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Chain-reaction auto accident kills motorcyclist, injures others

Being on the road in Missouri can be dangerous for everyone whether they are pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists or motorists. While most people will drive safely, accidents are inevitable. Some of these accidents happen because a driver was reckless, negligent, under the influence, distracted, or simply lost control of the vehicle. The most vulnerable motorists are motorcycle riders. With motorcycle accidents, the rider can suffer catastrophic injuries and death. Often, these accidents involve multiple vehicles with many injuries. After a fatality, everyone involved must remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A four-vehicle accident led to the death of a motorcyclist and caused several other injuries. The accident happened when a man in a car crossed the center line and rear-ended another vehicle. The vehicle that was rear-ended hit the motorcyclist and threw the biker off.

Multi-car crash kills one and injures three others

Even the most cautious drivers in Missouri can be confronted with incidents where they have little or no control. If one vehicle hits another vehicle and sends the second vehicle out of control, it can cause multiple negative outcomes. There can be a chain reaction accident with head-on crashes, T-bone collisions and worse. It can result in catastrophic injuries and death. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in car accidents must think about everything they must deal with in the future due to the incident and consider a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation.

A car being driven by a 19-year-old male hit another car from behind. The impact sent the second vehicle into oncoming traffic. A third vehicle then hit the second vehicle and the driver's side was T-boned. The driver of the third vehicle was killed. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery. She is listed in critical condition. The passenger was stable, as was the driver of the first vehicle. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Personal injury and death for pedestrians stays troublingly high

For Missouri pedestrians, the roads are rife with dangers. This was true before technological advancements gave drivers more ways to become distracted. The current climate has made it even more risky for pedestrians to be on the road. Given their vulnerability, pedestrians can face severe injuries and death after being hit by a motor vehicle. Many people might think they are cautious enough that an accident will not happen to them, but statistics are showing just how prevalent car-pedestrian accidents are becoming and why the problem is getting worse.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were almost 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in 2017. Factors GHSA cited were drivers using their smartphones behind the wheel and the use of alcohol and marijuana. The numbers are the worst they have been in 25 years. From 2007 to 2016, the number of pedestrian deaths rose by 27 percent. Incidents of all other traffic fatalities lowered by 14 percent. An estimated 75 percent of these deaths happened at night.

Man dies in car crash with snow an apparent factor

There are multiple dangers on the road in Saint Peters and throughout Missouri, but one of the most unpredictable is related to the weather. It could be snow, ice, rain or other natural hazards. All can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and become involved in motor vehicle accidents. These crashes can lead to injuries and fatalities. When there is any kind of car crash - whether it is weather-related or because of some other factor such as intoxication or distracted driving - those who are affected must know their rights to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

A car accident led to the death of a 22-year-old man. The accident happened around 7:20 a.m. when a 56-year-old woman's vehicle slid over the center line and hit the left side of the man's vehicle as it was heading in the opposite direction. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead. The other driver had moderate injuries and was also hospitalized. Investigators believe snow was a factor in the accident.

Understanding DUIs and DWIs in Missouri

Impaired driving is dangerous and results in several harmful crashes each year. For this reason, the courts are making punishments for DUI or DWI charges very strict.

For those who may be facing a charge, it may be helpful to understand what all it entails. There are a few key things to understand about a DUI or DWI charge in Missouri.

Fatal accident statistics for 2017 nearly the same as 2016

Missourians should keep track of the statistics for fatal auto accidents to have an idea as to how to remain safe when on the road. The number of fatal crashes can be a useful tool to determine what the risks are and to take steps to avoid them. For those who are unfortunate enough to suffer the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident on the road, the numbers can also be useful when considering seeking compensation in a legal filing. The latest statistics for fatal accidents from the National Safety Council might, on the surface, show a minimal level of improvement, but the reality is more nuanced than that.

According to the NSC, the number of fatalities on the road declined in 2017 when compared to 2016, but they were still significantly higher than they were in 2015. For the second consecutive year, road fatalities surpassed 40,000. These numbers are not federal statistics. Those will be issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. The difference between NSC analysis and NHTSA analysis is that the NSC counts accidents that occur on private property while the NHTSA does not.

Drowsy driving found to be a major factor in car accidents

Missourians are keenly aware of the common dangers on the road today. That includes distracted drivers, drivers who are operating their vehicles under the influence, and the ever-present inexperienced and reckless drivers. However, one issue that can be just as dangerous is a drowsy driver. One study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study shows that drowsy driving is a major problem - more of an issue than it was believed to be in the past.

In AAA's research, more than 3,500 people were monitored from October 2010 to December 2013. Cameras were placed inside their vehicles. Other equipment was also used. There were 701 accidents the researchers studied and drowsy driving was deemed to be a factor in up to 9.5 percent. Drowsiness was considered a factor in nearly 11 percent of the accidents in which property was damaged, airbags deployed and people were injured.

Missouri ranks low on list of states in highway safety laws

All Missourians who head out on the road in their vehicles, as a motorcyclist, a bicyclist or a pedestrian are in constant danger of becoming involved in a crash. These accidents can cause significant changes to a person's life, cause them to accrue massive medical expenses, and can even cause death. Research is useful to determine the reasons these accidents happen. Since there are approximately 100 deaths on the road each day across the nation, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety has released a "report card" to detail the safest and most dangerous states in the U.S. Missouri came in close to the bottom.

The ratings were based on whether the states had 16 laws that the advocacy group believes to be essential to prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities. Included are laws regarding new drivers, how infants and toddlers are protected, the mandating of helmets for motorcyclists, distracted driving laws, impaired driving laws, and seatbelt laws. While strategies are currently in the planning stages to raise the number of driverless cars to reduce human error or negligence as a reason for crashes, that technology is in its infancy and people must be compelled to improve safety on their own.

After a truck accident, a lawsuit can recover damages

Trucks are such a prominent sight on the roads of Saint Peters and throughout Missouri that people will not even think about the possible risks that accompany them. Given that these vehicles are so large, travel at high speeds, and have drivers who might not be as vigilant about the law and regulations as they should be, there is always the chance that there will be a truck accident.

People who are in a smaller vehicle, are riding a motorcycle, a bicycle or are pedestrians have no chance when they are in a crash with a large truck. There can be injuries and death after such an accident and those who were harmed should know their rights to file a lawsuit. While most truckers are driving their vehicles with safety in mind and follow the rules, there can be factors that make them dangerous.

Allegations of nursing home abuse spark changes at facility

Missouri families who take the necessary step to place a loved one in a nursing home or other type of care facility do not do so lightly. It is a major decision to entrust a loved one's care to others all day, every day. Doing so will be to the benefit of the resident and the family if it is a quality facility and all the required care is given. However, there are times when there is nursing home neglect, abuse, mistreatment and other issues. Even if the state is informed of what is happening and steps are taken to put a stop to it, those who have been harmed have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A care facility for veterans is under scrutiny and the head of the facility might lose his job as allegations of poor treatment and conditions are being investigated. Residents and their families have made complaints of abusive and neglectful treatment. The governor requested an independent investigation and the complaints were verified. The head was placed on administrative leave toward the end of December.

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