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The common causes of a truck accident may surprise you

As a driver, you know that you take your life into your hands every time you step into your vehicle. At least, you should remain mindful of the need to be responsible at all times behind the wheel and never lose sight of the dangers inherent to getting on the road.Airplane accidents may get more press, even though, statistically, they are far less common, but the dangers of roadway driving are clear. It only takes a fraction of a second for a life-altering tragedy to occur and they take place far too often than then should if people took driving for the privilege and responsibility it really is.

Commercial trucks are everywhere, too, and their sheer size can intimidate many drivers in regular-sized vehicles. They certainly fare better when accidents do take place.

Frightening statistics about teen car accidents

You're worried about your daily commute. You've been doing it for years without issue, but you've recently been reading about car accident statistics, and the numbers are staggering.

As you've started digging into things, you've also begun paying closer attention to the drivers around you. Many of them are teens and college students going to and from school.

Research shows that signaling molecules play role in brain injury

Injury to the brain can be catastrophic in Maryland and elsewhere, resulting in disability as well as a shortened life. Unfortunately, not much is known regarding how various injury levels impact the brain. However, a recent research study indicated that both time and molecules known as signaling molecules probably play a role in mild cases of traumatic brain injury.

In the recent research study, scientists divided mice into several groups and analyzed their brain samples. They learned that the molecules involved in a signaling pathway called the cAMP pathway appeared to contribute to brain injury mediation and recovery. This same signaling pathway helps with regulating a person's heart rate, memory and stress levels.

Rear-end car accident injures several, kills child in Maryland

A dangerous collision can occur at any moment and may involve even the safest of drivers. In some cases, it may take little more than a moment of inattention for disaster to strike, and the resulting collision could have catastrophic consequences for everyone involved. A recent rear-end car accident involving two vehicles in Maryland has left several individuals with injuries and claimed the life of a 3-year-old child.

According to law enforcement agents, the incident took place just before noon on a recent Tuesday as a vehicle was attempting to make a left turn into a private driveway. Upon slowing down to navigate the turn, the car was suddenly struck from behind by a truck. There were six people involved in the crash in total, each of whom was rushed to a medical facility for treatment of injuries suffered.

Hospital negligence leaves patient out in the cold

A hospital has come under fire after staff members set a disoriented woman outside dressed only in a hospital gown. The hospital's top executive has issued an apology to the patient and her family and is said to be taking full responsibility for the incident. In Maryland, the hospital president stated that due to hospital negligence, the facility failed to provide the patient basic compassion and humanity.

A video that has gone viral on social media shows hospital staff leaving a woman dressed only in a hospital gown out on the street. The temperature at the time was 30 degrees. A passerby dialed 911, and an ambulance took her back to the hospital. A witness stated the family members found the woman at a homeless shelter and that she is now home safe with her family.

Workers' compensation when companies neglect safety

Thousands of Maryland employees head to work every morning with thoughts of the end of the day already in their minds. Little thought may be given to the duties needed to be performed while on the job, as the task is usually something that is completed on an almost daily basis. Sometimes the employees become complacent, and other times, employers fail to provide their workers with what they need to complete the job safely. When an employee is injured or killed while performing work-related tasks, workers' compensation is a benefit that many will utilize to help see their family through the financial rough patch that will most likely follow the incident.

A power company in another state was issued a "willful" violation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after five employees lost their lives while performing maintenance at a power plant. The men were instructed to unclog a slag pool, which is created as a byproduct that resembles lava and reaches comparable temperatures. According to OSHA, the particular tank the men were to unclog had been blocked for at least 13 hours. Protocol details that the unit should have been shut off after 6 to 8 hours of a clog or issue.

Workplace accidents lead to financial gaps for Maryland families

Injuries occurring while on the job can have a ripple effect to not only the worker and the company, but the worker's family as well. When the employee is injured, the medical and painful aspect of the incident can leave one unable to work for days, weeks or even longer. The financial implications of workplace accidents can really put families in a monetary rough spot. The loss of income from not being able to work can create a negative bank balance and stress within a family unit. When Maryland workers are hurt or fatally injured while on the job, workers' compensation benefits are typically available.

Authorities received a call around 2:20 p.m. to assist with helping rescue two men who had become trapped in a grain elevator in another state. Unsure of why the men were in the grain elevator and what exactly happened, all that was reported was that the men were buried under 20 to 25 feet of grain. Upon arrival of rescue workers, the men had been trapped for nearly two hours.

Personal prevention of distracted driving: Keep yourself safer

Most people understand just how big of a problem distracted driving has become. This behavior causes thousands of motor vehicle accidents every year, with many resulting in serious injury and death.

As a driver, you don't want to contribute to this problem. Instead, do your part in keeping the roads safe. There are a variety of personal prevention tips you can use to avoid the perils of distracted driving:

Negligence in Maryland care facilities can be painful

Many Maryland residents seek the full-time care for a loved one that a nursing facility can provide when care can no longer be provided at home. The decision is usually not made lightly, and the family often considers many facilities before deciding on a home that best meets their loved one's needs. Some forget to check for complaints of negligence or abuse while interviewing potential care sites. Overlooking any claims that have been made against a nursing home facility or its employees or contractors can prove to be painful for the residents, costly for families or even deadly.

A Certified Nursing Assistant in another state has been charged with felony criminal neglect after failing to follow directions regarding care for a patient. The 32-year-old woman was in the process of giving a 400-pound patient a bath when the woman rolled over the bed rail and fell roughly 3 feet to the tile floor. The fall caused the patient to break both femurs and required surgery with plates and screws to keep the bones in place.

Holiday car accident in Maryland kills 1, hurts 9

Maryland holidays are typically a time when many people take to the roadways to visit family and loved ones. With the increase of vehicles on highways, the likelihood of being involved in a car accident increases. When someone gets behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the odds of an auto accident increase significantly.

Nine people have been injured and another person has died in a car accident that occurred around 5:30 p.m. in Anne Arundel County. A vehicle heading northbound on a busy road crossed the center line and side-swiped a car in Churchton. The driver of the vehicle that was hit was transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries not considered life-threatening. The two passengers in the struck vehicle suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

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