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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.

Chain-reaction auto accident kills motorcyclist, injures others

Being on the road in Missouri can be dangerous for everyone whether they are pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists or motorists. While most people will drive safely, accidents are inevitable. Some of these accidents happen because a driver was reckless, negligent, under the influence, distracted, or simply lost control of the vehicle. The most vulnerable motorists are motorcycle riders. With motorcycle accidents, the rider can suffer catastrophic injuries and death. Often, these accidents involve multiple vehicles with many injuries. After a fatality, everyone involved must remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A four-vehicle accident led to the death of a motorcyclist and caused several other injuries. The accident happened when a man in a car crossed the center line and rear-ended another vehicle. The vehicle that was rear-ended hit the motorcyclist and threw the biker off.

Multi-car crash kills one and injures three others

Even the most cautious drivers in Missouri can be confronted with incidents where they have little or no control. If one vehicle hits another vehicle and sends the second vehicle out of control, it can cause multiple negative outcomes. There can be a chain reaction accident with head-on crashes, T-bone collisions and worse. It can result in catastrophic injuries and death. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in car accidents must think about everything they must deal with in the future due to the incident and consider a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation.

A car being driven by a 19-year-old male hit another car from behind. The impact sent the second vehicle into oncoming traffic. A third vehicle then hit the second vehicle and the driver's side was T-boned. The driver of the third vehicle was killed. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery. She is listed in critical condition. The passenger was stable, as was the driver of the first vehicle. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Personal injury and death for pedestrians stays troublingly high

For Missouri pedestrians, the roads are rife with dangers. This was true before technological advancements gave drivers more ways to become distracted. The current climate has made it even more risky for pedestrians to be on the road. Given their vulnerability, pedestrians can face severe injuries and death after being hit by a motor vehicle. Many people might think they are cautious enough that an accident will not happen to them, but statistics are showing just how prevalent car-pedestrian accidents are becoming and why the problem is getting worse.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were almost 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in 2017. Factors GHSA cited were drivers using their smartphones behind the wheel and the use of alcohol and marijuana. The numbers are the worst they have been in 25 years. From 2007 to 2016, the number of pedestrian deaths rose by 27 percent. Incidents of all other traffic fatalities lowered by 14 percent. An estimated 75 percent of these deaths happened at night.

Man dies in car crash with snow an apparent factor

There are multiple dangers on the road in Saint Peters and throughout Missouri, but one of the most unpredictable is related to the weather. It could be snow, ice, rain or other natural hazards. All can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and become involved in motor vehicle accidents. These crashes can lead to injuries and fatalities. When there is any kind of car crash - whether it is weather-related or because of some other factor such as intoxication or distracted driving - those who are affected must know their rights to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

A car accident led to the death of a 22-year-old man. The accident happened around 7:20 a.m. when a 56-year-old woman's vehicle slid over the center line and hit the left side of the man's vehicle as it was heading in the opposite direction. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead. The other driver had moderate injuries and was also hospitalized. Investigators believe snow was a factor in the accident.

Understanding DUIs and DWIs in Missouri

Impaired driving is dangerous and results in several harmful crashes each year. For this reason, the courts are making punishments for DUI or DWI charges very strict.

For those who may be facing a charge, it may be helpful to understand what all it entails. There are a few key things to understand about a DUI or DWI charge in Missouri.

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