2012 was a terrible year for shootings in the U.S. Many of them involved multiple fatalities. Though they occurred in various states and settings, many shootings were in workplaces. It is worth asking, then, what additional steps employers should be taking to prevent workplace violence.
Anyone who commutes on a regular basis on Maryland's roads accepts some level of risk. We all know in the back of our minds that car accidents are an inevitable part of modern life, but we tend not to think about that risk from day to day. So when a serious accident happens, it's both upsetting and shocking -- especially when someone is injured or killed due to the careless actions of another driver.
Most of us are aware of the dangers and prevalence of drunk driving. The practice causes countless car accidents in Maryland every year, even though the laws are very clear about the penalties drivers face if they're convicted of DUI. We tend to hear less about drivers under the influence of drugs, but they're out there, and unfortunately, they cause plenty of crashes, too.
The family members of three people killed in a Baltimore fire truck accident will split a $40,000 settlement approved by the city's spending board. The figure is the highest amount allowable for motor tort claims involving police and firefighters responding to emergencies.
If your vehicle has ever stalled on a highway or busy street, you may remember feeling nervous about being exposed to traffic as you tried to fix the problem or call for help. As cars and large trucks rush past you, you run the risk of being hit even if you're fully pulled over on the side of the road. These accidents do happen, unfortunately, and they're quite often fatal.
In a recent post we discussed the Metro train crash that killed nine people and injured many more. Seven wrongful-death lawsuits were settled, and the remaining two were to be decided this month. But a U.S. District judge has postponed both trials based on recent news reports and comments by attorneys and parties in the case that he said had "poisoned" the jury pool.
Several companies took rightful responsibility for their roles in a deadly 2009 train crash that claimed the lives of nine people. The admission of guilt brought to rest seven of nine wrongful death lawsuits stemming from the accident, which left many others injured.
A woman whose son died after drinking an alcoholic energy drink says that parents need to be more aware of how their kids are spending their time. The car accident that caused his death happened just after he'd spent the day with friends, drinking a beverage that another adult had purchased for them.
A Maryland State Police trooper who fatally struck an elderly pedestrian last year is back on duty after an investigation into the crash. A state police spokesman said couldn't say whether the trooper has been found guilty of any policy violations, but confirmed that the state's attorney will not press any charges against him.
With an ever-increasing amount of interstate traffic through Maryland, 18-wheelers and other large trucks are everywhere on the state's highways. And with more vehicles come a higher potential for traffic accidents.