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Driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs

While exact numbers are difficult to ascertain due to inconsistent testing, according to the Nation Survey on Drug Use and Health over 10 million people took to the roads under the influence of an illicit drug in 2013. While it pales to the estimated 29 million people thought to have driven under the influence of alcohol the same year, 10 million represents a lot of avoidable accidents.

The United States seems to be slowly turning in favor of the legalization of marijuana. In Missouri there is already a bill for marijuana legalization under consideration by a State House panel. This means that in the near future Missouri may join the growing number of states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use. Already today Columbia and St. Louis have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, issuing tickets and fines in lieu of jail time. While use of the drug may soon be approved, driving while under its influence currently carries with it a penalty of up to six months in jail for a first offense.

Trains collision sends over a dozen people to the hospital

Traditional passenger trains have almost become sort of a novelty in today's society. With the invention of airplanes and the modern passenger vehicle, trains have taken a back seat in transporting people from place to place. But trains are still one of the nation's most important avenues of transporting goods between cities and states. With such frequent use the safety of the U.S. rail lines and the trains that use them continues to be of the utmost importance.

44 people were injured when two trains collided head-on along the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. The passengers were on a sightseeing excursion when their train stalled on the track for an as yet unknown reason. The railway accident occurred when a second train, which was sent to help the stalled train, failed to stop in time to avoid the first train.

Kansas City teen killed in accident with postal truck.

Every year, tens of thousands of people die while traveling in cars. This number isn't likely to decrease any time soon, as technology is increasingly being used as a distraction during a time when focus is essential. When people lose sight of how to properly drive, the risk for injury increases, creating a chance for the worst to happen. Those who make a living on the road need to be extra vigilant, as they have an increased chance of being involved in an accident.

A family is in mourning following the Saturday death of a 13-year-old on his way to a football game. The young man was riding in the car with his step-dad, a friend, and their two little brothers. While in an intersection, the four were struck by a Postal Service truck which may have failed to obey a stop sign. The boy was taken to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. All others in the car suffered minor injuries, while the driver of the postal truck was unharmed. The investigation of the car accident continues.

What is aggressive driving?

Driving is a fact of life for many people across the United States. Unfortunately, car accidents have followed suit, also becoming commonplace amongst American drivers. According to the National Safety Council, there are about 10 million accidents involving motor vehicles each year. While only around 2 million of the accidents involve injuries, the average cost of an accident is tens of thousands of dollars. The number one cause of car accidents is driver error, which is sometimes the result of aggressive driving.

Aggressive driving is something that every driver on the road will come across at one time or another. While there are many anecdotal definitions of aggressive driving, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration defines it as "committing a combination of moving traffic violations so as to endanger other persons or property."

The importance of wearing a seat belt

Motor vehicles are made of tons of metal and plastic that travel at incredible speeds with only four brake pads to stop them. Such a description would make most people think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car, but car makers have been improving the safety features of their vehicles as much as they have the horse power or gas mileage. But, not all safety features are automatic, and one of the most important ones, the safety belt, can be put on or taken off with the click of a button.

All states have a law on the books involving the safety belts on motor vehicles. In Missouri, the seat belt laws play an important role in not only the safety of those in a vehicle, but also in the award of damages in the event of a car accident.

GM still facing heat from ignition switch defect and cover-up

Capitalism has a glaring flaw that in this day and age is nearly impossible to overcome: individual and collective greed. The United States is dominated by mega businesses that affect nearly every aspect of people's everyday lives. Most of these companies are for-profit entities whose main goal is turning a profit. Sometimes the need to turn a profit or a higher profit creates situations where people have to choose between doing the right thing and the most cost effective thing. Unfortunately, many of the people who work for GM chose profits over people, which resulted in many being hurt.

The giant auto-maker GM is still wading through murky waters of its own creation as the number of people who died or were injured by a faulty ignition switch continues to grow. The problem originated when people at GM learned of a defect in the ignition switch that caused the car to not only stall but also prevent the air bag from deploying. Rather than issue a recall on the affected vehicles, GM hid the problem for nearly a decade. During the time that GM hid the problem, hundreds, if not thousands, of people were killed or injured in car accidents attributable to the faulty switch.

Car accidents: sometimes, the hardest fights are the right fights

Missouri car accidents hold a unique place in civil law. They are not unique because of the types of injuries that can occur or because of some special method used to evaluate the claims. Rather, car accident claims are unique because the case will likely be defended by a trained insurance attorney, who does little more than defend against auto insurance claims. Attempting to go against an insurance attorney alone can result in low settlements, claims being underpaid or claims being wrongfully denied.

The amount of recovery from an injury can be the difference between a family picking up the pieces and moving on with their life, or struggling to just make ends meet. That is why determining whether to go it alone or who to hire to handle your case can be the most important decisions made. Car accidents are often very fact specific meaning one detail and make all the difference in the amount of recovery.

The first 3 elements of negligence

Negligence has an important place in personal injury law as a legal theory applied in many types of cases in which an accident has occurred. Anyone who has observed or been party to a civil case involving injury, usually a car accident, can likely recall how important determining negligence is to the outcome of a case. The theory of negligence, which is the controlling theory in many civil cases, has reached even the highest court in the U.S.

There are several types of negligence used in courts across the nation. In Missouri, comparative negligence is the legal doctrine applied by courts. Comparative negligence is a more lenient theory of negligence when compared with contributory negligence, as it allows a plaintiff to collect damages even if they were partially at fault for their own injuries. In order for negligence to be established a court must evaluate the five elements of negligence against the facts of the case.

Driving while under the influence in Missouri

Motor vehicle accidents have a profound effect on society as a whole. The loss of life, damage to property and other considerations cost the nation billions of dollars every year. According to the CDC the cost of car accidents per year exceeds $99 billion, which equals about $500 a year per licensed driver. Motor vehicle accidents have a wide range of causes varying from mechanical failure to driver distraction. By far the most notorious cause of accidents are those committed by a driver under the influence of some substance most notably alcohol.

What is considered driving under the influence can vary depending on the circumstances. Most people are aware of the 0.08 percent rule that sets a per se limit that can be used to support a violation of the law. What many people do not know is that they can be ticketed or arrested as a drunk driver even if their blood alcohol limit is under the 0.08 threshold. For underage drivers, a 0.02 percent reading is enough to violate the statute.

School chooses safety over cost; adds seat belts to school buses

Buses have been around almost as long as cars, serving the ever-important function of transporting large groups of people at once. School buses transport some of the most precious cargo on the planet - children -- and have been doing so since the early 1900's. While there have been many changes and improvements to the school bus, one that has been lacking in many cities and states around the nation is seat belts.

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