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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people in Missouri are concerned about teen drivers and the risks they may pose to themselves and others on the road. This is especially true in the current climate, when teens are often equipped with smartphones, tablets and other gear that could potentially lead to driver distractions. Even without distracted driving, however, new teen drivers are the least experienced and knowledgeable on the road, and they may have difficulty responding appropriately in an emergency situation.
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.