Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fiery Two-Vehicle Crash Injures Eight in Linthicum

A fiery two-vehicle crash occurred on Wednesday morning, which caused personal injuries for eight victims. Around 12:20 am, the motor vehicle accident took place on Interstate 295 in Linthicum, Maryland when a vehicle crashed into a minivan that was disabled on the side of the road. The minivan contained seven individuals, ranging in age from

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Marijuana or Alcohol

Which Drug Causes More Fatal Car Accidents? It is a widely known fact that driving under the influence of alcohol is irresponsible, dangerous, and potentially fatal. Other drugs, including marijuana, can also affect a person’s ability to concentrate, to react quickly to unpredictable situations, and to maintain control of the vehicle. However, until recently, there has

Hazardous Combustible Material

Handling any kind of combustible material can be extremely hazardous if the right precautions are not taken. Workers who regularly handle combustible solids are exposed to potentially life-threatening injuries if the materials they are working with are exposed to a combustible dust cloud. According to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), between

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Most Dangerous Roads for Truck Drivers

Driving a commercial truck can be a dangerous job. According to Zonar, producer of fleet management technology, there are certain roads truck drivers should consider avoiding this time of year, as they are known to have the highest rate of accidents. Zonar reports that there are 36 percent more vehicles on the roads during the

Monday, December 25, 2017

Game Apps Cause Surge in Distracted Driving Accidents

The constant connection to technology drivers have today can be extremely helpful, but also extremely distracting. Researchers from Purdue University found that the popular game app, Pokemon GO, has caused a dangerous surge in distracted driving accidents, including two fatalities. County-Wide Impact Until 2011, car accidents were on the decline. However, that trend is reversing,

Choosing a Doctor After a Work Injury

Workers’ Compensation covers all costs associated with a work injury if it occurred while the injured party was officially on the job. However, to receive maximum benefits, it is imperative that an injured worker selects a qualified doctor that understands the Workers’ Compensation process. Post-Injury Steps An employee suffering from a workplace injury should notify

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Chinese Auto Manufacturers Commit to ESC Systems

Chinese auto manufacturers are being commended for their dedication to improving car safety with their commitment to including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems in all new vehicles beginning in Jan. 2018. ESC is an anti-skid technology that prevents vehicles from spinning out of control. It has been so successful at preventing car accidents and saving

Highway Features that Lower Crash Risks

It should come as no surprise that car accidents are more likely to occur on roads that have steep hills, sharp curves, and a lack of concrete barrier medians. However, according to new research by Brigham Young University (BYU), commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), there are certain highway features that are associated with

Fatal Dump Truck Crash Occurs in St. Mary’s County

On Wednesday afternoon, a fatal dump truck crash occurred in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Around 2:51 pm, a 26-year-old man from Lexington Park, Maryland was driving a sedan on New Market Road, and drifted toward the center line. His car collided head-on with a dump truck, which was driven by a 60-year-old man from Hollywood, Maryland who

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Trucking Industry Responds to Latest Safety Regulations

Effective December 18, 2017, all commercial trucks will be required to come equipped with electronic logging devices (ELDs), which will replace the paper log books that truck drivers have been using for decades to record their hours of service. This Obama-era safety regulation is one of many that the current White House administration is likely

Work-Related Travel and Personal Health

Business travel may seem like a glamorous and exciting perk to a job, particularly if it involves traveling overseas or to a city that boasts a buzzing nightlife, fabulous restaurants, and unique sights. In reality, however, business travel can be exhausting and can put workers at risk for developing a range of health issues, including

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Excessive Speed Cited in Washington Train Derailment

After an investigation administered by the National Transportation Safety Board, it has been determined that excessive speed is a factor in the fatal train derailment that occurred on Monday morning. Allegedly, when the train was traveling on the overpass of Interstate 5 in Dupont, Washington, it was speeding 50 miles over the 30-mile speed limit.

