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May 2018 Archives

Truck crashes taking more lives on the road

Missouri drivers are facing an increasingly dangerous environment on the road when they get behind the wheel, according to statistics released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. For example, many drivers are nervous about traveling alongside large trucks and buses, as the size and weight wait of these vehicles is overwhelming in comparison to a car, let alone a cyclist or a pedestrian. From 2015 to 2016, the number of fatalities due to truck accidents increased by 6 percent, as the number of trucks involved in these deadly crashes went up by 3 percent. Some of the most serious accidents took several lives.

Wearable bands for workers may improve safety

Employers in Missouri, regardless of the industry they're in, should be proactive in addressing workplace hazards. Workplace accidents cost U.S. companies and insurers hundreds of billions of dollars in annual workers' compensation claims. Worldwide, roughly 500 workplace injuries occur every minute.

Study finds seat belts reduce severity of liver injuries

Missouri motorists may be surprised to learn that some people still believe seat belts are unsafe and prefer to depend on air bags. However, a study shows that seat belts can reduce the severity of liver injuries during car accidents. The study was published in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health on March 29.

How one O startup could aid the trucking industry

Across Missouri and the rest of the U.S., more than 3 million commercial truck drivers are in the process of carrying 70 percent of the nation's cargo. They're a fixture of the roads, and unfortunately, they're all too liable to get into accidents due to fatigue behind the wheel. After all, the average trucker drives a total of 70 hours over an eight-day workweek. However, an Oklahoma-based startup has a way to address this issue.

Coalition has blueprint for eliminating traffic deaths by 2050

If the efforts of the Road to Zero Coalition are successful, Missouri drivers can look forward to safer roads in the future. With deaths from motor vehicle accidents reaching 37,461 in 2016, fatalities are on the rise after declining for several years. The coalition aims to bring the number of traffic deaths down to zero by 2050.

Is something on my property an attractive nuisance?

With summer upon us, children will be outside looking for things to do. While playing in the sunshine is certainly better than being cooped up indoors playing video games, some of the things children encounter in their neighborhoods can threaten their safety. You and other Missouri residents should understand the attractive nuisance doctrine, which may protect children on your street from dangers and protect yourself from legal action.

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