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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.

Being proactive about motorcycle safety can save your life

Each time you get on your motorcycle, you are anticipating the freedom and flexibility of riding your bike in the open air. With such incredible scenery in Missouri, your motorcycle can be an excellent distraction from everyday responsibilities and allow you a hobby to enjoy. However, your ability to create positive memories of riding your motorcycle is dependent on your effort to drive responsibly and take action to keep yourself safe. At Mcshane & Brady, we are familiar with the risks that motorcyclists face and are committed to helping those involved in accidents to work through legal repercussions. 

According to SafeWise, motorcyclists are as much as 30 times more likely to be fatally injured in an accident than are people who are in a car. This means you have to be extra cautious and vigilant when it comes to your safety on the road. Some of the things you can do to better protect yourself include the following:

  • Drive where you are comfortable: While it can be tempting to try new tricks or test the speed of your bike at times, understand what your limits are. Staying within your limits can help you avoid preventable accidents that stem from experimenting or underestimating the power of your bike. 
  • Pay attention to the weather: Inclement weather can make riding your motorcycle increasingly challenging and dangerous. Before you leave on a ride, browse the forecast and make sure the weather will be conducive to a safe ride. 
  • Invest in proper safety gear: Buy yourself the proper safety gear to use while riding your bike. For example, a good helmet, long pants, boots, gloves and even a face mask can all help to protect you if you are involved in an accident. 

5 reasons for serious motorcycle accidents

You finally bought that motorcycle you've always wanted. You put it off in college because it was too expensive. After college, you bought a house a had to pay off student loans. You spent 15 years putting all of your extra income into those debts. Now they're finally gone, leaving you free to buy a bike to reward yourself.

It's fun. It's exciting. Just make sure you do not jump on the bike without understanding the inherent risks.

Trucker charged in massive crash on interstate

Missouri residents know that sharing the road with tractor-trailers can be highly dangerous. One always hopes that a commercial truck driver takes their training and responsibility seriously and operates their rig safely. Sadly that does not always happen and it can lead to devastating results for others in the area.

A very sad example of this can be seen in a massive wreck that occurred last autumn along a stretch of Interstate 55. A total of eight vehicles are said to have been involved in the collision that claimed the lives of three young women in college and one young woman who was still in high school. Another 11 people experienced injuries from the crash.

Should you seek compensation for your motorcycle crash?

Missouri motorcyclists know that sharing the road with other vehicles can be dangerous. If you've been injured because of the carelessness of another driver, McShane & Brady, LLC, will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Financial compensation is hugely important to those who have been involved in catastrophic accidents. Especially as a motorcyclist, the list of injuries you can face is extensive and alarming. Motorcyclists commonly suffer from spine and skull damage, muscle and ligament tears, organ damage from strong impacts, friction burns, and more. In some cases, limbs may even have to be amputated. You could be left with permanent disfiguration or scarring.

Detailing the attractive nuisance doctrine

As a parent in Kansas City, you likely equate the arrival of spring with the impending onset of summer vacation. As your children take to the outdoors to explore and play with their friends during the summer, you no doubt counsel them extensively to avoid dangers. So to have many of the parents that our team here at McShane & Brady has worked with in the past, yet many of their children found certain outdoor attractions to enticing to resist. The question is if your child is injured by a hazard on another's property, can you hold said property owner responsible? 

The attractive nuisance doctrine allows you to do just that. Per the Cornell University Law School, this legal principle states that property owners are liable for features of their properties that may entice and then injure young children if they have not taken any measures to protect children from them. This concept recognizes that children may not be able to fully understand the risks certain outdoor features pose. 

Can other motorists be dangerous to motorcycles?

Missouri motorcyclists face dangers every time they get on the road. Unfortunately, other vehicles can pose one of the biggest threats. McShane & Brady, personal injury attorneys, are here to fight you if you've suffered due to a crash with another vehicle.

When you get on the road with other motorists, you should keep your size in mind. Because cars are bigger than you, you'll likely be the one suffering the most if you get into any accidents. Additionally, other drivers might not be able to spot you easily. Try to avoid driving through their blind spots and leaving plenty of room between yourself and other vehicles, especially if they're large.

Five people seriously injured by drunk driver

Missouri residents should be able to feel safe when they get in their cars and trust that in today's society, the fact that drinking and driving is unsafe is well known and accepted by all. Sadly that is not the case as there remain too many people who refuse to let go of their keys when they drink or who refuse to stop drinking when they know they will be driving. Whatever the reason for these choices, the end result is the same - innocent people are injured and killed for no good reason.

One of the many difficult elements of this reality is that it may feel sometimes that justice is slow to come or that it may never come. In a crash that happened late last summer, five people were riding in a sport utility vehicle in Belleville when all of a sudden their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. All five of the occupants inside the SUV sustained serious injuries that required them to be taken to Memorial Hospital. Two of the people seriously injured were minors, girls aged 10 and 11 years old.

Spinal cord injuries require extensive care

Car crash injuries come in a variety of forms. Some are worse than others, but all of them can have a negative impact on your life. One of the most serious injuries that a person might face is a spinal cord injury. While it is possible for these to be minor, it is much more likely that you will have life-long effects from the injury.

There are many different ways that a spinal cord injury might affect you. These are based on the location and type of injury. It can also depend on how quickly victims are able to get medical care after the injury occurs.

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