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Rate of Car Accident Injuries and Deaths is Decreasing in Missouri

By John Page on June 26, 2012 - Comments off

The rate of deaths and serious injuries suffered in Missouri car accidents has been decreasing in recent years, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. However, thousands of people still suffer death or disabling injury in car crashes in Missouri each year.

From 2007 to 2009, 2,830 drivers or passengers lost their lives on Missouri roads, according to the Department of Transportation’s data. This number includes those who were transported to hospitals, but whose injuries proved fatal within 30 days of the crash. Another 21,215 motorists suffered disabling injuries in motor vehicle crashes.

While these numbers are sobering, they represent a decrease in the rate of accidents per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, a rate that has been going down in Missouri for many years. In 1990, the rate of death was 2.2 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; by 2009, however, that rate had dropped to 1.3. Likewise, the rates of disabling injuries have dropped from 19.7 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 1990 to 9.5 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009.

It’s good news that the rate of Missouri car accidents is decreasing. However, even one crash is one too many when it hurts you or someone you love. At Page Law, our focused St. Louis car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping you and your family get needed compensation after a crash for help with medical bills, lost wages, vehicle replacement, and other costs. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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Missouri, Arkansas See Historic Decline in Highway Deaths

By John Page on January 23, 2012 - Comments off

2011 brought a record low number of lives lost in highway crashes in both Missouri and neighboring Arkansas, according to a recent news report from KAIT.

Missouri auto accident fatality rates have dropped for several years, from a high of 960 deaths in 2008 to 878 lives lost in 2009, 821 in 2010, and 773 in 2011. Arkansas saw similar drops in deaths, from 602 in 2008 to 544 in 2011.

State and federal researchers are still trying to determine what’s behind the decreasing number of accidents nationwide. Accident rates were also lower than average in the U.S. as a whole last year, and several states saw record low numbers of lives lost in auto accidents. Among these were New Hampshire and Maine, which each had an annual total of lives lost that was the lowest either state had seen since the federal government began collecting data on car crash deaths in the 1940s.

Local tow truck company owners, who deal with auto accidents on a regular basis, say that at least one reason for the lower death rates is improved safety equipment on vehicles. Crumple zones, front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and sensors that alert drivers when the vehicle is too close to the one ahead of it or starts to drift have all helped prevent deaths in auto accidents.

Even one car accident that takes a life is too many for the loved ones left behind. At Page Law, our experienced St. Louis auto accident lawyers are dedicated to representing those who have been injured in car accidents and their families. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Since 1990, Missouri’s Traffic Fatality Rates Have Fallen Almost By Half

By John Page on January 16, 2012 - Comments off

The rate of car-accident-related deaths in Missouri each year is almost half of what it was in 1990 and is falling after several years of increases, according to recent data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 1990, Missouri saw a total of 1,097 deaths from car accident injuries. For every 100 million vehicle miles traveled in Missouri that year, 2.2 people lost their lives in Missouri car crashes. This number was slightly higher than the nationwide average death rate, which was 2.1 lives lost for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. A total of 44,599 people lost their lives in U.S. car accidents in 1990.

Since then, the number of deaths each year in Missouri increased slightly until about 2005, while the number of deaths in the U.S. overall decreased slightly. From 2005 to 2009, however, the number of lives lost in car accidents in both Missouri and the country as a whole has taken a sharp downturn. In 2009, Missouri saw 879 car accident deaths, or 1.3 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The national rate of car accident deaths dropped during these years as well to 1.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

The decline in car accident deaths and injuries is promising, but for the loved ones of those injured, even one accident is too many. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, the dedicated St. Louis car accident lawyers at Page Law can help. For more information, call (314) 322-8515 today for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Government Study Finds Seat Belts Save Thousands of Lives Every Year

By John Page on November 3, 2011 - Comments off

Seat belts save over 9,000 lives and prevent over 200,000 serious injuries each year, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, the number of accidents in which no one is injured or killed drops by half when everyone involved is wearing a seat belt.

