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Fatal boating accidents are on the rise

Fatal boating accidents have reached their highest numbers in the last five years, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s most recent Recreational Boating Statistics Report. From 2015 to 2016, the total number of deaths on the water reached 701, representing a 12 percent increase from the previous year. Additionally, injuries increased 11.1 percent from 2,613 to 2,903 during that time. Overall, the total number of accidents was up 7.3 percent, rising from 4,158 to 4,463. The leading factor in the cause of fatal accidents was alcohol, accounting for 15 percent of deaths.

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Marathons and delays in emergency medical care

Government and community leaders often tout the economic benefits that come with hosting major marathons. Thousands of runners and visitors from around the world flock to the events, generating millions of dollars in tourism revenue for local businesses. However, a new study may show that these boons to city economies may also come with burdens. Similar to parades and protests, marathons require road closures near the route. These and other disruptions impact local residents, particularly those in need of emergency medical care. “Delays in Emergency Care and Mortality during Major

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How safe are Maryland roads from drunk drivers?

Drunk drivers continue to create deadly dangers on roads throughout the country. One-third of those under the influence while driving are the cause of fatal crashes. Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia received recognition as the lowest rates of fatal crashes involving drunk and drugged drivers compared to the rest of the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiled 20 years of traffic fatality data in their study. From 1994 to 2015, Maryland came in ninth lowest (2.1 per 100,000), Virginia was sixth lowest (1.8 per 100,000), and the

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Are new safety protocols on cruise ships too little and too late?

Anyone traveling on a cruise ship would assume that a vessel navigating the open waters with swimming pools on board would naturally staff lifeguards. Yet, the second most popular cruise line to Disney has failed in the past to keep watch over a popular leisure time activity. Following the drowning deaths of two eight-year-old boys in pools on their ships, one from Maryland in 2016 and the other from Texas in 2015, Royal Caribbean announced enforcement of a new water safety program. According to a statement, their objective is to “raise

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Are airlines’ responsible for pilots “going rogue?”

Following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S.-based airlines implemented a two-pilot policy. The idea of one pilot controlling the plane alone ignored the dangers of possible incapacitation, mental illness, or simply pilots “going rogue.” Airlines outside of the U.S. chose not to follow suit. Perhaps they didn’t conceive of a co-pilot locking out the pilot who had temporarily left the cockpit. That lack of conception became a harsh reality. A Tragedy That Could Have Been Avoided Two years ago, Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings Flight 9525 he

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Seeking legal compensation after a fatal accident

Sometimes, for example in the case of a terminal illness, a person has time to prepare for a loved one’s death. This is not an easy feat to do, but many in Rockville do so every day. However, sometimes a person in Rockville loses a loved one suddenly, perhaps in a fatal accident. Either way, losing a loved one is never easy. What can make losing a loved one especially hard is if your loved one’s death could have been prevented. Accidents caused by negligent drivers, medical malpractice and defective products

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NTSB: Driver in fatal Baltimore school bus crash was speeding

The near head-on collision involving a Baltimore school bus, a Ford Mustang and an MTA transit bus made national news. According to sources, the school bus was traveling on its regular route in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 1, when it suddenly smashed into the back of the Mustang and then careened across into the oncoming traffic lane, where it hit a commuter bus nearly head-on. The two bus drivers and four passengers were killed. Eleven more were injured. Any fatal accident is a tragedy, but this one

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Kristina Bobbi Brown’s partner ruled against in lawsuit

Maryland fans of the late Kristina Bobbi Brown may be interested in the outcome of the civil lawsuit filed by the conservator of her estate. The action, filed after the 22-year-old was moved to hospice care after sustaining brain damage and remaining in a coma, has been won by the estate by default. Kristina Bobbi Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, passed away in hospice care in July 2015. Six months prior to her death, she was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Atlanta

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Attorney Steven H. Dorne

Attorney Steven H. Dorne is an accomplished lawyer who practices in state and federal courts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He brings more than 30 years of experience and a long record of success to each case. His law practice is distinguished by careful preparation and thorough analysis of each case.

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