Last month on our Maryland workers' compensation blog, we wrote about a case from another state in which a worker who was pulling out of a parking lot after the end of her shift and was struck by another vehicle. The court ruled that she was still involved in her work duty and ruled her eligible for workers' compensation. Now, a case involving a motor vehicle accident in Maryland has produced a similar result.
It might seem as though winter is a less dangerous time for Maryland workers. After all, many fatalities to people employed in dangerous vocations such as construction occur during warm-weather months, when construction work is easier to manage. However, in reality, industrial accidents can happen at any time of the year.
In today's busy world, a distracted driver or someone who is texting and driving can cause an accident in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately minor and major car accidents happen everyday, and sometimes people suffer serious injuries.
When we discuss injured employees on our Maryland workers' compensation blog, it's generally assumed that those people are just that -- employees. While it's true that workers are employed by someone, it may not be by the company where their injury occurred.
When it comes to employee safety, some jobs are simply more prone to accidents than others. Someone working at a retail store in Baltimore is less likely to be injured in a traumatic fashion than someone at a factory, for example. Make no mistake, though: White-collar workers can most certainly be injured at work, but it may more often be from carpal tunnel syndrome or from improperly lifting a heavy object.
Ever since the automobile was invented, there have been calls to make cars safer. Motor vehicles today truly are technological wonders that would have been inconceivable a century ago -- but folks today still aren't immune from car accidents. Advancements in car safety features have led to seat belts, air bags and other improvements; awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving -- and laws with more teeth to punish drunk drivers -- have cut down on innocent people being injured or killed in Maryland and all over the country.