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Tips for Safe Partying this New Year

By John Page on December 20, 2012 - Comments off

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular holidays on which to attend or host parties. Guests have a blast staying up to ring in the New Year and celebrate with family, friends, or jubilant strangers. Unfortunately, many injuries and even deaths may result from New Year’s Eve excitement that got out of hand.

If you’re planning to throw a party this New Year, here are a few ways in which you can protect your guests and help everyone ring in 2013 happily:

  • If you’re serving alcohol, plan ahead. You can help prevent a serious drinking and driving accident in MO this New Year’s by planning ahead. Avoid serving alcohol to minors, and stop serving alcohol altogether about an hour before you expect the party to end. If any of your guests appear too impaired to drive safely, contact a cab or a sober friend to drive them home, or offer them a place to “crash” for the night.
  • Prepare for bad weather. Winter storms can easily strike over the New Year. Help protect yourself and others from car accident injuries by checking the weather forecast before you head out and by packing a winter safety kit in your vehicle. If storms are forecast, consider staying home or choosing a celebration closer to home.

The auto accident injury lawyers in St. Louis of Page Law encourage all Missourians to celebrate safely this holiday season. However, if the negligence of another driver causes you harm, don’t hesitate to contact a skilled member of our legal team for assistance in getting the compensation you need to recover. Call (314) 322-8515 for a consultation.

 

Drivers Avoiding I-635 Construction in Platte County Pose New Auto Accident Risks

By John Page on October 10, 2012 - Comments off

Construction sites create an increased risk of Missouri auto accidents, especially when drivers are frustrated or inattentive and don’t take proper care while driving. But avoiding those sites can also create problems when drivers try shortcuts that don’t follow traffic rules.

One such situation on I-635 in Platte County is creating problems for motorists, construction workers, and local law enforcement. Currently, the bridge over the Missouri River from Riverside into Kansas is under construction. Traffic is down to one lane, and long waits are common.

To avoid the inevitable delays caused by this project, some drivers are taking the ramp onto Horizons Parkway just before the traffic merges into a single lane on I-635. Instead of turning onto the parkway, however, these drivers are crossing the parkway and taking the on-ramp on the other side back onto I-635 – despite the fact that there are no lanes that allow drivers to do this.

Local law enforcement officials say that the maneuver is dangerous, not only because it violates traffic laws but because many drivers take the ramps at a high rate of speed. Although the trick can save a driver up to 10 minutes, it can also cause a serious accident.

Patience and attention are key skills to practice on the road, but when drivers allow their frustration or distractions to get the better of them, another person may be severely injured or even killed. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, the aggressive auto accident lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law will fight to hold negligent parties responsible and win the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.

 

Construction Zones Can Be “Hot Spots” For Missouri Car Accidents

By John Page on August 21, 2012 - Comments off

Auto accidents in St. Louis occur in a wide range of situations, including at construction and other work sites. The changes in traffic flow, narrow lanes, and unpredictable obstacles all raise the risk of an accident at a construction zone and make it crucial for drivers to avoid distractions and focus on the road.

Construction Zone Dangers MissouriIn 2010, 1.7 percent of all car accidents occurred in construction zones, but 1.8 percent of all fatal accidents took place there, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. These numbers demonstrate that the risk of a fatal crash is much higher in a work zone than in an area with no construction. In all, 15 people died and another 1,033 were injured in construction zone accidents in 2010 alone.

Most (59.6 percent) Missouri construction zone car accidents occur in urban areas and on roads other than interstate highways. Only 38.6 percent of work zone accidents take place on the freeways in Missouri.

In 75 percent of injury-causing construction zone accidents, the injuries occurred when one motor vehicle navigating the construction struck another. While construction workers are often exposed at work sites, most injuries are actually suffered by those in the cars trying to get through the construction zone. Just under half (47.2 percent) of all vehicles involved in Missouri construction zone accidents are passenger cars.

If you’ve been hurt in a construction zone crash or any other type of auto accident, the Jefferson County auto accident lawyers at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

 

Improve Summer Driving Safety: Fill Up Your Tires

By John Page on June 14, 2012 - Comments off

Under Inflated Tire Risks St. LouisUnder-inflated tires carry known risks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 600 deaths and 33,000 injuries occur each year in accidents involving under-inflated tires. Under-inflated tires wear out faster, and they also waste gasoline: about 1 billion gallons each year, estimates the U.S. Department of Energy.

Making sure your tires stay properly inflated can not only help your budget, it can also save your life. The NHTSA estimates that only 1 in 6 vehicles on the road have properly inflated tires at any time, and only about 15 percent of people know how to check and maintain their tire pressure.

