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Raising awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving

The vast majority of Missouri drivers know just how dangerous it can be to drive while tired. When a person is drowsy, they have trouble making good decisions and reacting quickly when they are behind the wheel. To help bring awareness to the issue, March 15 was designated World Sleep Day.

Daylight saving time can mean higher risk for crashes

Daylight saving time means losing one hour of sleep, which may pose a danger for many drivers in Missouri. Experts recommend at least seven hours of rest every night, but missing one or two hours within a 24-hour period can double one's risk for a car crash. This is according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Documenting car accident damages and injuries

When filing a claim following a car accident in Missouri, accident victims tend to be more likely to get a fair payment or settlement if damages and injuries are well documented. It's a process that often goes smoother if an affected party remains calm so important details can be recalled. However, before any documentation of damages begins, the standard recommendation is to call 911 first to deal with emergency issues related to an accident first.

What the GHSA recommends to reduce speeding deaths

Throughout Missouri and the rest of the U.S., speeding accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic deaths. Since speeding does not have the cultural stigma that DUI or driving without a seat belt has, it is often seen as acceptable and continues to pose a threat, especially to pedestrians and bicyclists. That's why the Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report recommending ways to tackle the challenge.

Proposed legislation aims to restrict cell phone use

Since 2014, there has been a 35 percent increase in the number of accidents related to cell phone use in the state of Missouri. To help prevent these accidents, lawmakers in the state have introduced a variety of legislation to further restrict or ban the use of phones while driving. Currently, those who are younger than 21 or drive a commercial vehicle cannot text while doing so.

Tips for avoiding drowsy driving in Missouri

Almost one third of respondents to a AAA survey said that they drove drowsy to the point of having drooping eyelids at least once in the previous month. Drowsy driving is a serious danger, and even the best-intentioned drivers cannot avoid it. In its effects, sleep deprivation has been compared to alcohol. The National Sleep Foundation says driving after being awake for 24 hours is like driving with .10 percent blood alcohol content.

Ridesharing industry plagued by sleep-deprived drivers

In April 2018, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine called sleep deprivation in the ridesharing industry a public safety risk. Its position statement made some points that should be of interest to all motorists in Missouri. Sleep deprivation leads to alterations in the body's circadian rhythm that can cause sharper peaks of sleepiness in the early mornings and late nights.

NHTSA and FMCSA look into worrying increase in truck accidents

Missouri motorists might be aware that the number of truck accidents around the country has risen in the last 10 years. This is concerning for road safety advocates because about 15 million semi-tractor trailers transport about 70 percent of the goods purchased in the United States. To better understand the causes of this disturbing rise in truck accidents and truck accident deaths, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studied a representative example of about 120,000 fatal truck accidents that took place over a 33-month period.

Dangers to avoid when driving at night

Though people in Missouri and the rest of the U.S. only do a quarter of their driving at night, half of all fatal traffic crashes occur after dark. The risk for a fatal crash goes up three times at night, according to the National Safety Council. With the end of daylight saving time, drivers will want to know how they can reduce their risk.

Companies develop technology to detect truck driver fatigue

Long hours behind the wheel are a part of life for truck drivers in Missouri, and some fleets have turned to technology to detect fatigue in drivers before accidents occur. A partnership between Trimble Transportation and Pulsar Informatics illustrates how in-cab cameras and data analysis increase the ability of fleet operators to catch fatigue and alert drivers that they should take breaks.

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