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Just how bad are Maryland drivers?

While bad drivers can be found almost anywhere, some states definitely have more than their fair share. In fact, according to a report compiled by, there are certain states with worse drivers than others.

So, where does Maryland rank when compared to other states? Does it have the worst drivers? No, but it can certainly do better.

The at-fault driver doesn't have insurance! Am I out of luck?

Even though drivers in Maryland are supposed to carry auto insurance, many do not. What is particularly frustrating about these careless motorists is that they are not only putting their own financial future at risk should they ever cause an accident, but your future as well.

So what happens if you suffer an injury in a car accident caused by an uninsured driver? Do you have any options, or are you simply out of luck? Fortunately, for many car accident victims, hope may be found in their own auto policies - specifically, under their uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage.

Report: Medical errors cause hundreds of thousands of deaths every year

According to a recent report published in The BMJ - an online international peer-reviewed medical publication formerly known as the British Medical Journal - medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.

In fact, this report, which was authored by two researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, determined that more than 250,000 people die each year because of medical mistakes - a conclusion based on extrapolated data and the review of various studies published since 1999.

MD Court: Adults Who Serve Booze To Minors May Face Civil Suits

According to an opinion recently issued by the Maryland Court of Appeals - the state's highest court - adults and parents who provide alcohol to underage kids can be held civilly liable is these same underage kids are injured or they hurt others.

While it is already a criminal offense in Maryland for an adult to "knowingly and willfully allow" someone under the age of 21 to possess or drink alcohol, this is the first time the Court of Appeals has recognized some form of social host liability. Specifically, social host liability is a legal term that refers to situations in which hosts may be sued for personal injury if they provide guests with alcohol, and the guests then injure others.

Pokémon Go: Is catching them all really worth an accident?

By now, the Pokémon Go craze has spread almost everywhere in the nation, including Baltimore. While this popular game - which requires players to capture animated Pokémon characters projected on their cellphone screens amid the player's actual surroundings - has coaxed countless kids and adults off the couch, it has also gotten several people injured. In fact, the internet is rife with stories of people walking into traffic, trees and even off rocky ledges as they try to catch Pokémon on their cellphones.

Sadly, it was only a matter of time until drivers started getting in on the act, as illustrated by a recent car accident involving a Pokémon Go player and a cop car. According to a report by USA Today - and supported by police body-camera video - the driver slammed his vehicle into a Baltimore Police cruiser while he was playing Pokémon Go. The driver's response to police? "That's what I get for playing this dumb--- game."

Nonprofits collaborate to improve diagnosis of endometriosis

Women in Maryland with endometriosis sometimes endure terrible pain. The discomfort also might linger for a long time without a proper diagnosis because this condition takes an average of 12 years to diagnose. To improve recognition and treatment of this disease, the Endometriosis Foundation of America has partnered with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The specialists at these nonprofit organizations plan to expand outreach and education among medical professionals. The priorities that they have set include an adolescent education program, improvement of diagnosis standards especially for young adults and updates for the training of surgeons.

Changes in reporting regulations may benefit workers

Maryland employees may be interested to learn about a May 2016 rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding drug testing following a workplace accident. The rule, which was implemented under the name 'Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses," requires employers in certain industries to submit injury and illness data to OSHA electronically and could affect future workers' compensation claims, according to news reports.

Under previous OSHA regulations, employers were required to keep that data on-hand but not necessarily to submit it to OSHA on a regular basis. The specific industries that will be required to submit injury data to OSHA was not reported. Sources indicate that OSHA will take the data submitted by employers and put it on a website that is accessible to the public, but no specific employee names will be used. OSHA hopes that having the data out in the open will improve employer accountability and help protect employee rights.

Disturbing medical malpractice cases

According to some statistics, only heart disease and cancer claim the lives of more Americans than medical errors, but Maryland patients may still be shocked to learn the details of some disturbing medical malpractice cases. A man having the wrong leg amputated is the punchline of several jokes, but this actually happened to a Florida man in 1995. The hospital and surgeon involved eventually paid the man more than a million dollars for their mistake.

Perhaps the most terrifying recent medical malpractice case involved a West Virginia man who took his own life in 2006 just two weeks after botched surgery left him traumatized. The man had been scheduled to undergo a routine abdominal operation, but an anesthesia mistake left him fully aware and able to feel pain as the surgical team went to work. Surgeons worked on the frantic man, who was not able to speak or move, for more than 15 minutes before the general anesthetic that he had been given finally began to have an effect.

Reducing financial losses from workplace injuries

When Maryland workers are injured on the job in Maryland, both they and their employer experience financial losses. Injured workers loses income while they are recovering from their injuries, and the worker's employer loses productivity. Financial losses from work-related accidents may be reduced if employers take steps to assess risks and create safer workplaces.

The first step that an employer must take to make sure that its workplace is reasonably safe is to evaluate potential hazards. A common hazard in almost any workplace is repetitive motion injuries from activities like bending and lifting. Workers are also frequently injured by hazards like cluttered work areas and damaged staircases that could cause falls. Equipment that is not operating correctly can also be a common workplace hazard.

1 dead, 2 injured in 3-car accident

A man was killed in a multi-car accident that took place in Baltimore July 6. Maryland Transportation Authority police said that the fatal crash involved three cars and occurred on Interstate 95 North. Two other people who were injured but survived the accident were treated at Shock Trauma.

The accident happened just north of the Fort McHenry toll plaza and was reported at 12:15 p.m. Police confirmed that the deceased victim of the accident died at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. There were no immediate reports about what might have caused the three-car accident or whether any of the drivers involved are facing criminal charges. After car accidents like this, the drivers involved are often tested for drugs and alcohol so that investigators can determine whether intoxication was a factor.

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