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Trial to begin for alleged drunk driver who killed 5

In October 2014, an accident occurred in Oxon Hill, Maryland, that claimed the lives of five individuals.

According to prosecutors in Prince George's County, the man is accused of killing three adults and two children when he was speeding and crashed into a vehicle that was stopped a light. The vehicle that was struck carried four individuals. All were killed when their vehicle was shoved into a utility pole.

There are many ways to diagnose a back injury

A back injury has a way of impacting your life in many ways. For example, this is something that could keep you away from your job for an extended period of time.

If you've suffered any type of back injury, if you realize that you need treatment, it's important to take the appropriate steps without delay. This starts with receiving a complete examination, which is often followed by a variety of diagnostic studies.

Child safety seats provide protection, but your child is at risk

Studies have shown time and time again that children in rear-facing car seats are safer when in car crashes. A new study, though, has shown that some head injuries are possible in these seats, despite the overall higher level of safety provided. The study, published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention, has shown that crash-test dummies in rear-facing car seats could suffer serious head injuries as the seat moves toward the back of the car in an accident.

The study also found that using the LATCH anchors to tie down the seat led to more severe injuries than using the standard seat belt. What this comes down to is physics. When the impact occurs, the child first is stopped by the rear-facing seat, preventing him or her from being thrown to the front of the vehicle. However, since the base of the car seat is not secured from front to back, the seat thrusts forward toward the back of the vehicle. This creates a situation in which the child's head could impact the back seat, causing injuries.

Firefighter killed in traffic crash while responding to fire

A firefighter with the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company in Maryland was killed on March 14, as he was responding to a fire call in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The fire department veteran of 21 years worked for the City of Harrisburg Bureau of Fire as a paid employee, but volunteered at four Maryland departments: Citizens, Eureka, Delta-Cardiff and Whiteford. He had been with the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company for 18 years.

The man was headed to his firehouse in Harrisburg to get his fire gear before responding to a townhouse fire. That fire claimed the life of a child and injured several others. The traffic accident occurred just a short distance from his firehouse in Harrisburg. Another news report stated that the driver who struck the firefighter's vehicle was a 19-year-old female who was in an allegedly stolen vehicle. She was reportedly under the influence when the accident happened.

How can you prevent accidents at work?

Workplace safety is an important part of keeping employees healthy. As a new employee, it's your employer's job to make sure you understand the best ways to stay safe in the workplace, whether that is through training you to work with machinery or tools or by providing you with informational pamphlets on acceptable behavior in the office.

No accident can be avoided all of the time, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't work to prevent incidents at work. According to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, around 4,585 people were killed in 2013 due to work-related accidents. That doesn't even begin to factor in the number of people who suffered debilitating injuries.

Does stress increase risk for a workplace accident?

Stressful situations often mean that the people involved in them aren't able to keep their minds on what they are doing. Whether you're dealing with stress that comes from a family or personal financial situation or the workplace itself is stressful, if your mind is occupied, it stands to reason that you are more likely to make an error. Errors on the job can lead to workplace accidents -- that's true for everyone on the team.

A study published by the U.S. Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health says that this conclusion isn't just common sense. After reviewing the results of surveys to over 60,000 participants at 58 different companies, researchers were able to conclude that mental distress was a factor in the risk for a workplace accident. In fact, either moderate or high levels of psychological stress increased the odds ratio that an injury might occur by a factor of 1.4.

Industrial accidents and workers’ compensation benefits

As an industrial worker, you know that your job can be dangerous from time to time. Even if you do your best to avoid an accident that could cause injury, this could still happen at some point in the future.

With all this in mind, you need to do two things:

Drowsy driving can cause life-threatening accidents

Drowsy driving isn't something people aim to do behind the wheel. Most people get into their vehicles feeling perhaps a little tired or like they didn't get enough sleep. They don't think that this could lead to an accident, but it can. Nodding off even for a few seconds is enough time to cause a serious collision.

A 2005 poll from the National Sleep Foundation reported that around 60 percent of adult drivers had admitted to getting behind the wheel when feeling drowsy. Over a third had actually drifted off to sleep. Maybe more unexpected is that around 4 percent of those people were either in accidents or nearly in accidents because of how tired they were.

The intricacies of pro athletes' sports injury coverage

Have you ever wondered about the compensation professional athletes like baseball players get when they suffer career-limiting injuries? Many will be surprised to learn that pro sports teams must provide workers' compensation coverage to their players just like other employers.

There is one caveat, however. Collective bargaining agreements like the ones in place for Major League Baseball players can override the protections offered under workers' compensation benefits.

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