Thursday, October 31, 2019

Elderly Female Drivers at Greater Risk of Being in a Car Accident

Giving up a driver’s license is one of the most difficult decisions that some elderly drivers must make. It means giving up a certain degree of freedom, independence, and the ability to remain self-sufficient. However, as difficult as the decision may be, if it is no longer safe for the driver to get behind the » Read More

Human Error Causes Majority of Surgical Errors

Surgeons complete up to 16 years of education and medical training before they operate on their first patient. This includes a surgical residency at a hospital, which can take anywhere from three to eight years. Despite this extensive training, surgeons are capable of making mistakes, potentially resulting in medical malpractice claims. In fact, according to » Read More

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits After a Work Accident

Workplace injuries are an unfortunate reality, particularly in industries such as construction, warehousing, and transportation. Maryland law states that employers must provide Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage for employees who are injured on the job. This coverage provides financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits if the injury prevents the worker from returning » Read More

Railroad Safety Grant Money Remains Unspent

In 2013, a CSX freight train exploded after it hit a garbage truck and derailed off the tracks in Roseland, Maryland. In response to the devastating accident, the federal government awarded a $700,000 grant to the state of Maryland for the purpose of improving safety at railroad crossings in the area, including the location where... Read More

Truck Drivers Receive Too Little Sleep

It is not uncommon for truck drivers to spend long hours behind the wheel, often with no breaks for sleep. As a result, a large percentage of truck drivers are drowsy, and some even report that they have fallen asleep while operating a large commercial truck. Due to the massive size and weight of the » Read More

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Trick to a Safe Halloween

October may be known for its cool air, changing leaves, and cider donuts, but if you ask any child, this month is mostly known for Halloween. From planning their costumes to collecting as much candy as their trick-or-treating bags will hold, children look forward to this haunted holiday that is full of spooky tricks and » Read More

Family Sues Healthcare Facility Over Son’s Wrongful Death

A 29-year-old patient who suffered from schizophrenia apparently died of starvation because he refused to eat while he was being treated at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, New Jersey. The patient’s mother is filing a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the state of New Jersey and Morristown Medical Center, the hospital to which » Read More

Monday, October 28, 2019

Rule to Require Electric Cars to Make Noise

In addition to being fuel efficient, less expensive to maintain, and better for the environment, electric cars are very quiet compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines. While the noiseless nature of electric cars appeals to some consumers, safety officials are concerned that pedestrians may not hear an electric vehicle approaching. The National Highway Traffic... Read More

Friday, October 25, 2019

Car Accidents Associated with Tesla’s Smart Summon Feature

Tesla recently introduced a new feature in its Model 3 vehicles, which allows vehicle owners to remotely summon their parked car from places like parking lots and driveways using GPS technology. Customers who pay extra for the enhanced self-driving capabilities will receive the Smart Summon mode, as well as Netflix, Spotify, and navigation features. Unfortunately,... Read More

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Multivehicle Crash in Kensington Seriously Injures Five Victims

On Wednesday evening, a multivehicle crash occurred in Kensington, Maryland that seriously injured five victims. Around 6 pm, three vehicles including two passenger cars and a pickup truck engaged in an accident between Connecticut Avenue and Saul Road. A cyclist became pinned against a utility pole after being hit by one of the vehicles during... Read More

Maryland’s Move Over Law Protects Workers and First Responders

Safety officials created the Move Over law to protect first responders from oncoming traffic when they are parked by the side of the road assisting other motorists. According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, the law is being expanded to include transportation, service and utility vehicles, and waste and recycling trucks that have their lights » Read More

Why Should Pets be Restrained in the Car?

We all know how important it is to buckle our seat belts every time we are the car, whether we are in the driver’s seat, the passenger seat, or in the backseat. We make sure that children are safely restrained in the appropriate car seat based on their age and weight. However, when bringing the » Read More

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Construction Worker Fatally Injured After Electrocution in Bethesda

A construction worker became fatally injured after suffering from an electrocution at a Bethesda, Maryland construction site. The fatal accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon, around 12:20 pm, when the construction worker and another colleague were shocked by a power line and fell into an eight-foot trench. One construction worker sustained fatal injuries while the other... Read More

Fatal Tour Bus Crash Under Investigation

A tour bus traveling to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah crashed into a guardrail and rolled off the road, killing four passengers and causing a range of injuries to the remaining passengers. All 30 passengers on the bus were Chinese-speaking tourists traveling in the United States. The bus driver was also injured in » Read More

Health Risks of IUDs

There are a range of birth control options available to women today, including the pill, diaphragms, and hormonal patches. The intrauterine device (IUD) has been around for decades, and has become increasingly popular in recent years. This may be due to the fact that it does not require women to take a pill every day » Read More

