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Speeding drivers, other risky behavior can cause a truck accident

Missourians who encounter large trucks on the road might be intimidated by their size and the speeds at which they travel. It can be scary to share the road with these large vehicles and imagine the aftermath of a crash with one of them. Since they dwarf conventional vehicles, a truck accident can lead to serious injury and death. While some accidents are unavoidable due to circumstances, others happen due to truck driver behavior. When there is a trucking accident, the reason it occurred can be a key factor in a claim for compensation. Research can help to determine why these incidents occur.

SmartDrive Systems used video analysis to study truck drivers and their behaviors. It found that truckers who drive at excessive speeds are at triple the risk of failing to drive at a safe distance when following other vehicles, have a 45 percent greater chance of being in a near crash, and are 2.5 times more likely to drive while distracted when compared to truckers who do not speed. In its research, SmartDrive formulated a SmartIQ report to examine speeding. In it, there were more than 220 million vehicles studied as part of the analysis.

You may not feel pain after a car accident

Following a car accident, it is important to see a doctor immediately. Due to the stress and frustration of the event, you may not feel like going to the doctor's office, especially if you do not feel any pain. However, this may simply be due to a release of adrenaline blocking the pain receptors in your body. After stressful or traumatic events, such as a collision, your body produces hormones to numb the brain's pathways that process pain. It is essentially your body coping with the incident, but you do not want to let it fool you.

If you delay medical treatment after a car crash, the injury may worsen over time, and something a doctor could have easily treated may escalate out of control. Also, it could have implications on your ability to get just compensation. You may simply want to go home following a collision, but you need to think about the future. Car accident victims should generally see a doctor within 24 hours of the crash.

Family members lodge multiple complaints of nursing home abuse

Missouri families who make the tough but necessary decision to place a loved one in a nursing home have the right to expect that the care will be up to standard. However, there are frequently issues with many of these facilities that lead to the patients being injured, ill or losing their lives. Since family members often do not find out about nursing home neglect or abuse until it is too late, it is critical to keep an eye out for the warning signs and know which facilities might have had problems in the past. When there is a belief that abuse or other problems are taking place at a nursing home, a legal professional should be consulted.

An investigation of a nursing home is underway after a woman complained about the treatment her husband received while in the facility's dementia unit. She says her husband suffered from Parkinson's disease for much of their two-decade marriage. When he began suffering from dementia, she put him in the facility just before New Year's 2017. She believed that the facility was capable, as it had taken care of her mother as well as friends. However, an ownership change in April 2017 changed her perspective.

Fatal accident statistics show number of hit-and-runs increasing

Being in an automobile accident in Missouri can be damaging enough without the other driver fleeing the scene. However, the number of drivers who decide to leave the scene of an accident is growing at a troubling pace. Those who have been in a crash or lost a loved one in a fatal accident involving a hit-and-run should know that they must have legal assistance to ensure their rights are protected.

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that there were almost 2,050 people killed in hit-and-run crashes in 2016. On average, that is more than one such crash every minute across the nation. The highest number of victims are people on bicycles and pedestrians. In the past decade, close to 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities were caused by a hit-and-run driver.

Tower collapse leads to 3 injuries and 1 death

Missourians can face danger at any moment and being at work is no exception. While some jobs are more dangerous than others, there can be accidents at any kind of job. Some accidents can lead to injuries and fatalities. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one at work have the right to seek compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death legal filing.

Three workers who were assigned to work at a television station tower were injured and another died when the 2,000-foot tower collapsed. The accident happened on the morning of April 19 and it is not known yet how or why the tower collapsed. The workers were more than 100-feet in the air when the accident happened. The worker who died was killed when he was trapped under the tower. The other three workers' injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

New distracted driver research shows higher frequency of behavior

Distracted driving has become a prominent topic for discussion because it is such a common cause of car accidents. Despite drivers claiming they know how dangerous it is to drive while distracted, many are still doing it. Researchers examined the factors behind distracted driving and Zendrive, a company that conducts analysis of how drivers behave, says that the problem is far worse than other researchers have suggested. Given this information, drivers have even more cause for concern and should know that, if they are involved in a crash, it could have been caused by a distracted driver.

