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Understanding how to respond to a car accident

A car accident often happens out of nowhere. People are just driving along when, all of a sudden, the negligent action of another driver causes a wreck. While a car accident may only result in insurance headaches and property damage, it can also cause major damage and significant injuries. When people are not expecting these injuries, they can have a major financial impact.

From the moment a person steps into an ambulance or the hospital, they will start to accumulate medical expenses relating to the car accident. If the injuries are severe, a person may require surgeries or rehabilitation which can further increase expenses. The longer it takes a person to recover from these injuries, the longer the person will be out of work. For every day a person misses work, that person accumulates lost wages. Overtime, a family can find themselves struggling to keep up.

What steps can be taken to prevent a train derailment?

While many people throughout Missouri and the United States rely on personal vehicles to travel from place to place, mass transit is still widely used. From busses to airplanes and trains, millions of Americans trust mass transit vehicles to get them safely to and from their destinations. In many cases, mass transit vehicles are safe, but when an accident does happen, they can result in serious injuries.

A train derailment, for example, can cause serious injuries to the people aboard a train and those near the train. In fact, derailments are the most common type of railway accident. Data shows that these accident are caused from a number of different sources including broken wheels, a failure to obey signals, issues with the track and communication errors. Speed can also contribute to these accidents.

Understanding the severity of truck accidents

Physics may not be your friend when it comes to truck accidents. Due to their sheer size and weight, trucks such as dump trucks and tractor trailers can cause catastrophic damage and injuries or death when involved in an accident with a pedestrian or car.

Although truck drivers are professionals and are typically careful on the road, they also have inherent disadvantages over cars on the road. Even with mirrors, they have significant blind spots. What's more, they often require more space than other vehicles to turn due to their weight. Trucks also take a longer time and require more space to stop or slow and are prone to jackknifing. They are also more vulnerable to crosswinds than cars.

The dangers and risks of speeding in Missouri

When drivers are behind the wheel, they are responsible for upholding Missouri traffic laws. This includes following all post speed limits. While going a few miles-per-hour over the speed limit may not seem like a big deal, it can cause major car accidents. A speeding, or otherwise reckless driver, may not be able to control the person's vehicle, make necessary stops or avoid collisions, like a driver following the speed limit would.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is often the cause of many injuries and deaths. Data collected by the NHTSA shows that, in 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of fatal accidents that year. Because of speeding drivers, more than 10,000 people were killed in car accidents in 2012.

When do pedestrians have the right-of-way in Missouri?

In a recent blog post, this blog highlighted the story of a pedestrian that was killed when hit by a car during a car accident. According to reports, the pedestrian was a bystander to the car accident that occurred in Kansas City. Unfortunately, similar car accidents involving pedestrians happen all the time in Missouri. Drivers get distracted or simply ignore traffic rules and those around the streets suffer.

These pedestrians are often legally using the streets and sidewalks near these cars. Drivers need to know that they share the road with many pedestrians, in addition to other cars. Cases, like this recent accident, may lead some people to ask -- when do pedestrians have the right-of-way in Missouri?

Pedestrian killed in car accident on Prospect Ave in Kansas City

When people think of car accident victims, they likely think about the people inside the cars. While it is true that the drivers and passengers inside a car are likely to be injured in a car accident, they aren't the only people that could be involved. Pedestrians, for example, are frequent car accident victims.

Sadly, a pedestrian in Kansas City, Missouri was recently killed because of a car accident. According to reports, the incident occurred on Prospect Avenue near the intersection with 34th Street at around 4:00 p.m. Police say that the accident occurred when a teenager was driving the wrong way down the street in a Chevy Impala.

A motorcycle accident shouldn't ruin your financial future

Some people ride motorcycles as a hobby, while others use a motorcycle as their primary source of transportation. In either case, these motorcyclists deserve to be safe on Missouri roads. Motorcycles have just as much of a right to use the roadways as any other vehicle. And the safety of a rider should be taken very seriously, especially since a motorcycle accident can have such deadly consequences.

In some cases, riders can take proactive steps to keep themselves as safe as possible. This can include driving defensively, wearing the proper safety equipment, following traffic laws and avoiding inclement weather. However, sometimes much of a motorcyclist's safety lies in the hands of other drivers.

Log truck safety in Missouri

Missouri is a beautiful state with many densely forested areas. While this makes the state a great place to live and visit, it also creates a unique hazard for Missouri residents and others on the road. This hazard comes from log trucks.

Log trucks are trucks that haul lumber from forested areas. There are three types of commercial log trucks. Depending on the specific truck type, the truck company and driver may be required to meet certain licensing and safety standards.

Who is likely to be the victim of a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycles are popular with many people in Missouri. The fun and cost-efficient vehicles are perfect for seeing the state, enjoying the weather and getting a thrill. But, they can be dangerous.

While popular culture tends to portray motorcycle riders as members of burly biker gangs, the truth is that people from all walks of life ride motorcycles. This also means that all sorts of people get into motorcycle accidents.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents

In the warmer weather months, motorcycles are a common sight on Missouri roadways. These fun, small and fuel efficient vehicles have a lot to offer. People not only love the thrill of the ride, but also the economic advantages of these smaller vehicles. Unfortunately, motorcycles come with a lot of risk. In a motorcycle accident, people can suffer serious injuries or death. Motorcycles offer very little protection and even minor accidents can be a huge problem.

Therefore, motorcyclists often need to take their safety into their own hands. By understanding common causes of motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists can work to avoid them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are several common causes of motorcycle accidents.

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