Alcohol Abuse Worse in Some Cities than Others

Alcohol abuse is a serious problem that continues to have a negative impact on people in every state across the country. Each year, thousands of Americans lose their lives to excessive drinking and thousands more are affected by the economic, legal, and personal ramifications that alcohol abuse can have on a person’s life. Too often,

Monday, December 18, 2017

Several Fatalities Result from Washington Amtrak Train Derailment

A horrific train derailment resulted in several fatalities for passengers on Monday morning. During the first trip on a new service route, an Amtrak train that was carrying nearly 80 passengers derailed, causing several train cars to fall from an overpass onto Interstate 5 in Dupont, Washington. Drivers and passengers sustained a variety of personal

Personal Traits Can Impact Distracted Driving

Distracted driving continues to be a serious problem in this country. Too often, motorists are so concerned about making a phone call, sending a text, or reaching for something in the back seat that they fail to keep their attention on the road. According to recent research, personal traits like gender, age, and personality type

Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

The average nursing home patient is often prescribed multiple medications to treat and manage the health conditions common among older patients. If a healthcare professional prescribes an incorrect dose or administers a medication that is known to have a negative interaction with a drug the patient is already taking, it can cause serious harm to

Friday, December 15, 2017

Liberty Road Safety Project

Liberty Road in Baltimore County is about to experience a major makeover that will reduce the risk of car accidents and make it a more aesthetically pleasing area for residents and motorists. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that $900,000 has been allocated for beautification and safety improvements along Liberty Road as part of the

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Self-Driving Shuttle Not to Blame for Crash

Las Vegas is a place where people from all over the world come to escape reality and enjoy the food, the casinos, the fabulous entertainment, and now, the technology. A new self-driving shuttle bus was recently released in Sin City, but unfortunately, the shuttle was involved in a minor car accident just hours after its

Workers’ Compensation Settlement

At any stage during Workers’ Compensation proceedings, workers in Maryland who suffer a workplace injury may choose to pursue a full and final settlement. There is no requirement to settle a Workers’ Compensation case but once it is settled, it may not be reopened. It is therefore prudent for injured workers to enlist the help

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cell Phone-Related Fatality Numbers May be Worse than Reported

The number of distracted driving-related car accidents continue to claim the lives of motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians across the country. In 2016, 3,450 people lost their lives in distracted driving accidents, with thousands more suffering serious injuries. Cell phone use is largely to blame for many of these wrecks as motorists continue to talk, text,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wrong Way Collision on Capital Beltway Fatally Injures Driver

A wrong way collision that took place on the Capital Beltway fatally injured the driver, and caused the other driver severe injuries. Around 9:15 pm, on Monday night, the accident occurred when a 36-year-old man from Greenbelt, Maryland, who was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway, struck a pickup truck head-on in

When Workers Cannot Perform Pre-Injury Jobs

Not all injured workers recover well enough to return to the job they were doing before their injury. Workers’ Compensation benefits do not pay as much as what a worker makes pre-injury. It is important to communicate with an employer that a doctor has ordered restrictions on the type of work that can be done,

Misdiagnosis of Psychotic Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, affecting over five million people in the United States alone. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and a diagnosis can be a devastating blow to the patient and his or her family. Alzheimer’s is frequently misdiagnosed because it can resemble other types of dementia

Fatal Scaffolding Collapse Occurs at Maryland School Construction Site

At the construction site for a new elementary school in Urbana, Maryland, two workers fell when the scaffolding collapsed. The subcontractor succumbed to his fatal injuries after falling about 25 feet from the scaffolding while the other worker sustained leg injuries on Monday morning. He received treatment at the Frederick Memorial Hospital after the scaffolding

Monday, December 11, 2017

Truck Platooning: Benefits and Risks

In the trucking industry, platooning is when two or more trucks follow each other at a close distance, using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems. Many truck manufacturers are investing in platooning technology for the economic and safety benefits it provides. However, like any new technology, safety officials have concerns about the risk of

