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5 steps to take after a car accident

With over 10 million car accidents on record each year, it is important for drivers to understand what to do in case they are involved in a crash. Whether it's a small fender-bender or a major accident, it's key to follow proper protocol, which can make seeking claims for repairs and medical expenses more straightforward.

5 steps to take after a car accident

With over 10 million car accidents on record each year, it is important for drivers to understand what to do in case they are involved in a crash. Whether it's a small fender-bender or a major accident, it's key to follow proper protocol, which can make seeking claims for repairs and medical expenses more straightforward.

OSHA's rule for fall protection

A proposed rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the safety of walking-working surfaces has passed through the White House Office of Management and Budget. Maryland employers and employees may want to know how OSHA is working to prevent workplace injuries and deaths resulting from falls.

The rule, which is referred to as Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) in General Industry, was first proposed in 1990 and then updated in 2010. One part of the rule defines the performance criteria for personal fall protection systems. Another part establishes requirements for general industry walking-working surfaces and determines in which situations the fall protection systems should be used. OSHA believes that the rule can prevent more than 3,000 injuries along with 20 deaths on an annual basis.

Why are brain injuries more likely in commercial truck accidents?

Getting into any kind of car accident is serious, but colliding with a tractor-trailer may have side-effects that can change your life. The most recent FMCSA report on Large Truck and Bus Accidents notes that injuries from commercial vehicle accidents have increased by 21% percent.

For everyday drivers, this means a higher chance of colliding with a large truck and a greater risk of brain injury. This post will explore why large vehicle accidents may cause more brain injuries and how this trauma could affect a person’s long-term health.

Common OSHA violations in construction

Maryland residents who work in the construction industry are likely aware of some of the common health and safety violations that occur on constructions sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has provided a list of the 10 most frequent violations that have occurred since 2012.

Fall-related violations are the most common type of OSHA violation on construction sites. They were responsible for 359 of 899 workplace deaths in 2014. The top 10 violations cited by OSHA include fall protection on residential construction sites, portable ladders, fall protection for guard rails, inadequate training, protection for the eyes and face, fall protection for scaffolds, aerial lifts for scaffolds, fall protections for low-slope roofs and adequate access to scaffolds.

Plan aims for no traffic deaths, injuries within 30 years

On Oct. 5, the Obama administration announced the first steps in a plan designed to make roads safer for drivers in Maryland and throughout the United States. As part of the new initiative, the U.S. Department of Transportation will emphasize seat belt safety and the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. The ultimate goal is to have zero injuries or fatalities from traffic accidents within 30 years.

Safety technology and fully autonomous vehicles are expected to play a major role in increasingly road safety. Since experts cite human error as an issue in 94 percent of traffic accidents, eliminating this element with self-driving cars should lead to a significant drop in injuries and fatalities. The Transportation Secretary said that in order to lower traffic deaths, it will also be necessary for drivers, industry experts and government agencies to think about safety differently.

After the accident: Are there other sources of revenue?

It was a bright sunny day--the falls leaves were in color and a bike ride seemed like the perfect way to spend the day. You were just hitting a nice pace when the car coming toward you veered out of his lane and into yours. Suddenly, you were struck and the last thing you remember was being loaded into an ambulance.

Now, months later, you are on the mend, but your docs say you won't be able to work again for at least a year--maybe longer. You've gotten some money from the driver who hit you, but it's not enough. How are you supposed to pay your bills in the meantime?

Implications of open carry for Maryland landlords and tenants

In a public setting, the sight of a person openly carrying a gun may incite panic. However, in some jurisdictions, the right to openly carry is protected by law. While most who carry a gun don't plan to cause harm to anyone, it is possible for a gun to accidentally go off. It is also possible that an individual with a gun does intend to harm people with that weapon.

Therefore, landlords and retail tenants should be aware that they could be exposed to liability if an employee or invitee injures another person. In some instances, a business may be allowed to ban guns on the premises or may be covered by state law like in Wisconsin. Those who run a bar or any other establishment that may serve alcohol may be required by duty to ban guns.

How wrongful death lawsuit damages are determined

The process of determining the amount of compensation a victim's loved ones will receive from a Maryland wrongful death claim requires a thorough analysis of various factors. These factors may include the victim's annual salary and projected future earnings, the timeframe of suffering preceding death, the cause of death linked to the defendant's negligence and the victim's past and potential future contribution to his or her family's household income.

After these factors have been carefully evaluated, a jury and an economist's recommendation will be considered before the court makes a final award decision for damages. Although the cause of action of a victim's death may seem evident, wrongful death must still be proven.

Baltimore car crash kills 11-year-old girl

An 11-year-old Maryland girl was killed in a car accident on Sept. 25. The crash occurred at approximately 4:37 p.m. in Baltimore. According to Baltimore City Police, a 26-year-old man was speeding his vehicle west on the 2800 block of Frederick Avenue when he crossed into opposing traffic and smashed into an SUV.

The collision injured a 6-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and two 11-year-old girls. All four children were transported to the hospital, where one of the 11-year-old girls later died. The other three children were listed in critical condition. A 35-year-old male was a front seat passenger in the vehicle that hit the SUV. He was also taken to the hospital for treatment, but he left the premises prior to being discharged.

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