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Whiplash injuries in Maryland car accidents

A whiplash injury may result from any sort of car accident. No matter how severe the impact may have been, the sudden shock that comes with an automobile wreck can cause the head and neck to jolt around. This can be very harmful to the neck, spine and head.

The specific damage from whiplash injuries manifests in many different areas. For example, ligament strain tends to occur along the facet joints of the back of the spine. Discs between the vertebrae are subjected to undue levels of stress, compressing them and sometimes causing them to herniate. The tissues that hold the spine in shape and allow freedom of motion in the neck may be sprained, pulled or even torn.

Maryland man killed while standing in the road after accident

According to Maryland State Police, the driver of a Subaru who suddenly lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the center median was struck by another vehicle and killed. The 43-year-old Annapolis native had gotten out of his vehicle after the accident and was standing in a travel lane when a Ford SUV struck him and his Subaru. He was pronounced dead at the scene that occurred on westbound Route 50 at South Haven Road near the Interstate 97 exit.

The incident took place around 2:10 a.m. on Jan. 7; the other driver, a 30-year-old Hyattsville native, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown. Authorities say they do not yet know if charges related to the accident will be filed. They are still investigating both collisions. While it is unknown what caused the initial accident, police did say that the roadway had no overhead lights in that particular area.

Worker injuries decline in 2013

Workers in Maryland might already know that the workplace environment has become safer over the past decade. Workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, declined once again in 2013. The continuing of this trend requires cooperation on the part of many different safety groups and employers.

Programs supporting occupational safety and health have evolved in the past 11 years, and a myriad of different groups including employers, safety advocates, health workers and unions have sustained program goals. Despite the recent creation of more jobs, the number of workplace accidents continues to decline. However, officials note that efforts must continue and improve.

Driving while impaired

Motor vehicle accidents caused by impaired drivers are a serious problem in Maryland. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, impaired drivers cause approximately 30 deaths each day across the country. These accidents have a yearly cost of nearly $60 million. When an impaired driver causes an accident, it may be possible to obtain compensation in court.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, in the year 2000, over 2 million alcohol-related vehicle crashes occurred in the United States. These crashes led to over 16,000 deaths and approximately 513,000 injuries. The most dangerous crashes involved drivers who tested for a blood alcohol concentration of .10 percent or above. In 2012, almost one-third of all vehicles crashes resulting in death were caused by alcohol impairment.

The consequences of distracted driving

Distracted driving is broadly defined as anything that could take a driver's focus off of his or her primary task. Examples of distracted driving include using a cellphone to call or send a text message, which is against the law in Maryland and many other states, or eating or drinking while driving. Something as simple as talking to another passenger or adjusting the settings on the radio or CD player could also be thought of as distracting.

Distracted driving tends to occur more often in younger drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 27 percent of distracted drivers involved in fatal accidents were in their 20s. Drivers under the age of 20 made up 10 percent of all drivers who were deemed to be distracted at the time of a fatal crash. However, all drivers can find themselves in situations where they are distracted while behind the wheel.

Major accident kills 1, injures 2

The Calvert County Sheriff's Office reported that a major two-vehicle collision resulted in the death of one man and injured two others. The accident reportedly occurred on Dec. 4 around 5:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of North Solomons Island Road, or MD 2-4.

Officers allege that a 22-year-old Waldorf man was driving a 2014 Ford F-150 when he entered the southbound lanes near the China King Restaurant. While reportedly attempting to make a U-turn, the man's F-150 was struck by an oncoming 2001 Dodge Dakota being driven by a 28-year-old Chesapeake Beach man.

Fatal concrete paving accident kills worker at airport

On Dec. 1, a construction worker was killed after being involved in a work accident at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Crews from the BWI Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department were called to the scene at around 2 p.m. after a report came in about an accident involving a concrete paver.

Prior to his death, the deceased worker had been involved in a concrete paving project on Taxiway D. He was reportedly working for a paving subcontractor called Hi-Way Paving, Inc. when the fatal work accident took place. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police launched an investigation into the incident, but details about what happened were not immediately released to the public.

Hit-and-run driver kills bicyclist in Maryland

According to law enforcement authorities with the Prince George's County Police Department, a hit-and-run crash claimed the life of a bicyclist in Lanham on Nov. 23. The accident reportedly occurred on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway near its intersection with Forbes Road around 1:55 a.m.

Authorities report that a 34-year-old Lanham man was riding his bicycle west on the road when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. Witnesses told police the vehicle was a black Nissan Altima between the years of 2010 and 2012. Following the accident, the Altima's driver reportedly fled the accident scene.

New technological advancements may limit car accidents

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there is a serious risk posed by drivers who change lanes without warning on Maryland highways and across the nation. The results of these accidents can be deadly as people are forced off roadways or into other cars. Technology is available to help prevent these accidents by alerting drivers if they are moving too close to obstacles or other vehicles on the road. The early warning can help alert drivers to the problem and allow them to make the corrections necessary to avoid a collision.

These advancements are readily available, but they are currently optional on most cars. The list of such technologies includes forward collision warning, automatic braking, electronic stability control, lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control. Commercial vehicles can also be fitted with onboard monitoring systems that allow employers to monitor the driving habits of their employees. In addition, speed-limiting features prevent drivers from accelerating beyond pre-set speeds and can help lower the risk of accidents.

5-vehicle wreck in Maryland results in injury

According to authorities, one person was injured in a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Washington County. The wreck occurred on Nov. 14.

According to the Maryland State Police, a Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by a 36-year-old man was traveling west on I-70 near Sharpsburg Pike when it rear-ended a 2012 Nissan, causing the Nissan to collide with the tail end of a Chevy Impala. The Impala, in turn, struck the back of a 2013 Subaru, a collision that caused the Subaru to swerve into an adjacent lane, where it was struck by a 2008 Honda.

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