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Are self-driving cars safe?

Technology is pretty amazing. It has brought many things into your life that you probably feel you cannot live without. It is also working hard to keep you safe in Maryland. One of the ways that companies are using technology is in self-driving cars. The idea of a car that drives itself seems so futuristic, but they are on the roadways right now.

People are hesitant about self-driving cars for many reasons, but the main one is probably that they do not trust them to be safe. According to Forbes, that self-driving car myth is completely untrue. The reality is a self-driving car is much safer than you behind the wheel.

How do airbags protect?

Staying safe on Maryland roadways is a combination of using safe driving habits and using the safety devices in your vehicle. In the event of a crash, your best protection is your seat belt and the vehicle's air bags. Now standard on vehicles, air bags are actually a relatively new safety device. People are often wary of them and do not completely understand how they protect in an accident. Understanding how they work and keep you safe is important because it will enable you to be sure you get the most protection from them.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains air bags must be used in coordination with seat belts to work properly. You could suffer serious injuries if you do not use your seat belt and the air bags deploy. In addition, sitting too close to the air bag also poses a risk.

What should I know about stair banisters?

Stairs are a necessary part of many buildings and homes to access higher or lower floors, but without the proper safety features, stairs can present real danger. Many Maryland property owners turn to stair banisters as a way to protect pedestrians from taking a nasty spill, and they can be effective, just as long as the banister you install is well built and meets the right safety standards.

Realtor reveals a number of general guidelines that govern how banisters should be built. Your typical banister posts will usually be thirty to thirty-eight inches tall. The height of the overall banister will usually depend on whether one side of the stairs is bordered by a wall. Banisters should also maintain a constant grade, as uneven banisters can prevent people from maintaining a grip as they hold on to the stair railing.

Will the other person in my case get jail time?

If you file a personal injury case in Maryland, you may wonder what will happen when you go to court. Depending on the situation, you may hope the judge gives the other person some jail time as punishment for his or her negligence. According to the American Bar Association, you should not get your hopes up because in this type of case, the judge will not impose criminal penalties.

A personal injury case is a civil matter not a criminal matter. You cannot go to jail for a civil case because this type of case does not result in punishment. The judge can only award monetary judgments. This means that instead of the judge sentencing the other person to jail time, instead he or she will sentence the other person to pay you money.

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. 

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