As a general rule, people experience mental and physical decline as they age. Therefore, it could make it dangerous for older people to driver on highways in Missouri and throughout the country. In 2017, drivers over the age of 65 accounted for 14% of all fatal accidents. In that same year, they accounted for 19% of the overall driving population. According to research published on TheSeniorList.com, Florida, California and New York were among the 10 states with the most fatal accidents involving senior drivers.
Human error accounts for a large number of car accidents that take place in Missouri and throughout the country. For example, distracted operation is the most frequent cause of accidents. Eating, applying makeup and using a smartphone are all examples of distractions a person could face while driving.
Motorists in Missouri may be interested to learn that the Department of Transportation intends to relax rules regarding the number of hours that truck drivers are allowed to work. Even though the trucking industry has been trying to loosen the federal regulations that limit the number of hours truckers can remain behind the wheel without stopping to rest, safety advocates state that relaxing the federal regulations will result in safety hazards caused by driver fatigue.
Trucking accidents can pose a particular threat to others on the road in Missouri. Because of the massive size and volume of big rigs, collisions involving these vehicles can be especially dangerous. While an average car weighs 4,000 pounds, a large truck weighs over 20 times that amount. While there are a number of factors that can contribute to these serious crashes, several common causes dominate.