In cities and towns in Maryland and across the country, concerned citizens often seek to make their roads safer. They try to get signs or stoplights installed, or other safety devices. Sometimes, victims of accidents want to demonstrate that an area where they were injured is unusually dangerous, or that the area sees an abnormally high number of car accidents.

You would think that the ability to get basic safety and accident data about a public roadway would be pretty easy, but in fact, as documented by a USA Today article featuring a Maryland resident who tried to do just that, getting roadway accident data can be a daunting challenge.

Maryland Resident Can Not Get Safety Data

The New York Times recently reported on a fascinating study of what happens to the brain when the head sustains massive impact. The study was done on a football player, but those who suffer concussions or serious head impact as a result of car accidents or falls can learn something from the results, as well.

Football Player’s Head Studied

The study was done by hooking up a football player’s helmet with sensors and then reading those sensors after the player was hit in the head by another player during a violent tackle. The results may change the way that doctors treat significant brain injuries.

How many times can an injured party sue someone who negligently causes the same injury? Well, common sense would say once, and that is generally true. A defendant can not be forced to pay twice for the same thing, and there is a longstanding tradition in Maryland law that any claims an injured party has must all be brought in one action. Whatever is not brought is lost.

So it comes as a surprise that a recent case addresses a rare situation in which someone may sue a negligent defendant twice for the same occurrence or event.

Child Born With Fatal Defect

Consumer watchdog nonprofit safety group W.A.T.C.H. (Work against toys causing harm) has released its annual list of 2016’s worst toys. By “worst,” the group means toys that it feels are most likely to be dangerous, cause harm, or which have insufficient warnings of potential dangers to children.

The list is as follows:

  • PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLES FAMILY: The group pointed out that some packaging for the toy, which contains small parts, says it is for ages two and older, when in fact, the small parts create a choking hazard for kids that age.

If you are injured in an accident, you may have a lot on your mind when it comes to your case, such as wondering how the jury will feel about your case, what defenses will be used against you, and what the actual case will be like when it comes to depositions or medical examinations.

What are Collateral Sources?

One thing you may not be thinking about are collateral sources, and in fact, you may not know what they are or even realize they are a part of a personal injury case. However, collateral sources are a vital part of what you stand to recover in a settlement or verdict.

The decision to place a loved one or family member into a nursing home can be a devastating one. As painful as it is, it is often necessary, and families often try to console themselves by at least ensuring, to the extent that they can, that the home they choose is safe, clean, diligent, and will create a productive and attentive environment for their loved ones.

There are many resources on steps that you can take to ensure that the home or facility is safe. Certainly, nothing is foolproof—the best, safest companies and businesses of any kind are often negligent—but being alert and aware and doing a thorough investigation of a facility can at leasts minimize the risk of injury.

Resident on Resident Violence

Ride sharing service Uber is in a fight with the State of Maryland and is threatening to pull its service from that state, based on new requirements regarding background searches for drivers. While this sounds like a regulatory squabble, under the surface, the issue may be Uber’s liability for damages or crimes caused by its drivers.

Uber and Liability

Uber is a ride-sharing service the allows private drivers to offer rides to people much like taxi drivers do, and get a share of the fee. Uber has been in a precarious legal position over whether it is liable for crimes caused by its drivers.

It is an unfortunate fact that it sometimes takes a tragedy to remind us of the importance of safety standards, and the liability that can occur when business owners do not make their premises safe for visitors. There are few areas that present as many potential dangers as an amusement park, and while we think of amusement parks as generally safe, there has been a stark reminder that this should not be taken for granted.

Recent Deaths at Amusement Park

The incident happened in Australia, and although their laws are different from ours, much can still be learned from the recent tragedy. Just days ago, four people on a water ride at a fixed amusement park called Dreamworld were killed in the middle of the ride. Much like many rides here in America, visitors sat in circular “rafts” that sat in a moat of water, and tracked along conveyer belts.

When we are victims of personal injury, we tend to be aware of the kind and nature of damages that can be recovered. We often think of our out-of-pocket expenses, which often entail medical bills. We may think of lost wages, for time that we are forced to be at home instead of working. And of course, the intangible damages such as emotional injury, pain and suffering, or lack of enjoyment of life may come to mind.

But what many victims do not take into account are future earnings—that is, as the name implies, wages that we should have or could have earned, but now no longer can or will, because of our injuries.

Two Kinds of Future Wage Loss Claims

When it comes to car accidents, in most cases, the question of who is responsible for injuring other drivers is usually a matter of determining which driver is at fault. It can get more complex with multi-car accidents, but generally, someone behind the wheel involved in the accident is the negligent party.

But what happens when there is no driver? That seemingly odd question will become common once self driving cars become more common, and in fact, that future is so close that federal regulators have recently released a new checklist of safety points for self-driving cars. The government is urging car makers to ensure their self-driving cars meet these requirements before putting them on the road.

The Regulations