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3 things to do to adjust after a car crash

A motor vehicle crash instantly stops your day. It might result in injuries that require treatment, or someone could suffer fatal injuries. As someone who is a victim in a motor vehicle accident, it's your right to receive medical care and other assistance. Typically, the person who caused the crash becomes responsible for those expenses.

Money isn't everything, though. After a crash, there are still many things you'll go through, from ongoing medical treatments to trying to find a job that works with your new or worsened disability. How can you deal with the changes that take place in your life?

Common causes of distracted driving

Distracted driving has been a problem since long before cellphones started adding to the incidents. In general, distracted driving is the cause of approximately 25 percent of all car accident fatalities. It is more than likely that you have seen a distracted driver or possibly even been the victim of one. Whether or not you have been involved in a wreck with a distracted driver, it can help you to avoid future accidents by knowing what causes this behavior.

You might be wondering how knowing the causes of distracted driving can help you avoid an accident. By knowing the causes, you can more easily see the signs. For example, how many times have you sat in traffic in Pikesville and seen the driver next to you eating a breakfast sandwich or fiddling with the radio. Guess what? These are distractions. Read below to find out more about the common causes of distracted driving.

Hidden factor in preventing DUI accidents in Maryland

When we take to the road, we expect other drivers to be responsible behind the wheel. However, dangerous factors such as speeding, texting and driving and driving under the influence continue to present hazards on our roadways. We preach safety and responsibility and write tickets to drivers who break the law, but sometimes it still isn't enough to prevent an accident.

With safety on our minds, let's think back to 2011 in Maryland. Can you think of a significant event that year? Six years ago, the state raised taxes on alcohol sales. Today, this rising price at the liquor store is met with a positive effect on safety on the roads. Namely, monthly DUI-related crashes are down 20 percent since the alcohol tax was put in place.

Latest Maryland workers' compensation injury statistics

If you feel like you are the only one you know who has suffered a workplace injury, know that you are not alone. Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 67,000 people suffered from workplace injuries in 2013 alone, and these are just the injuries that were reported. Many of these individuals might have applied to receive workers' compensation benefits. If you are also an injured worker, you may be able to qualify for benefits as well.

In 2013, approximately 2.3 million individuals were covered by Maryland's workers' compensation system. Out of every 100 of these full-time workers, approximately 3.4 suffered an illness or injury in 2013. That represents a figure that is 3 percent under the national average, which was 3.5 in 2013. As for serious injuries that required spending time unable to work, about 1.5 of every 100 workers suffered such an injury in 2013.

Self driving vehicles and car accidents: Who is responsible?

Maryland drivers may be surprised to hear that evidence has surfaced pointing to the potential dangers of self-driving vehicles. The investigative study that produced the evidence was carried out by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute. Allegedly, according to the study's results, self driving cars are not as safe as vehicles driven by middle-aged drivers with normal levels of driving experience.

The safety benefits of self-driving cars pale in comparison to safety levels achieved by middle aged motorists, mainly because human drivers are better able to safely deal with problems like downed trees, road difficulties, jaywalkers and mechanical difficulties. Nevertheless, the researcher pointed out that the level of advancements achievable by self-driving technology is still unknown.

How often do shopping charts result in a child injury?

In spite of efforts across the United States to implement new voluntary safety standards for shopping carts in 2004, the rate of shopping cart related injuries in children has continued to rise. In fact, according to a study released in 2014, an average of 66 children are treated for shopping cart injuries in hospitals every day across the United States. Some of the most common injuries include closed head injuries and concussions.

The study was carried out by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The researchers looked at information relating to children under the age of 15 treated at emergency rooms for shopping cart related-injuries at United States hospitals from 1990 to 2011. During this time frame, approximately 530,494 shopping cart injuries occurred. That adds up to about 24,000 child injuries every year, one child every minute, or 66 children a day.

Episcopal bishop accused of DUI manslaughter in auto accident

A bishop from the Maryland Episcopal Church has been charged with DUI, manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a fatal accident after being involved in a bicycle versus car crash in Baltimore. The accident happened during the afternoon on Dec. 27. The bishop -- who is the first female Episcopal bishop in Maryland and the state's second ranked clergy member -- turned herself in last Friday.

According to authorities, the 58-year-old bishop was driving a 2001 Subaru when the collision occurred. Police say that her vehicle veered out of its appropriate lane and hit a male bicyclist, who was traveling in the bike lane. The woman's vehicle struck the bicyclist from the rear, sending his body into the woman's windshield. The catastrophic accident ended in the bicyclist's death. Tragically, the man was also a father and will leave behind two children.

Common pregnancy and birth injury complications

Two of the most prevalent pregnancy complications in Maryland include umbilical cord complications and breech pregnancy. These pregnancy complications can happen naturally and they can happen as a result of physician's errors.

Umbilical cord complications are some of the most common types of problems during a pregnancy. They can result in serious injuries and even death, so physicians and birth technicians need to identify them and take action immediately to prevent the strangulation of a baby.

Playground injuries are a real danger to children in Maryland

Every parent's worst nightmare is to find out that his or her child has been injured or even killed in an accident. In some cases, this happens in the last place that you would expect. For example, did you know that an average of 17 children lose their lives each year while they are simply playing on playgrounds?

On top of that, there are serious injuries that take place that do not result in death. The majority -- about 90 percent, according to estimates -- of the injuries are not very significant, but that still leaves 10 percent that can lead to pain and suffering, high medical bills and even permanent disabilities or disfigurements.

Distracted driving car accidents during the holiday season

It is the holiday season when numerous drivers are out clogging the streets trying to buy last minute Christmas gifts and make it to holiday parties on time. Maryland drivers have a hard enough time driving safely and following traffic laws as it is. Add a few holiday stressors and other distractions into the mix, and you have a recipe for more distracted driving car accidents.

Distracted driving is caused by a wide variety of factors. These days, texting and using smart phones is a primary cause of many distracted driving events. Eating and drinking, chatting with passengers, grooming and reading are other common factors. Watching videos, using navigation systems or adjusting radios and other controls inside the car also cause a lot of accidents.


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