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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.

What kinds of damages can you claim in a car crash in Missouri?

No one likes to think about the prospect of being injured in an automobile accident, but it is a fact of life that just tends to happen. When it does happen, understanding whether or not you have a claim for damages is important, as is understanding what kinds of damages you are allowed to claim. While it is best to get the advice of an attorney when you have questions about whether or not you have a claim for damages, there are a few things you should know going forward.

Injured in a Car Accident in Missouri? Here Are 4 Important Things to Do After the Crash.

If you have been injured in a car accident, the success of your insurance claim will depend on the steps you take to prove the extent of your injuries and the cause of the crash.

Aggressive driving is a problem

Many Missouri motorists have witnessed instances of road rage when they have been behind the wheel, and some may have even acted in that manner themselves. However, that type of behavior is only one form of what the National Highway Traffic Administration refers to as "aggressive driving", and the problem is quite severe.

Traffic deaths increased in 2015

Missouri motorists might be interested in learning that the number of traffic fatalities around the country increased in 2015 by 7.2 percent over the number of people who were killed in 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this was the largest single-year percentage increase since 1966.

Self-driving cars and the auto insurance industry

Many Missourians have heard about self-driving cars and the promises of the companies who are making them that they will significantly reduce if not end fatal traffic collisions. These vehicles are designed to avoid accidents, so people might wonder whether or not the insurance industry will still be needed.

Automatic braking technology to be standard by 2022

Distracted driving is a very serious issue in Missouri and nationwide. One of the types of accidents that can result when a person is behind the wheel and using a cellphone is a rear-end crash. At least 547,000 injuries and 1,705 deaths in 2012 were attributed to rear-end accidents, 87 percent of which might have been avoided if the vehicles involved were outfitted with preventive technologies such as automatic braking. The potential for improving safety with this technology is significant, and a recent agreement among automakers will provide for the incorporation of automatic braking in approximately 99 percent of light vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2022.

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