With Thanksgiving on the horizon and several holidays to follow shortly after, the one thing on your mind may be spending time with close friends and relatives. You are not alone. Each year, thousands of people travel through the St. Louis area and across the country to spend time with their relatives, and not all of them travel by plane; many of them will be on the road.
Car accidents are still far too prevalent on Missouri roadways. In St. Louis alone, 172 serious injuries took place in 2015. Over 4,500 serious injuries occurred throughout the entire state.
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.
It is natural to think of winter as a prime breeding ground for car crashes. After all, snow, ice and freezing temperatures dominate many winters.
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.
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.
Any activity that takes a driver's focus away from the primary task of driving is dangerous, but statistics show that, by far, using a phone is the most distracting.
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.
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.
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.