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May 2017 Archives

6 unsafe driving behaviors you should avoid

When you think of unsafe driving practices, cell phones and texting probably comes to mind. Or driving in the rain without your headlights on. (Unlike Maryland, not all states require drivers to activate their headlights when they activate their windshield wipers.)

Does a good economy cause a rise in traffic fatalities?

Experts at the National Safety Council expressed alarm at the deaths of nearly 19,000 people reported in traffic accidents across the U.S. during a six-month period in 2015. They see the statistics not as an aberration, but rather as a disturbing trend in the wrong direction.

Why location is everything when it comes to pedestrian accidents

As we've discussed on our blog before, more people than ever are now choosing to forgo their vehicles in favor of going by mass transit, bicycle or even on foot. The motivations for this drastic lifestyle change vary, of course, with some motivated by environmental concerns, others by finances and still others by healthy living.

Why one study called Maryland the safest state for teen drivers

Without question, one of the most stressful moments in the life of any parent is when their child is old enough to start driving. Indeed, this stress has only been exacerbated in recent years, as moms and dads not only have to worry about things like speeders and impaired drivers, but also distracted drivers.

Injuries during an ambulance run or fire emergency?

"Let's be careful out there."We see emergency situations frequently: a fire truck speeding through an intersection, a police officer in pursuit of a suspect, an ambulance heading for the hospital. We pull over to let these vehicles zip by, but what many people do not realize is how often accidents involve emergency vehicles.

What do the rules of professional conduct have to say about competence?

When a person makes the decision to retain the services of an attorney to handle a particular issue -- from an estate plan or employment agreement to a divorce or a DWI -- they understandably assume -- and rightly expect -- a certain level of competence.

What exactly are temporary total disability benefits?

In a previous post, we began discussing how those left sidelined by a serious work injury can take considerable comfort from the fact that they are more than likely covered by the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act, which dictates that qualifying injured workers are entitled to much-needed work comp benefits depending upon their circumstances.

Why do I need an attorney for my bus-related injury?

One of the potential problems for Metrobus riders is the lack of seatbelts. Lurching starts or sudden stops can cause an injury. You might get hurt in other ways, too, such as walking down the aisle when the bus is in motion or injuring your ankle when stepping off because the bus is not close enough to the curb.

Many hospital falls are preventable

In 2015, the Joint Commission reported that fall-related injuries in health care facilities are a prevalent problem -- and largely preventable. Hundreds of thousands of hospital patients fall each year, and 30 to 50 percent suffer injuries from the fall. A hospital fall can add an average of 6.3 days to a hospital stay on average and increase the hospital bill by $14,000 or more.

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