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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.

Family files wrongful death suit after truck accident

When a person is killed in a truck accident as a result negligent truck driver, that person's family may have the ability to bring a wrongful death suit. The suit can hold a negligent driver financially responsible for the accident.

Know your rights when a car is unsafe

People rely on their cars for many different reasons. In most cases, people expect their cars to not only work, but to keep them safe. Today, cars are equipped with a variety of safety features that are meant to protect drivers and passengers from harm. While these features may be helpful against external danger, they might not help stop or prevent auto defects from causing damages.

As this blog explained in a previous post, auto manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that cars and trucks are safe. When they aren't safe, a recall might be necessary. This recall can help to prevent further injuries, but will do little for those that have already been hurt.

When should car manufactures issue a recall?

Many people rely on their cars on a day-to-day basis. With such frequent use, it's easy to forget that cars are complex pieces of equipment. A single part of a car can take a manufacturer years to develop. Part of the reason that people do not often think of cars as dangerous machines is because they are supposed to be safe for consumers. People expect that when they get into their cars that they are going to work correctly. Missouri residents might expect a car's danger to come from other drivers; but, all too often, the danger comes from within the car.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 390 million cars, trucks and other motor vehicles have been subject to a recall since 1996. That year, the NHTSA was given the authority to recall unsafe vehicles under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Many Missouri residents may wonder -- under what circumstances should a car be recalled?

The universal helmet law

Missouri is a beautiful state. One way to enjoy the state's beauty is by driving throughout the state. While a car can provide some enjoyment, for many people, a motorcycle provides the ultimate joyride. In addition to the exhilarating ride, motorcycles help riders save on gas and are generally economical to maintain.

These benefits of motorcycles, however, come at a cost -- fewer safety features. Motorcycles do not provide the same level of safety offered to car passengers. Additionally, these vehicles are smaller than most motor vehicles, making them an easier target on the roadways.

Who can be held responsible for a truck accident?

When traveling down a Missouri highway, it would be unusual not to see a large commercial vehicle. These trucks provide important services throughout the state -- everything from hauling construction materials and food to exporting goods is done by commercial vehicles. Many times, however, these commercial vehicles can make other drivers nervous. People are well aware of the dangers created by these large trucks.

When a truck accident occurs, people may be left with large financial challenges. They may be looking for compensation for these injuries and not know where to turn. People may ask -- who can be held responsible for truck accidents in Missouri.

What is distracted versus reckless driving in Missouri?

Although the safety features of motor vehicles continue to improve, car accidents injure thousands and claim the lives of thousands more every year. Most car accidents are completely avoidable with at least one of the drivers involved to blame. A growing number of accidents are being caused by distracted drivers who may be acting recklessly.

A distracted driver is anyone who is driving while being distracted. A distraction can be anything from changing the radio to sending text messages. While most distractions today involve technology, eating while driving or doing one's hair are common distractions that occur daily. Today almost 80 percent of all car accidents involved some form of distracted driving. With more than 27 percent of fatal crashes happening to drivers in their 20s, distracted driving is an issue that is increasingly affecting the younger generation.

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.

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