The NHTSA found that the greatest gains in reducing injury-causing or fatal car accidents occurred in states that require drivers and passengers to wear seat belts. For instance, over a twelve-year period, the NHTSA estimates that seat belts prevented 770,000 injuries to front seat passengers. Over two-thirds of these accidents occurred in states that require front seat passengers to wear seat belts.

In one year during that period, the NHTSA found that 55,000 fatal crashes occurred. Among those who weren’t wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, more than half died as a result of the crash. Among those who were wearing seat belts, however, only 29 percent suffered fatal injuries.

Although 48 states now have a seat belt requirement in place, people’s actual use of seat belts varies from state to state. The NHTSA estimates that if every person wore a seat belt every time he or she rode in a vehicle, an additional 10,000 lives or more could be saved each year.

Seat belts, air bags, and other safety features installed in cars have saved thousands of lives since their invention. However, serious injuries and death can still occur, especially in a high-speed crash. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car crash, the experienced Missouri car accident injury attorneys at Page Law can help. To discuss your case, call us today at (341) 322-8515. The initial consultation is free and confidential.

 

Study Finds Fatal Car Accidents in Missouri Higher Than National Average

By John Page on October 28, 2011 - Comments off

An analysis of 2009 car accident data by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) found that the rate of fatal car accidents in Missouri is slightly higher than the national average, but much lower than in the highest-averaging states.

In 2009, 30,979 fatal car crashes resulted in 33,808 deaths, or a rate of 11 deaths per 100,000 people. During that same year, Missouri saw 768 crashes that took 848 lives, creating a death rate in the state of 14.7 deaths per 100,000 Missourians. While this is much higher than the rate in the lowest-rated states – Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut all had fewer than 10 deaths per 100,000 residents – it is much lower than the death rate in the highest-ranking states. In North Dakota, Montana, Mississippi, and Wyoming, the death rate in 2009 was over 20 deaths per 100,000 residents.

The types of vehicles involved in these fatal accidents varied. Wyoming, for example, had very few deaths involving passenger cars, but over 50 percent of fatal crashes in that state involved pickup trucks or SUVs. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, 46 percent of deadly crashes took place in cars, while only 11 percent involved pickups or SUVs. Hawaii led the country in motorcyclist deaths, and the District of Columbia led the country in pedestrian deaths.

A car accident can cause injuries or a loss that changes your life forever. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, an experienced car accident attorney in Missouri at Page Law can help you seek the compensation you need to move forward after a crash. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

 

Car Crash Injuries a Major Cause of Death Among Children

By John Page on July 28, 2011 - Comments off

Unintentional injuries are the number-one killer of children under age 19, and car crash injuries are the number-one type of injury that kills, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each hour, 150 children are seen in emergency rooms throughout the nation for injuries following a car accident. Injuries related to cars, like pedestrian or bicycle crashes, are also major sources of injury and even death among children.

To help parents and caregivers reduce the risk of car crash injuries to children, the CDC offers several tips. For instance, adults should make sure that children riding in a vehicle have proper seating and that their seat belts, if they are using them, fit properly. Children should use a car seat or booster seat appropriate to their height and weight until they are at least four feet nine inches tall and weigh at least 90 pounds.

In addition, adults can help teens learning to drive to incorporate safe driving habits into their routines. Since a teen’s inexperience makes distracted driving especially dangerous, teens should avoid using cell phones or other devices while driving. They should also limit the number of passengers in their vehicles, especially young passengers. Parents can help by providing a role model for good driving habits and for setting ground rules for face vehicle use with their kids.

If your child has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced car accident lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law. We will help you seek the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other expenses after a crash. For a free consultation, call our law offices at 314-322-8515 today.

 

NHTSA Reports Drug Use Increased Among Fatally Injured Drivers Over the Last Five Years

By John Page on January 11, 2011 - Comments off

According to recently released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the five year period from 2005 to 2009, there was an increase in the level of drug use among drivers who were fatally injured in traffic accidents.

