No Missouri resident wants to get into a car accident. Even the most minor fender bender can have surprising long-term consequences relating to injury and property damage. For most people, the shock of a vehicle collision makes it hard to focus. But the hours and days immediately after an accident are important for anyone who ultimately has to file an insurance claim. There are a few things a person who has been in an accident may want to consider to make the process go smoothly.
The Governors Highway Safety Association came out with a report called, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," which contains several methods for addressing the continuing trend of speeding. In Missouri and the rest of the U.S., speeding accounts for almost one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities.
Exhausted drivers can pose a serious threat on Missouri roadways, even if drowsy driving is extremely common. While many people get behind the wheel while tired, the results of driving while tired can mimic those of alcohol intoxication, leading to serious car accidents. According to a AAA survey, one-third of respondents reported driving while extremely tired at least once in the past month while struggling to keep their eyes open. Long work hours and night shifts can contribute to the drowsy driving epidemic as can the widespread use of prescription sleeping pills.
Missouri residents who like modern vehicles should know that some technology can actually be harmful. Infotainment systems often come with features that have nothing to do with driving and serve only as potential distractions, according to researchers at the University of Utah. These devices include features for calling, texting and surfing the web.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.