Anti-spam: 

Law & Information

Missouri’s Cape Girardeau County Revises Its Speed Limit Rules

By John Page on June 19, 2012 - Comments off

Cape Girardeau County in Missouri has revised its speed limit rules. Although most posted speed limits will stay the same, the new rules make them easier to enforce, according to a recent article in the Southeast Missourian.

Speed Limit Laws MissouriCurrently, about 90 percent of the roads within the Cape Special Road District in the county have posted speed limits of either 25 or 35 miles per hour. Prior to 1997, when Cape Girardeau was a second-class county, these speed limits were enforceable. When Cape Girardeau County became a first-class county in 1997, however, state law made the default speed limit 60 miles per hour on many rural roads.

State law also creates a legal presumption that the posted speed limit, no matter what it is, is the legal speed limit. To make these speed limits settled law, however, the county must hold hearings and pass an ordinance, which it is in the process of doing. Updating the speed limit ordinances will remove any legal confusion about which speed limit rules apply; the speed limit drivers must follow is the one posted on the county’s roads.

The hearings will be held July 5 and July 12 at 9 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau County Commission Chambers, and July 10 at 10 a.m. at the Cape Special Road District Office.

Speeding is a cause of serious injuries and deaths in car accidents each year. If you’ve been injured by a speeding driver, a hardworking car accident attorney in St. Louis at Page Law can help. To learn more, call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential consultation.

 

Police Ramp up Enforcement of Traffic Laws this Summer

By John Page on July 1, 2011 - Comments off

Make sure to drive safely beginning this weekend in St. Louis. According to a report on ksdk.com, police began a campaign of rigorous enforcement of traffic laws this week. The campaign is called “HEAT is On” and is set to run from June until late September.

The report goes on to note that police will be targeting the Interstate 70 corridor this Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, especially through the overnight hours. Officers will be pulling over drivers who speed and will be looking for people not wearing seatbelts. They will also be trying to stop people who decide to drive while intoxicated. This same program last year netted numerous citations and arrests.

Police ramp up enforcement campaigns like these during the summer months because there are often more people on the road during the summer. Also, according to 2009 data from the state of Missouri, accidents involving alcohol increase during the summer before leveling off at the beginning of the fall. Drinking accidents are also particularly prevalent on Fridays and Saturdays. By creating a 24-hour enforcement campaign like this one on I-70, police hope to try to limit the number of accidents on I-70 during a time when they will have the most profound impact.

Police do their best to limit the number of accidents. However, not all accidents can be stopped. If you or one of your loved ones has been involved in a serious car accident, you may need legal help to get the money you need to take care of yourself and recover from the accident. The St. Louis car accident lawyers at Page Law are here to help. We are available at 314-322-8515 and ready to talk to you about the accident. The consultation is free and there is no obligation.

Source: http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/264273/3/Officers-turn-up-the-heat-on-drivers-this-weekend

 

Missouri Automobile Accident Attorney John Page: Tips for Driving Safely Through Work Zones

By John Page on February 25, 2011 - Comments off

It’s tragic when a highway worker is struck by a car and is injured or killed. However, it’s not uncommon – unfortunately, road workers have one of the highest injury and fatality rates of all occupations. The Missouri Department of Transportation advises that in order for motorists to stay safe while driving in work zones, keep in mind the three S’s: speed, space, and stress.

First, slow down. It’s very dangerous, and not to mention illegal, to speed through a work zone. Maintain a consistent speed throughout the work zone. Don’t accelerate to your normal speed once it appears that you have left the work zone – wait until you see signs that say it’s safe to resume your normal speed.

Next, it’s important to be aware of the space around you. Leave enough room for braking between your car and the car ahead of you. If you become stopped in traffic, leave some distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If someone rear-ends you, you can avoid hitting the car in front if there is sufficient space between the vehicles. Make sure to leave enough distance between your car and the highway workers, trucks, and equipment. Also, be aware of tailgaters in construction zones. Some drivers become impatient when forced to reduce their speed. If possible, pull over and let them pass.

Finally, manage your stress in work zones. It can be frustrating to encounter a work zone if you are in a hurry to get somewhere, but calm down. Try not to become distracted or drive recklessly, both of which could lead to an accident. If you worried about encountering slow downs on your route, consult the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Work Zone map in advance of your trip.

Have you been injured in a car accident in a work zone in Missouri due to another driver’s negligence? If so, contact the Missouri car crash attorneys at Page Law, LLC. Call them today for a free consultation at 314-322-8515.

