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Narrow near-miss following crash in St. Louis

At any given moment, one will see countless drivers traveling on Kansas City's roads and highway. In order for these many morotists to succesfully share the road with eah other, they may need to adopt an attitude of "we're all in this together." Being mindful of others on the road may significantly decrease the risk of accidents due to more respect being paid between drivers. Two prime examples of where collective teamwork is needed to avoid accidents include driving in poor weather conditions or when others are stopped (for whatever reason) on the side of road. Local drivers will may encounter both such scenarios. 

The dangers that come with not paying attention to where others are on the road at all times were on full display in an accident that recently occurred in St. Louis. Icy road conditions were said that be the contributing factor in accidents involving over 50 cars in this area in the last couple of months. During one accident in particular, a woman's vehice lost control and ran into a semi-truck that was in front of her. Yet she quickly found out that her ordeal was far from over. 

Hands-free devices are not as safe as they seem

A disturbing number of drivers still do not see the harm in responding to a text or answering a phone call while driving. That is why many states have made efforts to punish individuals caught driving while distracted. However, many of these laws contain loopholes allowing people to use hands-free devices while driving, and that can actually be more dangerous

Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents in Missouri. Many people believe distracted driving is anything that requires you to take your hands off the steering wheel or your eyes off the road. For instance, eating while driving is dangerous because one hand holds food. It is for this reason many manufacturers of hands-free items advertise their products as safe alternatives. However, studies suggest the opposite. 

Stolen check writing spree ends with pair's arrest

Kansas City residents commit their ailing and infirmed loved ones to the care of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers with the expectation that those family members and friends will be well taken care of. Still, news stories of nursing home abuse may leave them on the lookout for any signs that their loved ones may be being mistreated. Typically, the indicators they look for are all plainly visible, such as unexplained bruises or scars, or sudden changes in their family members or friends' moods. However, there is another form of mistreatment going on in nursing homes that leaves no scars: financial abuse. 

A New Jersey man and his mother-in-law were both recently arrested for having participated in that very thing. Investigators discovered that he had stolen the checkbook of an elderly resident of a local rehabilitation facility (where he worked as a certified nursing aide). He then forged several of the checks and proceeded to try and cash them at several different locations in conjunction with his mother-in-law (who even went so far as to open a new bank account to attempt to cash them). Ultimately, the two stole over $34,000 of the resident's money. 

Where do slip-and-falls actually happen?

Most Missouri residents do not think twice about making a trip to the store or browsing a sale at the local shopping mall. However, when that quick trip turns into an unexpected slip-and-fall accident, who is to blame? While these incidents can be rare and are often difficult to pinpoint, some provide a clear path to the culprit: an icy sidewalk, hidden steps and cluttered aisles are only a few of the causes of these potentially dangerous accidents. 

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in unexpected places, as seen in an incident highlighted by the Springfield News-Leader last July. Springfield, Missouri is home to many colorful murals that splay across storm drains, but one tourist received more than an artistic experience when he slipped and fell on one of the murals on Boonville Avenue. As a result, the city paid a $200,000 settlement to the man, who suffered a knee injury after his fall. A Springfield spokesperson had admitted to the News-Leader that the particular mural had evaded the standard maintenance schedule that regulated the resealing of all mural locations. 

What should I look for in a nursing home?

If you are no longer able to care for an aging parent, a Missouri nursing home may be the answer to meeting his or her increased needs. It is not always easy, however, to find the right one. You should plan on visiting several in your area before deciding where to place your mom or dad.

The American Association of Retired Persons provides several tips for finding the right nursing home for your parents. Bear in mind that some issues may not present themselves until after move-in, so you need to remain mindful of conditions on an ongoing basis.

2016 accident data has many negative signs

The U.S. Department of Transportation released traffic data a little while back about the 2016 year, and how many fatalities occurred that year. According to the data, 37,461 people died in 2016, marking a significant increase over the previous year (5.6 percent). And 2015 was also an increase over the year before that. Within these numbers though, there are some positive signs. For example, distraction-related deaths and drowsy-driving deaths both declined (by 2.2 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively).

However, for those two bright spots, there are also many negative signs in the data. As examples, drunk driving deaths, speeding-related deaths, deaths resulting from not wearing a seat belt all increased (by 1.7 percent, 4 percent, and 4.6 percent respectively). Motorcyclist deaths jumped to a level not seen since 2008, and both pedestrian and bicycle deaths increased too.

5 top causes of distracted driving

As vehicles become more advanced and come with more features, more people understand the dangers of distracted driving. It is for this reason the Columbia City Council in Missouri considered legislation to define what constitutes distracted driving and how to prevent it on state roadways. 

The truth of the matter is that it only takes a few seconds to end up in an accident if you are not careful. Distracted driving is a leading cause of auto accidents, so be aware of what you potentially do that increases your chances of injury. 

4 mistakes to avoid after a car collision

Being in a car accident is a disorienting and stressful experience. If you are conscious and still able to move after a wreck, there are some important decisions you need to make right away despite the shock you feel.

No matter how minor a car crash is, it is important to take the right steps to ensure the aftermath goes as smoothly as possible. If you make errors, you may end up with unnecessary costs and complications. Here are some common post-auto collision mistakes you should avoid.

Social media might hurt your personal injury case

After an injury, it is only human nature to want to talk about what you experienced with others. Your friends online may be able to give you some advice or commiserate with you at the very least. However, it is crucial for you and other Missouri residents to understand how going onto social media to talk about your injury could be detrimental to a personal injury case.

While you have an active case and are waiting for your compensation, the other party's insurer will naturally attempt to keep its expenses to a minimum. The company may attempt to discredit you and prove that you are not suffering as much as you claim, and social media could be the perfect platform with which to find clues about your condition.

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