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Will D.C. adopt one of the most stringent distracted driving laws in the nation?

Maryland has adopted a relatively firm stance when it comes to distracted driving. Indeed, state law dictates that no licensed driver may use a "text messaging device" to send, read or write messages behind the wheel (with the exception of contacting 911), classifying this as a primary offense punishable by fines and even license suspension if the driver is under 18.

State law adopts a similarly hard-line stance against using a handheld device to talk behind the wheel, with licensed adult drivers essentially confined to the use of hands-free devices (with the exception of starting or ending a call, turning the phone on and off, or contacting 911). For their part, licensed drivers under 18 are banned from using both handheld devices and hands-free devices (with the exception of calling 911), meaning no talking while driving in any capacity. 

Fatal teenager crashes are increasing

Maryland is doing a lot of things right to limit teen crashes

After dropping to an all-time low in 2014, Maryland traffic fatalities rose in 2015 and so far the upward trend continues in 2016. Fatal accidents involving teen drivers in particular are up sharply after so much progress in recent years.


Why are more teens getting injured and killed in car accidents? Many factors contribute to the increase, including the simple math of more drivers on the road. On the bright side, Maryland is doing many of the right things to prevent a greater number of untimely teen deaths.

Is my injury covered by work comp insurance?

From drafting a report and making client phone calls to manning a station on the assembly line and putting pallets where they belong, most employees -- regardless of their chosen field -- have only one concern during the typical workday: completing their assigned duties. In other words, the last thing on their minds is the possibility of suffering a serious work injury.

While this is understandable, the unfortunate reality is that work injuries occur on a regular and altogether stunning basis. Indeed, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that in 2014 alone, private employers reported nearly three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses, a rate of roughly 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers.

Elevators vs. Escalators: Which is more dangerous?

Many people have a fear of elevators - claustrophobia mixed with a fear of heights. A healthy fear of escalators might be more logical. More people are injured on escalators and moving walkways than elevators, despite the fact that elevators far outnumber them.

Thumbnail image for EscalatorFamily(2).jpgChildren and the elderly are the most prone to escalator accidents, mostly from falls or from getting their hands and feet caught. What can be done to reduce the risk? Can anyone be held legally responsible for escalator injuries?

The Real Fright On Halloween? Pedestrian Accidents.

Mix excitable children with a glut of candy, low light, low-visibility masks, dark costumes and a high number of drunk drivers on the road and you have a real witch's brew of factors that can end in a pedestrian getting hit or killed by a car. 

Whether you're a parent wanting to protect your children during trick-or-treating hours or a motorist driving home on Halloween, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that this holiday, which is supposed to be about fun, doesn't end in tragedy. 

Three ways vaccines could trigger a malpractice lawsuit

For many, vaccinations are a rite of autumn that can help prevent serious illness or lost days of work all through the winter. Getting a yearly flu shot is particularly important for the elderly or for people with compromised immune systems, as those groups are more susceptible to infectious diseases than others. While these routine vaccinations are important, negligence on the part of those administering the vaccine can cause larger problems than the flu. Here are three ways that vaccines can trigger a malpractice lawsuit: 

Improper exemptions. A California doctor faces charges of gross negligence and may lose his license after apparently improperly exempting a two-year-old child from required immunizations. 

U.S. aims to eliminate traffic deaths within 30 years

The federal government announced a plan this week to set a goal of zero traffic deaths and injuries within the next 30 years. As car accidents remain one of the leading causes of deaths or injuries in this country, officials explained how they would achieve this new goal.

Efforts they plan to put into place to reach this goal include:

  • Promoting more seat belt use and compliance
  • Use of rumble strips on highways
  • Launching campaigns against drunk driving and distracted driving

New rule to make it easier for victims of nursing home abuse to seek justice

Although many people might not have noticed it, the past ten years have seen everyone from lenders and employers to cellphone carriers and retailers inserting what are known as arbitration clauses into the boilerplate of their contracts.

What this essentially means is that if anyone with whom they've executed a contract -- customers, patients, residents, etc. -- decides to bring legal action, it cannot be pursued via the courts, but rather before purportedly neutral arbitrators who will listen to arguments, consider evidence, and render decisions that are typically binding on all parties.

Don't let social media incriminate you in court

As ubiquitous as social media is these days, it's been known to get people in trouble for things they've said - comments and posts that are new or old. And if you're a plaintiff in a personal injury trial, you must know that everything you do and have done will be under scrutiny and can be used against you.

The best way to avoid problems is to shut down your social media presence - but that's hard to do and most people don't want to disconnect from friends and family completely. Here are some tips that will help you keep your social media life out of the courtroom:

Just how safe are Maryland's streets for pedestrians?

Even though the calendar says autumn is officially here, anyone who has lived in Maryland long enough knows that we are still several weeks away from any noticeable shift in weather conditions. What this means, of course, is that there is still more than enough time to take part in our favorite outdoor activities from long bike rides to leisurely walks.

It's important to understand, however, that no matter what time of the year it is, the danger of being involved in a pedestrian accident is always present. In case, you don't believe it, consider statistics show that of the 32,675 traffic-related fatalities that occurred in 2014, an astounding 15 percent were pedestrians.

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