Hundreds of people in Missouri and across the U.S. die each year because of drivers who run red lights. Most of the time, it's not these drivers who die in the crash; it's the occupant of another vehicle, a pedestrian or a bicyclist. For a long time, it was understood that red light cameras could act as a deterrent against red light running and thus save lives. However, public support for cameras has been waning.
Drivers in Missouri or any other state who are involved in an accident with a negligent driver may be entitled to compensation for damages they incur. There are many ways in which an individual may have been negligent in causing an accident to happen. For example, if a driver was going too fast for road conditions, he or she may be at fault for causing a wreck.
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.
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.
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.
Drivers in Missouri who don't get sufficient sleep before operating a motor vehicle may be at a higher risk for causing an accident. Statistics suggest that up to 6,000 fatal crashes occur each year because of drowsy drivers, and there are many reasons why a person may drive while tired or fatigued. These reasons may include engaging in shift work, taking medication or drinking alcohol before driving.
Distracted drivers in Missouri and around the country kill approximately nine people every day according to the National Safety Council, but many road safety experts say that the problem is underreported, and the true daily death toll could be much higher. Economists believe that distracted driving drains the economy of about $40 billion each year, but laws banning cellphone use behind the wheel have done little to curb the practice.
During the Missouri winters, the roads can become icy and wet, putting drivers and others at risk for a collision. With the following tips in mind, though, drivers can be safer behind the wheel and reduce that risk for a crash. It all begins with slowing down, even below the posted speed limit, because the tires lose traction the faster one goes.
With the end of daylight saving time, everyone gains one hour of sleep. However, it should be noted that the change causes a disruption to the body's internal clock. As the body readjusts, one must expect to feel sleepy for a day or two afterward. Unfortunately, residents of Missouri who must head out on the road after the end of DST run a higher risk for a crash. Drowsiness, after all, dulls one's ability to judge and react to dangers.
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.