If you drive west of St. Louis for about four and a half hours, you will come to Peculiar, Missouri. The town of less than 5,000 recently made headlines when a bicyclist there was struck by a SUV driven by a local police officer. Fortunately, the bicyclist apparently sustained only minor injuries in the collision.
Which would you rather hold tightly and keep safe: your child or your phone? Of course the answer for most St. Louis parents would be their children - or would it? According to a new study, about half of parents of young kids talk on their beloved phone while driving with their children in the vehicle.
We hope that all of the regular readers of our St. Louis personal injury blog had enjoyable, safe Fourth of July holidays. Unfortunately, holidays are often a time when some irresponsible members of society get drunk, cause motor vehicle wrecks that injure innocent motorists. In the very worst case scenarios, people die in those violent crashes.
It’s not dangerous to watch “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. There’s also little danger in text message exchanges with your best friend, or in fiddling with your Spotify playlists. All those activities are pretty harmless – unless you engage in them while driving. That's when people run the very real risk of causing a car crash resulting in injuries.
We read recently a letter in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from the president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Deborah A.P. Hersman wrote to urge Missouri legislators to focus more attention on reducing the number of motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities.
A new national study automobile service AAA shows that hit-and-run car crashes are surging, with a 60 percent increase in fatalities since 2009. A traffic safety expert who looked at the research said there are several factors important in the increase, but he says one in particular plays an important role in causing motor vehicle accidents: distracted driving.