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October 2018 Archives

Fleet owners may be ignoring threat of distraction among truckers

In a recent AAA survey, 88 percent of respondents expressed their belief that distracted driving is on the rise, more so than aggressive driving or drunk or drugged driving. Truck fleet managers in Missouri should especially be aware of the hazards of distracted driving; truckers use their smartphones as much as everyone else, but they are also encouraged by the prevailing "productivity culture" to forgo sleep for the sake of meeting deadlines.

Will workers’ compensation cover a repetitive stress injury?

Let us say that you have worked for the same company for several years and have never suffered a work injury until now. You have developed a painful wrist condition from daily computer use, and your co-worker thinks it is a repetitive stress injury. What is the next step? Will workers’ compensation cover this kind of injury?

Long waits in Social Security disability cases

Most Social Security disability applicants in Missouri will face a long wait before they begin receiving payments. Nationwide, the average wait time for a hearing is over 600 days. About 45 percent of applicants are approved for Social Security benefits eventually.

NHTSA: 2017 crash data shows worrying trend for large trucks

Missouri motorists may be interested in roadway safety data that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has collected from 2017. While the car crash death rate went down last year, the fatality rate for large truck crashes went up. As the sole negative trend, it deserves special attention.

Car safety tech is backfiring on uninformed drivers

Missouri residents are aware that there are car safety features that can help prevent accidents by, for example, warning drivers to obstacles when backing up or changing lanes. According to federal estimates, driver assistance systems can cut down on car accidents by 40 percent and accident-related deaths by 30 percent. Yet more and more drivers are overestimating the abilities of these systems.

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