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Highway deaths decrease in 2018, pedestrian deaths rise

For the second year in a row, highways deaths in Missouri and across the country fell. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, highway deaths decreased by 2.4% in 2018. In 2017, the numbers fell 2% from the previous year. The decline comes after years of steady increases in motorist fatalities. Experts blamed the booming economy, which resulted in more drivers on the road than ever before, on the increase.

Teens make up the most distracted drivers, study shows

The week of October 20 to 26, 2019, is designated as Teen Driver Safety Week. Corresponding with this event, researchers at Michigan State University have revealed the results of a study analyzing teen drivers and distractions. Parents of teen drivers in Missouri should know that the study offers insights into what happens both inside and outside the vehicle when teens drive distracted. By contrast, other studies have to rely on the limited data in police crash reports.

Study ranks teen drunk driving rates by state

Missouri residents should know that underage drinking has been a continual problem throughout the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3.1% of adults report driving after having too much to drink whereas 5.5.% of teens report driving after having any amount of alcohol. In 2015, some 623,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 were found to have an alcohol-related disorder. That's 2.5% of all teens in that age group.

Important insurance claim considerations for Millennial drivers

The average Millennial didn't grow up with internet access, but they probably had it by the time they were a teenager, and they have since mastered its use in every aspect of their lives. Millennials are often misunderstood by older generations, but that doesn't mean they aren't intelligent, hard-working members of American society.

How drivers can prevent car accidents

Even though the mortality rate from vehicle accidents is going down, it is still a major problem. An estimated 40,000 people lost their lives in car accidents in the year 2018. For this reason, drivers in Missouri and other states should learn about ways that they can prevent car accidents from occurring.

Sleep deprivation in the transportation industry

A recently published study on the professions that see the most sleep deprivation has ranked transportation and material moving among the worst four. This may not be a surprise to long-haul truck drivers in Missouri, most of whom know how widespread and how dangerous it is to drive drowsy.

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