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Study: Nursing home abuse prevalent in the U.S.

Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in Maryland and across the country. Nearly 1. 6 million people live in more than 17,000 nursing homes throughout the nation. Feeble and defenseless residents often depend on nursing home staff to take care of them and ensure they are getting everything they need. In a surprising number of instances, however, elderly residents are neglected, mistreated, malnourished and abused.

How to identify the signs of a drunk driver

Drunk drivers present a significant risk to you and other motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians on the road. In 2015 alone, approximately 290,000 people were injured and an additional 10,265 people were killed in accidents involving drunk drivers, according to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. In Maryland, and in many other states across the nation, anyone who has a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or higher is considered intoxicated and may be convicted of a DUI if pulled over by law enforcement. In order to protect you and your family members from these negligent drivers, you should be able to spot the signs of a drunk driver.

The risk of electrocution on the jobsite

Although new safety programs and procedures have been implemented at many construction worksites in Maryland and across the U.S., workers continue to get electrocuted while working on the job. Electrocution is the fourth leading cause of death in the construction industry. Statistics show that over a 12-year period, 1,715 workers were killed as a result of electrocution, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. While electricians were the most likely to be electrocuted, construction laborers, carpenters, non-electrical supervisors and roofers also lost their lives in these unfortunate accidents.

Increase in freight: How will this affect drivers

When Maryland drivers navigate the roadways each day, they may be familiar traveling alongside massive tractor trailers. While these gentle giants may seem safe, they can be extremely dangerous to motorists and other people on the road. Tractor trailers are a necessary component of the American economy, as they distribute essential goods to all parts of Maryland and throughout the country. While an increase in the amount of freight that needs to be distributed may mean good things for the economy, it could also lead to an increase in the number of people who are injured and killed in large truck accidents each year.

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