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December 2014 Archives

On distracted driving

As many Maryland residents have already learned, distracted driving is a growing danger on the roads of America. The high-technology world of instant text and voice communication that we live in today has caused unforeseen side effects to those who operate motor vehicles and utilize the highways or streets. Even pedestrians and bicyclists are at greater risk than ever before because of the increasing prevalence of distracted driving.

Car accidents leading cause of workplace accidents

Maryland readers may be surprised to learn that nearly 40 percent of all work-related fatalities in the country are associated with motor-vehicle accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to the personal, human costs of vehicle-related workplace accidents, there is a significant economic impact. The annual cost for United States employers averaged an estimated $60 billion annually between the years of 1998 and 2000.

The workers' compensation claims process

Maryland workers may be interested in some information regarding the process of filing a workers' compensation claim if they are injured on the job. Depending on how the claim is treated, the employee may need to file for an appeal or attend a hearing.

Head-on accident kills both drivers in Maryland

Authorities with the Anne Arundel County police reported that a head-on collision claimed the lives of both involved drivers. According to reports, the accident occurred on Dec. 15 on Central Avenue West in Davidsonville.

Injuries in the agricultural industry

Agricultural workers in Maryland are employed in one of the country's most dangerous industries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While working on farms and with farm equipment, agricultural workers are regularly exposed to conditions that put them at risk for serious injuries that could potentially be fatal.

Drunk driving accidents

While most Maryland drivers know that impaired drivers may cause serious car accidents, they may not know the estimated number of people who are impacted. In fact, it is estimated that drunk drivers cause 30 deaths throughout the nation every day and more than $59 billion in damages every year.

U-turn into wrong lane causes fatal accident

A car accident in Maryland left one driver dead and two other motorists injured when a pickup truck failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle on Maryland Route 4 on Dec. 4. The sheriff's office in Calvert County is asking the community for assistance while it conducts an investigation. At this time, driver error and failure to yield are thought to have caused the crash.

Reducing muscle-related injuries in the workplace

Residents of Maryland who work in the retail or wholesale industries may benefit from a recently published report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that offers several tips that could significantly reduce the growing amount of work-related musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries, which affect people whose job involves lifting and moving large amounts of stock, freight and other heavy materials, account for about a third of all reported workplace illness and injury cases for 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pedestrian critically injured by hit-and-run driver

On Nov. 23, a 24-year-old man in Maryland was injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. At the time of the accident, the victim and a friend were walking along the side of westbound Obrecht Road. At around 2:30 a.m., a 1996 Chevrolet Impala hit the victim from behind. Police say the driver of the Impala then continued to travel west without stopping. As is common with many car accidents, charges against the driver are pending review by the State Attorney's Office.

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