Missouri is one of two states throughout the United States that still does not ban texting and driving for all drivers. Currently, Missouri’s law is enforced and targeted toward individuals between the ages of 16 and 21. As stated, the cell phone law makes it illegal to read, write or text on any electronic device while driving. Since there is also no hand-held ban, individuals can talk on a cell phone while driving.
The Gateway of the West is one of the most iconic cities in the United States, boasting one of the tallest man-made monument and attracting more than 25 million visitors each year. With so many visitors and more than 300,000 residents, St. Louis also can be quite busy. As people rush to-and-from local attractions, jobs, and activities, the chances of a car accident can also increase.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, traffic fatalities increased by 12 percent in 2020, or nearly 1,000 car accident-related deaths across the state. …
Getting into a car accident can be an overwhelming experience. Your adrenaline goes through the roof, you feel shaken up by the whole incident, and you may not be sure what to do next. Things may be even more confusing if you are involved in an Uber accident.
How often do Uber accidents happen in the St. Louis area? More than you may think. As most Missouri residents know, for years at this point, St. Louis has been ranked as one of the most dangerous cities for drivers in the United States.
Nearly 6,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes each year in the US, and more than 137,000 pedestrians have to be treated for nonfatal, crash-related injuries.
Crashes involving a car and a pedestrian almost always have disastrous consequences, so it’s up to drivers and pedestrians alike to take steps to prevent car accidents — especially at night when the majority of fatal car accidents occur to pedestrians.
Let’s discuss how you can protect yourself when walking at night in St. Louis.
If you are walking in a dimly-lit area, wear a reflective safety vest or a jacket with built-in reflective…
When you are driving, you may assume that everyone is carrying it insurance, since this is the law. If so, you are greatly mistaken. Unfortunately, are times when people take to the road without the proper insurance to cover themselves and others in the event that an accident occurs.
Being fully insured isn’t about just having the mandatory minimum insurance. The required minimum in Missouri means that you have to have a policy that will cover any bodily or property damage to another driver, called liability insurance. …
Suppose you’re the witness to a St. Louis car accident. You may be wondering what you should do, especially if it’s a hit and run accident, involves an uninsured or underinsured driver, or was a very serious or fatal accident.
As a witness, you’re typically not going to be in any legal trouble during the investigations of a car accident, but you may be asked to give testimony and take other steps. Here’s what you should know if you’re a witness to a car accident in St. Louis.
Do not stop if it’s dangerous to do so. Pullover to a…
Ask any driver, and they can probably still remember the day they obtained their driver’s license. It is a thrilling moment both for the teen and the parents. Teens are excited about their newfound independence, while parents are happy that the days of carpooling and dropping their kids off everywhere are finally over.
However, with the excitement comes stress. Teenage drivers are three times more likely to get into an accident than drivers of all ages. That’s because they lack the experience, and they tend to engage in dangerous behaviors more than adult drivers.
Fortunately, there are some things that…
In the a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis Center, 766 persons were killed and 47,977 were injured in car crashes at intersections state-wide in one year. Fatal or personal injuries were sustained by 34,028 persons, while 103,370 property damages were recorded the same year.
These are currently the most dangerous intersections in St. Louis, according to the agency:
The scenes following an automobile accident are often chaotic, mind-boggling, and scary, and that’s only putting it lightly. As you emerge out of the wreckage, fortunate enough to escape unscathed or with minor injuries, your priority would be to check yourself and anyone else involved in the accident thoroughly for injuries, call emergency services and move out of harm’s way. If you are still cognizant, it would also be judicious and wise to warn oncoming traffic about your accident to prevent further pile-ups.
In the accompanying chaos and confusion of the moment, taking pictures of the accident scene may be…
If you have been involved or hurt in an automobile accident, your reaction to the situation will likely play a big role in whether you receive fair compensation for your damages. Many victims often make mistakes that jeopardize their chances of getting the settlement they deserve.
Here are common mistakes you want to avoid after a car accident, regardless of whether you are at fault or not. An experienced car accident attorney can take you through the steps of what you should and shouldn’t do if you’ve been involved in a recent accident.
Failure to call the police — Contacting…
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