

By Alpert Schreyer on October 1, 2015

DCMD - WhiplashWhat Exactly IS Whiplash?

Whiplash is often caused by a rear-end collision but can also be from physical abuse or over-exertion in sports. The injury is strain and pain caused from a rapid back-and-forth motion of the neck. Symptoms include neck and back pain, severe headaches, and even nerve damage. There are several treatments for whiplash that can alleviate pain and prevent long-term effects.

If you have been in an accident that has caused whiplash there are a few things you should do to ensure you heal completely and you are compensated properly.

Talk to your doctor

Once you’ve been diagnosed you should find out your options. There are several ways you can alleviate pain from whiplash and you should choose with your physician what is best for you. This may mean physical therapy so there are little to no long term affects from the injury, prescription pain medicine while you treat your injury and even holistic treatments such as massage and yoga.

You may also want to use a combination of several treatments in your path to recovery. This will ensure the long-term benefits you will need and a healthier approach to treating your injury.

Talk to your lawyer

If you have sustained whiplash from an accident you will want to discuss possible compensation with your lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you through the legal process and determine if you are owed compensation for hospital bills, car repairs, and other possible reparations. Without legal aid you may be forced to pay for everything without any help from those at fault or your insurance company. Be sure you are properly represented to avoid unnecessary stress during an already taxing time.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, and have whiplash or neck strain, do not panic. With proper legal representation you will be able to seek the compensation necessary to pay for medical expenses, car repairs, and long-term treatment for your injuries. Contact our knowledgeable and experienced legal team today to find out how we can help you receive the aid you need so you can move forward with your recovery and your life.

5 Common Causes of Distracted Driving

By Alpert Schreyer on September 29, 2015

causes of distracted drivingBe aware of distracted drivers to avoid disaster.

Distracted driving has become more of a constant danger on the road, what with the advent of GPS’s and smartphones. To drive safely throughout your day you need to recognize the signs of distracted driving and handle them properly. If you see distracted driving, you should create a buffer of space in between you and the other drivers. You should also slow down to give yourself more reaction time in the case of a crash. Here are a few things you can watch for so you can get through your day safely.


People often play and switch through music on long road trips or commuting. The longer they are on the road the more comfortable they are looking for a new song or station and taking focus off the road. If you see people who are slowing down in the left lane or switching slowly without signal they may be distracted by their music or the music app on their phone. Slow down and give the driver plenty of space until you get an opportunity to pass them and leave the dangerous situation.


As much fun as a summer road trip can be, this also usually means there are several people in a car, which can be distracting for the driver. Even though the passengers may be respectful, the driver may still be talking, changing the radio station, or trying to plan their next stop. If you see a car with a large number of passengers be sure to keep at least 3 car lengths of distance between you and them so you have longer reaction time to avoid an accident.

Talking on a cellphone (handheld or hands free)

Handheld or hands free cellphones are both dangerous. You should avoid talking on your cellphone while driving at all times. If you need to talk on the phone you should always pull over or stop at an exit. Talking on your phone makes you focus on the conversation instead of the road. If you see someone on the road talking on their cellphone stay at least three car lengths away from them at all times. This gives you plenty of reaction time if they make a mistake or do not see an obstacle ahead.

Speech to text systems

While they are advertised as “safe” they can be incredibly inaccurate and distracting. They often text the incorrect people or do not write what the sender wants. Like the previous situations, give yourself space to react to any possible obstacles they do not see. If you are a passenger of a car and the driver is using the speech to text system ask them to stop and do not enter the car if they refuse to turn it off. If you need to send a text, pull over and finish the conversation. You do not need to jeopardize your life and the life of others for something as trivial as a text message.

What Is Jake’s Law?

By Alpert Schreyer on September 15, 2015

Maryland distracted driving lawJake’s Law is a law that went into effect in Maryland in 2014 to deter distracted driving. In 2011 five-year-old Jake Owen was killed in a car accident caused by a distracted driver. Because the laws at the time were not up-to-date with the ever changing technology, the driver responsible for Jake’s death only had to pay a $500 fine. Now those who cause an accident due to distracted driving face a $5000 fine and a year in prison.

Distracted driving is a major issue on U.S. roadways. Driver’s checking their email, talking on the phone, or answering a text are not focused on the road ahead and may not see a possible obstacle quickly enough for them to react. If you have been hit by a distracted driver here are a few things you can do to if you have been hit by a distracted driver:

Body scan

Before you get out of your vehicle check your body for any injuries. After an accident you may be in a state of shock, which can cause wounds to go unnoticed until it’s too late. If you find any injuries stay as still as possible and call the authorities for help.   If you have any passengers in your vehicle determine if they have been injured as well.

If you are unharmed and, if it is safe to do so, exit your vehicle and check on the well being of the other driver or drivers involved in the accident.

Call the authorities

While it may be a fender bender you should still call the authorities to make sure that everything is properly documented. This will also help you ensure that everyone is dealt with correctly whether harmed or unharmed.

As you’re waiting for the authorities to arrive and, if you are physically able to do so,  you should obtain information from the other driver and/or drivers including:  name(s), address(es), telephone number(s); , the make, model and year of all vehicles involved, registration and insurance information for all vehicles; any complaints of injuries.   

