Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Autonomous Driving Simulator Improves Safety of Self-Driving Cars 

Researchers recently developed a new technology using photos, videos, real-world trajectory, and behavioral data that will provide a safer, more authentic self-driving simulation system. A computer scientist from the University of Maryland collaborated with a team of researchers to develop the Augmented Autonomous Driving Simulation (AADS), which allows them to test automatic driving technology and » Read More


Monday, April 29, 2019

Drunk Driving Accidents Spike in Spring Months for Teens

Teenagers are not supposed to drink alcohol, and they are certainly not supposed to drink and drive. Unfortunately, too many teens ignore the law and get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, putting their lives and others on the road in jeopardy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of all car accident... Read More


Friday, April 26, 2019

Burn Injuries Caused by Car Fires

When the impact of a car accident causes a vehicle to catch on fire, it can cause extensive damage to the vehicle. More importantly, if the occupants of the vehicle are unable to break free from the vehicle before it catches on fire, they can suffer serious and excruciating burn injuries. Depending on the nature... Read More


Assault in the Workplace

The #MeToo movement has raised awareness of assault occurring in the workplace. Unfortunately, too many women continue to be assaulted at work. In some cases, the resulting injuries cause them to miss days of work. In fact, according to a report by the National Safety Council, women suffer 70 percent of all nonfatal assault-related injuries » Read More


Thursday, April 25, 2019

New Bill Targets Maryland Motorcycle Laws

The Maryland House of Delegates has proposed legislation to repeal certain laws that apply to motorcyclists. Advocates believe that changing these laws will lessen traffic on local roads, decrease emissions, and improve safety for motorcycle riders. If passed, the Motor Vehicle Administration would be required to change its guidelines. Current legislation prevents motorcyclists from filtering » Read More


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Park the Phone Campaign

In the state of Maryland alone, over 28,000 people are injured in distracted driving-related car accidents every year. In an effort to encourage drivers to keep their attention focused on the road whenever they are behind the wheel, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office is partnering with state... Read More


Risks Associated with Breast Implants

Federal and medical advisers are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop a standardized, easy-to-understand consent form that clearly outlines the risks associated with breast implants, including breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare type of cancer that affects the immune system. Patients can review the consent form with their » Read More


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Liability Issues in Bicycle and Car Accidents

Collisions between bicycles and cars can take place at any time, including in parking lots and other low-speed areas. However, there are multiple scenarios on public roads that lead to accidents between cyclists and drivers. These types of incidents most frequently happen in the following ways: The car is turning right. Most cyclists ride at » Read More


Monday, April 22, 2019

Sobering Facts About Prom Night

For most American teens, going to the prom is one of the highlights of high school. From picking out a dress and getting fitted for a tuxedo to taking pre-prom pictures with a group of friends, it is a night that most students have anticipated since their freshman year. It is also a night when... Read More


Friday, April 19, 2019

Car Accident-Related Brain Injuries

From minor fender benders to serious, multi-vehicle collisions, car accidents happen every day on highways, local roads, and residential streets across the country. Depending on the nature of the accident, injuries can range from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most common types of car accident injuries » Read More


Fatal Cancer Related to Buttock Implants 

All surgical procedures come with a degree of risk, including infections, reactions to anesthesia, and excessive bleeding. This includes cosmetic surgeries as well, including common procedures like breast augmentation surgery. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recent reports have shown that there is a link between textured breast implants and anaplastic large cell » Read More


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Trucker Shortage Problem in the United States

In recent years, there has been a steady decline in commercial truck drivers in this country. Industry experts point to several factors, including high turnover rates, an aging workforce, and safety concerns. Truck companies are trying to entice truck drivers with higher wages and signing bonuses. Further, new legislation would allow 18-year-olds to drive a » Read More


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Americans Unconvinced About Safety of Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars may be the wave of the future, but according to a new poll that was released by Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety, many Americans do not trust the new technology and are concerned about the prospect of sharing the road with self-driving vehicles. If Congress were to impose minimum safety requirements on... Read More


Insufficient Evidence that Surgical Robots are Effective in Treating Cancer

High-tech surgical robots are one of the latest advances in medicine that surgeons are using to treat patients with certain types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer. However, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these robots are not necessarily an improvement from traditional operations. In fact, for some patients, the device may » Read More


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New Legislation Seeks Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Medical Marijuana

A growing number of states have approved the use of medical marijuana for a range of conditions, including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. It is also used to combat the nausea that is often associated with cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy. The Maryland Senate recently passed a bill that requires Workers’ Compensation providers to cover » Read More


Monday, April 15, 2019

Pedestrian Fatalities Peak in 2018

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, there is nothing protecting them from the impact of the vehicle. As a result, car accidents involving pedestrians cause serious, often fatal injuries, particularly if the vehicle was traveling at a high speed. According to the new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in 2018,... Read More


