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Drivers who fail to look for motorcyclists cause accidents

Drivers of standard vehicles like cars and trucks must share Missouri roads with motorcyclists. All drivers must exercise a duty of care and avoid negligent behavior to keep themselves and others out of the path of harm. When drivers make the dangerous decision to ignore their surroundings, they can cause serious and even deadly motorcycle accidents.

Visual recognition is a major cause of accidents involving motorcycles. It relates to the ability of a car driver to see and pick out a motorcycle that is traveling near them. Motorcycles can be hard to see for several reasons, such as their small size and tendency to disappear into blind spots; drivers must, however, take precautions to ensure that they are aware of their surroundings before they maneuver their vehicles.

Helping you hold a property owner liable after a slip-and-fall

When a person enters the property of another, they generally do not think about all the potential dangers that could be present. This is especially true when it is a public space and a person has the right to enter the property as a visitor or patron. Unfortunately, when property owners fail to maintain a property or rid it of known dangers, a visitor could suffer harm in a slip-and-fall accident.

At The Johnson Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys understand that a negligent property owner may be to blame for a slip or fall. Because property owners are responsible for maintaining their property and keeping their premises safe, if a visitor, customer or patron is harmed because of a hazard the property owner failed to promptly fix, this could make them responsible for the harms suffered.

Road rash may be more severe than you think

As temperatures begin to drop, you may love to enjoy the cooler weather from behind the handlebars of your favorite motorcycle. Few things can turn a fun ride into a disaster faster than a motorcycle accident. If a negligent driver causes you to fall off your bike, you may sustain serious cuts or abrasions, often called road rash. 

According to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, road rash typically heals in a couple of weeks. Still, you may not be so lucky. In fact, sometimes, road rash causes serious complications. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you must not take the condition lightly. 

Fatal medical errors and electronic health records

When we are ill or injured, we likely rely on medical professionals to help make us better. Whether that means treating a wound or diagnosing an illness or medical condition, individuals in Missouri and elsewhere must trust in a medical professional to provide adequate medical care. Unfortunately, mistakes can occur, and medical errors can have grave and fatal results.

When there was a push to digitize medical health records, the goal was to improve health care, reduce errors and decrease costs. The reality is that these changes did not have the intended outcome. In fact, research has illustrated that it is the electronic health records that are responsible for thousands of fatal medical errors each year.

How common are dog bites?

Owning a dog is fairly common for residents in Missouri and elsewhere. While it is commonplace to see dog owners walking their dogs on the sidewalks and the park and to see dogs contained in their yards, this does not automatically mean that the general public is protected from them. If a dog owner fails to properly secure their dog or guard visitors from a dangerous dog, this could cause liability to be placed on them if a dog bite occurs.

How common are dog bites? According to current statistics, it is estimated that 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Furthermore, it is projected that around 1 in 5 of these become infected. Roughly 1,000 individuals in the U.S. visit the emergency department every day for treatment for a serious dog bite. On a yearly basis, around 9,500 victims are hospitalized due to injuries related to a dog bite.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Missouri crash

As any Missouri resident can attest, the roadways can be a busy place. Whether it is a major highway or rural road, these roads experience a wide range of traffic from a variety of motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Because more than just motor vehicles travel on the roadways, motorists should be aware of cyclists and pedestrians at all times, even in areas where they do not regularly frequent. The negligence of a motorist could easily result in a serious or fatal pedestrian crash.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian crash occurred during the early morning hours in Newton County. Based on reports by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old was traveling south on Granby Miners Road in his pickup truck when he ran off the side of the road.

Understanding the initial signs of nursing home neglect and abuse

As the average life expectancy continues to lengthen, individuals in Missouri and elsewhere are faced with difficult decisions when it comes to the care of an aging loved one. While it may be ideal to care for an elderly loved one on his or her own, this can quickly turn into a major role that one cannot fulfill while also maintaining a full time job and a personal life. Thus, the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is one that many are faced with.

Even when one is confident in their choice of nursing home, it is always imperative to be aware of the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse. The unfortunate reality is that many elderly residents are harmed and even killed by these incidents.

The elements of a DWI traffic stop

Taking to the road after having a few drinks may end with your arrest. Police agencies across Missouri want to get impaired people off the road.

Police do not get to operate as they wish. There are certain legalities associated with stopping and arresting people they believe are driving under the influence. Discover what some of these rules are and what they mean for you.

Helping you take action after a truck accident

Motor vehicles maintain a very important role in society. They not only assist with the transportation of individuals to and from their destinations, but they also help with the transportation of shipments. Large trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks, are extremely valuable in Missouri and elsewhere when it comes to intrastate and interstate commerce. While there are many benefits for these large vehicles, there are also several risks on the roadways caused by their constant travel throughout the nation.

As previously discussed, truck drivers are often tasked with driving long distances. This also means that they are often faced with long hours behind the wheel. While federal trucking regulations work to reduce the impact fatigued driving in the trucking industry has on society, the unfortunate reality is that many drowsy and overworked truck drivers travel on the roadways each and every day.

Will they ease the hours of service rule for truck drivers?

While some drivers are faced with long commutes to work or for business, this often does not compare to the length of time truck drivers spend on the roadways. Driving a large motor vehicle across the state or several states is commonplace for truck drivers in Missouri and elsewhere; however, it is always a job that comes with many risks no matter how many years of experience a driver has.

Truck accidents are often caused by negligence, and when a truck driver or trucking company fails to comply with federal trucking regulations, this could be the cause of a serious collision. Thus, certain regulations, such as hours of service, are heavily looked. This is because fatigued driving is likely to occur when a truck driver is overworked.

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