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Why Breathalyzer tests are not all they're cracked up to be

If Maryland police ever stop you because they believe you are driving while under the influence of alcohol, they'll likely ask you to submit to sobriety testing. The Breathalyzer, or other forms of the breath test, is common for use by law enforcement officers to determine if a person has alcohol in his or her system. While these tests are generally highly accurate, the truth is they are anything but.

According to reports, breath test results are often wrong. An investigation conducted by the New York Times found that most test results are skewed. Machine or human error is often to blame.

Beware of distracted drivers on Maryland roads

When you get behind the wheel to drive, you're obligated to adhere to Maryland safety regulations and traffic laws. If you are negligent and cause a collision because of it, you may be accountable if someone suffers injuries in the crash. Always remember that the reverse is also true. There are many distracted drivers on Maryland roadways, and they place you at great risk for injury.

No matter how stellar your own driving habits happen to be, you can't predict what another driver might do at any given moment. You can stop at all the stop signs and red lights, as well as never exceed posted speed limits or fail to yield rights-of-way at intersections. However, if a nearby driver isn't cautious at the wheel, you might be the one who suffers injury because of his or her negligence.

What are the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions?

Unfortunately, the practice of medicine isn't an exact science. Each person's symptoms are unique, and conditions may manifest themselves differently depending on the individual. That is why doctors and hospitals have to follow specific steps and protocols to avoid common medical malpractice mistakes.

Some conditions are more challenging to diagnose than others, often leading to many symptoms falling through the cracks. Lupus often goes misdiagnosed. Many times this condition is negligently diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients receive the wrong treatment because doctors order incorrect tests and imaging necessary to diagnose a patient's condition.

Are you worried that you cannot afford divorce?

Being trapped in a difficult situation is not ideal for most people. You may have felt less than happy with your marital relationship for some time, and you may feel that you could live a much more fulfilling life without your spouse. To some, filing for divorce may seem like the obvious option, but you may have financial concerns holding you back.

Worrying about your monetary affairs is understandable. After all, everyone needs funds to meet daily needs. You may think that you cannot afford the expenses of divorce and continue to meet those needs on your income alone. However, you may have more options than you initially believed.

What are the penalties for driving without insurance in Maryland?

No one wants to be pulled over by the police. If law enforcement officers stop you for a traffic infraction and discover that you were driving without auto insurance, then you're in for a long conversation, though.

Driving without auto insurance is against the law in the state of Maryland. It could lead to some severe consequences if police catch you doing this. Police will most likely impound your vehicle. Law enforcement officers gain the right to search your car in its entirety once they do so.

Did an unlawful search of your vehicle lead to an arrest?

Most people try to mind their own business when driving on the roadway unless they see something dangerous happening. Of course, police officers have a duty to pay attention to drivers in order to stop illegal or dangerous behaviors. You may try to stay a safe driver because you would never want to hurt someone else, but that does not mean that you are immune to a traffic stop.

In fact, an officer may have recently pulled you over, and what you thought of as a routine stop ended with you in handcuffs. Unfortunately, traffic stops can lead to arrests if an officer believes that something unlawful has occurred. In your case, the officer may have conducted a search of your vehicle and found drugs or drug paraphernalia. As a result, you now face drug charges. However, you may wonder whether the officer had the right to search your vehicle.

University of Maryland names administration building after longtime Maryland Senate President Mike Miller

The University of Maryland announced Monday that its main administration building will be named after alumnus and longtime state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

Reasons why dogs lash out at humans and bite them

It seems everywhere you go; someone owns a dog. Unfortunately, not all pet owners follow standard safety protocols to keep their canines from getting loose and biting others. Dogs generally bite people when they feel scared or threatened. It can be helpful for you to know this and other reasons dogs lash out at others.

Biting is a defense mechanism that dogs use to protect their territory. If a dog becomes startled or someone approaches it from behind, then it may provoke them to bite the instigator of such acts suddenly. Even if you're playing, running away from your dog may trigger a predatory response in them. They may bite you as a result.

Are you afraid of being a pushy patient?

Some people make more frequent visits to their doctor than others. Everyone is different, which means that their medical needs are also different. You may have had your fair share of medical concerns throughout your life, and though you are no stranger to check-ups and other necessary visits, you still know that a chance for medical errors exists.

Like most patients, you want everything with each visit and procedure to go correctly and as smoothly as possible. While you trust the medical professionals involved in your cases to do their best to follow the standard of care, you may want to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

How credit card debt gets split up in a divorce

Getting divorced when you have credit card debt can be tricky. Maryland attorneys often advise their clients not to finalize their divorces with joint debts that are still due. Whether one or both spouses are ultimately deemed responsible for credit card debt incurred during the marriage varies by state.

Creditors generally aren't obligated to abide by a divorce decree. They could go after one or both spouses if they share a joint credit card and still owe money once they divorce.

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