Driverless Cars May Drastically Reduce Car Accidents

According to a new study by the RAND Corporation, driverless cars do not need to be perfect to be better than humans when it comes to avoiding car accidents. RAND researchers suggest that waiting to put autonomous cars on the road until they are as close to perfect as possible could cost hundreds of thousands

Friday, December 8, 2017

Safety Precautions for Winter Driving

As temperatures drop during the winter months, snow, ice, and extreme cold can make driving conditions extremely hazardous. Winter weather puts motorists at a much higher risk of serious car accidents. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), over 1,300 people are fatally injured in accidents caused by snowy or icy road conditions. If you

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Multi-Vehicle Collision in La Plata Claims Woman’s Life

Early on Thursday morning, a multi-vehicle collision led to a fatality and several injuries. Around 2:30 am, a truck slammed into a blue sedan, which then struck a minivan in La Plata, Maryland. The 21-year-old woman from Hughesville, Maryland who was driving the blue sedan sustained life-threatening injuries while the 22-year-old man from Newburg, Maryland

Advanced Safety Technology

Thanks to the latest advances in technology, today’s vehicles are safer than ever, offering a range of accident avoidance features that help protect motorists from dangerous, potentially life-threatening car accidents. A growing number of automobile manufacturers are offering a wide range of these safety technologies in their newer models, although it is usually an optional

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Montgomery County Truck Collision Causes Fatality

A head-on truck collision caused a fatality and serious injuries on Wednesday morning. The fatal accident occurred around 1:49 am in Aspen Hill, Maryland, and involved two pickup trucks. One truck driver who was 50-years old sustained personal injuries in the crash while the other driver from Gaithersburg, Maryland succumbed to his fatal injuries at

How to Avoid Work Zone Accidents

From repairing a pothole to widening a highway, the roads we drive on often require maintenance. While road work is being done, work zones can create potentially hazardous situations when motorists become confused by the lane changes, flashing lights, and merging traffic. Unfortunately, these conditions can lead to car accidents and injuries. However, there are

Temporary Workers Left Vulnerable

The number of temporary employees has increased in recent years, with nearly three million people across the country employed by staffing agencies. Temps often meet the needs of employers who are looking to hire workers for a particular project. Unfortunately, staffing agencies do not always provide adequate safety training for temporary employees. This can put

Zero Accident Vision Initiative

According to the traffic and product safety director of Volvo Trucks, every year, worldwide, a staggering 1.2 million people are fatally injured in auto-related accidents. Around 90 percent of these accidents are caused by human error and negligence. Volvo has long been known as a company that prides itself in safety. Following in that tradition,

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Traffic Fatalities Spike Despite Safety Technology

Despite recent advances in automobile safety technology, the number of fatal car accidents reached a decade high in 2016. According to a report released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,461 motorists were killed and another 5,987 pedestrians were fatally injured in traffic accidents. From drunk driving-related deaths to fatalities involving cyclists, traffic

Monday, December 4, 2017

Countdown Timers Alert Motorists to Light Changes

For some drivers, a yellow traffic light is a signal to slow down in anticipation of a red light. Other drivers hit the gas pedal to avoid sitting at a red light. Unfortunately, if the motorist drives through a yellow light without knowing how much time is left before the light turns red, they can

Sick Healthcare Professionals Put Patients at Risk

When people acquire an illness, they trust doctors and nurses to help them recover. When healthcare professionals (HCPs) acquire illnesses themselves, they are not able to provide the care their patients need. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have systems in place to ensure that sick workers can stay home and avoid infecting patients. However,

Office Holiday Party Injuries

With the holiday season in full swing, many employers throw holiday parties to build employee morale, show appreciation for a job well done, and enjoy each other’s company in a more relaxed setting. In some cases, however, a holiday party can get out of control, particularly when alcohol is being served. If an employee is

