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NHTSA Study Aims to Improve “Tween” Seat Belt Use

By John Page on November 27, 2012 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a campaign to improve the use of seat belts among “tweens,” the age group from 8 to 15-years-old. Seat belt campaigns have recently been aimed at younger children, who need safety seats, and older teens, who are driving for the first time. Now, the NHTSA is also taking aim at the age group in the middle.

Tween Seat Belt CampaignThe study involved over 14,000 students ages 8-15 as well as parents. Children were shown educational videos and other information about such tween seat belt-related issues as sitting in the back seat, remembering to buckle up, and using the lap and shoulder parts of the seat belt properly. Researchers measured seat belt use among tweens both before and after the various educational and media interventions.

The study found that, after learning about the importance of buckling up, seat belt use among tweens rose as much as 20 percent, with riding in the back seat for tweens rising 23 percent. By the end of the study, 90 percent of tweens were wearing seat belts when the driver of the vehicle was also wearing a seat belt.

Seat belt use is a simple way to prevent or reduce the risk of many types of car accident injuries. If you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident, the tireless auto accident attorneys in St. Louis at Page Law can help you fight for the compensation you need and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.


How Does My Missouri Auto Insurance Work After an Auto Accident?

By John Page on October 17, 2012 - Comments off

In Missouri, drivers are required to carry certain minimum amounts and types of auto insurance. You can also purchase higher coverage amounts and/or different types of insurance to cover certain kinds of losses, as long as your policy meets the minimum requirements.

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, the minimum insurance types and amounts required for Missouri drivers in 2012 were: $25,000 per person for bodily injury; $50,000 per accident for bodily injury; and $10,000 per accident for property damage.

The first two amounts cover “bodily injury,” or physical injuries caused by the car accident. For instance, if your car is involved in a crash with another car, your bodily injury limits would cover injuries suffered in the accident.

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The $25,000 limit applies to each person, and the $50,000 limit applies to each accident. For instance, suppose one accident leaves three people injured. No one person could receive more than $25,000 of payments for injuries under the policy, and the totals for all three people combined could be no more than $50,000.

The final number, $10,000, applies to property damage. This includes both damages to vehicles and damages to other personal or real property. For instance, if a crash pushes your car off the road and into a fence, funds to fix the fence could come from the $10,000 property damage limit.

At Page Law, our Franklin County auto accident attorneys can help you understand your insurance policy, file a claim, and establish your right to benefits in mediation, settlement negotiations, or in court. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free telephone consultation.


Understanding Missouri Seat Belt Laws

By John Page on September 18, 2012 - Comments off

Seat belts are one of the best and simplest lines of defense against serious injury or death in an auto accident, especially a catastrophic accident like a rollover crash. Missouri law requires most motorists and passengers to wear seat belts.

According to Missouri state law, the following groups must wear seat belts:

  • Anybody riding in the front seat of a vehicle that has a gross weight of 12,000 pounds or less. Nearly all passenger vehicles fall into this category.
  • Children ages 4 to 15, regardless of the size of the vehicle or what seat they are riding in (front or back).
  • Anyone under age 18 who is operating a truck, regardless of the truck’s size or weight. Riding in the bed of a truck is prohibited except for certain special circumstances, like parades.

For passengers under age 16, the driver is responsible for making sure that each one is buckled up and that children who need safety seats or booster seats are using the right kind of seat in the correct way. Passengers ages 16 or older are responsible for making sure their own seat belts are fastened.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an accident without a seat belt may be fatal even at speeds as low as 12 miles per hour. Air bags are designed to be used with seat belts; an air bag is 40 percent less effective at saving lives if a seat belt is not worn.

At Page Law, our St. Charles County auto accident attorneys will fight to help you hold any negligent parties accountable and to get the compensation you need after an accident. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.


Memorial Day in Missouri Saw Zero Fatal Accidents

By John Page on June 6, 2012 - Comments off

Police Statistics MissouriThere were no deadly accidents in Missouri over Memorial Day weekend, according to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. However, several injury-causing accidents occurred, and law enforcement agencies issued tickets or performed arrests for several potentially dangerous violations, including drunk driving and speeding.

Five alcohol-related crashes had law enforcement officers rushing to the scene to help injured people, as did seventeen additional crashes that didn’t involve alcohol. In total, 151 motorists received help from law enforcement officials over the Memorial Day weekend for situations ranging from injury-causing accidents to vehicle breakdowns.