According to the NHTSA, in 2009, 18 percent of the total drivers who lost their lives tested positive for drug use. This number has been steadily rising by one or two percentage points each year since 2005, when only 13 percent of drivers killed in car accidents had used drugs. The types of drugs drivers used included not only illegal drugs, but also over the counter drugs and prescription drugs.

However, the data may not be completely accurate. Not all accident victims are tested for drug use. Some states test for different drugs, use different types of drug tests, or use different concentration levels for determining whether the individual was considered under the influence of drugs.

The NHTSA is trying to combat the rising problem of drivers who are impaired by illegal or prescription drugs. The NHTSA has a program that has trained 1,000 instructors and more than 6,000 police officers in 46 states to recognize the symptoms of driver impairment by drugs other than alcohol.

Have you been injured in a car accident in Missouri that was caused by a driver who was under the influence of drugs, either illegal, prescription, or over the counter? If so, contact the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Page Law, LLC today by calling 1-314-488-2433 for a free consultation. Our attorneys will strive to get you the settlement you deserve.

 

Teen Car Crashes Related to Early School Day

By John Page on June 23, 2010 - Comments off

Based on a report from www.consumerreports.org, a study conducted by professors at Eastern Virginia Medical School found that later school start-times result in fewer car accidents involving teen drivers. The study found that in 2008, car crashes involving teens in two Virginia towns were 41 percent higher in the town in which school started at 7:20 a.m. than in the town in which school started at 8:40 a.m.

Biological studies have shown that 11 p.m. is a natural bedtime for teens. Experts recommend that teens get between 8.5 and 9 hours of sleep per night. However, many teens attend schools that start early, prohibiting them from getting the sleep they need. Another study, which appeared in the December 2008 Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, found that teen crashes dropped by 16.5 percent in one county where school was delayed for an hour.

Negligent teen driving in the U.S. can be deadly. Auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States. In fact, during their first year on the road, teens are 10 times more likely to be in an accident. The fatality rate for drivers ages 16 to 19 is four times that of drivers ages 25 to 69. In the U.S., one in four crash fatalities involves someone between the ages of 16 and 24, nearly twice as high as other age groups.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a St. Louis car crash because of a teen’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced Missouri automobile accident injury attorneys at Page Law today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation. We can help.

 

Recent Missouri Car Accident Fatalities Highlight Unsafe Roadways

By John Page on March 10, 2010 - Comments off

Two recent deaths are being attributed to dangerous Missouri highways, especially in the area of St. Charles County. A news article in the Suburban Journals states that a 50-year-old woman died from injuries she suffered in a January accident on the part of Highway DD where there is no shoulder. In February, a Defiance man was killed while walking back to his car that had slid into a ditch on another roadway that did not have a shoulder.

These are only two victims of the eleven total that have lost their lives within the past eleven months on the state highways – D, DD, F, Z and 94. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is evaluating these roadways for safety improvements. County and MoDOT officials recognize the safety issues but have yet to act. One official from MoDOT claims that they do not have sufficient funding to make the highway safer by adding shoulders.

In these tough economic times, government agencies often hesitate to spend money on these important projects that could have an impact on the safety of our communities. What they fail to understand is that ignoring a dangerous roadway condition exposes them to liability and puts innocent citizens in danger. Each year, thousands of people sustain devastating injuries or are killed because of hazardous roadways.

The responsibility for the safety of the roadways rests on the shoulders of the government agency that maintains them. If you have been injured due to a defective or dangerous roadway, the governmental agency in charge of maintaining that roadway could be held liable. These claims have time limits and it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as you are able. Please do not hesitate to contact an experienced St. Louis injury vehicle accident lawyer at Page Law today at 314.322.8515 for a free and comprehensive consultation. We can help.

Source:http://suburbanjournals.stltoday.com/articles/2010/02/25/stcharles/news/0221stc-hwy0.txt

 

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