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St. Louis nurse and mom tragically killed in car crash

The 32-year-old nurse and mother of two was working extra shifts at St. Louis University Hospital, determined to buy holiday presents for her children. But as the hard-working mom was driving to work this past weekend, she was killed in a traffic crash.

Law enforcement officials said a pick-up truck slammed into her car, causing her vehicle to leave the road and crash into a guardrail. Police said they do not yet know what caused the pick-up to crash into the nurse’s vehicle and that their investigation continues.

Commercial vehicle accidents vs. passenger car accidents

Accidents between passenger vehicles occur every day, and oftentimes everyone drives or walks away relatively unhurt. However, the same is not true for accidents between a passenger vehicle and a commercial vehicle, also known as a semi.

In 2015, there were over 4,500 fatalities resulting from commercial vehicle/ passenger car accidents. It is because of this that knowing how different a commercial vehicle accident is from a regular accident, and how to avoid one, is so important.

Study: Distracted driving crash injuries more likely to be severe

When a driver is paying attention to their phone rather than St. Louis traffic, they typically do not react as their vehicle closes in on another vehicle or pedestrian. After all, they are looking at what’s on their electronic device, not the impending collision. So the results of a new study make perfect sense: researchers have found that crashes caused by distracted drivers are more likely to result in severe injuries and fatalities than other motor vehicle wrecks.

The study by researchers at the Risk Institute at Ohio State University say the risks of severe injury or death in distracted driving crashes are enhanced in rear-end collisions and wrecks on interstate highways and in road construction zones.

Have a happy, safe Thanksgiving

It's difficult to find anyone who doesn't love Thanksgiving and all the trimmings. The holiday revolves around a great, big meal enjoyed with family and friends. Throw in a little dessert, football and time off of work - what's not to love?

Unfortunately, there is one aspect of the Thanksgiving holiday that gives us pause. Because it's the most heavily traveled weekend of the year, the risk of traffic crashes and injuries is greater than at any other time.

The danger of driving a new car

Decades of safety research, regulation and innovation have helped to make automobiles safer today than ever. Despite rapid advances in technology, we must still face the reality that motor vehicle crashes resulting in injuries and sometimes fatalities happen every day in St. Louis.

Though automakers tout new safety features in their vehicles each year, consumers often overlook one important aspect of staying safe when driving around town in a new car, pick-up or SUV: the newness of the vehicle can itself hinder your ability to avoid accidents.

Distracted driving crashes kill, injure schoolkids across nation

St. Louis parents do their best every day to make sure that their children study hard, are courteous and kind and stay safe. It is increasingly difficult to keep kids safe, however, as more and more drivers pay more and more attention to their phones than to traffic and pedestrians.

Recent distracted driving car crashes at school bus stops across the nation have rattled parents who want more than anything to keep their offspring from harm. Five separate early-morning wrecks have taken the lives of five schoolkids and left six others hospitalized.

Study: Ride-sharing might lead to increase in traffic crashes

Prior to the rise of ride-sharing services in St. Louis and other major U.S. cities, traffic fatalities were at the lowest point in more than 50 years. But the emergence of Uber and Lyft might have contributed to an increase in fatal car crashes in cities where the services operate, authors of a new study have said.

Researchers from the University of Chicago and Rice University said that the data shows that in the eight years since Uber and Lyft began aggressively expanding, there has been a significant increase in traffic fatalities.

Three P’s For Winter Driving

It’s the end of October and temperatures are slowly dropping. The days are growing shorter. Before you know it, winter will be here. The streets throughout St. Louis will be threatened by snow and ice. Snowplows will make the rounds, pouring salt on the road, doing their part to make commutes safer.

You have driven through many Missouri winters, but this is your first winter with a baby. You have the safest carseat on the market, and you trust your driving skills. Regardless, you are nervous for winter to arrive. These tips can help ease those nerves.

Studies: legal marijuana leads to increase in car crashes

There has been an almost endless stream of heated back-and-forth in national media over the upcoming midterm elections. Sometimes overlooked in all the fury is the fact that Missouri voters will have three different medical marijuana proposals on their November ballots.

New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute will give voters something to ponder: car wrecks in states where recreational weed has been legalized are up 6 percent.

Study: Sleep-deprived drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers

There's nothing on St. Louis's streets or interstates that is bigger, heavier or more difficult to maneuver or stop than an 18-wheeler. When that big rig is driven by someone who has had too little sleep, the risk of a truck accident involving injuries or death can be as great as it is with a drunk driver.

That's according to researchers with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Their new study states that drivers who get less than four hours of sleep are 15 times more likely to get into a wreck than those who get at least eight hours.

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