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What factors contribute to bone fracture in a fall?

Winter is coming to Missouri, and the icy sidewalks and wet, slippery floors that it often brings with it can pose an increased fall risk. You probably already know that a fall can cause a bone to fracture. However, you may not realize that the fall itself is only one factor that contributes to a broken bone. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are three factors that contribute to breaking a bone in a fall. Apart from the fall itself, the other two factors are the fragility of bone and the force and direction of the impact. 

Limo company operator arrested following fatal crash

Fatal motor vehicle accidents in Missouri rip families apart and change the lives of survivors forever. While nothing can bring back a lost loved one, families may derive some comfort from seeing a party whose negligence contributed to the crash brought to justice.

Following a limousine crash near Albany, New York last weekend that killed 20 people, including 17 passengers, two pedestrians and the driver of the vehicle, law enforcement arrested the operator of the limo company on Wednesday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide, which carries a maximum possible sentence of four years in prison.

Drunk driving continues to plague Missouri

If you are like many people who live in Missouri, you find it hard to understand why you keep hearing or reading about motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. Public awareness and education about the dangers of driving and drinking have been actively held for decades now yet too many negligent drivers continue to ignore the warnings, putting innocent people in harm's way for no good reason.

In looking at records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents in Missouri has risen every year from 2014 to 2017. In 2014, there were 205 fatalities in wrecks associated with alcohol. That number rose to 221 in 2015 and then to 247 in 2016. Last year, in 2017, another 254 people lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers.

Tanker trucks have unique hazards that may lead to crashes

Tanker trucks help to carry large quantities of liquids from one place to another. Whether they are transporting something as harmless as milk or as dangerous as gasoline, the truckers driving these rigs must ensure they are taking proper safety steps.

There are many things that a trucker needs to do when they have liquids in the tanker. All of these are important to help keep the trucker safe, but also so that they aren't harming other drivers on the roads. Here are some of the possible causes of tanker crashes, which might be useful information if you are struck by a big rig and are planning on seeking compensation for the damages.

How often are work zones a factor in car accidents?

Road construction is an unavoidable part of life for anyone who regularly travels Missouri’s many roadways, and with new communities and thoroughfares popping up all the time, there is little chance of avoiding them entirely. Navigating your way through these work zones presents certain risks, however, and work zones are often a factor in auto accidents, injuries and fatalities.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration reports that accidents in work zones caused 2 percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide in 2014, with 669 people losing their lives that year in construction zone crashes. The number of work zone-related fatalities is on the rise, too, with the number of people who died in work zone fatalities rising 43 percent between 2013 and 2015.

Risks when driving next to a semi truck

If you are like most people who drive in Missouri, you have at times found yourself right next to a tractor trailer and realized just how small your standard passenger vehicle really is compared to those big rigs. The sheer size of these trucks is actually just one of the reasons that truck drivers, truck owners and trucking companies should put a strong emphasis on safe operation of vehicles.

As explained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a standard car might weigh about 2,000 pounds. A semi truck, on the other hand, could weigh as much as 40,000 pounds. The weight of any load in the truck might even add to that. This weight makes trucks catch speed fast when on a downgrade but also impedes their ability to stop well on any surface especially a decline.

Commercial truck drivers and distraction is a dangerous mix

Drivers are increasingly aware of the risks that result from distracted driving. Focusing on something other than the road, whether it is a breakfast burrito or your mobile phone, could spell disaster. As a responsible driver, you probably take every step possible to avoid distraction at the wheel. This may mean turning your phone to silent or placing it in the back seat.

Unfortunately, other drivers may not be so diligent or cautious. This leaves you at increased risk, especially if the distracted driver is in control of a commercial truck. Large commercial trucks pose significant risk to people on the road, as they can cause severe injuries or even death in the event of a collision with a smaller passenger vehicle.

You can enjoy motorcycle rides safely in the fall

Cooler fall weather may lead some people to pack away their motorcycle. However, many enthusiasts continue riding until the full brunt of winter hits. Fall riding can be incredibly enjoyable. There's nothing quite as beautiful as a cruise down country roads when the leaves start changing colors.

However, the crisp, clean air and fall, quilt-like colorful display in the trees brings additional risk of a crash due to seasonal dangers. In addition to watching out for trick-or-treaters in October, you should take steps to keep yourself safe from the unique dangers on the road in the fall.

What injuries do motorcyclists commonly face?

Missouri motorcyclists like you unfortunately take big risks every time you get on the road. The small size of your bike means that you usually don't stand up well against larger, covered vehicles. McShane & Brady, personal injury attorneys, aid those who have been injured in crashes with other vehicles.

Motorcyclists can suffer severe injury in any accident due to the fact that they simply don't have as much protection. Even with full protective gear, you're exposed to more around you than a person in a car, who has metal on all four sides. Common injuries from motorcycle accidents can include broken bones, scrapes, and bruises. However, more severe injuries aren't uncommon either. These can include:

  • Injuries to the spine
  • Head trauma
  • Leg or arm amputation

Specific criteria apply to wrongful death claims

When a person dies to the negligence of another person, the immediate family members left behind might choose to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Defendants in wrongful death litigation can either choose to settle or defend their actions in a courtroom.

To ensure that you are handling your case in the appropriate manner, here are some important things plaintiffs should keep in mind:

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Best of the bar
  • Super Lawyers Lucy Mcshane
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansan City
  • Super Lawyers Maureen Brady
  • Avvo
  • Mata

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