Safe Driving Tips Over the New Year Holiday

Recent snow and icy road conditions are making driving conditions dangerous. However, the lack of snowfall last year has given local and state road crews additional time to prepare. St. Louis roads have been salted and plowed following last nights snowfall. Drivers should still be extremely careful, especially after nightfall when temperatures begin to drop.

As road conditions cause additional driving hazards, it is more important that ever to pay attention while driving. On November 28, 2012, a 1997 Peterbilt tow truck, being driven by Aaron M. Cook, rear ended a Grand AM, being driven by Talbert A. Brooks, killing Talbert upon impact. Talbert was in the process pushing another driver’s stalled vehicle with his car. The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 270 near McDonnell Blvd, in St. Louis Missouri. In addition, a Festus woman, Victoria Karnes, died when she pulled her vehicle out into oncoming traffic while trying to cross Highway 67 from Buck Creek Road. Victoria pulled her vehicle into the path of a vehicle being driven by Robert L. Smith, of Bismarck, Missouri. Smith sustained minor injuries, however, Smith’s passenger, Jeremey M. Rogers, had to be airlifted to Barnes Jewish Hospital with more serious injuries. These tragic Missouri car accidents are preventable and drivers need to be on constant alert.

Distracted Driving

We live in a fast paced society where multitasking often happens while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Simple distractions often result in the split second needed to avoid an approaching danger. Distracted driving was responsible for the death of over 3,000 people in 2010 alone according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines “Distracted Driving” as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving”. Maybe driverless cars will one day ensure the safety of us all; however, we are certainly not there.

Distracted driving comes in numerous forms. It may be texting, using a cell phone, taking to passengers, eating, putting on makeup, reading a map, using navigation, adjusting a radio, etc. These simple acts require attention to be diverted from the primary task of driving. Texting while driving is by far the most dangerous because it requires cognitive, manual and visual attention from the driver. According to PEW Research, 40% of all teens in American report that they have been in a car when the driver placed the occupants in danger by using a cell phone.

Many states have begun to enact distracted driving laws such as cell phone bans while driving. However, the more fundamental way to keep everyone safe is to realize the simple fact that the other drivers on the roads are our relatives, neighbors, our mothers, and our fathers. We have to take responsibility for our actions behind the wheel and protect one another.

If we fail to properly respect our fellow drivers and cause a crash, we are responsible for all the harm we cause. Missouri car accident law holds distracted drivers fully responsible for their actions. Whether your cause the wrongful death or a mangled car of another driver, you will be forced to provide full reimbursement.

Missouri personal injury lawyer Chris Dixon aggressively fights for those injured as the result of the distracted driving of others. For more information about your legal rights, call 314.409.7060 or toll free at 855-40-CRASH.

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