Missouri pedestrians are vulnerable to injuries and fatalities when involved in a car crash. Some of the most at-risk people are students as they go back and forth to school. While it is a goal that drivers will understand the dangers to students and pay strict attention to the road, avoid recklessness and negligence, and follow the speed limit when near a school, that does not mean they will be as vigilant as they should be. When a pedestrian accident occurs, the victim can suffer catastrophic injuries and all the negatives that those types of injuries entail. Having legal advice is vital to decide on the next steps following one of these incidences, which may be the case for some Missouri students and their parents.
Missouri drivers must be aware of the array of dangers on the road. That includes poor weather and drivers who are under the influence, reckless, and distracted. The risks of encountering motorists who are not adhering to the rules of the road are well-known. Oftentimes, legislators and law enforcement take steps to try to reduce the risk of accidents by enacting and enforcing laws. These laws can be important when pursuing a personal injury lawsuit and seeking compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, with regard to distracted driving it is important to note that it is not even completely illegal in the state.
Everyone is aware that drunk driving is dangerous. According to the CDC, 29 Americans die every day due to DUI crashes. This comes out to one person dying in the United States every 50 minutes. So why is it still such a common problem?
With winter in full swing and still several months to go before spring hits, Missourians should be aware of the requirement that they keep their property cleared of snow and icy sidewalks. A failure to do so can result in a person becoming injured or even killed in slip-and-fall accidents and spark a legal filing against the property owner. While people are undoubtedly aware of the legal requirement to keep their property safe, there could be confusion as to the timeline of when the clearing must be done to avoid the potential legal ramifications.
Drivers who are on the road in Missouri and are trying to get to their destination want to do so as quickly and smoothly as possible. Frequently, they are in a rush and trying to multitask. That can include using a smartphone for various reasons. This can lead to being a distracted driver and putting others in danger. While this endangers other drivers and pedestrians, it also risks the lives of roadside workers. Given the number of crashes involving roadside workers and that they are happening more often, this is a concern that must be addressed.
When sharing the road with the litany of different vehicles in Missouri, drivers of conventional vehicles must be aware and cautious. This is especially important when the other vehicles are large and traveling at significant speed. There is an unsaid amount of trust drivers will have in one another amid the hope that the large vehicles will be safe and their loads will be secure. In some instances, drivers of the larger vehicles will behave recklessly, negligently, be under the influence or commit other violations and there will be an auto accident. Those who have been injured or have lost a loved one in this type of crash should consider the future and whether a legal filing is needed to receive compensation.