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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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