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December 2019 Archives

Truck accidents are often caused by braking system problems

Missouri residents may be alarmed to learn that a worryingly large number of the semi-tractor trailers on the nation's roads likely have braking systems that are either not properly adjusted or defective. When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied a sample of the 120,000 serious truck accidents that occurred between April 2001 and December 2003, their researchers discovered that 29% of the commercial vehicles involved had some sort of braking system problem.

Avoiding drowsy driving with tips from the AASM

Approximately 328,000 car crashes arise from drowsy driving every year throughout Missouri and the rest of the U.S., according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Of these, around 6,400 are fatal. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently surveyed 2,003 U.S. adults and found that 45% of them have sometimes struggled to keep their eyes open while driving. Drowsy driving, then, is clearly a public health concern.

Automobile technology to detect drunk driving

Missouri residents may be surprised to learn that approximately 30 people die in car accidents connected to drunk driving every day in the United States. This means that one person dies every 48 minutes. The technology to minimize drunk driving deaths, or possibly eradicate them, already exists. Many wonder why automobile manufacturers are not installing it in their vehicles.

Opioid abuse may be behind some fatal two-vehicle crashes

Missouri residents should know about a study published by JAMA Network Open that deals with the role of opioids in fatal two-vehicle crashes. While researchers do not say for certain if opioids are the cause of these crashes, they do show a clear connection between the two. Analyzing 1,467 opioid-using drivers in fatal two-car crashes, researchers found that 918 were the crash initiators.

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