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Posted on January 15th, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

Traffic Fatalities in Missouri Lowest since 1940s

Posted on January 15th, 2012 by Zane Cagle

Traffic Fatalities in Missouri Lowest since 1940sMissouri Traffic Fatalities Decline

For the sixth straight year, traffic fatalities in Missouri fell.  2011’s fatality number, although not finalized, looks to be 773.  If the final number stays close to that number, it will be an almost 40% decrease from 2005, when fatalities stood at 1,257.  This, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol, is attributed to several factors, among them: safer vehicles, median cables and barriers in the middle of highways, greater awareness of dangerous behavior such as drinking and driving, and greater enforcement from police officers around the state.

This downward trend of motor vehicle crashes is not just a Missouri phenomenon, but something experienced all over the country.  For 2010, the last year for national statistics, the total number of traffic fatalities, 32,788, was the lowest level since 1949.  In that year, however, there were only 44 million cars on the road, compared with over 255 million in 2008.  Add to this the fact that Americans commute much further now and drive a lot more thanks to the interstate highway system.  It is clear that driving conditions and vehicles are much safer than they were 60 years ago.

The government and vehicle manufacturers are not content, however, to leave levels static.  Instead, they feel that these rates can come down even further, and they are implementing new technology to help achieve that goal.  One of these new safety technologies is Electronic Stability Control (ESC).  This technology senses when a car is about to slide out of control and applies the brake to one or more wheels.  Proponents of this technology believe it is the most significant safety advancement since the seat belt.  Starting in 2012, all new vehicles will come with this technology standard.

Another new technology available for vehicles is a pre-collision order paxil system.  This system, currently available on some luxury models, detects when a vehicle is coming close to a collision and sounds an alarm and flashes warning lights.  If the car detects that a crash is imminent, it can fully charge the airbags, close the windows, and adjust the seats to ensure their optimal position in relation to the airbags.  Some advanced systems can detect animals or passengers in the road, as well.

In a similar vein, adaptive cruise control will be used in more vehicles to prevent a car from rear-ending another.  It accomplishes this through radar to detect cars in the front and the back.  If it senses the car approaching too closely to a car in front, the adaptive cruise control will apply the brakes to maintain a safe distance.  Similarly, if a car senses a vehicle approaching too closely from the rear, a car can accelerate to prevent a collision.  In this way, cars can be prevented from crashing, even with an inattentive driver.

Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri car crash attorneys applaud these new safety developments and applaud the fact that the fatality line is trending down for car crashes.  We know how devastating it can be to lose a loved one early, especially to something preventable like a car crash.  If you’ve had a loved one killed through the negligence of another driver, you’ll want the best representation possible for your lawsuit.  Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm pride themselves on their determination, their knowledge, and their compassion for their clients.  If you have a personal injury claim in Missouri, Illinois, or Kentucky, call 1.800.685.3302 for a free consultation today.

SOURCES: Houston, MO Herald