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Americans, including Missouri residents, rely heavily on their cars to get them from one place to another. Missouri is a large state and without personal motor vehicles, people couldn't get to their work or to their homes. In order to travel safely by cars, people rely on other drivers. They trust that other drivers are paying attention to the roadways and are not engaging in dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

However, people also place their trust in car manufacturers. They trust that safety mechanisms in the car are in place and working. This includes important safety features like seatbelts and airbags. These safety features are supposed to help keep people safe should a serious car accident occur. Sadly, auto product makers cannot be trusted any more than other drivers can. Auto part defects are common and often cause serious injuries. In these cases, an auto product liability suit might be necessary to hold these companies responsible.

Get skilled legal representation for mass transit accidents

When people trust public transportation to take them from one place to another, it can be a big shock when something goes wrong. Mass transit vehicles are not immune from serious accidents, and passengers can easily be hurt.

If an accident occurs between two passenger cars, people often have a clear understanding of who is responsible for the accident. This gives people a clearer understanding of how to respond to an accident. However, in a mass transit accident, it may be more difficult to determine who is responsible for the accident. It could be the person operating the vehicle, a pilot, or bus driver, for example, or it might be the owner of the vehicle, like a bus company. In these cases, identifying who is responsible for the accident can be important when trying to collect compensation for the damage done.

Railway safety: how safe people are around trains

There are many different types of mass transit options for Missouri residents. For people who are not interested in driving from place to place on their own, mass transit often provides an affordable and quick alternative option. People can turn to busses, airplanes or trains in many situations. However, people need to understand that just like with private transportation, accidents can occur.

Trains, in particular, can be dangerous for passengers and pedestrians near the tracks. According to a report by the Federal Transit Administration, railway accidents have been increasing over time. In the report issued by the FTA, it was discovered that the accident rate had increased 80 percent over a six year period. These accidents have occurred for a variety of reasons including fires aboard a train, train derailments and collisions between trains and other vehicles.

What can be done to keep kids safe around a school bus?

Many Missouri residents rely on personal motor vehicles to get them from place to place. They have control over where and when they drive, and often the decisions that are made behind the wheel. However, children are not in this position. Instead, children are often at the mercy of other drivers to keep them safe. In particular, children are often passengers on school buses, with little or no control over their safety. Instead, parents rely on school districts and bus drivers to make safe decisions for their children.

In many cases, this trust is misplaced. Missouri children are injured because of driver negligence or other reckless behavior. After hearing stories of bus accidents, many Missouri parents may ask what can be done to keep kids safe near school buses.

Take precautions to ensure a charter bus is safe

Not every Missouri resident travels using a personal car or truck. Many people rely on mass transit options to get from place to place. Whether it is a school bus, city bus or airline, public transportation is importation to many people. Safety is just as important to these individuals. People who use public forms of transportation need to ensure that they are safe to avoid injuries.

Mass transit accidents frequently occur on Missouri roadways. For example, one person was recently injured in Missouri when a charter bus left the roadway, as this blog post highlighted. Accidents, like this one, can happen at any time. Therefore, it is important for people to know how to keep themselves safe when using mass transit.

1 injured in bus accident on Missouri highway

There are many ways to get around the state of Missouri and, in today's fast paced world, it is often necessary for people to travel on a day-to-day basis. People's jobs and social lives often require them to even leave the state and travel to other parts of the country and the world. In order to do this, people have the option to use private or public transportation. Both options have its risks and benefits.

For many people, mass transit is the most effective way to travel. This includes airlines, public commercial busses and trains. People may feel like these options provide quick and safe methods of travel, however, they need to realize that mass transit accidents are possible and can cause serious injuries to passengers.

Tired truck drivers may be liable for accident injuries

For most Kansas City residents, there are likely very few days that go by where a driver doesn't encounter a commercial truck. These trucks-, and therefore truck drivers. play a very important role in the Missouri economy. Without these drivers, Missouri residents would not have access to the wide variety of consumer goods or raw materials that we experience now.

In many cases, commercial truck drivers are safe. They take their jobs seriously and want to avoid accidents. However, there is a certain percentage of truck drivers that ignore safety rules-, like hours of service rules-, and health standards. These drivers drive while intoxicated, distracted and tired.

Are truck drivers required to rest to avoid excessive fatigue?

Truck drivers have an important responsibly when they are behind the wheel. They are responsible for delivering goods from one place to another and for doing it safely. They not only do hold their own lives in their hands - their safe travel is essential for keeping others on the Missouri roadways safe.

In a recent post, we discussed the dangers of truck driver fatigue. In that post, we discussed how tired truck drivers were often to blame for major truck accidents. In fact, truck driver fatigue was one of the top causes of major truck accidents in a major study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Dangers of truck driver fatigue

Truck drivers have a huge responsibly. Not only are they responsible for shipping goods from one area to another but also they must do so safely. Truck drivers are behind the wheel of large and dangerous machines. Even simple mistakes can cause serious injuries if a truck accident were to occur. As a result, truck drivers need to be extremely careful when driving. As mentioned in a previous blog post, drivers must avoid distractions, like talking on a cell phone or texting, in order to minimize the risk of accidents.

Another thing that truck drivers need to avoid is excessive fatigue. Truck drivers are often pressured to quickly deliver their goods. They are often paid in such a way to encourage driving long hours and skipping rest. However, this practice is very dangerous. Truck driver fatigue is a common cause of serious truck accidents.

Can truck drivers use cell phones on the road?

Many Missouri residents live busy lives, and truck drivers are no exception. In the past, if a person was driving, they had very few ways to engage in other activities while behind the wheel. However, technology has made it easier for people to multitask while driving. For many people cell phones give people the chance to work, socialize or browse the web while driving. These activities are dangerous and can often lead to an accident.

Truck drivers face the same temptation to use cell phones behind the wheel as other drivers. However, distracted truck drivers are even more dangerous because of the nature of trucks. Some data suggests that distracted truck drivers are 23.3 times more likely to almost cause an accident than those that devote their full attention to the road. Even just dialing a phone number puts a truck driver at a six times higher risk of an accident. And, even a minor truck accident has the potential to seriously injure or kill someone.

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