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Loss of a loved one during and after childbirth worryingly common

Having a child is one of the most exciting parts of a person's life in Missouri and across the U.S. While it is a common occurrence and medical professionals who are involved in the birth are generally experienced, there is still risk involved. The health of the mother and baby will be in jeopardy for a variety of reasons. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there are a substantial number of deaths from pregnancy. This information can be important for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in this situation and are considering filing a lawsuit for compensation.

An estimated 700 women die annually during and after childbirth. The research shows that three of every five are believed to be preventable. These women can die during the pregnancy, when they are delivering the baby, or up to one year after the birth. In the years 2011 to 2015, approximately one-third of these incidents happened while the mother was pregnant; another third occurred while the mother was delivering the baby or within the next week; the final third occurred in the year after birth. Although maternal death in these circumstances is rare in developed countries, the U.S. has worse statistics in this area than Britain and Canada.

Research shows distracted truck driver issues can multiply

Large trucks are a constant on the road in Missouri. Since these vehicles must share the road with passenger vehicles, it is natural for those in the smaller vehicles to be wary of them. The potential for serious injury and death when there is a truck accident is significant. That makes it increasingly risky when there is a distracted truck driver. Recent research from the analytics provider Lytx says that the problem of distracted truckers may be worse than previously thought. This information can be critical when seeking compensation through a legal filing.

Prior research showed that there are at least nine fatalities in accidents due to distracted drivers each day. With commercial drivers, the second most common cause of a fatal accident is distracted driving. The new information from Lytx says that distracted driving behaviors compound. That means if a driver is committing one risky act, others often accompany it. That can include eating and tailgating. Twenty-three percent of scored incidents in the Lytx research showed drivers were taking part in more than one dangerous behavior.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents rise with light rain

Missourians know that the roads can be a dangerous place. With the risk of auto accidents increasing with the number of drivers who are distracted and reckless, worry is understandable. However, another issue that poses a danger for a car crash with catastrophic injuries and death is inclement weather. While certain types of weather are known to be dangerous, a new study says that even slight rain can cause a significant chance of a fatal accident. Those who were impacted by this type of crash should be cognizant of the research when considering a legal filing for compensation.

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society says that with wetter roads, the risk rises. Ice, snow and rain raise the chance of a fatal accident by 34 percent. What is worrisome is with rain that is considered "slight," the danger of a crash rose by 27 percent. The lead author of the study examined more than 125,000 fatal accidents in the continental U.S. excluding Alaska and Hawaii for the five years from 2006 to 2011. The number of vehicles on the road was a factor when determining the risk of a fatal crash.

Motorcyclist dies after intersection crash with car

When a motorcyclist is on the road, it is important the drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks keep a close eye on them. Since there are many people in Missouri who ride motorcycles, it is taken for granted that all other drivers will share the road safely and make certain to pay strict attention. Unfortunately, people will take for granted that others will adhere to the rules of the road, yield when they are supposed to and take necessary precautions. After a crash, people who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle-car crash must think about filing a lawsuit to be compensated.

An afternoon accident between a car and a motorcycle led to the rider's death. The accident happened at an intersection at around 2:45 p.m. The rider, 47, was heading south when a Kia Rio was turning to head north and they collided. The rider was taken to the hospital and declared dead. There were two people in the Kia. They were not hurt. The driver is being cooperative as the investigation continues.

Missouri cities appear twice in top 20 for dog bites

The idea of dogs biting mail carriers might seem like something from television comedy, but it is a legitimate issue with many mail carriers suffering serious injury because of it. Any dog bite incident can result in extensive damage to the victim. In some cases, it even results in death. Research is done to assess how common dogs bite mail carriers and where the problem is most frequently occurring. A new study impacts Missourians as two large cities fell in the top 20 for number of dog bites. Mail carriers and anyone else who is bitten by an animal should remember that they have rights to be compensated.

