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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

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Missouri Deer Season Roadway Dangers

Deer Season

As many of my buddies know, deer season is almost upon us.  While I have not hunted in years, fall is the most dangerous season for deer crossing the roadway, resulting in motor vehicle crashes.  The likelihood of being involved in a deer-related crash increases dramatically in November.

Crash in Cole County Early Thursday

A young New Bloomfield man was involved in a collision this morning and seriously injured. According to reports, the crash was a result a deer on Highway U.S. 50 at Marino Road in Cole County.  The car became airborne and then struck the … [Read More]

Halloween Hazards-Pedestrian Incidents and Drunk Drivers

Common Injuries Over Halloween

While Halloween is supposed to be scary and creepy, it is not supposed to be dangerous. Most parents worry about the sicko that taints trick-or-treater’s candy, but the greater dangers include to pedestrian incidents with vehicles and drunk drivers.

Pedestrian Incidents

Halloween is the biggest night for pedestrian incidents involving little people.  An analysis of U.S. data showed that 115 pedestrians under 18 were killed on October 31 over a 21 year period of time from 1990-2010 which is an average of 5.5 deaths on each Halloween compared to 2.6 on other … [Read More]

Clark Bridge- Nearly 100 Accidents in a Year in Alton, Illinois

Ninety-Four Accidents, Two Fatal

According to reports, in the last year, there have been nearly 100 motor vehicle accidents near the Clark Bridge in Alton, Illinois. Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) defines the entrance and exit of the Clark Bridge as far west as Henry Street and as far east as the offices of Illinois American Water.

According to Alton Police Chief Simmons, the chief reason for the amount of crashes is a lack of common courtesy on party of the drivers.  Chief Simmons says that failure to yield in that area creates the … [Read More]

Mid-October Traffic Crashes Result in Numerous Missouri Fatalities

Friday, October 13th
Johnson County

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, two men were killed in Johnson County when the GMC truck in which they were traveling left the roadway and struck a culvert and overturned.  The men, a 40 year-old man from Leeton, MO and a 41 year-old man from Warrensburg, MO were both pronounced dead at the scene. Neither were wearing seat belts according to the report.

The MSHP report said both men passed, however, other news reporting states the Warrensburg man was flown to Research in Kansas City with serious … [Read More]

Peoria Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash with Another Vehicle

West Charter Oak Road Motorcycle Crash

A 43 year-old Peoria man suffered severe blunt force trauma and internal bleeding from an motorcycle incident that occurred around 6 a.m. on Saturday.

According to information provided by authorities, the driver of a car involved in the crash left the scene and returned a short time later to speak with officers.  Information gathered by police indicated that the driver of the car was traveling eastbound on Charter Oak Road attempting to make a left hand turn when he collided with the westbound motorcycle.

Traffic Errors Resulting in Serious Injury … [Read More]