Friday, April 12, 2019

Parking Lot Accidents

Maneuvering through a parking lot can be very frustrating, especially during busy times. Sports venues, grocery stores, shopping malls, offices, and schools are all notorious for testing driver patience, leading to a parking lot accident. Problems can occur if two vehicles are moving out of parking spots at the same time. When they are both... Read More


Work Injuries that are a Pain in the Neck

It is not unusual for someone to develop a slight ache here or a minor pain there, after working day after day at a physically demanding job. Oftentimes, workers start to feel some of those aches and pains in their neck. These may start out as a relatively minor ache, then progress to a debilitating » Read More


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Advanced Vehicle Technology Can Detect and Evade Pedestrians

Thanks to the advanced safety technology available in today’s cars, more and more vehicles are equipped with accident avoidance technology like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warnings. Another example of an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that is currently being tested is pedestrian detection and avoidance. To aid with testing these systems, AB Dynamics » Read More


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Most Dangerous Distraction for Teen Drivers

Teen drivers are notorious for using their phones to talk and text while they are driving, even though many states have passed laws prohibiting the use of smartphones while driving. While this continues to be a serious problem among teen drivers, more car accidents are caused by reaching for objects in the car, compared to... Read More


Trucking Industry Led by Individuals Who Have Never Driven a Truck

From the recent audit that the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General launched into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) medical certification procedures, to issues related to hours of service, truck drivers have expressed their frustration over the fact that none of the people in high-powered industry positions have ever driven a truck. » Read More


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

High Rate of Maternal Deaths in the United States 

In the United States, the number of maternal deaths in hospitals across the country has been growing at an alarming rate. For women with pre-existing conditions, or who are at or below the poverty level, America is the most dangerous place to give birth compared to other developed countries. A USA Today report found that » Read More


Monday, April 8, 2019

Technology Helps Police Catch Hit and Run Drivers

If you have ever been involved in a hit and run accident, you know how frustrating, infuriating, and ultimately more expensive it can be when the person who caused the accident flees the scene. Whether the person panicked and immediately regretted the decision, or they had no intention of taking any responsibility for their actions,... Read More


Construction Work Zone Safety Tips – Infographic

Spring is here which means road construction season has begun. As the weather continues to warm up, more and more work zones will appear. Construction workers have a dangerous job working close to motorists driving at high speeds. Workers also operate or work near large construction machinery and face risk of injury and death from » Read More


Friday, April 5, 2019

Work Zone Safety Awareness Week Reminds Drivers to Avoid Dangerous Distractions 

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia, motorists who are distracted are close to thirty times more likely to cause an accident when driving by a work zone, compared to drivers who are paying attention to the road. Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is April 8 – 12, with a national » Read More


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Important Information to Collect After a Car Accident

Car accidents range in severity from minor fender benders to devastating head-on collisions that involve serious injuries and fatalities. Because car accidents happen when you least expect it, they can be extremely stressful, particularly when the crash caused significant property damage and injuries. Oftentimes, the people involved in the accident are unsure about what to » Read More


A Closer Look at Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has been called the new drunk driving, an American epidemic that has impacted millions of lives across the country. Nearly one-quarter of all car accident fatalities are caused by distracted driving. Over 391,000 injuries and 3,477 fatalities were related to distracted driving in 2015. So, why are drivers still picking up the phone... Read More


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

How Automation Will Impact the Future of the Trucking Industry

Autonomous technology continues to be a hot topic in the transportation industry, particularly in the commercial trucking industry. There are undeniable benefits to utilizing autonomous trucks, including increased productivity and potentially fewer devastating truck accidents. However, the shift towards self-driving trucks is likely to have a significant impact on the labor pool, as many of » Read More


Six States Oppose OSHA’s Decision to Reverse Workplace Injury Reporting Rule 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reversed a ruling that was put into place by the Obama Administration in 2016. The ruling states that businesses with 250 or more employees had to submit annual reports that included information about every employee injury or illness that was work-related. OSHA eliminated the requirement due to a » Read More


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

An Important Reminder to Put the Phone Away When Driving

In this day and age, it is no secret that texting while driving can have devastating consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it takes approximately five seconds to send or read a text, which is equivalent to driving the length of a football field, at 55 mph, blindfolded. As tempting as » Read More


Risks of Medical Errors at Urgent Care Centers

Just as quickly as urgent care centers are popping up across the country, so are the number of medical malpractice lawsuits being filed against these medical facilities. The typical long wait and high costs associated with visiting a hospital emergency room have enticed many people to visit urgent care centers for emergency treatment. Unfortunately, urgent » Read More


Monday, April 1, 2019

In-Vehicle Infotainment System Distractions

As we recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States, most drivers would name their phone, their take-out meal, or even other passengers as the most common distractions. However, in-vehicle infotainment systems are proven to be one of the biggest distractions while driving. These interactive devices and their features vary from vehicle to vehicle,... Read More