In its 2018 Distracted Driving Snapshot, Zendrive found that 60 percent of drivers use their cellphones at least one time each day. It was estimated that 69 million drivers use their cellphones behind the wheel each day, a number that is exponentially higher than prior estimates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that 660,000 drivers used their devices when behind the wheel during daylight hours. This number amounted to 6 percent of drivers. The numbers from the new study are 100 times worse.

Goodyear tires could have been factor in motor vehicle accidents

Missourians and anyone on the road in a motor vehicle might not think about the importance of the fundamental parts of their automobile. Tires are a prime example. When there is an issue with tires, it can lead to danger, an accident and injuries and fatalities. In many cases, those who were in a crash might not even be aware that it was because of a problem with the tires. If the victim becomes aware of a defect, it could be the basis of a legal filing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent a letter seeking information from Goodyear as to the safety of its G159 tires. An investigation into these tires started in late 2017 and centered on whether they were safe or not. This came after a judge ordered the company to release data that had been sealed after settlements and court orders. According to the legal filings and safety advocates, the tires were made to be placed on delivery trucks, but not on recreational vehicles that are able to go at higher speeds on highways. The company is accused of hiding the issues with the tires by coming to settlements with people who filed cases and getting the records sealed by judges. No recall was ever issued.

AAA study shows multiple risky behaviors can lead to a car crash

Missouri drivers are keenly aware of the risks they face when they head out on the road. With reckless drivers, distracted drivers, drunk drivers and other hazards, there is a constant danger of a car crash. Research is essential to determine where the biggest dangers are and to find a way to combat them. With that, the AAA has released its Traffic Safety Culture Index. This survey questioned drivers about their behaviors and activities behind the wheel. It came away with interesting results as to how drivers act.

Distracted driving is a common problem today. Since nearly everyone has a cellphone of some kind, it is easy to be distracted by it. In the survey, slightly more than 49 percent said they had spoken on a hand-held device while behind the wheel. Close to 45 percent said they had read emails or text messages while driving. Almost 35 percent said they had sent a text message or email while driving. Almost 58 percent said they believed that talking on a cellphone was a serious threat to safety, while 78 percent say that texting and driving creates significant danger. Statistics show that those talking on a cellphone while driving are four times more likely to be in a crash. Those texting are eight times as likely.

How drug courts help addicts and their communities

If you count yourself among the many people across Missouri currently struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine or another substance, you are not alone. In fact, many of the state’s prisons are now home to state residents who, if not for their drug addictions, would likely not be there, but spending time behind bars does not help you treat your addiction itself.

Depending on where you live and the circumstances surrounding your criminal charge and past, you may be able to gain entry into a Missouri drug court as opposed to having to spend time in jail. Drug courts, per the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, closely supervise addicts for a given period while typically offering them treatment and counseling to help them beat their habits and keep them from reoffending. Though they are not currently available everywhere, drug courts have numerous proven, positive effects on addicts and their communities:

Bill would outlaw texting and driving in school zones

While texting and driving is known to be dangerous, Missouri is one of three states that has not specifically prohibited texting while behind the wheel. Since it is known and accepted that distracted drivers substantially increase the danger for accidents, people who are in a crash should be aware of the possibility that it was caused by a distracted driver. After a devastating car accident, a legal filing is often needed to recover damages for all that was lost.

Children are at specific risk of being injured or killed in an auto accident. Because of this, a Missouri lawmaker has proposed that texting and driving be outlawed in state school zones. The worry is that children leaving school are prone to running without watching where they are going, making them vulnerable to being struck by a distracted driver.

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