In addition to helping motorists in distress, law enforcement officers also stopped drivers for various safety-related violations. These included issuing 25 tickets for failing to use a seat belt and six tickets for not using proper safety seats to protect children. They also included 107 speeding tickets, summonses for driving without a proper license or insurance, and 112 warnings. Finally, a handful of arrests were made for minors in possession of alcohol and misdemeanor drug use charges, which can also lead to accidents.

Car accidents are more common over summer holidays, when more drivers are on the road and when many drivers may have included alcohol in their celebrations without planning a sober ride home. If you’re injured in a car accident this summer, an aggressive St. Louis car accident attorney at Page Law can help you find out what happened and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.


Missouri State Highway Patrol Offers Safe Summer Driving Tips

By John Page on May 28, 2012 - Comments off

Summer Travel Safety MissouriWinter may be over, but summer brings with it a whole new set of risks on the road. The Missouri State Highway Patrol provides several tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones when you hit the road this summer. Things to watch out for on the road include:

  • Flash floods. Low-lying areas can develop deep or fast-moving flood waters, especially after a heavy rain. If you see standing water, don’t try to drive through it; even a few inches of water can pull a vehicle off the road. If your vehicle does get stuck in flood waters, get out and move to higher ground before calling for help.
  • Construction. Warmer weather brings the start of construction, which can mean slower traffic, narrow lanes, and treacherous areas where you must drive carefully through construction workers and equipment in order to pass safely. Always slow down for construction, and avoid tailgating the vehicle in front of you in order to reduce the risk of a collision.
  • Alcohol safety. Drunk driving results in hundreds of serious injuries and deaths in the state each year. If you’re going to enjoy alcohol at a summer event, choose a designated driver or other sober ride home.

At Page Law, our skilled Franklin County auto accident attorneys are dedicated to helping injured people and their families get the compensation they need. Dealing with the after-effects of a car accident can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to recover from serious injuries. We can help. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.


Missouri Department of Transportation Now Focusing on Potholes and Striping

By John Page on April 1, 2011 - Comments off

Since spring is now upon us, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is hoping that snow and ice are gone until next winter. For now, MoDOT is focusing on patching potholes and repairing road stripes that have been damaged by snow plows.

Potholes in Missouri are usually caused by ice, snow and sleet melting and refreezing. As the ice, sleet or snow melts, the water seeps into cracks and joints in the pavement. If the weather turns colder, that water can freeze and expand, damaging the pavement. Eventually, as vehicles drive over the cracked pavement, chunks of the asphalt can be dislodged. Right now, temporary repairs are being made to the roads. Permanent repairs must wait until all winter weather is over for the season.

Potholes don’t just make the drive rough, they can cause major accidents. Large and/or deep potholes can potentially cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash into another. Drivers also tend to automatically swerve in order to avoid potholes, which can cause an accident if there is a car nearby at the time. Motorcyclists are also at risk. Potholes can also cause a lot of motorcycle accidents due to the fact that motorcycles may not be able to safely drive through any pothole.

If you have been in an accident involving another car and a pothole, contact the Missouri car crash attorney John Page at Page Law. He will work hard to make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve from the accident. Contact him today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation on protecting your legal rights.


When Should a Senior Stop Driving?

By John Page on August 4, 2010 - Comments off

As the baby boomer population ages, their children are increasingly stepping in to decide that their parents should no longer drive. But how do you know when your elderly parent or relative should quit driving?

Some warning signs of unsafe driving behavior include problems on the road, rising anxiety and anger while behind the wheel, trouble remembering directions, trouble with reflexes, and increasing numbers of citations or close calls, such as denting or scraping the car on mailboxes or curbs. If someone you care about is displaying one or more of these behaviors on a regular basis, it may be time to consider discussing alternate transportation options.

There are some things seniors can do to help themselves drive safely, according to Seniors should get their eyes and ears checked regularly, as those senses can have a huge impact on driving. If drowsiness while driving is an issue, seniors should check their prescription medications and talk to a doctor about improving nighttime sleep conditions.

Seniors should keep their vehicle in proper working order, and make sure that the type of vehicle they are driving is the best one for them. In order to prevent St. Louis car accidents, seniors can also choose to change their driving patterns to those situations in which they feel the most comfortable, such as driving only during the daytime or only when roads are dry.

Seniors who continue driving long past the time when they should have quit can cause devastating accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Missouri auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experienced Missouri automobile accident attorney. The attorneys at Page Law are experienced in the field of personal injury and automobile accidents. Call 314-322-8515 today for a free consultation.


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