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December 2014 Archives

Defective air bag recall expands nationally

Over the last few decades, automobiles in the United States, including Missouri, routinely become safer. Drivers and passengers alike can attribute the feeling of security they have, while inside of motor vehicles, to inventions, such as anti-lock brakes, crash cages, automotive design and air bags. These are but a few of the innovations that make the daily drive to work safer. But, these safety devices are only as good as companies make them, meaning, sometimes, the very devices meant to keep people safe can cause them harm.

City of O'Fallon gets tough on distracted drivers

Most states and cities have come to recognize the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while distracted. In many places this had led to banning behaviors such as texting and driving. Some states have outright banned the act regardless of age but a few states, like Missouri, have limited their ban only to those under the age of 21, a move cities are fighting in their own way.

What is negligent hiring?

You're out for a walk and a distracted driver for a local delivery service runs a red light and hits you, causing injury. You have enrolled your child in daycare, only for them to tell you a story of abuse at the hands of one of the facility's employees. In these cases and others like them, a victim may be able to pursue a claim for negligent hiring or retention, in addition to any other cause of action that he or she may have.

Distracted driving in Missouri

In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver. This is in addition to the over 420,000 people who were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is one of the most deadly and costliest vices in the United States that is carried out on a daily basis around the country. While the federal government has instituted bans on specific actions, such as government employees and commercial vehicle drivers' texting while driving, much of the responsibility for enacting driver-related laws falls to the states.

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