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Inspection spree takes almost 12,000 trucks out of service

Regulatory standards strive to keep commercial vehicles operating safely in Missouri and around the country. To promote compliance, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance organizes national inspection events like the International Roadcheck, a 3-day inspection spree that took place in June. The event resulted in 67,502 roadside inspections and citations that removed 11,897 vehicles from service for noncompliance.

The top three reasons that forced commercial vehicles out of service arose from problems that could impede braking. At number one, failing braking systems formed 28.4 percent of out-of-service violations. Next came problems with tires and wheels at 19.1 percent. Improperly adjusted brakes accounted for the third most common violation at 16.3 percent of citations.

Roundabouts may reduce car accident injuries

When people in Missouri head out for a drive in rural areas, they may encounter unexpectedly dangerous roads. Rural intersections are often joined only by a stop sign, yet the two roads coming together may have speed limits of up to 55 miles per hour. The danger of these intersections can be exacerbated when visibility is lowered due to poor weather conditions, little visible light at night or obstructive vegetation. As a result, some of these rural roads may see a disproportionate number of serious traffic accidents.

In order to address these concerns, many localities have installed traffic lights at the site of frequent car crashes. However, while lights are proven to reduce the number of accidents, they may do little to lessen the severity of those that do occur. For this reason, traffic engineers are considering the possibilities of roundabouts for rural intersections. Roundabouts are less effective than traffic lights at reducing the number of accidents at a specific location, but they are strongly associated with a sharp reduction in fatalities and severe injury crashes.

IIHS testing finds flaws with driver-assist car safety systems

Anyone in Missouri opting for a vehicle with one of the latest electronic car safety systems may have some added peace of mind while behind the wheel. Even so, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, has issued a warning after testing such systems on vehicles produced by four top manufacturers. The organization discovered situations where certain vehicles with electronic car safety systems behave in ways that may put both drivers and passengers at increased risk.

According to a paper issued by the IIHS, some cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may contribute to motor vehicle accidents by steering drivers who are not paying attention into a collision. In other instances, vehicles could overlook stopped vehicles directly in front of them. The insurance industry group notes that safety systems still have the potential to save lives, but they can also fail in certain situations.

Teen motorist study identifies trends in risky driving behavior

Receiving a driver's license marks an exciting time for a teenager in Missouri. However, teens are eight times more likely to be involved in crashes and near misses during their first three months of having a license, according to a recent study conducted by university researchers and the National Institutes of Health.

The study was based on info from dashcams that monitored driver behavior and traffic. Researchers collected data from the time teenagers drove with adults while only holding learners' permits until a year after they received their full licenses. Once adult supervision ceased, teenage drivers exhibited an increased tendency to accelerate too fast, brake suddenly or turn too hard. These actions led to many more incidents of crashes or almost accidents.

Attention Missouri motorists: Summer is high-risk road time

When you think about possible roadway dangers, your mind might automatically imagine a cold, dark, winter night where the roads are icy and slick and sleet mixed with snow is falling fast. That sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn't it? However, there's another, perhaps surprising time when Missouri roads are at their peak for potential danger. It's summertime.  

You might wonder what could possibly be so dangerous about driving on a highway in the bright Missouri sunshine, with dry roads and no call for inclement weather. In fact, there are many summertime risks when you get behind the wheel. The more aware of them you are, the safer you're likelier to be although even safe drivers come into harm's way if a reckless driver is nearby. If someone hits you and you suffer injury, it's important to know how to determine if driver negligence was a factor.  

Report: Kansas City suburb near the top of the U.S. for speeding

Speeding causes serious problems out on Missouri’s roads. Among the tragedies it can result in are fatal traffic accidents. Here in Missouri, 328 people were killed in speeding-related accidents in 2016. So, how common speeding is among drivers is a very impactful safety issue.

A recent report points to speeding possibly being particularly common among drivers from one of Kansas City’s suburbs: Lee’s Summit.

How does the Missouri statute of limitations work?

Regardless of how much care you take, an accident can happen when you least expect it. Whether you suffer injuries in a car accident or during a visit to dangerous premises, you will be entitled to seek recovery of damages if there is proof of another party's negligence or carelessness. However, you must file a legal claim within Missouri's statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations is a legal rule under which you must file any civil lawsuit that arises from an accidental injury within a specific time frame. These time limits vary from state to state. In Missouri, the statute of limitations for such injuries is five years.

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