A 46-year-old man was killed in Prince George County when his motorcycle swerved out of control and struck a vehicle. According to a WUSA9 news report, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Annapolis Road and MLK Highway in Lanham. Officials are looking into what caused the motorcyclist to lose control before striking a curb and a vehicle. The motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital.
Riding a motorcycle can prove dangerous for even the most skilled and experienced drivers. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration, there were 95 motorcyclists killed in Maryland in the year 2007. That is a significant increase from the 84 fatalities in 2006, 85 in 2005, 69 in 2004 and 56 in 2003. Of the motorcyclists killed in the year 2007, 83 were helmeted and 11 were not wearing a helmet. Read the rest »
A 41-year-old man was injured on the job when a fellow employee struck him with a vehicle. According to a WFMD news report, the work-related accident occurred at a site on Hapes Mill Road south of Taneytown in Carroll County. Officials say the worker was struck by a vehicle driven by another county employee at the worksite. He was flown to Baltimore for treatment.
Many jobs require driving or take place near moving vehicles. Workers who operate around vehicles are at risk of getting hit. Roadway workers are particularly in danger of being hurt at work because they have to deal with the many hazards that come with construction work as well as the threat of nearby traffic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 106 worker fatalities at road construction sites in the year 2010, 122 in 2011 and 130 in 2012. Read the rest »
A 22-year-old Pasadena man was killed and two others sustained serious injuries in a Maryland single-vehicle accident. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the fatal car crash occurred on Route 10 near the Outer Loop of the Beltway near Glen Burnie. Officials say the 22-year-old driver may have been speeding when he failed to negotiate a curve, spun off the roadway and struck a tree. He was transported to a trauma center in Baltimore where he was pronounced dead. A 20-year-old man in the vehicle sustained serious injuries and was listed in stable condition and a 21-year-old passenger was listed in critical condition. Officials believe that excessive speed was the main factor in the crash. Read the rest »
Whether you’re an avid dog or cat lover, anyone who owns a pet is well aware of the joy and playfulness that a furry, feathered, or scaly creature can bring to our lives. And while many people are guilty of anthropomorphizing their critter (even going so far as to play dress up with the ever-indulging pet) it is not as common for us humans to take a cue from our furry friends when it comes to day-to-day life.
Even though we may not be able to live our lives unemployed, pampered, and well fed the way our favorite furry friends do (such a hard life, to be a cat!) we can still learn a few habits from these often so fortunate animals.
1. Use Your Feet!
When a cat wants to go somewhere, she gets up and walks. When you get home from work, what’s the first thing your dog wants to do after bounding up to greet you? Go for a walk. It may seem simple, but walking is a surprisingly healthy activity that many of us forgo for the sake of convenience or even sheer laziness. Numerous studies have found that walking improves your overall health, from your brain to your heart to your mood. So, if you can walk to your destination, go for it without question. Read the rest »
The year 2013 marked a five-year-high for pedestrian accident fatalities in Baltimore County. Unfortunately, a news report in The Baltimore Sun indicates the county is on track to hit the same number this year. In an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, county officials have launched a “Heads Up! Walk Safe” campaign. During the awareness campaign, authorities will urge pedestrians to be more aware of their surroundings.
The awareness campaign will consist of increased enforcement of pedestrian laws to encourage people to use the crosswalks and to only cross when given the green light. Officials also want to encourage pedestrians to:
- Make eye contact with drivers before entering an intersection.
- Remain attentive at bus stops and not focus solely on the approaching bus. Read the rest »
The 51-year-old Ellicott City man who was seriously injured in a Maryland truck accident has succumbed to his injuries, WUSA9 reports. Officials say the fatal crash occurred when a tractor-trailer turned left from Interstate 70 onto Marriottsville Road in Ellicott City. The 51-year-old’s Toyota Tundra struck the side of the trailer. It is unclear if the 27-year-old driver of the truck will face criminal charges in connection with the fatal wreck.
Large truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, permanent disabilities and death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,921 people killed and about 104,000 people injured in large truck accidents in 2012. In Maryland, 704 vehicles were involved in fatal crashes in the same year. Of those vehicles, 56 were large trucks. This means that tractor-trailers and big rigs made up eight percent of the vehicles involved in fatal Maryland traffic accidents. Read the rest »
A 19-year-old pregnant woman was seriously injured in a Baltimore car accident when the car in which she was traveling was struck by a vehicle. According to a WBAL TV news report, the car crash occurred at Kresson Street and Pulaski Highway in Baltimore. Officials say a driver turned left and struck a vehicle containing the pregnant woman. She and her baby are in critical condition and the driver of the car sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured and could face charges.
It is unclear if the expectant mother or her baby will survive the crash. This type of accident is tragically common in Maryland. Traffic accidents are the number one killer in Maryland for people between the ages of 4 and 34. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, traffic crashes in Maryland kill more people than homicides and over 90 percent of local traffic accidents are preventable crashes caused by driver error. Common examples of driver errors including driving while fatigued, driving while under the influence, driving while texting, and failing to yield. Read the rest »
A 51-year-old Ellicott City man suffered major traumatic injuries after his car collided with a large truck. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the truck accident occurred at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Marriottsville Road in Ellicott City. Officials say a Toyota Tundra was traveling north when it collided with a tractor-trailer that was turning left. The driver of the Toyota has been listed in critical condition. It is unclear if either driver will be cited for the crash.
Intersections are where many of the most devastating Maryland traffic accidents occur. Types of driver negligence that can lead to an intersection accident include:
- Failure to obey traffic control devices: All riders must stop at stop signs and red lights.
- Failure to yield the right of way: Maryland law requires all left-turning drivers to yield to oncoming traffic.
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are looking at their phone to text or call may fail to notice that the traffic light has changed. Read the rest »
Graduation season is here, which means that families throughout Maryland will be giving gifts to teens and young adults embarking on the next phase of their lives.
While money remains the number one graduation gift, you don’t have to simply slip it into a card like everyone else at the party. Here are five ways to wrap cash, a check, or a gift card creatively:
- Wrap it inside another gift.
Give the new graduate a new wallet and money to put it in by placing the funds inside the wallet, then wrapping the wallet as usual. A piggy bank can be a fun twist on this method as well. Just remember to drop some coins into the piggy banks as well, so it jingles when the grad shakes it! Read the rest »
Maryland roadways and street intersections can be treacherous for pedestrians of any age. According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, there were 112 pedestrian accident deaths in 2008 accounting for 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in Maryland. About 70 percent of those deaths were the result of pedestrian error and 40 percent involved pedestrians who were alcohol-impaired. A large number of pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent or inattentive motorists. But there are steps pedestrians can take to ensure their safety and prevent a tragic collision. Read the rest »