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Motor vehicle accidents: Driver charged in child's death

A family has been left broken and devastated over the death of their three-month-old child. Authorities say a box truck caused a string of motor vehicle accidents that caused the child's death along a Maryland road. Police have determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Maryland State Police arrived at the scene and determined that a pickup truck stopped at a red light and an SUV was slowing coming to a stop behind it. A large box truck struck the SUV from behind, forcing it into the pickup truck. The crash was so severe that the MSP Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were called in to assist.

The deadliest months of the year for motor vehicle accidents

Studies show that deadliest days of the year for teenage drivers are the 100 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day. More motor vehicle accidents happen when young, inexperienced drivers are behind the wheel during this time. As schools prepare to close for the summer, authorities in Maryland stress the importance of educating teen drivers about the most treacherous driving times of the year.

The American Automobile Association revealed that in 2016, 1,050 people died in car crashes between May and September that involved a teenage driver. According to AAA, that equates to an average of 10 people each day, and it represents a 14 percent increase over the rest of the year. Research shows that teen drivers have higher crash rates than drivers with more experience. The Safety Director for AAA believes that through parental involvement, training and education, young drivers will become better drivers.

Jury awards $1.3 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

A trip to the doctor for treatment of a fever is typically a routine experience. For one mother it turned into a nightmare of pain, swelling and permanent disfigurement of her child's hand. They were awarded $1.3 million after filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical center. Those of Maryland who believe they have been victims of medical negligence may have options for legal recourse. 

According to court documents, the child was admitted to the hospital for a fever. He had no other symptoms and had no prior medical history. In the hospital, the boy suffered from IV infiltration -- a condition where the medicine seeps under the skin and into the muscle instead of going into the bloodstream.  This was apparently due to a large patch of dead skin that covered the back of the child's hand.

Motor vehicle accidents at dangerous intersection cause concern

Residents are concerned about a dangerous intersection in their neighborhood. In the past four years, there have been many motor vehicle accidents, one of them fatal. Citizens who live in the Maryland community say speeding is a factor, and they have turned their concerns for safety over to the local and state authorities.

A local minister placed a notice in his church bulletin encouraging members to reach out to Prince George's and Charles County Senate President about the intersection. From 2013 to 2017, there were 14 accidents reported on the thoroughfare, and many innocent people have been injured or killed. The Maryland State Highway Administration has restricted left turns onto Route 4 since the fatal accident occurred. A Calvert County delegate says the lack of visibility makes the intersection one of many dangerous ones in the county.

3 types of medical malpractice in Maryland

Medical malpractice is a broad category that covers many types of negligence. In some cases, medical malpractice is clearly evident by the nature of the circumstances, while in other instances it may not be immediately apparent. A medical malpractice attorney can help you determine whether your circumstances constitute medical malpractice under Maryland state law.

Here is a list of three of the most common types of medical malpractice categories in Maryland. If you have a case that you think constitutes medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney to discuss the particulars of your potential case.

Charm City ranks sixth in dog and animal bites

According to the United States Postal Service, the number of dog bites involving its workers decreased during the past year, but the overall numbers are still high. The USPS reported there were over 6,000 attacks on postal workers in Maryland and across the country. That is 500 fewer dog and animal bites than the year before.

While the numbers were down statewide, Baltimore ranked sixth in the country with 44 animal attacks last year, eight more than the number of reported cases in 2016. Postal Service Safety Directors contribute the decrease to continued education, training and advanced technology that alerts carriers to dogs on their routes. The same scanners used to confirm deliveries can also indicate the presence of a dog.

433 people died from dog bites between 2005 and 2017

Imagine that you live next door to a dog owner, and their pet hasn't exactly been the nicest dog since you've known them. To be fair, the dog has never attacked or done anything vicious -- but the animal lacks that joyful demeanor that many other dogs have. As the months pass, you think nothing of the dog owner and the animal itself. Until one day, as you are walking towards your home after work, the dog starts barking and runs at you, attacking and biting you all over your body.

You suffer serious injuries that require hospitalization. Your medical bills are immense, and the pain and suffering you endure in the following weeks and months is incalculable. Sadly, cases like this are far more common than you would think. And sometimes, the victim suffers far worse than this.

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