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Three Fatal Crashes in Macon County, Illinois Over Weekend

Three Unrelated Crashes Result in Three Fatalities in Macon County, IL

Within 12 hours, three fatalities occurred on Macon County, Illinois roadways. All three motor vehicle crashes occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning. Police have indicated that alcohol is suspected as a factor in one of the incidents.

Death of Decatur Child in Head-On Collision

A 17 month-old Decatur girl suffered fatal injuries in a head-on motor vehicle collision on Lost Bridge Road near Western Drive. She passed at 1:05 a.m. at the hospital.

Decatur Police stated that it appeared that the 30 … [Read More]

Missouri Commercial Crashes on the Rise

Commercial Crashes Increase by 40 Percent

The number of deadly crashes involving commercial vehicles rose by more than 40 percent in three years according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

In 2016, there were 119 crashes across the state involving commercial motor vehicles such as semi trucks and dump trucks. In 2013, there were 84 commercial crashes.

According to the MoDOT commercial motor vehicle manager, Angie Hoecker, the upward trend over the past few years may be due to more vehicles on the roadway.  “The economy is improving, lower gas prices,” said Hoecker, … [Read More]

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Missouri vs. Illinois

Differences in Fatality Rates Make a Statement

During National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a lot of attention is rightly focused on motorcycle crashes.  This spring, the Missouri legislature considered repealing some of Missouri’s motorcycle helmet laws as they have in years prior. A Springfield House member (Republican)  has sponsored the proposal every year since 2013, and last year was the first time he included language requiring increased health coverage for riding without a helmet.

On May 8, the possible repeal bill stalled in committee after passing the House last month, thus Missouri motorcyclists must continue to … [Read More]

Fatal Missouri Motorcycle Crashes on the Rise

Starting Motorcycle Season with Record High Motorcycle Fatalities

In a timely notification, the Missouri Transportation Department reported that more than 1,900 motorcyclists were injured in 20166 and a record high of 122 were killed in Missouri traffic accidents.  According to Kelly Jackson, “Over the last four years, we’ve seen a steady increase in motorcycle fatalities”.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – Eyez Out of Motorcycles

Last Week, a Springfield man died from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash with a van in Springfield, Missouri at the intersection of Battlefield Road and … [Read More]

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month- Eyez Out for Motorcycles

Keep Eyez Out for Motorcycles

May in the Midwest is usually the official beginning of motorcycle season. Since we’ve had a really warm March and April, hopefully, many drivers are already on the lookout for motorcycles. During National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we want to share the importance of keeping a lookout for motorcycles!

Perception is Not Always Reality on the Roadway

“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”. We’ve all seen this sticker on our rear-view mirror letting drivers know that objects may pose a bigger “threat” than they initially appear. … [Read More]

National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day

Today is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day.  Already in 2017, five children have died from heatstroke inside vehicles and summer is still officially about two months away.  On average, 38 children die every year due to heat-stroke after being trapped inside vehicles.  #LookBeforeYouLock

Common Misconception

A common misconception is that a child is only left in a car due to “bad parenting”— this is simply not true.  It is my theory that as a parent, it is much easier to dismiss the cause as “bad parenting” and rationalize that, “it could never … [Read More]

Fatal Interstate 270 Crash in Maryland Heights, Missouri

Multi-Car Crash Results in Tragic Death of Young Woman


St. Louis- On the front end of last Friday’s evening heavy traffic, a multiple vehicle crash occurred on I-270 between the Dorsett and I-70 exit. An 18 year-old House Springs woman was killed when her vehicle was reportedly struck by two different vehicles.

According to police,  cars on Interstate 270 were slowing down to get onto Interstate-70 when a pickup truck failed to slow down in time. The pickup truck then rear-ended a car then smashed into four other vehicles in … [Read More]

Numerous Missouri Holiday Weekend Crashes

Increased Holiday Traffic Results in Motor Vehicle Crashes

The Easter holiday weekend  was dangerous on the roadways.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, there were a high number of motor vehicle crashes beginning Thursday evening through Easter Sunday night and early morning.

Friday, April 14, 2017, after 6 p.m.

There were 10 motor vehicle crashes worked by the MSHP alone that occurred after 6 p.m. on Friday. Eight of those crashes involved serious injuries of one or more people. Two people were killed in a Marshall, Missouri crash around 6:30 p.m. at U.S. 65 and College.

According … [Read More]