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Stats show Missouri lags behind other states in seat belt use

Everyone knows that motor vehicle accidents happen for a variety of reasons, and crashes are often due to the negligence of one or more drivers. However, not wearing a seat belt is also linked with many fatalities and serious injuries each year.

The summer of 2017 has seen its share of catastrophic accidents in Missouri. In fact, the extra-long Independence Day holiday weekend saw fatalities more than triple over the number in 2016, and a number of the people who died were not wearing seat belts.

Why do workers' comp claims so frequently get denied?

On-the-job injuries happen every day to hardworking and safety-conscious individuals. Sometimes it is the result of unsafe working conditions, and other times an accident or malfunction might cause harm. No matter what the circumstances surrounding your injury were, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim, but you may be one of the many people who find their claim denied.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that thousands of workers' comp claims are denied each year in Missouri alone. There are multiple reasons for why claims are denied, but a few common ones tend to recur. Consider whether any of the following factors may be to blame for the denial of your claim.

Tips to protect yourself around tractor-trailers

You probably see 18-wheelers almost every day as you commute or go about your life, and it is normal if they strike a bit of fear into your heart. These trucks are quite huge compared with your passenger vehicle. The fact is that the men and women steering large trucks do not have an easy job. The work they do can put them at higher risk for fatigue, for example, and truck driver fatigue can unfortunately lead to serious crashes.

When you're in your own car, there is not much you can do about fatigued truck drivers, but you can protect yourself in a few ways. Let's consider a few safety tips.

Coping with traumatic brain injury after a crash

Car accidents often result in a variety of serious injuries. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one such injury that merits special discussion.

TBI typically happens as the result of a strong impact to the head. The damage can range from mild to severe, although the course of the injury may not always follow a predictable path. TBI can affect functioning in all other areas of the body as well, depending on the function of the part of the brain that was injured.

Do I have work-related PTSD?

Many people in Missouri equate post-traumatic stress disorder with military vets. However, it is not uncommon for people to develop PTSD after working in high-stress environments for years. Workers do not necessarily need to experience accidents and direct trauma to develop the condition. They can develop it from witnessing catastrophic events. The constant exposure to stress, workplace politics and other toxic conditions can also cause workers to develop health issues and have otherwise avoidable work accidents. 

If you work in an office, retail, health care or manufacturing environment, take some time to learn the signs of PTSD to know when you should seek out professional help. 

Who is responsible in an accident with a semi truck?

With auto accidents involving only passenger vehicles, it is usually one of the drivers who caused the collision. Other factors, such as a jaywalking pedestrian or debris on the road, may also contribute to the crash.

However, for accidents with semi-trucks, liability can be broader. The driver may not be the only party at fault, if at all. Any of the following entities could be legally accountable.

Tips for patients to guard against medical mistakes

St. Louis is home to some of the best doctors and medical professionals in the country. But with new cases of medical negligence and malpractice reported every day, it is not surprising that you are not too thrilled about going to your doctor when you are ill and in need of treatment. 

Avoiding medical care when it is necessary because of your fear of medical mistakes can make your situation worse. Here are some ways you can help improve the quality of the care you receive and the accountability of the health care professionals who provide it. 

3 common causes of motorcycle accidents in Missouri

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities than other accidents. Due to these serious potential risks and consequences, it is crucial for you to understand what causes most motorcycle accidents and how to ride safely. For example, the Missouri State Highway Patrol found that most motorcycle crashes are caused by car or truck drivers, not motorcyclists like you. Here is a closer look at common causes of motorcycle collisions and prevention tips.

1. Driver negligence

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