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Fatal accident kills two construction workers when cable breaks

Risk is an inherent part of doing construction work or any physical job in Missouri and other states across the nation. These jobs generally require that the workers do certain things that place them in jeopardy as part of completing a project. It is also dangerous when repairs are being done, as they are frequently necessary at great heights. It is an unfortunate reality that accidents happen. In some instances, they lead to injuries. In others, they result in the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident. When this happens, the family must be cognizant of their needs in the present and future, as a wrongful death legal filing might be needed to receive compensation.

According to recent reports, two workers that were in an elevator shaft died when the basket they were in fell six stories. The men were contractors and were working on a construction project at the time. They were 58 and 44. According to the investigation, the men were cutting pipes, and an accident happened, causing the basket to fall. It is believed a cable designed for safety broke. At this time, it is not known why the cable broke. The men had worked in construction for two decades each and were said to have experience in this type of work. A new piece of equipment was being used for the first time on this project. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA is investigating the accident.

Fatal accident statistics look at Memorial Day in Missouri

Holiday weekends in Missouri mean there will be more people on the road, more people taking part in various recreational activities and more traffic overall. This increase can result in more accidents. Some of these can be so severe that they result in a fatal accident. Statistics are maintained to assess the accidents, determine their cause and to try and find ways to improve safety. Comparing one year to the previous one is also useful. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one, this information can also be important when considering a wrongful death legal filing to be compensated.

During this past Memorial Day weekend, there were nine deaths. In 2017, there were also nine fatalities. The statistics began on Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at 11:59 p.m. the following Monday - Memorial Day. Overall, there were 124 people injured and eight deaths in 294 total motor vehicle accidents. In 2017, there were 345 accidents. 128 people were injured and nine died. A concern in any accident is whether there was alcohol or drugs involved. For 2018, there were 102 drug charges and 121 DWIs. The year before, it was 125 for drugs and 107 for DWI.

Auto accident with motorcycle injures riders; driver arrested

Motorcyclists are at risk of being injured or killed in an accident in Missouri and across the nation. Every time they go out on the road on their bikes, they are placing their trust in other motorists that they will obey the rules of the road, keep a close eye on them and give them sufficient room to maneuver and remain safe. Unfortunately, there are many drivers who do not follow the basic rules and even violate the law when encountering motorcyclists. This can lead to accidents with serious injuries and fatalities. After a biker has been injured or a family has lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, it is crucial to understand the steps necessary to file a lawsuit for compensation.

A crash between a car and a motorcycle sent the two people on the bike to the hospital. The accident happened in the mid-afternoon hours. According to the investigation, the 56-year-old driver of the car turned into the path of the motorcycle and the bike hit the car. The male rider, 61, and his female passenger, 59, were hospitalized. As law enforcement checked on the driver, they found that he was under the influence of drugs. He was cited for that, for driving carelessly and imprudently and for not having insurance. He was arrested for these violations.

Latest truck accident data shows increase in number of deaths

The roads in Saint Peters and across Missouri will inevitably have trucks sharing the road with conventional vehicles. Since trucks are so common, many people treat them as if they are part of the background and do not think about the dangers of an accident. Despite this, the risk is still present and a crash with a truck can lead to severe injuries or death. Because these vehicles are so large and fast, any impact will be exponentially worse than they are with a smaller vehicle. The tracking of statistics for truck accidents can be beneficial for trying to avoid future trucking accidents.

A recent report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discussed the accident frequency of large trucks and buses. It showed that there was an increase from 2015 to 2016. In 2016 there were 4,213 large trucks involved in 3,864 accidents with a fatality. In total, 4,317 people died in these accidents. This is a rise from 4,074 trucks present in 3,622 fatal accidents the year before.

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.

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