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Missouri distracted drivers: \”leading cause of all traffic crashes\”

The words from a Missouri Highway Patrol sergeant hit hard: \”Distraction
is the leading cause of all traffic crashes in the state of Missouri,\”
he told a Joplin news outlet. Hopefully, his words will also serve to
awaken people to the dangers of distracted driving.

Those
motor vehicle accidents cause injuries to drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists. The violent collisions
can far too often also result in fatalities.

The federal government\’s Distraction.gov website states that distracted
driving includes a number of activities – many of them quite common.

Texting – the sending or receiving a text message is one of the most dangerous
distractions. Although carmakers now routinely include hands-free Bluetooth
technology in new cars, for those who own a car even a year or two old
might be taking and making calls while holding the phone to your head.

For those of you who own newer cars, perhaps you think that your Bluetooth
technology makes you safer. Unfortunately, that might not be true: a new
AAA study says the hands-free technology also contributes to crashes.

Distraction.gov says any use of a smartphone while driving is a dangerous
distraction.

Other listed distractions include eating, drinking, talking to passengers,
checking and fixing your hair, using a GPS system and adjusting your radio
or MP3 player. The site also lists \”watching a video\” as a distraction.
Yes, believe it or not, but there are people actually watching videos
while driving their vehicles.

For those injured by that kind of reckless, careless behavior, an experienced
personal injury attorney can help clarify available legal options and
then help you pursue full and fair compensation for damages.

Source: FourStatesHomePage.com, \”New Study Finds Hands-Free Devices Can Cause
Distracted Driving,\” Felicia Lawrence, Oct. 9, 2014

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice \’super losses\’ on the rise

Sometimes when people see a headline about a medical malpractice case in which the victim of a doctor’s negligence receives substantial compensation, they think it’s like the victim won the lottery. The problem with this line of thinking is that it overlooks the fact that victims of medical malpractice have been injured by a doctor. That means that the higher the compensation they received, the more extensive the damage they

Truck Accidents

Truck accident leaves four dead, four injured

Most truck drivers are good people who are concerned with highway safety. But as in all other lines of work, there are some who break the rules and make their peers look bad. One of the most commonsafety regulations broken in trucking is the rule restricting the hours a truck driver can drive and work in a 24-hour period: they can, at most, drive 11 hours during a maximum 14-hour

Medical Malpractice

Are Some Doctors More Prone to Medical Malpractice Than Others?

Members of Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Law School have recently released the results of a study that used 10-years’ worth of statistics to complete. What were they trying to find that required a decade of numbers, facts, and evidence? The purpose was to analyze paid medical malpractice claims to determine if certain behaviors, or even just certain medical practitioners, were more prone to harming patients than others.

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