Blog Posts in August, 2012

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Do school buses need seat belts? NHTSA officials say no

For years, safety advocates and federal agencies have debated the issue of seat belts in school buses. With school back in session and a rash of school bus accidents already in the headlines, it's ...
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Wrongful death action brought against estate of late actor Ryan Dunn

This month, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the estate of reality star Ryan Dunn, who died in a Pennsylvania crash in June 2011. According to the Courthouse News Service, Dunn's estate is ...
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St. Louis County police announce implementation of revised pursuit policy

This summer, in response to public concerns, the St. Louis County Police Department announced plans to adopt a new pursuit policy. In the past, the department was only authorized to pursue a suspect ...
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Wrong way drunk driver causes multi-vehicle crash, killing Kansas City woman

An Ohio teen is facing criminal charges for causing a wrong way, multi-vehicle crash that forced another car into the path of a semi-truck, killing a Kansas City woman. According to the Dayton Daily ...
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Missouri Highway Patrol encourages driver safety over Labor Day weekend

If you're planning on taking one last summer road trip over the upcoming Labor Day holiday, you'll probably notice an increased number of state troopers on Missouri's highways. That's because the ...
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Office workers at increased risk for "chair disease, study finds

We tend to think about workplace injuries in connection with jobs involving physical labor, but that isn't always the case. While it's true that many on-the-job injuries occur in workers with physical ...
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Missouri law enforcement officials urge caution over Labor Day

The last holiday weekend of the summer is almost upon us, and law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri are urging drivers to make safety a priority. Last year, 13 people died and 443 people were ...
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Uninsured motorist coverage: Basic facts for Missouri drivers

Under the terms of Missouri law, all drivers are required to carry some kind of liability insurance coverage - in fact, you can't license a vehicle or renew your plates unless you can show proof of ...
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Medical bills from car accidents cost residents billions each year

The cost of a car accident that results in personal injury can be financially devastating. In Columbia, Missouri, and throughout the United States there are over three million auto accidents each ...
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Canadian police ticket 22 distracted drivers for photographing accident scene

On Monday, officers from the Napanee Ontario Provincial Police cited 22 motorists for distracted and careless driving after witnessing multiple drivers take photographs of an auto accident scene on ...
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Preventing Child Injuries in Kennett: Drowning, Burns, Poisoning too Common

Recently, a 2 year-old Missouri boy was saved from drowning by a political candidate who just happened to be knocking on his front door. It happened in St. Charles County: according to the St. Louis ...
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OSHA officials: Illinois company cited for 5 safety violations connected to asbestos

This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Illinois company for five safety violations connected to asbestos. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Johnson ...
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FMCSA issues advisory bulletin to bus companies after string of accidents involving tire failure

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an advisory bulletin to motorcoach companies following a series of passenger bus crashes caused by blown out tires. In particular, ...
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Dealing with insurance companies following car crashes: Best practices for accident victims

After being involved in a serious car accident, injury victims often wonder how to handle phone calls, inquiries, and settlement offers from insurance adjusters. In many cases (and especially when ...
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The problem of distracted driving: Is there an app for that?

Distracted driving accidents continue to plague roadways in Missouri and throughout the country. An auto accident involving distraction happens about every 24 seconds, according to the National Safety ...
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Official accident investigation reports can be vital in personal injury claims

When you're involved in a car crash, it is wise - and prudent - to call the police as soon as possible. Doing so ensures that law enforcement officials will conduct an investigation and file a ...
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Can "good multi-taskers" text and drive safely? New study says no

By now, we all know that texting and driving contributes to numerous U.S. car accidents every single day. And yet, sadly, some drivers continue to read and send messages while they're behind the ...
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Cape police chief retires from department; accepts position as director of SEMO's Law Enforcement Academy

Carl Kinnison, former Cape Girardeau Chief of Police, will serve as the new director of Southeast Missouri State University's Law Enforcement. KFVS reports that Kinnison, who retired from the police ...
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Driver distraction proves especially dangerous in crashes involving semi-trucks

Investigators with the Ontario Provincial Police believe distraction may have contributed to a recent crash involving three semi-trucks. According to the Toronto Sun, a big rig driver rear-ended ...
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MO crash claims life of St. Louis alderman

Last week, St. Louis Alderman Gregory Carter was killed in a multi-vehicle accident in St. Charles County. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a collision earlier in the evening contributed to ...
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MoDOT's Travel Safe Zones increase driver awareness & reduce accident risks

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) works to keep Missouri drivers safe by maintaining and improving our state's roadways. Routes that are associated with multiple traffic fatalities are ...
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Bicyclist struck and killed by double-decker bus near London's Olympic Park

Last Wednesday, a bicyclist suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a double-decker bus near London's Olympic Park. According to The Guardian, 28 year-old Daniel Harris was pronounced dead about ...
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"Distracted walking" now causing increased injury risk to pedestrians

Though it remains an epidemic problem, most people know that distracted driving is a serious threat to roadway safety. After all, distracted driving car accidents - and the legal penalties associated ...
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Two road construction workers killed when two drunk drivers collide on freeway

Roadway construction workers face dangers on a daily basis. Proximity to busy roadways, high traffic volume and inattentive drivers often place these workers at an increased risk for serious injury. ...
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Boating while intoxicated increases injury risks on Missouri waterways

August is upon us, and many Missourians are hitting our state's waterways to enjoy the last days of summer. With so much traffic on the water, safe boating is paramount: the Missouri Highway Patrol is ...
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