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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:

What happens in a whiplash injury?

Most people in Missouri have heard references to whiplash but they may not fully understand this injury. That may be in part due to the fact that sometimes whiplash is treated almost as a joke or not taken seriously. However, this type of injury can actually result in a chronic condition for some people according to The Mayo Clinic. It is important for people who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident to know the signs of whiplash.

The rapid jerking forward and back of the neck and head that occurs in a rear-end collision is the primary cause of a whiplash injury. When this occurs, damage may be to soft tissue such as the nerves, muscles or ligaments in the neck. Damage may also be done to the discs between the bones in the spine as well as to the spinal bones themselves.

Missouri teens face high risks when driving

Residents in Missouri who have teenage children preparing to get their drivers' permits and eventually licenses are quite often nervous about their kids taking on this responsibility. Their concerns are not without cause as motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate reality of life on the road. Now, a new study released by WalletHub gives Missouri parents potentially even more reason to worry as it seems the state may not be doing enough to keep young drivers safe.

KCTV reported that the study evaluated data from every state and ranked each state across 26 different categories that align to overall safety for teen drivers. The rankings in each metric category rolled up to a state's overall ranking. Only three states had a worse overall ranking than did Missouri. Those states were New York, Kansas and Wyoming.

Calls for federal regulation of autonomous vehicles

People who live in Missouri may have varied opinions on the continuing evolution of self-driving cars. Some might be fearful of this new technology especially in light of the string of accidents that have made news headlines in recent months. Others might welcome the potential benefits this technology brings including opening new doors for the elderly or disabled who struggle with transportation options due to their limited mobility.

Either way, the fact remains that autonomous vehicles are fast becoming a reality. One of the big questions the nation faces now is how to manage this emerging technology and industry. To date, there has been little federal regulation of this technology but the U.S. House of Representatives has now passed the Self Drive Act. As explained by CNBC, this legislation is an attempt to bring the United States more current on its oversight of self-driving cars like Europe and Asia.

Vehicle drivers put bikers at risk

The warm weather is back and for many people in Missouri that means so too is the time when they can happily hop on their motorcycles and enjoy riding along in the open air. To get this season started, May was actually National Motorcycle Safety Awareness month which seems to have been perfectly timed. This month is designed to make bikers more aware of how to ride safely but it is also designed to increase awareness of motorcycles on the road among drivers of other vehicles.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation indicates that it is not actually reckless riding but car and other vehicle drivers who get in the way of a biker's right of way that is responsible for most motorcycle accidents. According to the National Safety Council, as many as 40 percent of motorcycle wrecks happen when the biker is proceeding straight through an intersection but another vehicle turns left right in front of them.

Keep your health care information private

Keeping your health information private is a priority for many people. In fact, there are laws in place to help ensure that your information isn't passed around without your approval or knowledge. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is this law.

HIPAA is important because most health records these days are electronic. This leaves room for the patient's information to be misdirected or given out to parties to whom it shouldn't be. Here are some points you might want to remember about keeping your health care information private:

Hitting the brakes: truck drivers and drowsy driving

How often should truck drivers receive breaks during shifts? This seems to be an ongoing debate within the semi truck driving industry. While other fields generally contain set work schedules with breaks throughout the day, truckers often do not have this advantage. It is common for Missouri truck drivers to exchange sleep for long and excruciating hours on the road.

Currently, nationwide regulations exist when it comes to the requirement of breaks in the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes in a brochure on trucking hours of service that a primary concern in the industry involves keeping fatigued drivers off the road. With that said, truckers are usually only allowed to drive up to 11 total hours, with a required 30 minute minimum break every eight hours. The FMCSA explains that truckers must be off duty for 10 consecutive hours after they have driven the driving limit of 11 hours. Further details apply to these 30 minute rest breaks and to other aspects of driving limits.

Impaired truckers subject of federal rule

People in Missouri who are concerned about drunk drivers have good reason to worry. Despite many decades of high public awareness about the dangers of driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs, too many innocent lives continue to be lost at the hands of selfish and reckless impaired drivers. In some cases, these drivers are commercially licensed to operate extremely large vehicles like semi trucks.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been working on a plan designed to directly address impaired driving among truckers. The goal is to prevent a drunk or drugged trucker from being behind the wheel of these big rigs. One way the FMCSA has been trying to do this is with the initiation of what it calls the drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule. This rule oulines plan for a database to be created that houses results from substance tests.

Man charged with multiple offenses in DUI death

Most residents in Missouri have heard much about the dangers of drunk driving yet despite widespread awareness, many people refuse to stop drinking and driving. As a result, too many people continue to be killed by drunk drivers. It is understandable that people want to find ways to seek justice after these senseless accidents.

The friends and family of one 38-year-old man likely had a mournful Christmas last year after the man was struck and killed by another driver who was intoxicated and hit him head-on along a stretch of Highway 185 in St. Francois County. The drunk driver was operating a pickup truck that authorities later found did not have current plate tags. The drunk driver also did not have current auto insurance.

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