Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sleep Apnea Bill Aims to Reduce Drowsy Driving

Earlier this month, Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced new legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to make sleep apnea testing and treatment mandatory for all rail operators and commercial truck drivers. Legislation requiring sleep apnea testing was proposed by the Obama administration in March 2016, but the current administration has announced its

CarMax Has a History of Selling Vehicles with Safety Defects

According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Auto Safety, the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation, and the MASSPIRG Education Fund, consumers may want to think twice before purchasing a used car at CarMax. Researchers found that over 25 percent of the used cars sold at eight CarMax locations across the

Monday, October 30, 2017

Ride-Sharing Services and Drunk Driving

Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services have reduced the number of drunk driving accidents in some cities. Ride sharing apps make it easy for people to get a safe ride home if they have had too much to drink. However, a new report suggests that while ride-sharing services may help prevent drunk driving accidents, they

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Adult Daycare Bus Crash Injures Ten and Causes Fatality in Timonium

On Thursday morning, an adult daycare bus engaged in a collision with a car. The bus crash occurred around 9:12 am in Timonium, Maryland when nine passengers were traveling to an adult daycare center. Five passengers incurred serious injuries in the bus crash, and three passengers, the bus driver, and the driver of the car

Lack of Response to Safety Issues in Hospitals

According to a recent article published by USA Today, hospital safety issues are not always addressed in a timely or productive manner. Depending on the specific issue, patients can be at risk for a wide range of illnesses and infections. Even when safety issues are officially reported, hospitals rarely face consequences that are serious enough

Hardships Faced by Temporary Employees

Researchers from Temple University’s Social Justice Lawyering Clinic at the Sheller Center for Social Justice recently published a report that takes a closer look at how temporary employees are treated in the workforce. The report found that a large number of temporary workers are paid less than the federal minimum wage and are vulnerable to

Accountability for Smartphone Manufacturers

It is no secret that the rise in distracted driving accidents is closely related to cell phone use, including talking and texting while driving. In fact, approximately 40,000 people were fatally injured in car accidents last year alone, according to the National Safety Council. Drivers are responsible for their own behavior. If someone makes a

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Smart Tricks for a Safe Halloween

Autumn is here, which means the days are shorter, the leaves are changing, and every coffee shop offers some kind of pumpkin flavored drink. For the kids in your life, October means picking out the best Halloween costume, carving a jack-o-lantern, and hitting the streets to go trick-or-treating. It is a day to let loose,

Electronic Monitors Met with Mixed Reviews

To improve safety in the trucking industry and to reduce the number of devastating accidents caused by driver fatigue, truckers will be required to install electronic monitors that track their time on the road. Federal and state officials have given truckers a deadline of December to install the device. While some trucking companies believe that

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Potential Risks Associated with Anesthesia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that the use of certain types of anesthesia and sedatives could have a negative effect on the neurodevelopment of children under the age of three. The FDA found that in animal and human studies when certain types of anesthesia or sedative drugs were used for

Speeding Car Causes Four Fatalities in Westminster

A speeding car hit another car, which caused four fatalities on Tuesday afternoon. Around 2:12 pm, the fatal car accident occurred in Westminster, Maryland when a car engaging in excessive speed hit another car head-on, which fatally injured the three occupants. The driver of the speeding car also sustained a fatality in the crash. Speeding

Greater Seat Belt Use Needed in Rural Areas

Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to prevent serious injuries in the event of a car accident. Front and rear seat passengers should wear their seat belts at all times in order to avoid serious injuries. Unfortunately, not everyone follows this rule. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Impact of Self-Driving Vehicles

It is just a matter of time before self-driving cars are going to be sharing the road with driver operated vehicles. In fact, some predict that they will eventually replace driver operated vehicles altogether. As manufacturers continue to fine tune and perfect this new technology, the auto insurance industry must figure out how to insure

Multi-Vehicle Collision in Finksburg Causes Personal Injuries

On Monday morning, a multi-vehicle collision occurred in Finksburg, Maryland. The accident took place around 8 am when a pickup truck crossed the center line, and struck a dump truck head-on. After the first crash between the trucks, a chain reaction crash, involving four other vehicles, ensued behind the dump truck. The driver of the

Speed and Red Light Cameras Met With Mixed Response

Baltimore officials recently announced that they would be expanding the number of speed detection and red-light cameras throughout the city in an effort to reduce speeding and create safer streets and neighborhoods. The number of locations where the cameras will be installed will almost double. While some community officials support the expansion, others question whether

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lack of Adequate Rest Stops Puts Truck Drivers at Risk

Driving a commercial truck for a living can be stressful, lonely, and exhausting, particularly when there are not enough safe places for the driver to pull over and rest. Rest stops should have ample parking and provide a well-lit place to rest that is a short distance from the truck route. A study recently conducted

Tesla Shares Blame in First-Known Semi-Autonomous Car Fatality

After an in-depth investigation into the fatal 2016 crash of a semi-autonomous Tesla sedan, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the vehicle’s autopilot system contributed to the wreck. The NTSB found that the Tesla Model S allowed to driver to use the Autopilot system outside of the specified environment for which it was

Doctor and Lawyer-Owned Pharmacies

When a Workers’ Compensation law firm is a majority owner of an online pharmacy that provides prescription medication to their clients who have been injured on the job, you might think there is something ethically questionable about that scenario. According to legal and medical ethicists, you would be right. When lawyers, doctors, and pharmacists are

