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Motor vehicle accidents from drowsy driving linked to time change

Missourians often view the time change that happens every spring where the clocks are moved an hour ahead as a regular part of life. They might think that it is nothing to be concerned about except for a lost hour of sleep. However, this time shift is a bigger worry. This is because research has shown how the "spring forward" can place people in danger due to drowsy drivers.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says that changing time in accordance with daylight savings can disrupt a person's internal clock. Without proper time to adjust, sleep patterns can be interrupted and take time to regulate. This can prove to be especially dangerous when drivers get behind the wheel before their internal systems have recalibrated. The study found that those motorists who drive in the early morning and rush hours following a time shift are at an increased risk of being involved in an accident. Those driving in the early-morning hours of 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. are at greater risk because the biological cycle is the lowest it will be all day.

Fatal head-on car crash leads to felony charges for driver

When there is an auto accident in Missouri, the circumstances are critical to determining the viability of a legal filing for compensation. This is especially true when there are catastrophic injuries and a fatality. For example, if a driver was under the influence, was driving recklessly, or was fleeing another accident, then it may be easier for a victim to impose liability.

The family of a recent car accident may be confronting this situation now, as a 20-year-old man is now dealing with charges related to a fatal head-on crash and fleeing the scene. According to the investigation, the man hit a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old woman, killing her. He is believed to have been fleeing a separate accident in which more than $4,000 in damage was caused. That raises the charges to a felony. He was apparently trying to pass a vehicle in a zone where passing is prohibited and thereafter hit the woman's vehicle.

Things nobody told you about auto passenger injury

Experiencing an auto accident can be traumatic, both physically and mentally. The aftermath of a serious crash is often confusing. Each accident is different, but the first issue after making sure no one was severely injured is to discover liability.

Often, one driver is at fault. Sometimes, drivers share part of the blame. In other cases, the driver clearly at fault tries to blame the innocent driver. There are all types of nuances that arise. The police will determine who is at fault from the site evidence.

NSC accident study shows fatalities still top 40,000 in U.S.

Missouri residents will understand that there are inherent dangers when heading out on the road. An auto accident can happen for a variety of reasons and come without warning. Statistics show just how dangerous driving can be. When assessing these reports, people are frequently surprised at how prevalent fatal auto accidents are. But the numbers alone don't tell the whole story. Instead, people also need to consider the causes of these wrecks.

The National Safety Council reports that road fatalities surpassed 40,000 for the third consecutive year. The total has risen by 14 percent since 2014. In 2018, these types of crashes saw a reduction of one percent from 2017. There were more than 4.5 million people who suffered serious injuries in auto crashes in 2018. This, too, is an increase of one percent. A main issue that is believed to cause the numbers to rise in 2014 and at the start of the decade in 2010 is distracted driving. The increase in drivers who own a smartphone is believed to be a factor.

Protect loved ones in nursing homes from financial exploitation

When the words "nursing home abuse and neglect" are mentioned regarding residents in Missouri and across the nation, the first thing that most people think about is physical, emotional and even sexual abuse. This is understandable given the number of stories that are in the news about elderly and infirm residents being mistreated in this way. People can be injured and even lose their lives due to errors and abuse in nursing homes. However, there are other ways in which people can be mistreated, and it often goes undetected. This includes financial exploitation.

People might be vigilant when a loved one resides in a nursing facility by watching for unexplained bruises and illnesses that should not be happening, as well as changes in personality. However, even the most vigilant may not realize that some residents have their property stolen or are taken advantage of by people who work in the facility. This includes obvious behaviors such as stealing or getting access to the person's finances or personal information to commit fraud, but there are other ways facilities might commit financial exploitation.

Multiple people injured in St. Charles head-on car accident

Car accidents are a common concern across Missouri, including in St. Charles County, which can leave individuals with injuries and death. These accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. People who leave their home and head out in their automobiles are certainly not expecting to find themselves hospitalized with injuries that require surgical procedures and long-term care.

Under no circumstances is anyone expecting that a fatal car crash will occur. Unfortunately, these kind of wrecks do happen, and there can be a variety of causes. Regardless of how one of these accidents occurs, a legal claim can be necessary for a victim and his or her family to hope to recover sufficient compensation for all that was lost.

Lax road safety laws could spark Missouri motor vehicle accidents

Auto accidents are common in Missouri. When assessing the reasons why these crashes happen, legislators and law enforcement will try to formulate strategies to reduce their frequency. Some of the riskiest behaviors that drivers will take part in behind the wheel involve acting as a distracted driver. Such behaviors can include texting and driving, checking emails, using social media, and making phone calls. For people who are involved in an auto accident and suffer injuries, as well as those who lose a loved one in one of these wrecks, it can be helpful to understand applicable state laws and how they might be pertinent to an accident investigation.

A recent report says that Missouri is one of the worst states in the U.S. when it comes to safety laws for drivers. According to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, each state was ranked on its road safety laws. There are 16 such laws that are considered key. Once the numbers were assessed, Missouri was third from the bottom. This is predominately due to distracted driving. State Farm Insurance has conducted surveys indicating that 79 percent of drivers admit to using their phone for one reason or another when behind the wheel.

Pedestrian accident sends two teens to hospital with injuries

Missouri pedestrians are vulnerable to injuries and fatalities when involved in a car crash. Some of the most at-risk people are students as they go back and forth to school. While it is a goal that drivers will understand the dangers to students and pay strict attention to the road, avoid recklessness and negligence, and follow the speed limit when near a school, that does not mean they will be as vigilant as they should be. When a pedestrian accident occurs, the victim can suffer catastrophic injuries and all the negatives that those types of injuries entail. Having legal advice is vital to decide on the next steps following one of these incidences, which may be the case for some Missouri students and their parents.

There, a vehicle went out of control and ran onto the sidewalk, hitting two high school students. The accident occurred after school had ended for the day. The vehicle first rear-ended another vehicle. Its airbags were activated and the vehicle subsequently went on to hit the students from behind. The victims were hospitalized. One was seriously injured, but her life is not believed to be in jeopardy. The other's injuries were said to be minor. As the investigation has moved forward, a law enforcement spokesman said the traffic was light and the vehicle that was rear-ended was not stopped. The cause of the crash is still being determined.

Texting and driving still not fully banned in Missouri

Missouri drivers must be aware of the array of dangers on the road. That includes poor weather and drivers who are under the influence, reckless, and distracted. The risks of encountering motorists who are not adhering to the rules of the road are well-known. Oftentimes, legislators and law enforcement take steps to try to reduce the risk of accidents by enacting and enforcing laws. These laws can be important when pursuing a personal injury lawsuit and seeking compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, with regard to distracted driving it is important to note that it is not even completely illegal in the state.

There are three states in the nation that have yet to implement a full ban on texting and driving, and Missouri is one of them. Lawmakers are weighing a proposal in the general assembly that will take steps to reduce the practice and impose penalties on violators. As of now, drivers 21 and younger are banned from texting and driving. Combined with the difficulties inherent in enforcement, preventing drivers from texting and driving is a complicated task. In Kansas City, there were no citations given out at all in 2018 for violating this law. In the state overall there were 63 in 2017, 76 in 2016, and 57 in 2015.

Reasons people drink and drive

Everyone is aware that drunk driving is dangerous. According to the CDC, 29 Americans die every day due to DUI crashes. This comes out to one person dying in the United States every 50 minutes. So why is it still such a common problem?

There are a wide variety of reasons why one may choose to drink and drive. Here are some of the most common reasons why people drive while impaired and tips for preventing it. 

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