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Despite reduction over Labor Day, car accidents still a problem

Holidays are always a worrisome time for law enforcement in Missouri and across the nation. People traveling on holiday weekends can saturate the roads with vehicles and lead to greater risks of car crashes. Attempting to mitigate the risks with enforcement and advice, such as telling drivers to wear their safety belts, refrain from texting and driving, abstain from drinking and driving, make certain to be fully rested before getting behind the wheel and more might have a moderate effect, but there will still be drivers who take to the roads and engage in dangerous behaviors. Those who were involved in a car accident over a holiday weekend must be aware of their right to seek compensation in a personal injury legal filing.

Compared to Labor Day 2016, the initial reports indicate that there were fewer accidents in 2017. Statistically, there were nearly half the number of DUI arrests in 2017 compared to 2015. Fewer people were cited for speeding in comparison to 2016 and fewer warnings were issued. Regarding accidents, there were no fatal DUI crashes and two non-DUI fatal crashes. This was less than the five that happened during the same holiday in each of 2015 and 2016.

Motorcycle-car crash severs rider's leg; driver arrested

Motorcyclists in Missouri must be aware of their surroundings when they are out on the road. Along with the general risks that accompany being a motorcycle rider, there are always other dangers. These dangers include, drivers who are not adhering to the rules of the road, do not have common courtesy, drive recklessly, drive with a failure to observe, drive with a failure to yield, or drivers who operate under the influence.

Since motorcyclists are so vulnerable, a crash can lead to serious injuries. Those who are involved in motorcycle accidents and their families should be cognizant of what steps to take in the aftermath.

Fatal accident statistics on bicycles show dramatic increase

Missourians who choose to use a bicycle to get around rather than other means might think they are saving money by not driving, are getting exercise they would otherwise not get, and are taking steps to safeguard the environment. While this is all true, there are inherent dangers with riding a bicycle on the road in Saint Peters and throughout the state. In addition, a bicyclist who is in a crash with a car is inherently vulnerable to serious injuries and fatalities. Understanding the statistics for bicycle accidents is useful before and after an accident.

In years past, the statistics showed that children were more susceptible to being in a bicycle accident with a car. Now, however, there has been a drastic increase in fatal bike accidents where adults were the victims. The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a report stating that the number of fatalities for bicyclists rose by 12.2 percent in 2015, with 818 people dying. This is the highest increase for all groups on the road. Eighty-five percent of those who died were male and the average age was 45.

Statistics and research indicate rise in fatal accident frequency

Missourians who head out on the road in any capacity might not think about the frequency with which fatal accidents occur, but federal agencies certainly are keeping track and the statistics for the first half of 2017 are troublesome. The National Safety Council states that approximately 18,680 people were killed from January to June of this year. There were 2.1 million serious injuries. Compared to the same time frame one year ago, there were 250 fewer people killed in 2016.

Not only is there a human cost, but a financial one as well; with these injuries and fatalities came a cost of $191 billion. Another report from the National Transportation Safety Board says that behavioral issues while driving, such as speeding, killed nearly as many people as drunk driving. In the decade between 2005 to 2014, there were 112,580 deaths because of speeding. In that same time span, there were 112,948 deaths with alcohol as a factor.

No mandated testing for truck drivers with sleep apnea

Missouri roadways will often have large trucks going back and forth. These vehicles travel great distances at significant speeds. Given their size and these factors, a crash with a truck can lead to severe injuries and death. One issue that is worrisome not just for truckers but also for train operators is sleep apnea.

A proposed rule to test these operators for sleep apnea was rescinded by the president. The rules were eliminated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration. This information could be important for those who are in a truck accident or train accident so the case can be investigated to determine if truck driver fatigue was a factor.

Fleeing suspect has auto accident, kills passenger in car he hit

There are a variety of reasons why an auto accident can happen in Missouri, but one of the most egregious and unnecessary is if a driver decides to flee from law enforcement. Not only is fleeing the police an unsatisfactory excuse for a crash, it is often done at high rates of speed exponentially increasing the chance for serious car accident injuries and fatalities. When there is an accident because of a driver trying to get away from law enforcement, victims have the right to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

A 19-year-old man was arrested for second degree murder and resisting arrest after he tried to escape an attempted stop by police and had a car crash. The man, driving a black Dodge Charger, was speeding at more than 90 miles per hour when the crash occurred. The initial stop was being made because the driver was speeding. Police were following the vehicle and trying to make the stop when the accident occurred. It happened when another car was turning. A passenger in the other vehicle died instantly and the driver was hospitalized. The man who fled had minor injuries and was arrested at the scene.

What are examples and signs of nursing home neglect and abuse?

When it is necessary to place a loved one in a Missouri nursing home, it is not a decision that family members take lightly. It can be difficult to care for an elderly person and there comes a point where it is not personally and economically feasible to continue trying to do so. It is often for the best for everyone involved. However, there are unfortunate instances when nursing home abuse takes place. Family members need to know how to recognize the signs of abuse and act upon it. If a family member was injured or died because of nursing home abuse, it could be the foundation for a legal filing.

Abuse is when there is emotional, sexual or physical harm to a person in a facility. It can also include financial exploitation. Neglect is another form of mistreatment. If the staff at a facility fails to provide the services that they are contractually obligated to which causes the person to be in danger or become ill, injured or have other negative consequences to their welfare, then the nursing home staff has committed neglect.

What are steps to take after a dog bite?

Dogs are man’s best friends. However, that does not stop some canines from suddenly turning vicious. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation reports that dogs bite over 4.5 million Americans each year. 

In many instances, a stray dog bites a person. However, there are other times when the dog bite came from a dog owned by a close friend or neighbor. This can be awkward and can severely damage the friendship. However, the injured party still has the right to seek damages. Here are the steps to take after sustaining a dog bite injury. 

The importance of legal help after a slip-and-fall accident

When there is an injury or a fatality because of a dangerous property condition in Saint Peters, the victim or the victim's family has the right to seek compensation. While these accidents and injuries might seem unusual, they happen quite frequently and it is vital that those who are affected by them understand the law regarding property accidents and how to pursue a legal filing.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the property is safe for those who walk on it. If there are possible dangers, there must be warnings about them. If there are no warnings or protective measures and an accident happens, then it is the right of the injured party to seek compensation for medical costs, lost time at work and anything else that comes about after the accident. There are many ways in which there can be a viable lawsuit after an accident on someone else's property.

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