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In 2009, Maryland legally barred illegal immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses. Now, Maryland lawmakers are fighting to repeal that law in a bill that would allow the same illegal immigrants to get licenses. If the bill passes successfully, Maryland would be included in the few states that allow this: Illinois, Washington, and New Mexico.

Senators that back this bill, including Senator Victor Ramirez, argue that the bill allows illegal immigrants, who would otherwise be forced to drive both unlicensed and uninsured, the ability to drive themselves to and from work and personal obligations. They say that illegal immigrants without licenses are more likely to driver without proper insurance or training, and insured driver’s pay more for their coverage as a result.

Senators that oppose the bill are concerned that it may draw illegal immigrants to Maryland, as New Mexico has noted following the passing of a very similar bill. They say that it offers illegal immigrants a privilege normally afforded only to legal citizens. By offering illegal immigrants this perk, they say, it decreases the incentive to become legal citizens.

Unfortunately, with the way the world works today, what is considered “fair” is almost never part of the equation. You can do all of the right things, work hard, pay your bills on time, and still end up feeling like you are getting the short end of the stick.

When you are involved in a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, it can especially begin to feel as though you were dealt a bad hand. You follow the rules of the road, drive carefully, and pay attention, and yet someone else’s lapse of judgment or attention can end up causing you pain, suffering, and costly repairs to your vehicle.

Imagine this feeling (and more) if you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver or even a hit and run accident. The frustration—especially since you are a safe, insured driver—at being saddled with the responsibility of paying for costly repairs and medical bills is matched by nothing.

Getting hurt in a car accident is bad enough. Getting hurt in a car accident caused by someone without car insurance is worse. If that happens, you may wonder if there’s any financial recourse available to you. Through no fault of your own, you are hurt. Shouldn’t someone be forced to pay?

Fortunately, an uninsured car accident claim attorney may be able to help. He can help you recover damages from your insurance company through your uninsured or underinsured driver policies. This money can cover things such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and compensation for your pain, suffering, and emotional distress.

But you may wish to do more than just get compensation. You may want to get the uninsured vehicle owner off the road. If so, you may want to report the uninsured driver via the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s Uninsured Motorist Complaint Form. Maryland allows citizens who get into accidents with uninsured motorists or who just suspect that a motorist is uninsured to file a complaint with its office. The agency will get in touch with the complaining party to let the person know whether the agency can take any action against the motorist. Then, if the vehicle owner does not submit proof of insurance to the agency, the person’s vehicle registration privileges will be suspended and additional actions may be taken.

A student, a teacher and a security officer at a District of Columbia elementary school were seriously injured yesterday when a stolen car jumped a curb and struck them as they were leaving school. The student suffered a fractured thigh in the incident, which occurred outside Whittier Elementary Schools at Sheridan and Fifth Streets, NW, according to Mafara Hobson, a school system spokeswoman. Both of the teacher’s legs were fractured and the security officer was cut in the incident, Hobson said. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, authorities said. Police said four youths were apparently in the car when it jumped the curb. A 17-year-old youth was taken into custody and three others were being sought.

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A child has died after being struck by a vehicle in northeast D.C., authorities said. Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2007, police went to the intersection of Sixth Street and Orleans Place and found a 6-year-old girl unconscious. Police said a vehicle struck the girl and fled the scene. The girl suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. She later died. Police said the girl was crossing Sixth Street to go to an after-school program when she was struck by a green SUV, traveling north on Sixth. The vehicle may have had Maryland license plates and tinted windows.

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Fairfax County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a hit-and-run driver. Authorities said that a 67-year-old man was crossing the street near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Huntington Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by a car. Police said the driver of that car did not stay at the scene. The man is currently in critical condition. Police described the car as a light blue sedan with dark windows and custom wheels. They said it should have damage to the hood and possibly the windshield. Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County police at 703-691-1231.

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