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The importance of yielding the right of way

Driving is a relatively dangerous activity regardless of how safely one drives. Because driving is so dangerous, there are many rules that drivers must learn and apply whenever they take to the roadways. There are many rules of the road spelled out in Missouri state law. All drivers should know that a red light means stop and a green light means go, but not everyone remembers the finer points like how many feet one should maintain between cars or how much room is required to enter the lane in front of someone.

A very important rule that many people either ignore or don't follow involves yielding to others. According to a recent Missouri State Highway Patrol report, more than 15 percent of collisions are caused by a driver who failed to yield. A failure to yield can result in a ticket of more than $100 for a first time offense.

Smoke filled subway train leaves one dead

Passengers on public transportation systems put a lot of faith into not only the drivers who transport them back and forth, but also in the equipment that is used. With most passengers having no experience repairing trains, buses or subways, they are left at the mercy of others when there is a breakdown. Most breakdowns result in little more than a delay for passengers, but sometimes it can be deadly.

Shortly after pulling out of the station, a train in Washington, D.C., grated to a stop while a foul smelling black smoke filled the station and the train cars. In one of the stopped trains a woman died from smoke inhalation. More than 80 others were sent to the hospital due to smoke inhalation, with over a fourth remaining a day later. It is now known that an electrical malfunction caused the smoke, but there are still many unanswered questions. Although the woman's death is the first since a 2009 railway accident, passengers are questioning the effectiveness of the response to the accident.

Man finds surprise in arm from 1964 car accident

The effects of an accident can stay with those involved for months, years and, in some cases, a lifetime. Many times, the physical injuries heal first, leaving a victim to deal with the psychological trauma of being involved in a serious accident, which can leave a person scared to even get back in a motor vehicle.

A 75-year-old man recently had a 51-year-old memory removed from his arm. In 1964, the man in question was involved in a serious car accident when he crashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. The accident resulted in the man suffering a broken hip, among other injuries. Fast forward five decades and as the man is moving concrete blocks, his arm starts to hurt in the area where a prior x-ray had shown a slender object lodged. After his arm started to bulge, the man decided to undergo surgery to remove the object; the nature of the object turned out to be a surprise to all. The successful surgery removed what turned out to be seven inches of the left turn signal from his 1963 Thunderbird, a memento of the crash that had been overlooked by doctors at the time.

Is Missouri road rage negligence?

Driving in Missouri can be one of the more frustrating tasks in any person's day. A daily drive can expose a driver to anything from long waits in traffic to near collisions with other drivers. Most people are able to handle the stress of the roadways with little problem, while others fly into fits of road rage. Although statistics are hard to come by, road rage is a growing problem in the U.S. as more drivers take to the roadways.

Car accident claims Missouri family days before Christmas

There are car accidents in Missouri every day. Some accidents leave barely a scratch on the vehicle and person, but others destroy lives in the same instance. For some, the holiday season will forever be a reminder of the auto accident that took the lives of their loved one. For them, the season is nothing more than a reminder of what they have lost.

A Missouri 2-year-old and his father are dead after a tragic car accident, days before Christmas. The Missouri family was on their way home from a trip to Dallas when their Ford Escape, driving by the man's wife, was rear ended.

Defective air bag recall expands nationally

Over the last few decades, automobiles in the United States, including Missouri, routinely become safer. Drivers and passengers alike can attribute the feeling of security they have, while inside of motor vehicles, to inventions, such as anti-lock brakes, crash cages, automotive design and air bags. These are but a few of the innovations that make the daily drive to work safer. But, these safety devices are only as good as companies make them, meaning, sometimes, the very devices meant to keep people safe can cause them harm.

Ford has expanded the recall of cars equipped with Takata air bags with inflators. The majority of air bags were installed in older model Mustangs made during the period between 2005 and 2008. The recall started when it was discovered that the defective air bags could explode hitting passengers with shrapnel. It was believed that the issue was contained to warmer areas with humid climates, but an airbag explosion outside of the original regional recall forced automakers, and the government to reconsider the scope of the initial recall.

City of O'Fallon gets tough on distracted drivers

Most states and cities have come to recognize the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while distracted. In many places this had led to banning behaviors such as texting and driving. Some states have outright banned the act regardless of age but a few states, like Missouri, have limited their ban only to those under the age of 21, a move cities are fighting in their own way.

O'Follan is one of a few Missouri cities making moves to get tougher on the plague of distracted drivers. Missouri state law is one of the most lax when it comes to prohibiting actions commonly associated with distracted driving. In Missouri, only those under the age of 21 are prohibited from texting and driving even though bills to prohibit the act for all have repeatedly been submitted to the state's legislature. In an attempt to do what the state hasn't, cities are passing their own ordinances. O'Follan's new ordinance is wide in breadth and prohibits everything from fixing one's hair while driving to entering an address into a GPS.

What is negligent hiring?

You're out for a walk and a distracted driver for a local delivery service runs a red light and hits you, causing injury. You have enrolled your child in daycare, only for them to tell you a story of abuse at the hands of one of the facility's employees. In these cases and others like them, a victim may be able to pursue a claim for negligent hiring or retention, in addition to any other cause of action that he or she may have.

As a general rule, employers are liable for the damages that their employees cause while on the job. Like most laws, employee liability laws vary from state to state and in how they apply in certain situations. Missouri has enacted a statute that covers an employer's responsibility for negligent hiring or retention and it differs a little from most states' laws.

Distracted driving in Missouri

In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver. This is in addition to the over 420,000 people who were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is one of the most deadly and costliest vices in the United States that is carried out on a daily basis around the country. While the federal government has instituted bans on specific actions, such as government employees and commercial vehicle drivers' texting while driving, much of the responsibility for enacting driver-related laws falls to the states.

Although Missouri's State Highway Patrol has recognized inattention as a factor in over 1,500 injuries and over 200 deaths, Missouri is one of only five states that have yet to enact any meaningful laws addressing the threat of driving while distracted. The only law that Missouri has on the books concerning distracted driving is a ban on those 21 or younger from texting while driving. While other laws regulating distracted driving have been proposed, none have garnered enough votes to pass.

School bus strikes elderly man crossing street

Buses are ever present on streets and highways around the county. Whether they are taking a student home from school or a family across the country to see relatives, buses have the reputation of being a safe and fairly non-expensive form of transport. But like every other vehicle on the road buses are involved in accidents some of which are minor and others that have last consequences for those involved.

Three young children and an elderly man are in the hospital after an early morning bus accident involving a school bus. The elderly man was walking across the road as the bus was making a left hand turn. The bus hit the man leaving him in serious condition. Fortunately the man was well enough to speak to the paramedics even though he had suffered a serious head injury. Three of the middle school kids on the bus also hit their heads and were taken to a medical center for evaluation. Although speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in the case police are still investigating to determine exactly what happened.

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