 

1-800-Car-Crash as Resource for Missouri Auto Accident Victims

By John Page on February 23, 2011 - Comments off

A three-car collision occurred in the early morning hours on February 5 in Columbia, according to The Columbia Missourian. The Missouri car accident took place when the driver of a Lexus ran off the side of highway U.S. 63 and struck a parked Ford. The driver of the Ford was standing near the vehicle and was struck by his own car. He was trapped underneath the car, but suffered only minor injuries. After hitting the Ford, the Lexus turned around on the road and was struck by another Ford. Three passengers in that car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Lexus was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault, driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and not wearing a seatbelt. He refused medical treatment.

Car accidents are unpredictable and often leave those involved overwhelmed as to what to do next. At Page Law, we are available as soon as auto accident victims need us. By calling 1-800-Car-Crash after being in an accident, you will be connected to one of our attorneys right away.

You never know when you may be involved in an accident with a careless or intoxicated driver. You may follow all the rules of the road, but if other drivers are negligent, you could still be involved in a car accident in Missouri. However, there are some things you can do to minimize the chances of being injured if you are involved in a crash. First, wear your seat belt at all times. It can be tempting to not buckle up if you are only going a couple of miles, but you never know when an accident could occur. Make sure your children are in the correct safety seats for their age and weight. Also, keep in mind that most drunk driving accidents occur at night, so take that into account when you are traveling.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Missouri due to another driver’s carelessness, you need to contact an experienced, aggressive law firm. Call the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Page Law, LLC at 1-800-Car-Crash for a free consultation on your case. The sooner you get in touch with an accident lawyer, the better your chances are of having vital evidence preserved and evaluated. Call Page Law as soon as possible after being involved in a Missouri auto accident.

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases New Vehicle Safety Ratings System

By John Page on February 8, 2011 - Comments off

Late last year, the U.S. Transportation Secretary and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an upgraded safety ratings system for 2011 vehicles, according to nhtsa.gov. Under the upgraded ratings system, both side pole crash testing and crash-prevention technologies will be considered. Also, for the first time both female and male crash test dummies are being used, in order to examine crash scenarios involving both genders.

The ratings range from one to five stars, with five being the highest. All passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans will be evaluated in three areas – frontal crashes, side crashes, and rollover resistance. One of the biggest changes will be the Overall Vehicle Score, which is a new measurement which combines the scores for the three areas that are evaluated.

For 2011, a total of 55 types of vehicles will be rated. The NHTSA is now recommending that consumers choose vehicles with crash avoidance technologies, such as electronic stability control, lane departure warnings and forward collision warnings. The results of the new ratings system are located at www.safercar.gov. Many of the cars listed there that were previously listed at five stars will no longer be rated at five stars, because the new standards are so much tougher to meet.

Vehicle safety has improved greatly over the past decade. However, a vehicle can only be as safe as its driver. Vehicle safety measures cannot overcome a motorist that is driving while distracted or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been injured in a car accident in Missouri due to the negligence of another driver, call the St. Louis automobile accident attorneys at Page Law, LLC. Our lawyers will work hard to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.

 

Missouri Remembers Victims Killed by Impaired Drivers

By John Page on December 23, 2010 - Comments off

This month, victims of accidents caused by impaired drivers, their families and friends, state leaders, and safety groups joined together in a tribute to those affected by impaired driving accidents, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. The groups plan to do more to prevent impaired driving in the future.

Since 2005, highway fatalities in Missouri have decreased by 31 percent. However, at the same time, fatalities due to impaired drivers have not changed. More than 30 percent of all highway fatalities are caused by impaired drivers. In the last five years alone, almost 1,400 Missourians have been killed in crashes caused by impaired drivers.

In addition, many Missourians have survived impaired driving accidents but have been left with temporary or permanent disabilities as a result of the crash. Others have emotional or psychological issues after a serious car accident in Missouri. In 2009 alone, 281 people were killed on Missouri’s roads due to impaired driving. Over 1,110 were seriously injured and almost 4,000 received minor injuries because of accidents that were due to an impaired driver.

Although many people think of impaired drivers as those who are intoxicated, impairment can also occur when using prescription drugs or over the counter drugs. Many medications can impair a person’s driving ability. Some prescription drugs come with warnings against the operation of machinery, which includes driving.

Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident in Missouri that involved an impaired driver? If so, the St. Louis car crash lawyers at Page Law, LLC will consult with you free of charge about your accident and will inform you of your legal rights. Call us today at 1-314-488-2433.

 

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.