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Maryland State Police investigate fatal accident, four dead

Many Maryland residents on their way to support Special Olympics Maryland through the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge were forced to find an alternative route this morning after U.S. Route 50 was shut down as emergency personnel attempted to rescue victims of a fatal auto accident in Maryland and clear debris from the crash that spread across the roadway.

Maryland study: headphones cause auto-pedestrian crashes

According to a recent Maryland study, pedestrians who wear headphones while they walk or ride their bicycles are at an increased risk of injury and death due to pedestrian accidents. Because young adults are the demographic most likely to be wearing headphones while walking or bicycling, these risks more commonly affect people of that age group.

Post-traumatic stress causes increase in military crash rate

Following a review of the driving records of members of the military before and after deployments, military insurer USAA found that there was a 13 percent increase in car accidents in which the military members were at fault. The car crashes were especially common during the first six months after the troops had returned from a deployment.

Birth injuries are a common form of medical malpractice

According to recent data, approximately six out of every 1,000 babies born in Maryland and throughout the United States sustains a birth injury of some kind. Certainly, the process of giving birth carries a number of unavoidable risks, so many injuries are not preventable by the medical professionals overseeing the birth. Some birth injuries, however, are simply the result of negligence and malpractice on the part of doctors, nurses, or other hospital staff.

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