The Rubber Manufacturers’ Association recommends:

  • Check the pressure on each tire “cold,” or after the car has been sitting for a while. This gives a more accurate reading than checking it immediately after driving.
  • Inflate each tire to the manufacturer’s recommended range, which usually appears on the rim of each tire.
  • Check tire pressure at least once a month. Also, check tire pressure before starting any long road trip.

It’s often possible to lower your risk of a serious car accident, but you can never avoid that risk completely. If you’re injured in a car accident, a skilled St. Louis car accident lawyer at Page Law will have the legal resources and courtroom experience to help you find out what happened and hold any negligent parties responsible for the harm caused. Call our office today for a free telephone consultation at (314) 322-8515.

 

Speed-Related Accidents Remain a Major Source of Car Accident Deaths

By John Page on May 25, 2012 - Comments off

Missouri Speeding AccidentsAlthough the overall number of deaths in car accidents has dropped in the past decade, deaths in speeding-related auto accidents have remained about one-third of all car crash deaths, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Most drivers know that speeding can cause serious harm, both to themselves and to other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Nevertheless, studies by the GHSA have noted that motorists often speed, even when they know that speeding can be dangerous. In these studies, “speeding” included both going faster than the posted speed limit and going faster than is safe given the condition of the road, even if the driver was still under the speed limit.

The GHSA recommends that federal, state, and local governments take several steps to reduce the risk of speed-related deaths. Educating the public about the importance of controlling their own speed while driving is key, but so is improving the safety of roads, either to reduce speeds or to make speeding less risky. Adding speed bumps and traffic signs or signals can control speed, while keeping roads in good condition and correcting dangerous road conditions, like blind curves, can make travel safer at any speed.

Speed is only one factor that can cause serious injuries or death in a car accident. If you’ve been injured in a crash, please don’t wait: call a dedicated St. Charles County car accident lawyer at Page Law today. We’ll help you get the compensation you need and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.

 

May is the Cruelest Month for Teen Driver Accidents

By John Page on May 14, 2012 - Comments off

April may be the “cruelest month” in poetry, but accidents involving teenage drivers spike sharply in May, according to a recent report released by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.

St. Louis Teen Car AccidentsAccording to the report, insurance claims filed by 16- or 17-year-old drivers tend to spike in May and October. As many as one-third of accidents during these months tend to involve a driver under the age of 18. These accidents frequently involve personal injury claims and property damage claims, and a few each year even involve the death of at least one driver, passenger, or pedestrian.

The report suggests several reasons that teen driver accidents may go up in May. May is the start of summer for many activities 16- and 17-year-olds enjoy, like summer sports and training sessions for summer jobs. It’s also the month in which many prom celebrations, graduation parties, and other events are held. Finally, since May often brings the first reliable good weather of the year, many young drivers are out on the roads traveling to and from activities in which they can enjoy the spring sunshine.

Teenage drivers are at a high risk for accidents, often because their lack of experience makes it harder for them to predict and avoid a dangerous situation in time to escape a crash. If your teen has been injured in a car accident, the experienced car accident lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law may be able to help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.

 

NHTSA Considers Requiring Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication in New Cars

By John Page on May 7, 2012 - Comments off

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V, systems allow vehicles to “talk” to one another when performing a wide range of driving tasks. Although many of the systems are still being developed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is already discussing whether or not to require these systems to be installed in new vehicles once all the bugs are worked out – and when such a requirement might go into effect.

St. Louis Car Accident Prevention TechnologyDevelopers say that V2V communication systems could prevent as many as 80 percent of vehicle accidents that don’t involve drunk driving. Rear-end collisions, collisions during lane changes, and intersection crashes might all decrease if the vehicles involved in them can communicate with one another in order to avoid colliding.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is testing V2V systems in a fleet of 3,200 vehicles. Automakers are also testing related systems, such as those that communicate with cell phone towers or other markers in the landscape. The Department of Transportation tests will run through the end of 2013, at which point the NHTSA will re-evaluate the data to decide whether or not to require the systems in cars made in 2015 or later.

While many see V2V systems as a major leap forward in safety, others are concerned with the privacy aspects – especially in vehicles that communicate their position via GPS or similar systems. The NHTSA has said it will take privacy into account when making V2V-related rules.

There are a number of causes of auto accidents, many of which could be prevented by drivers who made focusing on the road their main priority. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, the experienced St. Louis auto accident lawyers at Page Law can help. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation. Our number is (314) 322-8515.

 

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