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Texting and driving car crash injures law enforcement officer

Drivers in Missouri are expected to pay attention to the road when behind the wheel. However, the truth is that given the number of ways in which a driver can be distracted, it is unavoidable that there will be crashes because of a distracted driver. This is not something that is limited to civilians. Anyone out on the road, including law enforcement, is vulnerable to car accident injuries stemming from a distracted driving crash. They too have rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A State Trooper who was on the side of the road assisting a vehicle that had stalled was injured when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The accident happened in the early afternoon at about 1:20 p.m. The patrol car's overhead lights where on. The officer, 40, was taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the pickup, a 35-year-old man, is believed to have been texting and driving and did not slow down before hitting the officer's cruiser. The vehicle was pushed on to the left shoulder of the road.

Drowsy driving car accidents rise after time change

Missouri residents are undoubtedly accustomed to the changing of the clocks every spring and autumn. Commonly known as Daylight Saving Time, people will feel as if they gained an extra hour of sleep. This is viewed as beneficial because estimations say that fewer than a third of people are getting sufficient sleep. However, the time change is statistically linked to an increase in drowsy drivers and can cause car accidents. Those who are in a crash should be aware of this as a possible cause.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the highest number of drowsy driving accidents occur from midnight to 6 a.m. or in the late-afternoon. Approximately 100,000 accidents reported to the police are deemed to have come about because of drowsy driving. A poll regarding drowsy driving found that 103 million people told the National Sleep Foundation that they fell asleep at the wheel.

Lawsuit filed after mistake by doctor leads to death

For Missourians who need to have a surgical procedure, there is an unavoidable fear and concern as to what the future holds. Even the most mundane and routine procedures carry with them a certain amount of risk. People will trust their medical professionals to do their job up to the best of their abilities and ensure their safety. Unfortunately, there are times when doctors make medical mistakes and it leads to injuries or even fatalities. When a family has suffered the loss of a loved one due to a doctor mistake or some other error, it is imperative that they are aware of the steps they need to take to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

The family of a 61-year-old man who died after what was supposed to be a short surgical procedure has filed a lawsuit. According to the claim, the patient went for an aortic valve replacement in early 2017. The surgeon who performed the surgery scheduled a non-invasive procedure that did not require anything more than a minor incision beneath his arm. The man had been told the surgical procedure had a 99 percent success rate. The doctor, 36, had never done this surgery by himself. Allegedly, other doctors suggested that this surgeon have a more experienced doctor assist him, but he refused.

Mail carrier suffers dog bites all over her body

While there are many different types of accidents that can cause injuries to a Missouri resident, one of the most unexpected is from a dog attack. While dogs are treated as beloved pets, that does not alter the reality that if one is mistreated, vicious or allowed to run free, there is a chance that it can bite a person. When someone receives a dog bite, it can cause serious injury and even death. The owner of the dog is responsible for its behavior and it is possible to file a lawsuit to receive compensation after being bitten and injured by a dog.

A mail carrier was attacked by a dog as she did her job. Witnesses stated that they heard her screaming and went outside. She had bites all over her body and wounds on her arm and both legs. One neighbor provided first aid. Emergency personnel were called and the woman was taken to the hospital. After the attack, the owner of the dog placed it in her vehicle and fled the scene. The dog is a mix between a Labrador and a pit bull. Neighbors stated that this is the second known attack by the dog. The dog and its owner were found and the dog was taken into custody.

Research shows fatal car accidents on the rise once again

Because so many people are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents in Missouri and across the U.S., researchers, regulatory agencies and government entities are consistently trying to find the common denominator in these crashes. Information can be the key to preventing a vast proportion of them. In the latest statistical research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was found that there was a substantial rise in the number of fatal accidents in 2016. This is a worrisome trend.

In 2016, there were 37,461 deaths on the road in the U.S. This was an increase of 5.6 percent from the previous year. The total number of fatalities was the highest in a decade. This is the second consecutive year in which traffic deaths have increased. In 2015, there was a rise of 8.4 percent - the highest in more than 50 years. Before that year, the number of fatalities had been decreasing, largely believed to have been due to increased safety in vehicles.

