May 2019 Archives
According to the investment management firm Conning, nearly half of 2017's workplace fatalities occurred in two industries: construction and transportation. Construction workers in Missouri should note that this trend is being caused by a number of factors, including a lack of healthy workers and a shortage of experienced workers.
One reason truck drivers pursue their particular career path is its independence. Out on the open road, you can enjoy the solitude the journey provides. If you have an accident while behind the wheel, this self-reliance may lead you to believe you are on your own to deal with the consequences.
Most of the new cars in dealer showrooms in Missouri and around the country feature an impressive array of advanced safety features, and some of them are even equipped with sophisticated autonomous crash prevention systems that monitor traffic and road conditions and can take over the driving duties in an emergency. Road safety experts say that recent advances in electronic safety equipment could save thousands of lives each year, but some scientists and academics are not so sure.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is sponsoring Operation Safe Driver Week in mid-July. While law enforcement will be looking out for a variety of unsafe behaviors, it will be putting the most emphasis on drivers who speed. This is because speeding accounted for 26% of traffic fatalities in 2017 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . Furthermore, speeding was a factor in 94% of crashes in 2015.
Missouri drivers know that heavy rain can cause roadways to become slippery. However, they may not realize that light rain can also markedly increase the chances of a deadly car accident.
More and more drivers in Missouri and across the U.S. are using smartphones and other mobile devices behind the wheel. If the nearly 2,000 U.S. drivers who responded to an online study from Wakefield Research provide an accurate representation of distracted driving trends, then it seems that ignorance has little to do with this behavior.