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The dangers of texting while driving and why Missouri's ban isn't enough

While most other states have banned texting while driving for all drivers, Missouri lags behind with a ban solely for drivers under 21. Missouri's attempt to expand that to all drivers in 2015 fell short. This year, the House and Senate have heard testimony on another bill that would ban all drivers from texting while driving in all but emergency situations. If the bill passes, the law will likely go into effect in August.

Why you should support a texting ban

A 2015 survey by Erie Insurance and reported on found that one third of drivers admit to texting while driving.

Know how to respond if a car defect causes injury

Many Missouri residents know that there is the risk of a car accident when driving in a vehicle. People may believe that negligent drivers, road hazards and other unexpected circumstances can cause a wreck. However, many people may not realize that the danger often comes from within a person's car. Auto part defects and failures are more common than people may realize.

Defective car parts, such as tires, airbags and seatbelts, can cause serious, and even fatal, injuries to people within the car. Sadly, these defects are often due to manufacturing errors or design errors caused by car manufacturers. In many cases, car companies fail to take proper precautions to protect consumers from the deadly defects. Sometimes these manufacturers are downright negligent.

Should motorcyclists ride when it's wet?

People choose to get around Missouri in a variety of different ways. Many don't give much thought to their modes of transportation. For others, though, it's important to think about how they will get around during certain times of the year. This is a specific concern for motorcyclists, who often have to think about additional concerns while riding their motorcycles.

While in the summer, the warm dry weather may make it ideal for riding, other times of the year can be more dangerous. In the autumn, for example, the state becomes cooler and wetter, which could potentially create hazards for anyone on the roadways. Those who choose to ride a motorcycle may be wondering whether not they should ride in the rain.

Motorcycles and auto product defects

Many Missouri residents choose to travel the state via a motorcycle. For these people, a motorcycle is not only a fast and efficient way to see the state, but it helps save money on gas and car maintenance. These smaller vehicles are also fun to ride and provide a unique entertainment experience.

However, as many motorcyclists know, driving a motorcycle can come with a variety of risks. Often these risks come from other drivers who fail to notice motorcycles on the road. These drivers are often negligent or act recklessly around motorcycles.

How are you notified of a car recall in Missouri?

When people purchase a car, safety is often a major concern. People want to know that the vehicles that they are getting will keep them safe in case of an accident. They also want to know that the vehicles are not going to malfunction and cause injuries. In many cases, people can rest assured that their vehicles have been correctly manufactured and designed. However, it's not unusual for a car manufacturer to find a problem with a car or truck.

When problems are detected, car companies may voluntarily take action to remedy the issue. In other cases, however, car companies are required by federal law to issue an auto product recall. In a recall, Missouri residents can get their vehicles fixed so that they are safe for them to use.

Paul Walker's daughter files wrongful death suit

A fatal car accident is always devastating to the families of those involved. People suddenly have to find a way to deal with both the emotional trauma and, oftentimes, the financial repercussions of the accident. In these cases, people may have a lot of questions about why the accident occurred. With an investigation, they may uncover that a defective auto part was to blame for the crash.

Missouri residents may remember the tragic fatal car accident involving actor Paul Walker in November 2013. According to initial reports, the car that Walker was riding in as passenger was going between 80 and 93 miles-per-hour at the time of the accident.

Vigorous help after any kind of accident

A car accident can happen to anyone, at any time. And they often happen without warning. A person may be just driving along on their usual route when all of a sudden their whole life changes in the blink of an eye. They may be left with severe physical trauma.

After an expensive ambulance ride, people may face surgeries and other medical procedures just to stay alive. Following initial treatment, people may need to stay days, weeks or months at the hospital or a rehabilitation center. The expenses can be astronomical.

A look at car accident settlements

When people are traveling from one place to another, they are probably not thinking about everything that could go wrong. If people did that, the fear of a terrible accident would keep them off of the roads completely. Instead, many Missouri residents push the possibility of a car accident to the back of their minds.

When an accident does occur, the aftermath can prove challenging for many. Bills can easily pile up and people can quickly feel overwhelmed.

How is insurance handled after a car accident?

For those who have been involved in a car accident, there can be a lot of initial shock and trauma. They may have to deal with serious injuries, property damage, police reports and mechanics. On top of all that, they may also have to contact their insurance company or deal with another person's insurance company. Insurance hassles can sometimes become a burden and a source of stress as people try to heal from the damages caused by the car accident.

Therefore, people should be aware of how to handle an insurance company following an accident. Of course, this blog can only provide general information about insurance companies. For more specific information and advice, people should contact an attorney.

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