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Texting drivers can end up causing you serious injuries

Motor vehicle crashes can happen for a broad range of reasons. Sometimes, bad weather makes it harder for people to control their vehicles properly. Other times, a mistake by one driver can end up having consequences for many other people on the road. Sadly, it has become increasingly common for people to make choices that leave others in danger on the road.

One such choice is the decision to drive distracted, particularly when someone engages with a mobile phone. Our culture has become obsessed with constant contact and the need for instant responses. Even those who may not text with family or loved ones on the road may feel compelled to respond to a boss or client. All too often, these people overlook the legal and practical risk that they are taking.

Spinal cord injuries can cause major life changes

Many injuries can cause lasting symptoms. For example, a broken leg might have aches and pains as time progresses, even after the bone is healed. Spinal cord injuries are a bit different because the effects can last the rest of the person's life without improving.

For a person who has an injured spinal cord, there are many factors to impact how one fares in the aftermath. It is imperative to understand how quality of life might be impacted by the injury.

Do you understand premises liability in slip-and-fall incidents?

Thousands of people slip and fall all over the United States ever day. Some of these people walk away with little or no injuries, while others end up severely hurt. In fact, more than a million people each year seek treatment in emergency rooms due to slip-and-fall injuries. They happen both to people who are at work and to people visiting a store or walking down the sidewalk.

Contrary to popular belief, the elderly are not the only people at risk for severe injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall. Older adults do risk broken hips and other severe injuries, but people of any age can sustain severe injuries after slipping. If it happens in a public space, like in a parking lot or a busy store, there may be premises liability involved.

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.


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