Pregnancy brings with it the anticipation of many changes, but some things stay the same including the need to wear a seat belt to protect both yourself and your growing child. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts remain the best protection in case of a car accident, even during pregnancy.
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Texting and driving poses a known risk of distracted driver accidents that many states, including Missouri, have attempted to curb with laws prohibiting some or all drivers from texting while behind the wheel. However, talking on a cell phone may cause nearly as many car crashes as texting, according to a study by the National Safety Council (NSC). Read the rest »
Receiving a driver’s license and the keys to the family or a personal vehicle are milestones in the lives of nearly all Missouri teens. While being able to drive is a big step toward independence, teens must also be aware of the significant responsibilities that come with getting behind the wheel.
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“Failure to yield the right of way” occurs when one driver doesn’t stop, slow down, or move over when road signs or road rules call for that driver to do so.
Failing to yield the right of way leads to hundreds of Missouri car crashes each year, including accidents with pedestrians, bicyclists, and others on the road. Read the rest »
A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that doctors may have more power to prevent elderly patients from causing car crashes than they think.
The study found that when doctors warned elderly patients and their families of the patient’s decreased ability to drive and also warned local authorities, the number of overall crashes among elderly drivers in the area dropped. It tracked over 100,000 elderly drivers in Canada, which requires health conditions to be reported to driver licensing authorities. Read the rest »
Child seats are increasingly sophisticated – and expensive – pieces of safety equipment. Children need proper car seats from their first-ever ride in a vehicle until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, weigh at least 90 pounds, or are 12-years-old. The type of seat a child needs changes as he or she grows. Read the rest »
The Missouri Department of Insurance has released a smartphone app for iPhone and Android users that walks them through the steps to take after a car accident, according to the Department of Insurance website.
The app is free and can be downloaded from the Department of Insurance website. Read the rest »