Urban legends can have extraordinarily long lives. Consider some myths about sleep that science and logic have been unable to extinguish: the belief that "you swallow a few spiders every year while you sleep" and that during sleep, your brain rests (in fact, your body rests but your brain stays active). There are sleep myths regarding driving, too: if you're driving while drowsy, you can turn up the radio or roll down the windows to stay awake.
About 250 miles southwest of St. Louis sits the small rural town of Reeds Spring, Missouri, just a few miles northwest of Branson. The town of about 900 residents is grieving the loss of two of its residents – a 41-year-old man and 39-year-old woman. They were killed in a crash with a 19-year-old male relative from central Illinois, law enforcement officials told a newspaper.
We recently read a news article that contained a statistic that we think will amaze most of our St. Louis Personal Injury Blog readers: more Americans have died in car crashes since 2000 than died in both World War I and World War II.
If you due west of St. Louis for about two and a half hours, you will find yourself in Cole County, home to Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City. The county was also recently the site of a multivehicle work-zone crash that left two people injured, including one with injuries described as serious.
Where is the safest place to be sitting in a vehicle in a crash? Twenty years ago the answer was clear: people were safer in the back seat of a car than in a front seat. Even a decade ago, that answer was the same, but today, with changes in seatbelt technology focused more on the front than the back, the answer about where to be in a motor vehicle crash is not so clear.
Across St. Louis, Missouri and the nation this past week, we paused on Memorial Day to honor those members of the armed forces who gave their lives to preserve our freedom.
Most of us realize that drunk driving continues to be one of the biggest dangers to St. Louis motorists and pedestrians, but the numbers on the website of the Missouri chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving really make the enormity of the problem clear. MADD says 28 people die every day across the U.S. in motor vehicle crashes caused by drunk drivers – that’s one fatal crash every 51 minutes of every day.
The U.S. is down to just three states that permit people to text while driving. You guessed it: Missouri is one of the states, along with Montana and Arizona. It should be noted that Missouri does restrict drivers age 21 and under from texting while behind the wheel.
What do motorists here in St. Louis and across the nation think is the biggest threat to their safety on the road? A new national study by the Harris Poll determined that more than half believe distracted driving is now the biggest threat.
As our regular readers know, we often write about behind-the-wheel behaviors that can lead to auto accidents, including speeding and impairment. We also find ourselves returning to a topic that keeps gaining in prominence here in St. Louis and across the nation: distracted driving.