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Driving Speed Influenced by a Wandering Mind

Driving a car, truck, or any other motor vehicle always requires focus and attention. Whether you are driving through a quiet residential area or on a busy interstate highway, there are always things that require your full concentration, including maintaining the proper speed limit. According to recent research, when a driver’s mind wanders, it can

Friday, October 13, 2017

Driver Fatally Injured in Woodlawn Truck Accident on I-695

A pickup truck crashed into a state vehicle on Wednesday night, leaving the driver with fatal injuries, and the state worker with physical trauma. Around 9:45 pm, the truck accident occurred in Woodlawn, Maryland when a pickup truck rear-ended a state truck on the inner loop of Interstate 695. Although the worker was released from

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lifesaving Car Seat Tips All Parents Should Know

Parents of young children know that there is an overwhelming amount of information about children’s car seats. From rear-facing infant seats to front-facing boosters, the appropriate seat depends on the age, height, and weight of the child. In addition to selecting the correct seat, it is equally important that parents know how to install the

Epidural Steroid Injections  

Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are often recommended for people who are suffering from chronic pain because of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, and other injuries that cause the nerves to become inflamed. The procedure involves injecting steroids and other medications into a specific area of the spinal canal using a needle or catheter.

Audit of School Bus System  

School bus drivers have the important job of making sure that children travel to and from school safely. If a bus driver has a history of drug or alcohol use, or a health issue that affects their ability to safely operate the bus, it can seriously jeopardize the safety of every child. After a 2016

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Avoid Road Rage by Taking the High Road

If you have ever been intentionally cut off, rear-ended, or screamed at while driving, you know how scary it can be when you are the object of another person’s road rage. Some people are unable to control their temper, often spiraling into a fit of rage over the slightest thing. Unfortunately, when an individual takes

Monday, October 9, 2017

No-Zone Areas All Motorists Should Avoid

Large trucks represent only three percent of all registered vehicles, yet one out of every eight traffic fatalities involve a large truck. Truck accidents are caused by a wide range of factors including, weather, driver error, and the condition of the truck. They can also occur if another vehicle is in one of the truck’s

Mechanicsville Motor Vehicle Accident Fatally Injures Two

A motor vehicle accident on Sunday night fatally injured two individuals in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Around 9:09 pm, an SUV and another vehicle collided in the northbound lanes of Three Notch Road between Murphy Lane and Friendship School Road. The second vehicle involved in the crash, which was split in half, could not be identified due

When to Tell Your Employer About a Workplace Injury

If you become injured at work, you may feel a bit overwhelmed or confused about what to do next. Obviously, it is important that you seek medical attention, particularly if the injury is severe. When it comes to notifying your employer about your injury, you may have questions about whether you are obligated to tell

Friday, October 6, 2017

Guide to Preventing Car Accidents

No one gets into their car with the intention of getting into a car accident. Yet, they are an unfortunate reality that can have a wide range of consequences, ranging from traffic citations and minor injuries to massive property damage and multiple fatalities. Even the most responsible driver can be involved in a car accident

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Is Caffeine an Effective Solution for Truck Driver Fatigue?

Truck drivers face enormous pressure to meet tight delivery deadlines, often travelling long distances without taking a break to catch up on much needed sleep. Many truckers drive through the night, which can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms, increasing the level of driver fatigue. According to a report by the U.S. National Highway Transport Safety

The Rise in Violence Towards Hospital Employees

Nurses who work in the hospital setting work very hard to provide skilled and compassionate care to a wide range of patients. Sometimes these patients are mentally ill, on drugs, or are convicted felons. When you have high-risk patients like this who are extremely stressed, in pain, confused, or angry, they often resort to physical

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Unbuckled Rear Seat Passengers  

Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves from serious injuries in the event of a car accident. This goes for front seat occupants as well as those in the back seat. Yet, according to a survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Car Accidents a Thing of the Past?

Most car accidents are caused by some degree of human error. Speeding, tailgating, texting while driving, and driving under the influence are all behaviors that can cause serious car accidents. As the technology for artificial intelligence continues to grow and develop, many believe that our roads will become a safer place if humans are no

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Police Involved in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Catonsville

A multi-vehicle crash occurred in Catonsville, Maryland involving four vehicles including a police car. On Monday morning, around 11:45 am, the accident took place on Route 40 near Rolling Road. The police car was struck on the passenger side by an SUV, and then hit two more vehicles. After the multi-vehicle crash, the police officer

Safety Equipment Reduces Workplace Injuries

Construction workers and other skilled laborers are exposed to a wide range of workplace hazards every day. From falling debris and wet floors to electrocutions and exposure to toxic substances, these hazards can cause injuries ranging from relatively minor cuts and scrapes to traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and fatalities. One of the most important steps

Monday, October 2, 2017

New Computer Software Can Detect Distracted Driving Behaviors

In effort to reduce the number of distracted driving-related accidents that occur around the globe, researchers have developed a computer algorithm that can determine when motorists are engaging in distracted driving activities such as talking on the phone or texting while driving. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United

Eating While Driving is More Dangerous than You Might Think

According to the National Highway Safety Organization, approximately 80 percent of all car accidents are caused by distracted driving. This percentage resulted in 3,477 fatalities in 2015. Texting and talking on the phone while driving are well-known examples of distracted driving but there is another example that does not get nearly as much attention. Eating