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Bicycle safety tips to keep you safe

There is a healthy bicycling culture in the United States, in fact, the number of trips made by bicycle more than doubled from 2001 to 2009. This increase is caused in large part by growing environmental concerns as well as people’s increased appreciation for their physical fitness.

While bicycling is certainly a help to both the environment as well as people’s health, it also leaves the rider much more exposed in the event of an accident. For bicycle riders who unfortunately collide with vehicles, the results are often fatal.

How to recognize symptoms of traumatic brain injury

Some people in Maryland may underestimate the seriousness of a slip-and-fall accident. While you may sustain no injury from a slip and fall, accidents such as these can also result in broken bones or ligament damage. Perhaps surprisingly, slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries according to the Centers for Disease Control. We at Greenblatt & Veliev have seen the damage a slip-and-fall accident can cause. If you or someone you know experiences a slip and fall, knowing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury may help you seek help in a timely fashion. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injuries fall into one of three categories: moderate, severe and mild. A moderate-to-severe TBI may cause long-term complications, while a mild TBI may produce only a temporary effect on the functioning of your brain cells. However, these terms are relative to one another; a TBI classified as mild is still a serious injury requiring immediate medical attention. 

When are aggressive driving crashes most likely to occur?

Aggressive driving can be a real problem on Maryland roads, though it is not a consistent problem every minute of every day. According to a report by Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration, people who drive without regard to the rules or safety of others are more likely to get into collisions in certain parts of the year and at certain times of the day. Additionally, the severity of such accidents is also likely to vary depending on the period of time.

The MVA report found that Marylanders can expect the lowest number of aggressive car collisions in the beginning months of the year. Car crashes would rise at a slow rate beginning in March and progressing into June. However, the peak number of aggressive driving accidents would occur in the last three months of the year, from October to December.

How can I keep kids safe on a trampoline?

If you own a trampoline in Maryland, the chances are good that you are pretty popular with the neighborhood kids. However, with ownership comes great responsibility. According to the Mayo Clinic, backyard trampolines are quite dangerous. The risks for injury mean you are liable if a child does suffer an injury when playing on your trampoline. That is why you must set rules to keep all children safe who come to jump.

You need to first be aware of the common injuries. Typically, sprains and broken bones are common. However, head injuries are also possible. These things often occur when a child falls off the trampoline onto the ground. To help ensure falls do not happen, your trampoline must have a safety net around it. It should also be as low to the ground as possible.

Vocational rehabilitation in Maryland workers' comp cases

In Maryland workers' compensation cases, interested parties often use the term "vocational rehabilitation" during negotiations and damage discussions. Workers' compensation benefits differ greatly from third-party personal injury claim benefits. In standard personal injury cases, injured parties stand to gain compensation for future and past lost wages, future and past medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and other damages. However, in workers' compensation cases, damages are much more limited.

According to Maryland's Workers' Compensation Commission, injured workers may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits and permanent partial disability benefits. For which a person qualifies determines for how long he or she will receive benefits and for what amount. However, the type of damages available is the same, no matter if a person qualifies for TTD, TPD or PPD. The state categorizes damages into three types:

  •        Medical/hospitalization benefits
  •        Wage reimbursement benefits
  •        Vocational rehabilitation

Who pays for damages caused by a car crash?

You do not have control over an accident; anything could happen out on the road. However, you could have some control over what happens after a car crash. Specifically, you could try to make sure that the responsible parties cover your expenses. There are many people or organizations you might approach to handle your bills and expenses in accordance with Maryland law.

In most cases, your insurance company would be the best place to start looking for some reimbursements. According to the Insurance Information Institute, your policy might even cover a rental car in the event that your vehicle is unfit for driving. 

Sleepy behind the wheel? Tips to combat drowsy driving

Driving is an activity that takes a person’s full and undivided attention. Everyone knows and worries about the dangers of drinking while driving and distracted driving, but what about another major threat to roadway safety in Maryland, drowsy driving?

This risk might sound miniscule to you, but in reality, there are drivers on the roads every day who are too fatigued to properly operate their vehicle. Drowsy driving is a problem with a potential solution, but it takes the efforts and mindfulness of many to combat the issue. To reduce the likelihood of experiencing a drowsy driving accident, consider some key reminders.

What is traumatic brain injury?

With winter just around the corner, many people in Maryland face an increased risk of slip and fall injuries due to icy roads and sidewalks. This can lead to the development of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can have devastating consequences or even result in loss of life. The Mayo Clinic offers the following information on TBI, including what symptoms to look for.

Who’s at risk

Why has hand position when driving changed?

In the past, all driving students in Maryland were taught that to have the best control over steering, they should keep their hands at the 10:00 and 2:00 positions on the wheel. This was the standard for many years. However, as technology in vehicles has advanced, this rule has changed. According to NBC News, the new driving standard for hand position is to have hands at the 9:00 and 3:00 positions or the 8:00 and 4:00 positions.

There are a couple reasons for this, but the first is that this keeps hands, fingers and arms out of the path of the airbag. Airbag injuries are very common to these body parts if they are in the way of the mechanism when it deploys due to the high speed and pressure that is involved. In addition, hands in these positions also allow for better control and it is more comfortable position than the old 10:00 and 2:00 position. Finally, it makes it easier to turn, avoiding the need to cross arms or even move hands from the wheel, which also adds to the control you have when steering.

What are the dog liability laws in Maryland?

If you own a dog in Maryland, you are responsible for that dog and anything it does. There are specific laws about your liability and responsibility when it comes to dog ownership. According to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, one of your main duties is to ensure you dog is properly contained. This could include always keeping your pet on a leash when you are in public and making sure you have a proper fence or tie out for when the dog is outside on your own property.

If your dog is running free, it could be a legal problem for you. If it is unleashed, you could face a fine of $100 the first time it happened and be fined $500 for any other time it happens. In addition, if your dog is running loose, you could end up in a situation where it hurts someone else. If your dog is determined to be a dangerous animal because it has attacked or bitten someone, then you may have to meet very strict containment standards to avoid being fined or having your dog taken away.

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