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Distracted driving: the facts and the risks

Most Missouri drivers have heard the age-old warnings of driving while distracted, but not everyone takes those warnings into consideration when getting behind the wheel. Although it is possible to enjoy some level of entertainment while making those commutes, it is all too easy to become immersed in them. Below, some of the experts consider which driving practices are safe, and which ones could ultimately result in disaster.  

Drivers who are likely to fall asleep behind the wheel

Driving seems like such an intensive activity that some people may find it hard to believe that someone can simply fall asleep at the wheel. Yet driving while drowsy is actually a serious problem in the United States, and not just for people who consume alcohol. Depending on your job or current state of health, you may actually be at risk at falling asleep while driving on a Missouri road and getting into an auto accident as a result.

Analyzing the dangers of eating and drinking while driving

Impaired drivers are among the greatest threats encountered on Kansas City's roads. When people hear the term "impaired driver," they likely automatically assume it to mean a motorist that is intoxicated. Yet drivers can be impaired by things other than alcohol. Distractions can greatly inhibit one's driving skills. The use of cell phones while driving is typically pointed to as the most common type of distraction plaguing drivers today. There may be another, however, that is even more widespread yet still equally as dangerous. 

A look at the safety of hands-free cellphones

Although it is not illegal to use a hand-held cellphone while driving in Missouri, a number of people have turned to using hands-free cellphones in an attempt to reduce distracted driving. Hands-free devices allow motorists to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel while driving. Yet are hands-free cellphones really safer to use than their hand-held counterparts? A study released by AAA found that the hands-free cellphones still create a significant amount of cognitive distraction, which can lead to motor vehicle accidents.

Collision with pedestrian results in Sugar Creek man's arrest

While the side of a busy road or freeway in Kansas City is certainly not a preferable place to stop and exit a vehicle, sometimes drivers may be left with no choice. Their close proximity to speeding vehicles puts them at a heightened risk for an accident. Thus, many states have enacted "move over" laws which require passing motorists to move over as far as safety permits in order to provide drivers stranded on the side of the road with a wide berth. Unfortunately, not everyone on the road may be aware of this obligation. 

Who is to blame for trucking accidents?

It is a wonder that trucking accidents happen as seldom as they do, considering the status Missouri holds as a crossroads of America. Sustaining injury— or worse— from a truck accident makes you more than unlucky. It makes you a victim of a troubling upward trend of motor vehicle accidents. However, even if you might easily identify yourself as the injured party, the question remains as to who is at fault. 

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. 

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).

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