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Tips that help motorcyclists avoid collisions

If you are like many avid riders in Missouri, there is nothing like the freedom of a motorcycle on the open road. Observing the rules of the road is imperative to staying safe and avoiding a collision with passenger vehicles. At McShane & Brady, LLC, we often represent clients injured in an accident between their motorcycle and a car or truck.

Ride Apart reports that motorcycle education is one of the most critical factors for minimizing the odds of dying in a crash. Novice riders often overlook the importance of safety gear. It can not only help other drivers see you, avoiding a collision altogether, but also prevent injuries in a crash. Here are a few additional tips that can also help you stay safer on the road:

  • Drivers in passenger vehicles often fail to see you or inaccurately judge your speed. This often results in a car cutting you off by turning left in front of you at an intersection. While it may be a distraction or inattention that causes the issue, there is also a psychological aspect. Drivers often perceive the absence of a car, rather than the presence of a motorcycle.
  • Anticipating the possible actions of vehicles around you is part of your duty as a rider. Look for indications that a car is turning. Leave plenty of room between you and the auto in front of you, slow down and prepare for evasive action
  • Winding roads and sweeping curves frequently have patches of gravel, debris and other materials. When your front wheel hits it, you may wipe out. Avoid this possibility by riding at a pace that allows you reaction time for the unexpected and enter the corner wide. Pick up speed on the way out, after you can confirm there is not cause for concern.

Fatal crash in Missouri blamed on blowing snow

It is always tragic when a young person loses her life as a result of a motor vehicle accident, whether as a passenger or as the driver. It is even worse when the accident is the result of harsh winter weather, which can not only make the roads slippery and impede vehicles' progress but decrease visibility. The family members of a 19-year-old woman killed in an accident on a Missouri highway last Monday will always wonder if she could have avoided her untimely death by wearing a seat belt or waiting until weather conditions were more favorable.

Authorities now blame wind-blown snow drifting on Highway 63, two miles north of Clark, for the accident. Driving over the snow drifts reportedly caused the young woman to lose control of her vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the crash report, and the force of impact when her vehicle overturned in the median after running off the side of the road ejected her from the automobile.

Can prescription drugs lead to a DUI?

Missouri residents often have to take over-the-counter or prescription medications to take care of issues ranging from infections to allergies and more. However, some of these products can interfere with your ability to drive. But just how bad is it to drive while under the influence of prescription drugs?

FindLaw states that it's so serious, you can actually get a DUI from prescription drug use while operating a vehicle. This is because certain types of prescriptions have ingredients in them that can affect a driver's ability to drive safely. Just some of the side effects can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in blood pressure

Take appropriate action after a car wreck

When you are involved in a car crash, you have to make sure that you are doing things that protect your interests. If you are going to seek compensation, you don't need anything that is going to unfavorably impact your chances.

There are several things that you should think about when you are in this situation. Your duties start as soon as the accident happens.

How can you drive safely in winter weather?

Missouri is no stranger to winter weather like snow and ice. Therefore, many drivers may not take slippery road conditions as seriously as they should, and car accidents with the potential to injure or kill vehicle occupants can result. 

During inclement weather, or when a major storm is in the forecast, it is best to postpone any nonessential road trips until conditions improve. However, in the event that you must drive under hazardous winter weather conditions, the Missouri State Highway Patrol offers the following safety tips.

Will a brain injury change your life?

Car accidents in Missouri happen for any number of reasons. A driver may be tired or distracted. It may simply be a case of someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. McShane & Brady are personal injury attorneys who are here to help you if you're dealing with a traumatic brain injury as a direct result of a car accident.

Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, are one of the more severe effects after a crash. These injuries will impact your life in both the long and short terms. Sometimes it can take years to recover from a TBI. In other instances, there are certain areas of your life that will never return to the way they once were.

Missouri in top ten list for worst drivers

Residents in Missouri can be quite concerned about their safety and the safety of their family members when on the roads and highways. This concern is valid because even with strong laws in place, drivers are still able to continue to make reckless and negligent choices that put not only themselves but other in harm's way.

Over the past few years, a report has been put out each year by Car Insurance Comparison that ranks the safety of drivers in each state. Missouri has experienced a lot of changes in its position in this report. In 2015, the state was the 16th worst nationally but then improved substantially to number 27 the following year. The improvement, it semeed, was short lived as Missouri came in at the number 19 position in 2017 and, most recently, claimed the 10th spot in the list of the top ten states with the worst drivers.

Why is the post-holiday season full of personal injury lawsuits?

The weeks between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Eve see a higher rate of personal injuries, many of which result from alcohol. After the holiday season, many people must recover from overindulging in food, drink and revelry. However, others must recover from a much more serious ailment: an injury that occurred over the holidays.

Why are livestock haulers exempt from some safety regulations?

If you drive on Missouri roadways, you must share the road with large commercial vehicles whose drivers often make long hauls. The dangers of driver fatigue in long-haul truck drivers are very real, which is why federally mandated safety measures intended to limit the hours that truck drivers can spend on the road, as well as electronic logging of on-duty hours in order to keep drivers objectively accountable, are in place. The purpose of these measures is to keep you and all motorists, including truck drivers, safe on Missouri highways and beyond. However, Successful Farming reports that livestock haulers are exempt from some of these regulations, potentially putting lives at risk on the roadways.

A controversial new regulation went into effect last year requiring owners of commercial vehicles to equip them with electronic logging devices. The purpose of the technology is to track a truck driver's on-duty hours more accurately than the paper logs that drivers filled out in the past. In the interest of reducing accidents caused by driver fatigue, federal law requires that a trucker can only drive for 14 hours at a time before he or she must take a break for a minimum of 10 hours. The hope has been that mandatory ELD implementation would prevent drivers from inaccurately logging hours, whether with willful intent to defraud or by honest human error. 

Reduced BAC for drivers in Utah

People who live in Missouri know that casual drinking is a normal part of life. That, however, does not negate the need for people to be conscious about their ability to safely operate a car, truck or other motor vehicle. With the increased availability of ridesharing options and awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, there is really no reason for someone to be driving after they have been drinking too much. Nonetheless, this still happens and innocent people continue to be hurt or killed as a result.

The state of Utah appears on track to lead the nation in the effort against drunk driving according to National Public Radio. Starting on December 30, 2018, the state may be able to prosecute a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent or greater for impaired operation of a vehicle. Currently, the threshold for drunk driving in Utah and all other states is 0.08 percent.

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