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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.

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.

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