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Category Archive: Injuries to Vehicle Passengers

  1. Nonprofit Focused on Transportation Safety Schedules Annual Check

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    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that this year’s Operation Safe Driver will occur from October 16-22, 2016. Last year, law enforcement agencies conducted almost 20,000 roadside inspections during the Operation week focused on transportation safety. Driving in excess of the speed limit was the main reason that warnings and citations were issued to commercial vehicle drivers. Other reasons that drivers were cited were for failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to obey a traffic control device, and for using a handheld phone. All together, 4,062 citations were issued, as were 3,929 warnings.

    These safety inspections, aimed at reducing injuries and deaths caused by commercial vehicles, are warranted in the protection of drivers and their passengers on Missouri roadways. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) reports crash data annually, and in its most recent report (2014), they indicated that 109 people were killed in commercial vehicle crashes, along with 3,185 people who were injured. Its definition of commercial vehicles includes “trucks having a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more, cargo vans, vans with less than nine occupants, limousines having 9 to 15 occupant capacity, buses having occupant capacities of 16 or more, and vehicles displaying hazardous materials placards.” These efforts, along with other inspections, can help to make highways in St. Louis and throughout Missouri safer.

     

     

     

     

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  2. Winter Conditions Require More Cautious Driving

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    According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, two people were killed in a crash on an icy Missouri highway when one driver lost control of his vehicle and slid into the path of the second victim’s vehicle.  The accident happened on the morning of December 29, 2015.  As drivers in Missouri and Illinois know, winter conditions require more cautious driving.  Personal injury lawyers in the St. Louis area see far too many accidents each year that could have been avoided with just a few small precautions.

    The Missouri Department of Transportation has several recommendations for people travelling in the area when the weather conditions are less than ideal.  For example, they recommend checking road conditions, either with MoDOT’s website or their toll-free number (888-275-6636), prior to going out.  They also have the following suggestions for staying safe on Missouri and Illinois roadways this winter:

    • Conduct a pre-trip inspection of your car, looking closely at the tires, brakes, wiper blades, and wiper fluid levels.
    • Equip your vehicle with items such as a first-aid kit; blankets; non-perishable food and bottled water; a shovel; and sand to use as traction under wheels.
    • Try to avoid travel until roads have been cleared, if at all possible.
    • Watch closely for other drivers who may be struggling with road conditions.  Be sure to give all other drivers extra space.
    • Keep mirrors, windows, and lights clean, and make sure your lights are on.

    Smart drivers will avoid using cruise control on any slick surface (ice, snow, sand).  According to the experts, when driving in snow, you should accelerate and decelerate slowly; applying gas gradually is the best way to regain traction and avoid skids.  Keep these tips in mind while travelling through the St. Louis area this winter may help you to avoid collisions that can result in serious injury or death.

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  3. Injuries in Auto Accidents When Car Seats Break

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    On an October 28, 2015, segment of CBS News Investigates, individuals described the devastating effects on their lives that resulted from auto makers’ low standards for testing the strength of car seats to ensure they will not break during car accidents.  According to CBS, all the manufacturers have to do is put a brace across a seat, attach it to a winch, and pull – and they can pass the federal standard.  Car crash experts showed that even a banquet chair could pass the test, which does not bode well for Missouri drivers.  As a St. Louis personal injury attorney, this fact leaves me very concerned about the potential for harm to Missouri drivers and passengers in car crashes.

    Every day, an average of three children die in car accidents, and another 470 are injured.  Of those, 11% are sitting in the rear seats, which is the recommended location for children.  However, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards are so low for the strength of the seats in front of them that children in rear seats are at substantial risk of injury in motor vehicle collisions.

    The parents of a 16-month old child had their lives changed forever when their mini-van was rear-ended at 55 mph.  The child was sitting in the seat behind her father, whose seat broke after collapsing on impact and struck the child in the face, killing her.  Crash tests have demonstrated what can happen when a seat collapses.  The seat is launched backwards and slams into a child’s face.  Children are not the only individuals at risk for injury in these accidents.  Drivers’ heads crash into seat backs, sometimes resulting in injury, paralysis, or death.  For example, a 70 year old woman was paralyzed in 2011 when the seat of her vehicle broke after being hit from behind.  People harmed in automobile accidents like these may have claims against the auto makers for product liability.  If a loved one was killed, their family members may choose to bring a wrongful death suit against the manufacturer as well.

    Sadly, according to car crash experts, auto makers have been aware of the problem for decades.  What is more troublesome is that the NHTSA also has known for many years.  In fact, in 1992, the NHTSA, whose job is to look out for the safety of the public, warned of the danger of seat breakage and cited examples of “major or fatal injuries” when seat backs collapse.  Even after stating in 2000 that the NHTSA would be “looking into the seat back issue within a year,” the standard as of 2015 is the same as it was in the 1960s.  In fact, the NHTSA abandoned research into the issue 11 years ago despite the continued high risk of harm, personal injury or death to drivers and their passengers.

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  4. Fatal Auto Accidents Increased by 14%

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    As a personal injury attorney in Missouri, I pay close attention to the news and what trends are appearing. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal (09/09/2015), the National Safety Council (NSC) has reported a high surge in fatal accidents across the U.S. in the first half of this year.  In fact, according to the NSC, the number of fatal auto accidents is expected to exceed 40,000 this year, which would be the first time that has happened since 2007.  Why the increase? Industry experts have pointed to a combination of factors, including low gas prices, adverse weather, and a financial upswing.  The economic recovery means that more people are driving to work and to stores, and also, Americans have more disposable income so we are traveling more.  In fact, according to the Federal Highway Administration, travel increased 3.5% to a record 1.54 trillion miles traveled through June 2015.

    In addition to increased time on the roads, other experts have cited their beliefs that distracted driving is possibly to blame for the higher death rate.  Between the technology that is built into modern car dashboards and the kind that fits neatly in our hands, American drivers have a plethora of options that are meant to entertain us.  However, we’re employing these options at the wrong times, and paying a high price for our inability to focus on the roads.  Despite the fact that most states have laws that ban all use of cell phones while driving, one in four car crashes involves cell phone use, according to the NSC.  Cell phones are not the only culprits; we also play on tablets and game systems and watch videos on devices, as do our passengers, which serves to distract us further.

    If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, consult Attorney John M. Cichelero today for a free consultation.

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