The summer seems to have gone by too fast for many Missouri residents. While most children may be upset at the thought of returning to school, at the law office of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we also understand that the start of the school year is a serious safety issue. You and others may want to consider common traffic problems involving students returning to school.
If you have ever driven while talking or texting on a cellphone, you may know first-hand the hazards that stem from this dangerous behavior. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 3,166 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving in 2017 and even more were injured. Multiple studies have been conducted evaluating the dangers of distracted driving and the effects of using your cellphone while trying to navigate the roads. In addition to talking or texting on a cellphone while behind the wheel, some drivers have taken distracted driving to a new level. Drivers who take selfies and post them on social media sites endanger their lives and the lives of others.
While each driving season in Missouri brings with it specific risks, driving in the summertime can be especially dangerous for many state residents. Why? Once school lets out for the season, many of the state’s teenage drivers appear on the roadways, and sharing the road with many drivers in this age group can increase your odds of a car crash. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we know that fatal car wrecks involving teen drivers increase considerably during the summer, and we have helped many people who were victims in such crashes pursue solutions that meet their needs.
It is hard to see teen drivers take to the streets of Lee's Summit and not remember the excitement you felt when you were first learning to drive. Yet that excitement might also be mitigated by the knowledge that their inexperience can make teen drivers pose a greater risk to themselves and others while they are behind the wheel. The expectation is that their parents will ensure that they are only driving unsupervised once they have shown they can be responsible. In cases where irresponsible teem drivers have caused accidents, many come to us here at Kelly, Symonds & Reed LLC wanting to know if they can hold the parents responsible.
People who live in Missouri and who are concerned about safety on the roads have good reason to be so concerned. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 37,400 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the United States in 2016 alone. That is a staggering number and one that should be taken seriously.
As you probably know, motor vehicle accidents cause serious injuries every day. You would be more likely to get injured on the Missouri roadways than almost anywhere else in the state. Every problem requiring medical attention is serious, but the extent and type of your injury would usually depend on the nature of the collision involved.
If you are like most people in Missouri, you are more than aware that driving after consuming alcohol is dangerous. The state of Utah has even lowered its legal blood alcohol limit for drivers to 0.05 percent based in part on the recommendation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another dangerous choice too many drivers make is to exceed the speed limit. These two factors tragically contribute to numerous deaths every year.
Now that Old Man Winter has hit Missouri with a vengeance, car accidents are up and power lines are down. This makes for a deadly combination that can result in your suffering catastrophic burns should you become involved in a fiery crash.
Millennials nowadays have a reputation for being lazy, entitled and unreliable, and while some of these claims are likely without much merit, there is one area in which it seems they have earned their bad reputation: on the road. Millennial drivers across Missouri and the rest of the country are so bad, in fact, that the vast majority of them admit to taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel. When they do so, however, they endanger themselves and everyone else who crosses their path.
Aggressive driving is a serious problem in Missouri and across the country. AAA reports that nearly 80 percent of American drivers say they have had feelings of anger and frustration while navigating the roadways. Whether you are late to an important appointment or meeting at work, it can be frustrating to get caught in traffic. When angry drivers engage in dangerous driving behaviors that put other drivers on the road at risk of becoming involved in a catastrophic car accident.