Nearly 30 people die in auto accidents involving impaired driving every day, which is the equivalent of one death per 51 minutes. There were 10,322 people killed in 2012 crashes that involved blood alcohol concentrations of at least .08 percent, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in the country. Of these deaths, 280 occurred in Missouri, accounting for 34 percent of all state-related accident fatalities.
Missouri drivers should be aware of the fact that texting while driving can cause serious accidents that are sometimes fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18 percent of fatal motor-vehicle accidents nationwide in 2010 were attributable to distracted driving. The NHTSA also reported that more than 400,000 people were injured as a result of distracted driving that same year. Additionally, a Pew Research Center survey found that 40 percent of teens said they had been in vehicles in which the drivers were using their phones in ways that endangered others.
A 56-year-old man died in an apparent hit-and-run pedestrian accident in St. Louis, authorities reported. Police commenced an investigation into the July 16 incident, which reportedly occurred near an Enright Avenue residence.
Negligence while driving can result in a number of outcomes. One potential outcome is that an auto accident is caused and someone is seriously hurt or even killed. Reckless driving is the result of a large amount of deaths each year across the nation, including in Missouri. One recent accident may have been the result of negligent or reckless driving.
Wrong-way driving is a very harmful and dangerous type of conduct. Such conduct can sometimes result in auto accidents occurring. Car accidents can sometimes have deadly results. Thus, one hopes that all motor vehicle drivers take all reasonable steps to avoid wrong-way driving when out on the roads. This includes being attentive and not engaging in negligent/reckless behavior (such as intoxicated driving, drowsy driving or distracted driving) when behind the wheel.