MDOT MVA Launches Campaign for Seat Belt Usage

The Maryland Department of Transportation and Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) recently announced its newest campaign, Seat Belts Look Good on You. The campaign aims to encourage seat belt usage amongst the nation’s most stubborn demographic: teenagers. The campaign follows the results of the statewide 2019 Roadside Observation Seat Belt Survey. The survey results indicated... Read More

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Importance of PPE for Maritime Workers

Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects workers from certain health and safety risks while they are on the job. From helmets, goggles, and gloves to safety boots, respirators, and masks, PPEs are crucial to workplace safety, particularly in certain industries where workers are exposed to a range of potentially dangerous hazards. Maritime workers face a range » Read More

Parents Concerned About Teens Riding with Risky Drivers

Parents want to protect their children from dangerous situations, but it is not possible to be with them 100 percent of the time. Though they can teach their teens about safety, they cannot always control the environments that teens find themselves in, including riding with their teenage friends. A poll sponsored by University of Michigan’s » Read More

Monday, October 21, 2019

Rail Crossing Safety for Drivers

A recent car accident at a rail crossing in Baltimore County has left the driver of the vehicle with life-threatening injuries. The accident has pushed Baltimore County officials to make the rail crossing safer. The driver of the vehicle reportedly had to undergo two surgeries for his life-threatening injuries. However, he is expected to recover.... Read More

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Who is Liable for a Car Accident Involving an Illegally Parked Vehicle?

When two or more motorists are involved in a car accident, police are called to the scene and an accident report is filled out. Based on the details of the accident, police will determine who is at-fault for causing the accident. Once fault is established, the victim can proceed with filing a claim for compensation. » Read More

Friday, October 18, 2019

Automated Safety Features Help Reduce Crashes

Thanks to the latest advances in safety technology, today’s cars are safer than ever. In fact, according to a recent study by General Motors (GM), automatic emergency braking reduced rear-end crashes by 46 percent and reverse automatic braking lowered backout crashes by 81 percent. The technology increases the price of the car and repairs can... Read More

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Making Safety a Priority in the Trucking Industry

Driving a large commercial truck for a living is not always easy. Truck drivers often work long hours, face tight deadlines, and have to navigate busy highways, sometimes during inclement weather conditions. Driving responsibly and ensuring that the truck is in top working condition is part of the job, yet serious truck accidents continue to » Read More

Should I Pursue Non-Economic Damages? 

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you will likely be eligible for compensation. However, what many people may not realize is that you have a much better chance of receiving a full financial recovery by filing a personal injury lawsuit as opposed to accepting a » Read More

Health Care Workers Experience Surge in Workplace Violence

Doctors, nurses, physicians’ assistants, orderlies, and other health care workers dedicate themselves to providing the best care possible for their patients. Oftentimes, they work long hours in emergency rooms, hospital wards, and clinics, where they are exposed to a range of infections and serious illnesses, some of which are highly contagious. Unfortunately, they are also » Read More

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Increase in High Blood Pressure Among Pregnant Women

Researchers from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School released a study recently that showed an alarming rise in blood pressure among pregnant women. A number of factors contributed to this increase, including the fact that women are having children later in life. They also found that African American women are at a greater risk » Read More

Peak in Fatalities from Running Red Lights

Running a red light may get you more than just a ticket, according to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study found that the number of people that were killed by motorists who drove through red lights reached a 10-year high, resulting in at least two fatalities per day in... Read More

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bullying Impacts Workplace Safety

Most people encounter a difficult boss at some point in their career. It is something that most adults have to learn to deal with in a mature and professional way. However, there is a difference between a boss who is difficult, and one who bullies their employees on a regular basis. Workers who are bullied » Read More

Essex Truck Crash with MTA Bus Injures Eight Victims

A truck crash with an MTA bus injured eight individuals on Monday afternoon. The accident occurred around 3 pm in Essex, Maryland when a pickup truck slammed into the side of the bus on Eastern Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. Both drivers received hospitalization and the other victims went to local hospitals for treatment of their... Read More

Monday, October 14, 2019

Updates to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Most cars that were manufactured within the past several years are equipped with smartphone-based infotainment systems that offer a range of interactive features, such as navigation, audio, and phone features. Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto systems are updating their technology, but consumers will not need to learn how to navigate a vehicle’s new built-in... Read More

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Patient Sues Doctor and University for Negligent Treatment

If it is caught early, breast cancer is one of the more treatable types of cancer. With the right treatment and follow-up care, the long-term prognosis for breast cancer patients is often positive. However, if a health care provider fails to recommend a treatment option that can prevent the cancer from spreading, this will allow » Read More

