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Daylight savings time can lead to motor vehicle accidents

Missourians and people across the U.S. accept that daylight savings time is a part of life. It signifies the changing of the seasons and, in the winter, it technically gives people an "extra" hour of sleep due to them having grown accustomed to the previous time change in the spring when they "lost" an hour to get an extra hour of daylight. While the arguments as to its benefits and drawbacks can go on endlessly, there are certain statistics that should be of concern to everyone on the road. The change can result in drowsy drivers and the accompanying dangers.

Study suggests link between ride-sharing and car crash deaths

In Missouri and across the U.S., there are debates and discussions as to the real causes of auto accidents and how to reduce their frequency. Many factors are commonly cited including, distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, recklessness and more. A correlation between ride-sharing services and road fatalities is being cited as a potential reason for the rise in car accident deaths.

In a paper from Rice University and the University of Chicago, ride-sharing services are connected to an increase in fatalities. Since 2010, when the U.S. had its least number of fatalities since 1949, the numbers have steadily risen. The researchers used safety data from across the nation from the time at which the dominant ride sharing companies, Lyft and Uber, began operation. Next, it assessed the rate of accidents per miles driven in those cities.

A teen can become a distracted driver by having a teen passenger

Teens are among the riskiest drivers on the road in Missouri and across the nation. In the past, this was simply due to inexperience and the recklessness of youth. Currently, there are many other dangers and temptations that can influence teens when they are behind the wheel. One major problem amongst teens is distracted driving. While this is often categorized as texting and driving or using smartphones for other purposes, research shows that simply being in the vehicle with another teen can cause a crash.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that teens in vehicles with other teens have a higher risk of being in a fatal accident. It has long been known that teens tend to go beyond the posted speed limit and use their handheld devices while driving.

A guide to avoiding a DUI during the holiday season

The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate with friends and family. Whether hosting or visiting a party, you may enjoy some spiked eggnog or your favorite wine. It is normal to consume alcohol while having fun during social events.

However, the last thing you want during the holiday season is to end up in handcuffs or cause an injury to another person. Drunk driving becomes a very serious issue around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, and no one wants to spend the holidays behind bars for a DUI. Pay attention to these guidelines so you do not get a DUI arrest after your holiday celebrations:

Truck accident statistics show worrisome increase in fatalities

Missourians are fully aware of the dangers of the road. A major factor in these risks is the presence of large trucks. Delivery trucks move commerce back and forth across the nation, provide jobs and are key factors in the economy. Since Missouri is centrally located, it is a hub for trucks. Unfortunately, along with the benefits come certain risks. Being in a semi-truck crash often leads to terrible consequences for those in smaller vehicles. Understanding the statistics is imperative to seeking methods to reduce these accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017 had the most truck accidents in nearly three decades. Along with this increase in truck crashes, the number of fatalities also rose. In 2017, 4,761 people died in large truck accidents. This was a 9 percent increase from 2016.

Apparent failure to yield leads to motorcycle crash and fatality

With the number of motorcycles on the road throughout Missouri, drivers should be so accustomed to them and aware of their presence that they make sure to give them enough room to ride and everyone stays safe. Unfortunately, that does not always happen and there are motorcycle accidents. Given the way a motorcyclist is unprotected by a conventional vehicle, a crash can cause severe injuries and death. Often, these accidents occur because the driver of a normal vehicle has committed failure to yield. When there has been a motorcycle crash with injuries and fatalities, the family must think about the future and consider a legal filing for compensation.

A young motorcyclist died when he was involved in a crash with a Jeep. The accident occurred in the mid-afternoon at around 2:30 p.m. According to the investigation, the 19-year-old rider on a 2003 Kawasaki was heading east. The 2013 Jeep, being driven by a 73-year-old man, went into the motorcycle's path at the intersection. The rider attempted to evade the Jeep, but crashed into it. He was taken to the hospital and declared dead. The investigation is continuing.

Motor vehicle accidents in construction zones rising in Missouri

There are many dangers on the road in Missouri, but one that is growing at a troubling pace is road construction. Since road projects must be done to maintain, repair and build, they are often unavoidable. While most people adhere to the signs telling them to slow down, there are always drivers who ignore these signs. This puts other drivers and those working on the project at risk.

When there is an accident in a road construction zone, it can lead to injuries and death. One work zone on Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 65 has been the site of three crashes since the work started. The number of accidents has brought to light the inherent danger of these projects. The Missouri Department of Transportation says that there were 13 fatalities in work zones in 2017 alone on state systems. Local routes had three fatalities.

Safety technology still lacking to reduce truck accidents

Missouri drivers who see large trucks sharing the road with them and wince at the prospect of a crash and its aftermath have reason to be concerned. Not only do these vehicles travel at significant speeds, go great distances, and are controlled by drivers who might be experiencing fatigue, but there are ingrained issues regarding truck safety that are not being addressed. For those who have been injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one because of one, it is wise to understand the various factors that contribute to these crashes.

A growing concern with truck accidents is the absence of regulatory intervention. Despite new technology available to avoid accidents, it has not been mandated for truck companies to implement these improvements into their fleets. According to statistics, there were more than 4,300 fatalities in truck crashes in 2016. That was a rise of 28 percent from 2009. However, regardless of this information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not taken steps to stop the trend of rear-end crashes involving semis and other large trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board has implored the NHTSA to take these steps, but it has yet to do so.

Insurer's study on car accidents shows where Missouri stands

Depending on the state, there can be a higher chance of being in a car crash due to a myriad of factors. A report from Allstate Insurance examined the 200 biggest cities in the U.S. and determined which had the best and worst drivers. This was good and bad news for Missouri.

There were three cities in Missouri that wound up on the list. In Springfield, it was found that drivers made an insurance claim once every 10.3 years. This is slightly above the national average and was high enough to rank 23rd on the list. Kansas City was also a safer city, coming in at 32nd. However, St. Louis was far lower at 143rd. On average in St. Louis, drivers make claims once every seven years.

How will a criminal record affect your job search?

If you are facing a drunk driving conviction for the third time in the state of Missouri, you are no longer in the misdemeanor category, you are facing a felony. The penalties are harsh, but a felony also affects your future. As an applicant with a criminal record, how likely are you to find employment?

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