Friday, March 29, 2019

High Visibility Apparel Keeps Workers Safe 

Construction workers, warehouse workers, and police officers are just a few examples of employees that you might see wearing high-visibility garments like bibs, vests, coveralls, or hard hats with reflective tape. These simple, yet effective items are often part of a recommended safety protocol that has been put into place to protect workers and help » Read More

Motorists May Face Stricter Penalties for Hitting Cyclists

As the temperatures continue to rise, and the days are getting longer, more people are riding their bikes, whether it is to school, work, or as a recreational activity. While riding a bike is a great form of exercise, it is also much less expensive than other forms of transportation, and it is does not... Read More

Thursday, March 28, 2019

How Many Car Accidents are Caused by Texting and Driving?

In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving drivers who were texting during or just before the crash. Nearly 400,000 people were injured in such accidents. Distracted driving is on a par with drunk driving when it comes to causing automobiles fatalities and injuries. Those between the ages of 16 and 20, » Read More

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Proposed Bill Forbids Non-Consensual Pelvic Exams

Imagine how you might feel if you found out that your healthcare provider performed a pelvic exam, without your consent, while you were unconscious or under anesthesia. As disturbing as this may sound, this is legal in 45 states, including Maryland. Physicians are not required to obtain consent from patients to perform certain exams on » Read More

Hazards of Heavy Lifting in the Workplace

Working in a warehouse or at a busy construction site often involves a significant amount of heavy lifting. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), heavy lifting is one of the main causes of workplace injuries, over one third of which include shoulder and back injuries. Many of these injuries can be avoided » Read More

Safety Officials Address High Crash Rate on I-83 in Baltimore

There are over a dozen major interstate highways that run through the state of Maryland. None, however, have a crash rate as high as I-83, which has more than double the amount of crashes compared to other Maryland highways. A recent study found that there are some short-term solutions, but they could cost the city... Read More

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Subaru to Recall Over One Million Vehicles

In 2018, the Subaru Impreza was named the safest car, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Subaru Outback was ranked in second place. Recently, however, the automaker shared plans to recall 1.3 million vehicles in the United States. In certain Subaru cars and SUVs, the brake light failed to illuminate, even » Read More

DOT Inspector General to Audit FMCSA’s Medical Certification Program 

According to recent data from the Department of Transportation (DOT), there was an 11 percent increase in fatal truck accidents from 2012 to 2017. In response to this concerning spike in fatalities, the DOT Inspector General will be conducting an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) medical certification program, to ensure that » Read More

Monday, March 25, 2019

Drunk Driving Accident in Bowie Causes Six Fatalities

According to Maryland State Police, five children and one adult were fatally injured in a drunk driving accident on February 2, 2019. Police report that the Chrysler Pacifica veered off the road and hit several trees before coming to a stop in a field. The sole survivor of the crash was the driver of the... Read More

Friday, March 22, 2019

Who Is Liable When My Car is Struck by Something?

You are driving down the highway outside of Baltimore when it happens: A tire flies off the truck in front of you, striking the side of your car. Thankfully, you avoid colliding with the vehicles around you. But when you get the opportunity to stop and examine your car, you notice part of your hood » Read More

Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland

Losing a loved one under any circumstance is devastating, but when the cause of death is a car accident, it can be particularly difficult, especially when the accident could have been avoided. If the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, the surviving family may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. In... Read More

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Steps to Take If You Suspect Medical Malpractice

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical errors occur more frequently than you might think. In fact, medical errors are responsible for roughly 10 percent of all fatalities in this country, which translates to approximately 250,000 medical malpractice-related fatalities each year. Thousands more suffer serious injuries that require costly » Read More

An Eye-Opening Look at Fatigue in the Workplace

If you ever feel mentally or physically exhausted at work, you are not alone. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a large percentage of workers admit that they also feel exhausted at work. In fact, over forty percent of employees report that they feel too tired to safely carry out their job responsibilities. As » Read More

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Safety Risks of Being an Electrician

Electricians are responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical systems, which means they are exposed to potentially serious safety risks, including electric shocks and being electrocuted. Depending on the nature of the job at hand, the customer expectations, and the deadline for the job, certain jobs or tasks may be more hazardous than others. In » Read More

FMCSA May Consider a More Flexible Hours of Service Proposal

Drowsy driving is a serious problem in the trucking industry due to long hours behind the wheel and tight deadlines imposed on drivers. A 12-month, split sleeper berth pilot program was created in order to collect safety information about drivers who split their sleeper berth time, rather than spend ten consecutive hours in the sleeper » Read More

Medical Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Fatality in the United States

As patients, we put our trust in the hands of the physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who are responsible for our care. Because of that trust, we sometimes forget that doctors are human, and can make mistakes. Unfortunately, depending on the nature of the mistake, they can have fatal consequences. According to a study » Read More

Injuries Caused by Ambulance Accidents  

Ambulance drivers are under a great deal of pressure to transport people to the closest hospital as quickly and safely as possible. Oftentimes, this means that the driver must navigate heavy traffic and drive through busy intersections, using their flashing lights and sirens to warn other cars and pedestrians. If the driver takes unnecessary risks... Read More

Opioid Use & Car Accidents

Opioid abusers are found in every walk of life. That are also found driving on many of this country’s roads and highways. More and more deadly car accidents across the United States are caused by drivers that are misusing these drugs, either with or without prescriptions. Recent Published Studies Accident Analysis and Prevention recently published » Read More

Studies Investigate the Safety Risks of E-Scooters  

E-Scooters have been growing in popularity in recent years, particularly in cities across the country. Lime and Bird are two e-scooter start-up companies whose dockless scooters are popping up in cities such as Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. People who use e-scooters say that they appreciate this latest transportation option... Read More