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woman involved in accident with two drunk drivers

Driver intoxication is a common contributing factor in  car accidents. Drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drug use may become more prone to speeding, distracted driving, and lane drift. These drivers may also be unable to respond appropriately to traffic signals or cars in their lanes.

A 22-year-old Seaford woman recently had the bad luck of encountering two drunk drivers at the same time. The Daily Times reports that an intoxicated 31-year-old Salisbury woman was driving a Pontiac Grand Am and following a Ford Crown Victoria driven by an intoxicated 30-year-old man. The couple was driving home at approximately 11 p.m. on US 13 north of Middleford Road.

The man stopped quickly after he noticed a red light on southbound US 13 and was rear ended by the woman’s Pontiac. The Crown Victoria was then forced into the rear of a Mitsubishi Diamante driven by the 22-year-old Seaford woman, The Daily Times reports.

The Seaford woman suffered minor personal injuries and was treated for back strain at Nanticoke Hospital.

In addition to drunk driving, police officers said that the Salisbury man was found with a small quantity of Ecstasy. It is unclear if the man was under the influence of the illegal drug at the time of the crash.

The Daily Times reports that the Salisbury couple was charged with vehicular assault, driving while under the influence and driving without a valid license. The Salisbury man was also charged with possession of Ecstacy and held in Sussex Correctional Institute on a $1,600 bond.

The woman was released after posting a $1,100 bond.

Tennessee Car Accident Leaves Several People Injured

One driving maneuver which can sometimes lead to motor vehicle accidents is passing. Drivers should always be sure to look carefully before passing another vehicle. Recently, a three-car accident occurred in Tennessee which allegedly involved passing.

The car accident occurred yesterday in DeKalb County. That evening, a car was driving on a highway. A second car drove up behind this vehicle. The second car was reportedly going at a fast speed and tried to pass the first car. The second car went into the neighboring lane to execute this pass and collided with a third vehicle coming from the opposite direction. This collision resulted in all three vehicles crashing and the involvement of a Bellingham, WA personal injury attorney.

Police have stated that there was alcohol in the second car. Police have also stated that charges are pending against the passenger of this car, who was the vehicle’s owner.

Several individuals were injured as a result of this crash. The driver of the second car, a 42-year old man, was seriously injured in the accident. Four other adults, ranging in age from 30 to 47, were also injured in this crash. Additionally, two children were hurt during the accident.

This case demonstrates the importance of practicing safe driving when passing another vehicle. Drivers should make sure watch traffic carefully before executing a pass, in order to avoid interfering with other vehicles. This is particularly important when you are using an opposing lane of traffic to pass another vehicle. Also, as we have stated before, drivers should always avoid driving when impaired.

Changes to Tennessee workers’ compensation proposed

Workers’ compensation is an important remedy for employees who suffer injuries in the workplace. Thus, proposals which would change the laws governing workers’ compensation in Wisconsin could potentially have a major effect on workers. Because of this, lawmakers need to be careful when considering changes to workers’ compensation laws.

Recently, legislation has been proposed in Tennessee which would make a change to the state’s workers’ compensation law. Specifically, the bill proposes changing the definition of the term “workplace injury.” Tennessee currently defines “Milwaukee workplace injury lawyer” as an injury that arises out of a person’s employment and occurs within the course and scope of this employment.

The proposal would abandon this simple definition in favor of a definition that would more specifically and more narrowly outline what is and what isn’t a workplace injury.

Proponents of the bill claim that having a more specific definition of workplace injuries will reduce system abuses and make the workers’ compensation process more efficient.

However, changing the definition of workplace injuries could have a very negative effect on workers. This definition controls what injuries would qualify a worker to receive workers’ compensation. Thus, if a new definition isn’t extremely carefully crafted, it could prevent workers who suffer legitimate workplace injuries from having access to this important remedy.

While having a more efficient workers’ compensation system may sound like a good goal, it should not be pursued in a way that could hurt employees who suffer from workplace accidents. One hopes that the Tennessee legislature keeps that in mind when considering proposals like the one described here.

Report reveals 90 percent of nursing homes employ criminals

A report from the Inspector General for Health and Human Services revealed that 90 percent of American nursing homes had employees with criminal convictions. Nearly half of the 260 nursing homes covered in the report had 5 or more employees with criminal backgrounds. Government investigators obtained the figures by running background checks on all employees of the 260 nursing homes employed on June 1, 2009, CBS News reports.

Elderly patients at nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to nursing home abuse, neglect, and theft from nursing home staff. Many nursing home patients are also vulnerable to assaults by nursing home staff. The government report revealed that 43 percent of the criminal convictions were for property crimes and that 5 different nursing homes employed registered sex offenders.  Many of these people need the services of Portland, Or personal injury lawyers after.

According to the government report, 98 percent of the 260 nursing homes said that they conducted a criminal background check. Discrepancies in what crimes each state considers to be “relevant” for employment may be to blame for some dangerous criminals slipping through the cracks. Other state background checks do not reveal criminal activity under a person’s former name.

President Obama’s new health care law creates a national program that allows states to standardize state and federal background checks for nursing home staff who interact with residents. The federal government pays the cost of conducting the background checks, which would reveal if a nursing home employee had convictions in multiple states. Currently only 10 states receive funds for the background check program.

A spokesman for the American Association of Retired Persons said that dangerous gaps exist in the nursing home hiring system and that more should be done to build on the improvements of the health care law.

Distracted driver causes Seaford car accident

In our previous post we discussed a recent study which found that most teen Michigan car accidents were caused by driver inexperience and distractions. Most  drivers are aware that driver distraction is not exclusively a teenage problem. Drivers of all ages can frequently be seen driving on  roads while texting, fiddling with MP3 players and even applying makeup behind the wheel.

Distracted driving is a serious problem and is to blame for countless car accidents.  police believe that texting was the cause of a serious car crash this Wednesday in Seaford. Police arrested a 25-year-old Laurel man who they believe was texting when he rear-ended a Ford Mustang.

The Mustang was driven by a 23-year-old Delmar man. The Mustang stopped for a red light at the intersection of Woodland Ferry Road and Bethel Concord Road when the 25-year-old man’s Honda Pilot failed to slow down and plowed into the Mustang’s trunk, WGMD reports.

The 23-year-old Delmar man and his 20-year-old wife were rushed to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and treated for their injuries. Their 3-year-old son was not hurt by the accident.

Police officers allege that the 25-year-old Laurel man also hit a Verizon phone box on Woodland Ferry Road before the accident.

In addition to distracted driving, officers also believe that drugs played a role in the accident. WGMD reports that oxycodone pills were found strewn about the Honda. The man was charged with vehicular assault, driving under the influence of drugs, and failure to stop at a stop sign, among other things.