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Air bags placed outside of cars are in development

T-bone accidents on Missouri roads can lead to serious injuries. However, external airbags may be able to help reduce the destruction from those types of accidents. According to auto parts maker ZF, an external airbag could lower the severity of an occupant's injury by 40 percent. It would act as a giant pillow designed to absorb the impact from a collision.

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.

AAA study reveals how drivers overestimate car safety features

Missouri drivers who rely on collision avoidance systems and other safety features will want to know about a recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study shows that many drivers are overestimating the capabilities of car safety tech and relying too much on it, even to the point of becoming negligent behind the wheel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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