Friday, October 11, 2019

Duodenoscope Transmitted Infections Put Patients’ Health at Risk

Duodenoscopes are medical devices used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to help health care providers diagnose and treat serious conditions and diseases, such as cancer or gallstones in the pancreas or bile duct. These flexible, lighted tubes are threaded into the top of the small intestine via the mouth, throat, and stomach. They are effective » Read More

Companies Avoid Responsibility for Crashes Involving Third-Party Drivers

Today, you can find just about anything on Amazon and have it shipped to your doorstep for free, in just two days. That fast delivery does not come without a price. According to an investigation by ProPublica, since June 2015, there have been over 60 accidents involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries,... Read More

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Main Causes of Speed-Related Car Accidents

Speeding is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in this country. A recent study determined what causes drivers to exceed the speed limit. Interestingly, they found that posted speed limits did not influence speeding, but they discovered several factors that did, including age, gender, the type of road, and time of... Read More

Tesla Crash Caused by Driver Inattention and Autopilot Design Flaw

In January 2018, a Tesla Model S slammed into the rear of an on-call fire truck on a California freeway. Fortunately, no one was injured, but there was significant damage to the front of the Tesla. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the cause of the accident was two-fold; the driver was relying » Read More

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Best Practices to Reduce Occupational Cancer in Firefighters

Firefighters put their lives on the line every time they are called to an emergency. From putting out fires to responding to dangerous chemical spills, these brave men and women do not hesitate to do what is required of them, even if it means putting their own lives in danger. In addition to the risk » Read More

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

FMCSA Extends Clearinghouse Deadline for State Agencies

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), states should have an additional three years to comply with the federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse requirements. The FMCSA has proposed a new rule that would give state agencies until January 6, 2023 to comply with the way state agencies request information from the Commercial Driver’s » Read More

New Technology May Help Prevent Dangerous Backup Accidents

When people are overwhelmed, busy, and stressed out, they tend to become easily distracted. For example, if someone is running late for work, they may grab their coffee to go, jump in the car, and quickly back out of the driveway. Unfortunately, if the driver did not take the time to check the area behind » Read More

Monday, October 7, 2019

Distracted Driving Through Work Zone

Construction workers and engineers who are responsible for maintaining our roads and highways work very hard to build new roads and bridges, repair existing roads, and fill cracks and potholes. Work zones can be dangerous, particularly when large, heavy machinery is often used to move heavy objects, dig trenches, or help workers complete tasks they » Read More

Friday, October 4, 2019

Safety Tips When Driving Through a Construction Zone

Road construction workers and road maintenance workers are subjected to one of the most dangerous work environments as cars and trucks speed by their work area, sometimes traveling in excess of 55 miles per hour. Construction zone car accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Many factors contribute to construction zone car accidents, but... Read More

UPS and TuSimple Test Self-Driving Trucks

The United Parcel Service (UPS) made an announcement recently that it has been working with self-driving truck company, TuSimple, to test self-driving technology in their tractor-trailers. For the past several months, the two companies have been working together to transport goods between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona to determine whether the self-driving technology can help improve » Read More

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Alarm Fatigue Among Nurses Leads to Serious Medical Mistakes

Nurses who work in busy hospitals or intensive care units have a range of responsibilities, including checking vital signs, administering medication, monitoring patients’ ventilators, and making sure that feeding pumps are working properly. All these machines are equipped with alarms that alert nurses when a patient needs medical attention. However, according to research, 72 to » Read More

Toyota Issues Recalls Due to Defective Airbags

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Takata airbag recall was the largest safety recall in U.S. history. It was responsible for 16 deaths in the U.S., and at least 24 deaths and 300 injuries worldwide. Toyota recently announced that it is recalling 191,000 cars in the U.S. and Japan due to » Read More

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Reopening a Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Worsening of Condition

When an employee is injured at work, they may need to miss several days, weeks, or more of work to fully recover from the injury. Fortunately, Workers’ Compensation benefits cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses associated with the injury. The employee will continue to receive these benefits until they have » Read More

Will Cameras Replace Traditional Car Mirrors?

Since December, European and Japanese car companies have been selling cars equipped with cameras instead of side mirrors. Current federal regulations do not yet allow camera-based rear or side-vision systems. However, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering how to catch up on technology that Europe and Japan have already approved. The... Read More

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Best Cars for Your Teen Driver

When it is time to shop for cars, parents and teen drivers tend to have differing perspectives on what the perfect vehicle might be. Many teens search for style in the most sporty or luxurious vehicle on the market, often to show off to their peers. However, parents often look beyond the aesthetics and search » Read More