3 ways pedestrians can stay safe on Halloween

As Halloween approaches, it is time to get ready for candy and costume parties. It is a fun night, and most of the scares are harmless fun. However, there is one danger you should watch out for as a pedestrian on Halloween: car accidents. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that Halloween is a deadly holiday for motorists and pedestrians

In fact, 38 percent of deaths on Halloween in 2011 involved drunk drivers. If you are going to a party, be careful while walking around. If you are taking kids trick-or-treating, look out for their safety. Follow these three tips to stay safe on this spooky night. 

A distracted driver can stem from new vehicle safety systems

Distracted driving is an issue in Missouri and across the U.S. This is such an enduring problem that attempts to reduce its frequency have extended beyond law enforcement citation and governmental campaigns to educate people on its inherent risk. One strategy that is being undertaken is to install systems that do not require significant attention from the driver and will not divert their eyes and mental focus from the road. These systems are also referred to as "infotainment." The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study to examine them and gauge the risk with using them.

In the study, the University of Utah did tests to find out which tasks exerted the highest demands on a driver, determine how much demand was needed for the input of information into the system, and if there is a disparity between vehicles. Thirty vehicles were tested. Of those, 23 had levels of demand that were classified as high or very high. Phone calls, text messages, using the navigation system, and adjusting the radio were all behaviors that required a distracting amount of attention from the drivers.

Fatal accident in Missouri claims school cross-country coach

The Missouri roads can be a dangerous place. This is not something that is frequently thought about until an accident does happen, but it is the truth. With the number of vehicles on the road and the inherent risks from driving and riding as a passenger, accidents are bound to happen. In a worst-case scenario, it will be a fatal accident. This is particularly troublesome when it is a school bus that is hit. After an accident in which a family has suffered the loss of a loved one, it might be difficult to think about the future, but they must. Part of that is considering a wrongful death lawsuit.

A bus carrying a cross-country team was in a crash with a pickup truck. The coach of the team, who also worked as a teacher, died in the accident. The coach was driving the bus when the pickup truck crossed over the center line and crashed into the bus. The bus landed on its side and caught fire. The girls on the bus were three middle-schoolers and two high-schoolers; four of the girls escaped, while the fifth was rescued by the fire department. The driver of the pickup was airlifted to the hospital for treatment.

Legal assistance is key after a Saint Peters animal attack

When Saint Peters residents think about the potential ways in which they can suffer injuries when they leave their home, there are numerous ways that may come to mind, but among the last of those considered will be an animal attack. While these types of incidents might seem unusual, they are quite frequent. A dog attack or being bitten or otherwise injured by any kind of animal or pet can cause significant damage and even death. Those who have been subjected to an animal attack might have massive medical expenses, disfigurement, long-term damage and personal issues. Having legal assistance when considering a lawsuit is essential.

People who are bitten by an animal should be aware of various factors, such as whether the animal should have been restrained, if the owner's behavior contributed to the attack, where the attack happened and under what circumstances it occurred. An animal attack is especially damaging if it happens to a child. This can hinder the child in a personal, physical and emotional way, negatively affecting their life forever.

Elderly residents die from heat after hurricane

Missourians who are trying to do their best to care for their elderly, ill or infirm loved ones will often decide that it is best to place them in a nursing home. There is never a belief that nursing home abuse or neglect will occur to family members, but it does happen. Sometimes, injuries occur because of nursing home neglect; sometimes, circumstances arise and the staff and facility is ill-equipped and unable to deal with it. Regardless, when there is an injury or death at a nursing home, it is imperative to understand that there is a right to seek compensation through a legal filing.

The recent hurricane that hit Florida cut the power in a nursing home and led to the deaths of eight residents. The facility's air conditioning was not working and the people - ranging in ages from 70 to 99 - died. After the hurricane, emergency personnel were called to the home. They discovered that three of the residents had already died. One hundred and fifty were evacuated and hospitalized. Five died after they were taken from the home. It is not yet known what the specific causes of death were, but it is believed that the heat played a significant role. The facility is accused of failing to have proper contingency measures in place in the event the air conditioning broke down. The investigation is ongoing.

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