Take pictures and Locate Witnesses

Be sure to take plenty of pictures of the accident scene and the cars themselves. As you get pictures email them to yourself and a trusted family member or friend so you have several copies of the accident pictures. This can help the process with your case exponentially if you indeed must go to court.

Write down the names, addresses and/or phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.  

Keep calm

Though you may be frustrated understand that an accident is an accident. Do not lose control of your emotions toward the other driver even if they are the one at fault.  Document, take pictures and if you are indeed injured, get immediate medical attention and contact the knowledgeable Maryland personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer for a free consultation.

Woman Killed in Fort Washington Crash

By Alpert Schreyer on April 20, 2015

A 62-year-old woman was killed in a Maryland car accident when a van struck her as she crossed the road. According to a WUSA 9 news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at Bock and Kingsway roads in Fort Washington. Officials report that the woman may have been outside a crosswalk at the time of the crash, and it is unclear how close she was to the intersection. She suffered critical injuries and died several hours later at a nearby hospital. The driver of the van remained at the scene of the crash.

Pedestrian Accident

In the event of a Maryland car accident, occupants are protected by their car’s metal frame, seat belts, airbags and other safety devices. Pedestrians, however, are vulnerable to the elements. Even relatively low speed collisions can result in serious and even fatal injuries. It is common for victims of pedestrian accidents to suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple bone fractures, severe lacerations, sprains, strains, and other serious injuries. Read the rest »

Maryland Traffic Fatalities Drop

By Alpert Schreyer on April 14, 2015

Fatal Car Accidents LawyerOver the past decade, the number of traffic fatalities in Maryland has fortunately trended down. Despite more drivers traveling greater distances on our roadways, the number of fatal crashes has continued to drop. According to Annapolis transportation officials, 442 people were killed in Maryland traffic accidents in the year 2014, including 98 fatalities in Prince George’s County and 64 deaths in Baltimore County. All traffic deaths are tragic, but 442 is a relatively low number compared to the 643 deaths that occurred in 2004 and the 872 traffic fatalities that occurred in the year 1968, the deadliest year on record in Maryland.

As reported by The Baltimore Sun, not all news was positive. Numbers show that drunk drivers killed someone in the state of Maryland every 66 hours. That number means that about 30 percent of all Maryland traffic fatalities last year involved alcohol. Furthermore, the number of pedestrian deaths actually went up from the 106 average from 2009 to 111 in the year 2013. Motorcycle fatalities also increased to 66 in 2014 – up from the 61 motorcycle deaths that occurred in the year 2013. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Accident

Many Large Truck Tires Cannot Handle Top Speeds

By Alpert Schreyer on April 6, 2015

Truck Tire BlowoutA decade ago, the maximum speed limit for vehicles on most highways was 65 mph. According to a new report by The Associated Press, many tractor-trailer tires are still designed to travel less than 75 mph and, now that the speed limits have increased nationwide, there are a number of truck drivers who are travelling faster than their tires can handle. There are even some states where the maximum speed limit has been increased to 80 mph or even 85 mph, which is far greater than many truck tires can handle.

When a truck driver exceeds 75 mph for an extended amount of time, it can create heat that damages their rubber tires. This has led to a number of tire blowouts and traffic accidents. Extreme Transportation Corp., for example, has filed complaints with regulations after they had seven blowouts of the Michelin tires they use on their rigs.

The Associated Press has exposed this disconnect between rising speed limits and safety standards that must be addressed before more blowouts occur. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently closed a case in which it determined that truck operators were at fault for blowouts and not tire manufacturers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accidents

Baltimore Car Accident Causes Injuries

By Alpert Schreyer on March 10, 2015

Maryland Auto AccidentTwo vehicles collided along a major road in Baltimore County resulting in a chain reaction crash and multiple injuries. According to a CBS Baltimore news report, the car crash occurred along York Road between Shawan and Schilling roads. Officials say one of the vehicles may have been speeding when it struck another resulting in an eight-car pileup. Two of the vehicles ended up on their sides. Emergency crews took six people to local hospitals, but none of the injuries appear to have been life threatening.

Whenever someone is injured in a Maryland car accident, it must be determined what caused the crash, who was responsible, and how it could have been prevented. If the victim’s injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, he or she may be able to pursue financial support from the at-fault driver. However, accident investigations often become complex when a number of parties are involved in a multi-vehicle crash. Read the rest »

What to Do if You Have Been Injured by an Uninsured or Underinsured Driver

By Alpert Schreyer on March 2, 2015

MD Car CrashBy law, all car owners in the state of Maryland must carry a minimum of $30,000/$60,000 in bodily injury liability insurance and $30,000/$60,000 of uninsured/underinsured bodily injury coverage. Vehicle owners must also purchase a minimum of $15,000 in property damage coverage as well $15,000 in uninsured/underinsured coverage. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can protect you if you are injured by an at fault driver who is uninsured or underinsured.

It is dangerous to assume that all other drivers are sufficiently covered. In truth, a significant number of Maryland drivers either have no insurance or an inadequate amount of coverage. According to the Insurance Research Council, 12.6 percent of all drivers nationwide in the year 2012 did not have any insurance. In Maryland that same year, 12.2 percent of all drivers were behind the wheel with no insurance. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Accident

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