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.
Trick-or-treating is an event most children in the U.S. look forward to. What can be more fun than dressing up and going around the neighborhood to get candy on the spookiest night of the year? At the law firm of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we want all Missouri kids to get home safely on Halloween, but we also know this can be a particularly hazardous time for excited children.
Missouri residents know that as we enter fall and winter, driving during dark hours will likely become inevitable for many people. Whether it affects your morning commute, evening commute, or both, you may be facing unique hurdles that aren't present when you drive during the day.
Missouri’s roadways are constantly undergoing maintenance and expansion, and while, in time, these efforts may improve conditions for state residents, they can also pose a serious threat for the motoring public. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize just how frequently road construction is a factor in auto accidents and associated injuries and fatalities, and we have helped many clients injured in construction-related auto accidents pursue solutions that fit their needs.
If you, like so many others across Missouri, rely on your bicycle as a form of transportation or recreation, you may exercise care every time you ride, making sure to obey traffic laws and wear a helmet on every trip. Motorists who share the roadway with you may not always be so careful, however, and when bikes and cars collide, bicyclists frequently find themselves on the losing end. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we understand that bike accidents often lead to brain injury, and we have helped many people who either suffered injury, or had a loved one suffer injury, due to someone else’s negligence.