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November 2018 Archives

Study looks at the effectiveness of emergency braking systems

Missouri drivers who have access to automatic braking systems may be safer. After doing a study of General Motors vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that motorists with this safety feature had significantly fewer accidents.

Scenarios in which drivers might be more susceptible to fatigue

You have probably had days where you wish for a few more minutes or even hours of sleep, as starting out the day feeling tired or fatigued can be stressful. When it comes to operating a motor vehicle, fatigue can also be dangerous, and a lack of sleep could leave you facing an unfortunate situation.

Brake violations lead truck safety issues

Poorly maintained truck brakes can pose a serious risk to the lives and well-being of others on the roads in Missouri. When a large truck crashes into smaller vehicles, the results can be catastrophic. That's why some safety advocates may bemoan the fact that over 14 percent of all inspected trucks were pulled off the road due to brake violations during an inspection spree in September 2018. The spree took place as part of Brake Safety Week, an annual initiative of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Driver fatigue a factor in many truck crashes

According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, up to 100,000 of the crashes reported annually nationwide are due at least in part to driver fatigue. Fatigue can contribute to accidents on Missouri highways; drivers should be aware of the risks. The National Safety Council has reported that 28 percent of single-vehicle commercial crashes and 13 percent of large truck crash deaths involve driver fatigue.

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