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Still Thinking About Not Wearing Your Seat Belt? Think Again!

Authorities Agree, Seatbelts Save Lives

According to the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes”.  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the United States. Most crash-related deaths in the U.S. occur to passenger vehicle occupants (drivers and passengers).

  • A total of 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015.
  • More than half of teens (13-19) and adults 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2015 were … [Read More]

Common Sense Sometimes Not-So-Common on New Year’s Eve Roadways

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Temptation to Drink and Drive Runs High on New Year’s Eve–Resist

We all love to plan our New Year’s Eve parties as they are great fun.  It is also one of the most deadly nights on the roadways.  People often do a lot of planning for the party but do not plan their safe travel home. Once at the party, they drink and then are tempted to make poor decisions such as climbing behind the wheel with the thoughts of “I’ve just got to go a few blocks”, or “I’m really … [Read More]

Fatal Missouri Crashes Over Christmas Holiday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a total of 491 crashes in Missouri over the weekend and included 125 injuries and five fatalities. MSHP also made 91 arrests for DWI’s over the holiday weekend and 49 drug arrest. Three of the fatalities occurred on December 23.  Additionally, a Springfield pedestrian fatality was reported through local authorities.

Three Children Killed in Truck Crash

Loss of life is always tragic, but there is something extra horrifying about three young children being killed in a truck crash the day after Christmas.  A Neosho family was … [Read More]

Illinois I-55 Semi-Crashes Blamed on “Bad Driving” Rather than Construction

Serious Semi-Truck Crashes Occur on Same Stretch of Interstate 55

Illinois State Police say that bad driving behaviors are responsible for the latest serious crashes on I-55, not road construction.

Twice in the last month, there have been two extremely serious semi-truck crashes on the same stretch of Interstate 55 in Illinois. The first crash on November 21, 2017 near Hamel, resulted in the tragic deaths of four young women.

On Friday December 15, 2017, a second crash occurred approaching the construction zone near exit 23, where Illinois 143 intersects with the highway.  It … [Read More]

Safe Turkey Day Travels

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Safety

While we cannot offer any suggestions on surviving your family squabbles over politics at the dinner table, we can offer some driving safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday travel.

The National Safety Council publishes a Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate which seems a bit grim during a holiday celebrating our blessings.  If you travel via highway over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you are without a doubt very thankful when you successfully arrive at your destination.  Thanksgiving is one of the busiest highway travel holidays of the year and it officially launches the end … [Read More]

U-Turns, Only Legal if Safe to do so…….

U-Turns Are Handy But Can Be Dangerous

A U-turn refers to performing a 180′ rotation to reverse the direction of travel.  While a U-turn may seem time-efficient at times, you have to carefully evaluate before making this turn.

Just this morning, I watched two illegal U-turns being made. There were no signs banning U-turns, but in both situations, motor vehicle collision almost resulted. Definitively, when cars are screeching and honking to avoid hitting you while you are making a U-turn, the turn is illegal because it is not safe to do so.

And, if … [Read More]

Dealing with Insurance Adjusters After a Car Crash

Handling the Insurance Adjuster

If you’ve been in a motor vehicle crash in Missouri, then you may be meeting some new people very soon.  If you are hurt, you will of course, be meeting some medical professionals. In addition,  two new people you will be hearing from are the two insurance adjusters, yours and the other driver’s. These new people are not always new friends.

As well, you may be interested in contacting a Missouri car accident attorney to help you with the claim.  Usually, you first hear from the adjusters.  Sometime the adjuster … [Read More]

Traffic Crashes Continue to Be Leading Cause of Teen Death

Motor Vehicle Incidents are the Leading Cause of Teen Deaths

In 2016, there were more than 3,500 teens killed in crashes nationwide.  In Missouri, during 2013-2015, there were 284 fatalities in the 15-20 years of age range. Those are way too many traffic fatalities.

Usually, I share teen driving reminders in the spring during prom and graduation season, but teens are the age group having the most fatal auto accidents, all year round.  A number of fatalities involving teens have occurred in the state of Missouri in the last few months.

Contributors to the Crashes

According … [Read More]