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Drowsy driving: more common than you might think

Have you ever driven to or from work and felt like you had trouble keeping your eyes open? Did you take a trip knowing that you probably should not be driving, since you have little sleep the night before? Do your sleeping habits regularly cause you to be sleepy throughout the day, including when you are behind the wheel? If so, then you are like most drivers in Missouri and elsewhere, who have driven drowsy at least once during their lifetime. At the law office of McShane & Brady, LLC, we understand that drowsy driving is not merely an inconvenience – it can endanger your life and others.

You might wonder just how common drowsy driving is. In recent surveys, 60 percent of people said they had driven drowsy during the past year. 13 percent said it happens at least once a month, and 37 percent said they had actually fallen asleep while driving. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every year are due to fatigued drivers. Every year, 71,000 people across the country are injured and 1,550 are killed in sleep-related car accidents.

What responsibilities do property owners have this winter?

As you make your way around the city this winter, you will probably encounter numerous ways to slip and fall. From the ice-covered parking lot at your apartment complex to the muddy, wet tile floor in the grocery store’s entryway, there is no shortage of hazardous situations when the weather turns bad. You and other Missouri residents will need to navigate the streets carefully if you want to get through the season without taking a spill.

However, it is not entirely up to you to avoid slipping, falling and injuring yourself this winter. When it comes to keeping walkways, stairs, parking lots and entryways safe, a great deal of the responsibility rests on the shoulders of property owners and managers. According to EHS Today, a significant portion of workplace injuries result from slip-and-fall accidents. You do not have to be an employee to be injured in a fall, however. You are just as likely to slip in an icy parking lot doing your shopping as you would be if you were an employee reporting to work.

Families sue after drunk driver kills two

Missouri residents who lose their loved ones at the hands of drunk drivers deserve to have the ability to seek compensation and justice. These horrific and completely preventable incidents leave too many people grieving every year across the state and the nation. Continual vigilance is needed to convince more drivers to not drink and drive.

Yet another example of how quickly lives can be changed as well as lost can be seen in the case of a crash that happened in early June of 2016. A woman in her sixties who was from Hawaii and still had her pickup truck licensed in that state actually worked at a winery in Missouri. While coming home from work late one night, she is said to have crashed directly into the front of another vehicle which carried three people including two minors.

3 reasons to work with an attorney after a motor vehicle accident

You were passing through a local intersection when a young driver failed to stop. She slammed into your vehicle, leaving you with injuries and your vehicle in bad shape. You wanted to deal with her insurance company directly, but your family members suggested that it might be better to work with an attorney. What should you do?

One thing you should know is that attorneys do specialize in helping individuals who have been hurt in car accidents. They're familiar with the laws and helping individuals get fair settlements or payouts for their claims. In the case that the insurance company isn't fair or in the case that the driver doesn't have insurance, the attorney can go to court and fight on your behalf.

Trucker stress may cause dangerous driving conditions

Most people in Missouri and elsewhere have encountered large trucks on highways and city roads. It is a normal part of life to share the road with 18-wheelers, but this does not mean it is any less dangerous. Large trucks have been involved in countless fatal accidents across the country over the years. A truck driver’s stress level and lifestyle may be factors that contribute to accident risks.

According to Smart Trucking, most truck drivers work with a high level of stress. They have tight deadlines and often have only a few days to get their deliveries across several states. If they fail to meet their deadlines, they may not get paid for the job. Truckers must abide by federal laws regarding how many hours they can be behind the wheel, which makes their deadlines even more stressful. They may also regularly deal with fatigue, isolation, boredom and unhealthy eating and exercise habits, which can all cause accidents.

How an insurance company thinks

Few businesses are as misunderstood as insurance companies. They advertise that they will be our protectors, that they will “ensure” that you are treated right in the wake of a calamity.

You know the slogans they use: the friendly hands, the good neighbor, we keep our promises, we want you to know.

The disadvantages and weaknesses of motorcycles

Missouri motorcyclists understand that riding their motorcycle will always come with certain physical risks. However, there are some things that can make a motorcyclist more open to danger. These weaknesses should always be monitored and avoided when possible.

Quora lists some disadvantages to motorcycles, which applies both to new motorcyclists deciding to make the investment and old riders alike. Several of the things mentioned include:

  • Capacity
  • Utility
  • Weather
  • Clothing

Jackson County leads region in traffic fatalities

If you are like most people who live in Missouri, you take the safety of yourself, your family and your friends very seriously. While it would be wonderful to think that everyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle understands the responsibility to others on the road that goes along with driving, it seems that there are many people who do not. The sheer number of innocent people killed in traffic accidents every year makes this apparent.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Missouri saw a brief dip in the number of fatalities from 2012 to 2013 but, since then, the number of deaths has risen every year. In 2013, 757 people died statewide in auto accidents, down from 826 in the prior year. Then, in 2014, there were 766 deaths followed by 870 in 2015. Last year experienced another significant jump to 945 deaths.

Is it dangerous to lay down your motorcycle?

Missouri motorcyclists may someday get into a situation where a sudden obstacle appears that you'll need to avoid hitting. In these scenarios, some riders may suggest that you lay your bike down. But is this really the best option?

When people use the phrase "to lay down your bike", they're referring to the action of turning your bike onto its side while you're still riding it. Theoretically, this will lessen the impact that comes from you hitting whatever obstacle is in your way, potentially saving your life. However, Motorcycle Central debunks this as being untrue and says that you should never lay down your motorcycle. The number one reason is because this action will take control of your bike away from you, thus leaving you with no say over what direction you and your bike go in. This can defeat the purpose of trying to avoid hitting something, sending you directly into the obstacle.

Are cell phones more to blame for crashes than we think?

While many drivers across Missouri try to give their full attention to the road, their cell phones compete for their attention. Some experts believe this growing problem could be even more of an issue than the numbers show.

As the Insurance Journal reports, only 448 deaths were attributed to cell phone usage behind the wheel in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's data for 2015. These numbers suggest that drunk driving is far more deadly than being distracted by a phone while on the road, but research has shown that both activities result in about the same level of impairment for drivers. Those numbers also do not help to explain why roadway fatalities increased almost 15 percent in the past two years, especially for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. But some experts believe this is because distracted driving is even more dangerous than the data leads us to believe.

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