The U.S. Postal Service released its statistics for dog bites in 2018. It stated that Kansas City and St. Louis were ranked 15th and 18th respectively. There were more than 5,700 overall bites across the nation. In Kansas City, there were 31. Often, letter carriers were told that the dogs they were encountering were not going to bite them. However, they are advised to treat any dog as if it will attack. If people restrain and train their animals, these incidents should not happen. Unfortunately, they are quite common all over the nation. In all, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Among the most vulnerable are children and the elderly.

Remember, the insurer is not a friend

When you are in an accident that is not your fault, you deserve to receive restitution for your suffering. If you or the injuring party have insurance, you may be able to argue a successful claim.

However, it is important to understand that the insurer is not your friend. For you to receive proper compensation for injuries due to the accident, you should keep a few things in mind.

Many distracted drivers use social media and videos, study says

Distracted driving is a frequent topic of conversation in Missouri and across the nation. This not because it is trendy to discuss it, but because it is such a common and growing issue that is placing people in danger of a car crash with injuries and fatalities. While many will understandably classify being a distracted driver as texting and driving and making phone calls, the concerns are in fact worse as drivers are prone to take part in activities that require even greater attention to the device and will naturally reduce the amount of attention they pay to the road.

One recent study says that a significant number of drivers are using social media and even recording videos while driving. The study from DriversEd.com showed that 55 percent of those who took part in a survey admitted they checked social medial while driving. One-quarter said they recorded a video when driving. An analyst for the site stated that the information is startling. It is not as simple as a parent or an experienced driver telling teens not to take part in these behaviors as parents and experienced drivers tend to do it too.

Veteran allegedly a victim of nursing home neglect

Nursing homes and care facilities in Missouri and across the U.S. are meant to help those who need assistance for their daily lives. The goal is to provide care that family members cannot. Illnesses, injuries and conditions can put anyone in a position where they need to be placed in a nursing home. In some cases, veterans need this level of care, even if they are not elderly. Unfortunately, in many facilities, the care is lacking.

A 34-year-old former member of the military who served in Iraq was placed in a Missouri care facility. He suffered a traumatic brain injury not while serving, but after being struck by a vehicle back home. Due to his injuries, he needs care 24/7. Since he has lived in the care facility, however, the man's condition steadily worsened. His family says that he is not given the attention he needs. The problems started when the facility was sold. In two instances, his sister found him lying in his own urine. He is never dressed, wearing nothing more than a diaper despite clothes being in his closet.

Texting and driving bans reduced hospitalizations in many states

Distracted driving is one of the biggest risks on the road today. This is true in Missouri and across the entire nation. While many states have taken steps to make texting and driving illegal and penalize drivers who are caught in the act, Missouri is one of three states with either a partial or no ban on the practice. When considering that, it is important to understand the scope of the problem. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a car crash will often consider the possibility that it was due to a distracted driver. This is how severe the issue has become.

A recent report from the American Journal of Public Health says that states with a ban on texting and driving had 4 percent fewer emergency room visits than states that do not. The researchers used information from 16 states and their accident statistics from 2007 to 2014. The 4 percent improvement in states where there was regulation on the practice came to an average of 1,632 hospital visits after accidents that were avoided due to the ban.

Car's failure to yield and crash kills 2 motorcyclists

Passenger vehicles and motorcycles must share the road and the drivers must be vigilant for everyone to remain safe in Missouri and across the nation. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are common and since riders are accorded very little protection in a crash, they can suffer severe injuries and lose their lives in a crash. One of the key factors to the injured parties and families left behind after a motorcycle accident being adequately compensated for all they have lost is the investigation into what happened and why. Contacting a law firm that has helped many motorcycle accident victims and their families is integral to a case.

A car-motorcycle crash led to the death of the of one rider and serious injuries to the passenger. The accident happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. The investigation states that the bike was going west when it was hit by a car going north. The initial assessment indicates that the car's driver was guilty of a failure to yield and this led to the accident. The riders, a 43-year-old male and a 39-year-old female, were taken to the hospital. The male died around four hours later. The woman was airlifted for treatment and was said to have serious injuries. Both wore helmets at the time of the accident. The investigation is continuing and it is unclear if the driver of the car was cited.

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