It is apparently a coincidence that two recent studies tackled the same issue at the same time, but it is no coincidence that they arrived at basically the same conclusion. The studies both looked at inaccuracy and bias in mainstream media reports on crashes involving drivers and bicyclists.
Many of our regular St. Louis personal injury blog readers will recall a recent post about a University of Missouri study on the effects of distracted driving in highway work zones. As you know, the study found that distracted drivers are 29 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash in the zones filled with workers, roadwork equipment and other vehicles.
Missouri is one of the last three states in the nation that does not have a ban on texting for all drivers. However, the state senate has a new proposal to consider that would require all drivers, regardless of age, to stop using their phones while they’re behind the wheel. The only exception to the proposed law would be hands-free devices.
If you drive south of St. Louis for a couple of hours, you’ll arrive in Sikeston, Missouri. Its annual Cotton Carnival is a popular event in the city of about 41,000. However, this year’s event was marred by a pedestrian accident that resulted in injuries to a 7-year-old boy and his grandmother.