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Automobile Accidents

Leading Causes of Car Accidents

Distracted Driving

Poor driving practices and negligent driving behaviors endanger everyone on our roads. Your life, the lives of your passengers and those of other drivers are at risk. Knowing more about the common causes of car accidents may help you avoid an accident, not be the cause of it.

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Tips to Help You Avoid a Car Accident

Tips for Avoiding an Accident

We always talk about what happens once you get in an accident. Here are some driving tips to help you drive more defensively and keep you and your passengers a little safer while on the road.

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Reckless Driving Behaviors Cause Accidents

Excessive speed Reckless driving

When we get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, we are trusting that other drivers will drive in a safe manner, following the rules of the road, staying alert, and not engaging in reckless driving behaviors. But that is not always the case.

Accidents happen for many reasons, one of which is reckless driving. This refers to a wanton disregard for others’ safety and the rules of the road – these drivers understand the risks of their behaviors but continue to operate a vehicle in a dangerous manner.

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Can You Prove Distracted Driving Caused an Accident?

Distracted Driving Causes Accidents

When we talk about distracted driving, most will think of using a mobile device – talking, texting, emailing – but there are many activities that can distract a driver and lead to a serious accident.

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Highway Guardrail Accidents

Highway guardrail accidents

Highway guardrails are an important safety feature on our roadways. When designed correctly, they help reduce the impact of car accidents. They:

  • give a layer of protection to cars that skid, slide or drift off onto the shoulder.
  • keep cars from crashing or running off down a steep embankment or drop-off.
  • Provide barriers to keep drivers from running into trees, bridge pilings, retaining walls, and other fixed objects.

While guardrails are meant to protect vehicles and their passengers, and lessen the severity of a crash, there are circumstances when they do not.

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Drunk Driving Accidents in Missouri

Drunk Driving accident

Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes. In 2018, there were 10,511 deaths from drunk-driving crashes.

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Dangers of Fatigued Driving

Fatigued Driving

  • 100,000 police reported crashes and over 1,500 deaths are the result of drowsy driving each year. (NHTSA)
  • More than 40% of drivers admitted they have fallen asleep behind the wheel. (AAA)
  • In 2017, 50,000 people were injured in drowsy driving accidents and 795 of those were killed because of drowsy driving. (NHTSA)

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Road Rage Impairs Driver’s Ability to Focus on Safe Driving

Road Rage driver

Have you ever been driving on a two-lane road, come up behind a car that is going at a slow speed and you are not able to pass? Maybe someone is driving erratically or an accident on the road has caused you unavoidable delays. These can be maddening situations. You might yell, honk the horn, or beat on the steering wheel to vent. Others may escalate to road rage.

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Is Your Mental Health Healthy after a Car or Truck Accident?

Mental Health after Car Accident

After a serious truck or car accident, you may focus on the physical injuries. You can see them; others can see them. It is obvious that you have been hurt in the accident.

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Liability in Rear-end Collisions in Missouri

Rear end collision

When a rear-end collision occurs, the initial assumption is that the car who rear-ended the other one is always at fault for the accident. While that is often the case, there are times when another may be held either partially or fully liable.

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