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Cyclists and motorists need to share the road

As temperatures gets warmer in Maryland, more people are out and about on their bikes. Whether they are commuting, going out for a Saturday afternoon ride or training for an upcoming race, cyclists present a risk on the road because motorists do not always know how to share the road with bicycles. There are things both drivers of vehicles and cyclists can do to minimize accidents.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, cyclist and pedestrian fatalities make up 23% of traffic-related fatal accidents in the area, and that thousands of bicyclists retain injuries from crashes on a yearly basis. Because of the size of bicycles, motorists should be overly cautious when riding in their presence. They should look carefully for bikes before backing up or turning at intersections. They should also look before opening their doors and allow for extra room when passing cyclists.

Can activate military service members stop a divorce?

Virginia law requires personal service of divorce orders on members of the military. If you were unable to respond to a divorce action by a spouse, the statute could protect you from an automatic divorce — something you may have heard described as a default judgment.

This could be an important safeguard if you were not in favor of the divorce, or if you believe that you would benefit from mediation or another form of alternative dispute resolution. There are also other ways to protect your rights.

Summer kid’s care checklist

The summer can often become very expensive for parents. Without school to keep your kids busy, you’re now charged with finding another program to care for them while you’re at work.

If you will be electing a new babysitter, nanny or at-home daycare to use for your children, check out these checklist items to make sure the home is a safe place to leave them.

Authorities make arrests in fatal Maryland rollover

Sometimes it can take months, or even years, for justice to take place. In July 2018, a one-vehicle rollover accident in Maryland caused the death of two children, ages 12 and 13. It was only last week, more than six months after the accident, that authorities have arrested the adults allegedly responsible for the vehicle, a 35-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, on charges that include criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle, neglect of a minor and having an occupant under 16 not restrained by a seat belt.

Rainy conditions on a Tuesday afternoon last summer in the eastbound lanes of I-68 near the border between Maryland and West Virginia allegedly caused the driver of the vehicle to lose control and hit an embankment. The force of the collision reportedly caused the vehicle to roll over several times.

Women's heart attacks may be different than men's

Most people who live in Maryland have probably seen a television program or a movie in which a character has a heart attack. These scenes typically involve a person clutching their check suddenly as the pain hits them. Certainly, chest pain may be associated with a heart attack but it is far from the only primary symptom. In fact, for women, it may not even be present at all.

New research has highlighted the unique symptoms that women are more likely to experience when having a heart attack than their male counterparts. This difference has actually led more women to being incorrectly diagosed, leaving them at a serious disadvantage when they do have heart attacks. According to the Office on Women's Health, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, heart attacks in women that do not involve the stereotypical pain in the chest are referred to as silent heart attacks.

What to know about birdnesting

When Maryland couples get divorced, they usually want to find a custody arrangement which will be best for their kids. Some families may want to consider an arrangement known as birdnesting.

Most of the time, children travel between their parent's homes after a divorce. NBC says that when parents decide to birdnest, the parents are the ones who travel between houses. In this situation, the children continue to live in their family home and each parent alternates his or her time between the family home and an apartment. This kind of arrangement may be beneficial for many reasons. One benefit is that the children do not need to leave their home, neighborhood and school. Sometimes parents may want to use this arrangement when they first decide to get a divorce so the kids can stay in their familiar environment while they get used to the new situation.

How common are diagnostic errors?

Receiving a misdiagnosis from a doctor in Maryland can have serious repercussions. It could delay needed treatment for a serious illness or subject you to unnecessary treatment, perhaps even contraindicated treatment for your actual condition. People have died because of misdiagnoses, while others have sustained lifelong injuries.

Because "diagnostic error" does not appear as a category in patient safety databases, it is impossible to know how many instances of delayed or inaccurate diagnoses occur. However, Managed Care Magazine cites a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that extrapolated the number of hospital deaths due to misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses to be 40,000 to 80,000 every year.

How many motorcyclists die in accidents each year?

With spring just around the corner, many residents in Maryland may be eager to get back to some activities they do not engage in during the winter months. For many people, riding a motorcycle may well be one of those activities. Bikers have good reason to enjoy the thrill of riding on two wheels but they must also navigate serious risks when they share the road with cars, trucks and other larger vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in Maryland increased every year between 2013 and 2017 from 62 in 2013 to 86 in 2017. In between those years, deaths among riders rose first to 69 in 2014, to 75 in 2015 and then to 76 in 2016. The 86 lives lost in 2017 represent a total of 16 percent of all vehicular fatalities in the state that year. In Prince George's County alone, 77 people on motorcycles lost their lives over the course of those five years.

3 tips for smart social media usage amid divorce

Like many people across Maryland, you may use social media on a daily basis as a means of staying in touch with friends and family, meeting new people or what have you. While, for many, social media can be a great way to socialize and maintain communications with others, people going through divorces might be wise to tread carefully when using it. At Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott, LLC, we have seen firsthand how using social media can come back to bite those navigating their way through divorces, and we have helped many clients make smart moves during their splits that protect their best interests.

According to Prevention, one of the best things you can do with regard to social media during your divorce is simply abstain from using it entirely. Taking a break from social media until your divorce finalizes is your surest method of protecting, and avoiding incriminating, yourself, and you may find that avoiding it opens up time for you to do the other things you enjoy instead.

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