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Drowsy Driving is All Too Common, Says Study

By John Page on January 7, 2013 - Comments off

Driving while drowsy or fatigued can cause serious injuries or even death, as too many experienced Missouri car accident attorneys have seen. Unfortunately, drowsy driving is also on the rise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC study examined car accident data from 19 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, covering more than 150,000 drivers. It found that 4.2 percent of the drivers, or about 6300 of them, had admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within the past 30 days. Even more drivers admitted to driving while they were exhausted or worrying that they might fall asleep behind the wheel.

Men were slightly more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than women, and younger drivers were more likely to fall asleep than older ones, according to the results of the study. However, no sex or age group was immune to the dangers of drowsy driving or the risk of falling asleep on the road.

The CDC recommends that drivers try to get seven to nine hours of sleep before driving. Drivers who have trouble sleeping or don’t feel rested even after sleep should see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Avoiding the use of alcohol or medications likely to cause drowsiness can also help drivers stay alert and stay alive, according to the CDC. Finally, the CDC recommended that employers whose workers are on the job during nighttime or odd hours provide transportation or allow those workers to nap at the workplace before driving home.

 

Understanding Drugged Driving Statistics

By John Page on October 18, 2011 - Comments off

Most Americans are aware of the risks of drunk driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol. However, in recent years the role of prescription and illegal drugs in impairing drivers and causing auto accidents has grown. Understanding drugged driving, including when and where it often happens, can help drivers protect themselves and their passengers by avoiding the use of certain medications while driving and staying aware of the risks drugged drivers pose.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 16 percent of drivers on weekends after dark are impaired by a drug or medication. In 2009, the NHTSA found that 19 percent of drivers who caused fatal car accidents were impaired by at least one type of drug. Younger drivers, especially those between ages 21 and 25, have been reported to be more likely than older drivers to drive while impaired by an illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drug.

Although the NHTSA has not yet completed a nationwide study of drugged driving in the U.S., a few smaller studies may provide useful information. For instance, a study of drunk driving accident victims admitted to a Maryland hospital found that nearly 10 percent of those injured tested positive for both drug and alcohol use, and that half of this group were under the age of 18 at the time the crash occurred. A study of 3,400 fatal crashes in Australia found that 10 percent of the drivers had used both alcohol and drugs before the crash.

Driving while drugged is dangerous, and combining drugs and alcohol can easily be a fatal mix. If you or someone you love was injured in a crash, the experienced Missouri car accident attorneys at Page Law can help you determine what happened and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free and confidential consultation, call Page Law today at (314) 322-8515.

 

Gerald, Missouri Uses Unique Approach to Slow Down Drivers

By John Page on August 23, 2010 - Comments off

The town of Gerald, Missouri has decided to take a very different approach to deterring speeders, according to Fox2Now.com.

State Highway 50 cuts through Gerald, a small town in eastern Missouri. Highway 50 has a 60 miles per hour speed limit until it reaches Gerald, and then the speed limit is reduced to 40 for two miles. The town is plagued with speeders on Highway 50.

Gerald has a very small police force and cannot afford to put an officer on the highway every day. It also can’t afford cameras. Therefore, the police chief decided to take an unusual step to speeders. The chief placed a mannequin in a police car parked along the street. When drivers see the mannequin, they slow down. The mannequin is replaced at times with a police officer with a speed gun. When the mannequin isn’t sitting in the car, it is used for CPR training. Since the mannequin was placed in the car, there has not been one Missouri speeding accident in Gerald on Highway 50.

Although many drivers have a casual attitude towards speeding, the fact of the matter is that speeding was a factor in 42.9 percent of all fatal accidents in Missouri in 2006. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash in which another driver was speeding, contact an experienced Missouri vehicle accident attorney. The legal team at Page Law will help you obtain compensation for your injuries, which could include money for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Call today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.

 

Eastern Missouri Ambulance Accident Injures Three

By John Page on August 11, 2010 - Comments off

An ambulance overturned in eastern Missouri last week, according to a www.fox4kc.com report. The wreck was caused when the ambulance’s front right tire veered off the road. The driver over-corrected, which caused the ambulance to cross the center line and flip. The driver only had minor injuries. Two passengers had moderate injuries and were transported to the hospital.

By now, most Americans are aware of the dangers posed by distracted and careless driving. When a motorist talks on a cell phone, texts, eats, applies makeup, or fiddles with a radio while driving, he or she is exhibiting distracted driving practices. However, although most drivers don’t realize it, ambulance drivers and other emergency first responders are some of the most distracted drivers on the road. Besides the stress of traveling to the scene of an emergency, first responders now typically have an array of gadgets in their vehicles. Some of these tools include GPSs, laptops, cell phones and radios. Most of this equipment is designed to help the responder locate and arrive at the scene of an accident as quickly as possible. In addition, first responders, such as ambulance drivers, typically have a crew of people that could pose distractions to the driver.

Stories abound of distracted first responders who are involved in serious accidents. A New York EMT took his eyes off the road to glance at his GPS, left the road, hit a flatbed truck, and left his partner paralyzed. An Illinois police officer was using his car’s mapping system to locate an emergency, and crashed into a vehicle stopped in traffic, seriously injuring the driver.

Distracted driving has become a huge issue in this country and the state of Missouri is no stranger to its serious consequences. If you have been injured in an accident due to a distracted driver’s inattention, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the experienced St. Louis vehicle collision lawyers at Page Law today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.

 

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

 

Two Missouri Car Accidents Leave Five Injured

By John Page on March 3, 2010 - Comments off

According to an article posted on StJoeNews.com, five people were injured Sunday January, 9 on Interstate 29 two miles south of St. Joseph. Missouri Highway Patrol stated that four victims were taken to Heartland Regional Medical Center for treatment for moderate injuries. The fifth victim suffered minor injuries and was also taken to Heartland.

The first accident occurred on the northbound lanes of the highway when a 21-year-old man in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was driving faster than a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by a 28-year-old man. Apparently, the 21-year-old man struck the rear of the Blazer. The Pontiac then overturned and went off the east side of the road before hitting a guardrail and landing on the passenger side.

In another case, a 21-year old woman driving a 1996 Honda Accord struck a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by a 21-year old man from Rosendale, on Highway 71 three miles west of Bolckow. The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to Heartland for treatment. He was later transferred to a Kansas City hospital. The Accord struck the driver’s side of the vehicle and ran off the northwest side of the highway, causing both vehicles to land in the median. Fortunately, all occupants of the two crashes wore seat belts.

Car accidents are altogether too common. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you may have many questions regarding your legal capabilities. The experienced Missouri auto collisions attorneys at Page Law can help you learn your rights and achieve the compensation you deserve. Accidents like the ones above can lead to expensive medical bills and potentially years of suffering. Call Page Law today at (866) 620-5757 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.

Source:http://www.stjoenews.net/news/2010/jan/11/five-hurt-i-29-accident/

 

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