Friday, December 1, 2017

Multi-Generational Workforce Impacts Workplace Safety

Today’s workforce is made up of multiple generations, including baby boomers, Generation X, and millennials. More people are working well into their 60s and 70s after the economic downturn of 2008 either cost them their job, or affected their retirement plans. With the multi-generational workforce comes unique challenges, particularly maintaining a safe work environment in

Reckless Driver Causes Multi-Vehicle Crash that Injured Six Victims

A multi-vehicle crash caused personal injuries for six victims on Thursday evening. The accident, which involved five vehicles, occurred around 6 pm in Towson, Maryland, and sent five people to the hospital. Before the crash, a driver from Westminster, Maryland was driving recklessly by weaving in and out of the lanes and using excessive speed

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Study Finds Procedure to Relieve Chest Pain is Ineffective

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of approximately 790,000 people each year from heart attacks alone. One of the most common treatment options is stenting, which involves inserting a tiny wire cage that opens-up blocked arteries. Doctors also use stents for the thousands of heart

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Caught In/Between Accidents

Avoiding workplace injuries can be challenging due to many unforeseen circumstances. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), injuries that involve being caught in between machinery and objects are one of the most fatal hazards at construction sites. Being caught between a piece of heavy machinery or being in the swing radius of

Carriers Ordered to Adopt New Truck Safety Technology

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, is urging all carriers to take proactive steps toward reducing truck accidents. For a carrier to qualify for membership in the Alliance, they must adopt certain advanced technologies believed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety to be the most effective at

Latest In-Vehicle Technology Creates More Driver Distractions  

Today’s cars come with more technological bells and whistles than ever before. This allows drivers to do things like make a call, send a text, or use the navigation system simply by utilizing the in-vehicle voice command system. While this technology allows drivers to multitask while they are driving, it also creates a wide range

Errors in Electronic Health Records

Today, almost all medical facilities have moved to the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Ninety percent of hospitals and eighty percent of physician practices record and keep patient records electronically. An increase in EHRs has been accompanied by an increase in EHR-related medical malpractice suits. Research Results The Doctor’s Company, the largest physician-owned malpractice

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Risk of Injury for Factory Workers

Factories are full of complex machinery and heavy equipment with many moving parts that can cause serious injury if proper precautions are not taken. Additionally, hazardous materials used for production may be present, adding the risk for exposure to chemicals that can cause occupational illnesses. Fortunately, Maryland requires all employers to have Workers’ Compensation insurance

Roadway Design Improvements Make Roadways Safer

Each year, over 32,000 people are fatally injured, and thousands more seriously injured in car accidents in the United States. Car accidents are caused by a range of factors, including drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and aggressive driving, to name a few. Poor road conditions, and poorly designed roadways can also create hazardous driving

Monday, November 27, 2017

Truckers and IoT Systems

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is the vast network of devices connected to the internet. Many trucks are fitted with IoT technology to measure their fuel efficiency and economy. Lately, weather events—like the large number of destructive hurricanes this year—have made headlines. Truckers are now looking at how their IoT systems can help them avoid

Texting Near Schools Puts Children at Risk of Injury  

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. When a driver’s attention is off the road, even for a few seconds, a serious accident can occur when you least expect it. Unfortunately, too many drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior, even though they know it is unsafe. In

Friday, November 24, 2017

When a Car Accident Injury is More Serious Than You Thought  

Even with the advanced safety technology that most cars are equipped with today, car accidents continue to happen, causing significant property damage, injuries, and fatalities across the country. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, approximately 2.4 million people are injured in car accidents each year. Some of these injuries are minor, requiring

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Parking Lot Accidents During Holiday Shopping Season

Stores have been stocking their shelves with holiday decorations since before Halloween, which means the holiday shopping season frenzy is in full swing. While some prefer to do their shopping online, there are still plenty of people who are willing to brave the crowds so that they can shop in person. In addition to standing