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Trucker charged with drugged driving after striking, killing 2

Two motorists were killed during the early morning of Thursday, July 27, after a 65-year-old trucker crashed into their vehicles in a tragic three-car accident. The truck driver was taken into custody soon thereafter by state police on suspicion of having been driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs at the time.

According to the witness statements, the trucker had been driving eastbound along U.S. 50 in Flora. He was approaching the roadway's intersection with Stanford Street immediately before the crash occurred.

4 ways to reduce distractions while driving

Many of the car accidents that occur each year are not the result of drunk driving or using a cell phone. Instead, they are a result of getting distracted while behind the wheel.

A 2011 report showed that nearly 30,000 crashes were the result of distracted driving. This is far more than there should be. Fortunately, a few simple steps help limit a driver’s distractions while operating a vehicle.

When to sue an auto manufacturer for a car accident

Car accidents are still shockingly prevalent in the state of Missouri. According to data from the Missouri Department of Transportation, 283 injuries took place as a result of vehicular collisions in Kansas City in 2015. You hope you never end up being part of those statistics, but anything can happen.

After a vehicle collision, most people turn their attention toward suing the other driver. However, sometimes crashes are a result of component defects. In that case, it may be more appropriate to bring legal action against the manufacturer. Here are several instances where attorneys may recommend just that: 

Recognizing the symptoms of mesothelioma

If you experienced asbestos exposure, you might worry about developing mesothelioma. It can be confusing because other conditions can present similar symptoms. Mesothelioma symptoms can also take years to develop. Because of these reasons, many people mistake mesothelioma for other diseases or dismiss it outright.

It is important to be aware of the signs of this tumor so you can seek treatment and compensation sooner than later. Below you will find the early and late-stage symptoms of mesothelioma. 

What serious injuries am I at risk for if I slip and fall?

You may find it hard to believe that slip-and-fall accidents in Missouri can cause catastrophic injuries. On television, actors make slips and falls look comical. In real life, slip-and-fall accidents send many people to hospitals for medical treatment. They can also cause catastrophic injuries that dramatically alter the quality of one’s life. 

Here is a brief overview of some severe injuries that can occur in slip-and-fall accidents. 

Divided attention is the real threat while driving

People often argue that drivers should not be allowed to talk on the phone while driving because simply holding the phone takes one hand off of the wheel. They argue that this reduces the driver's control and increases the risk of an accident.

While this can be true, some studies have suggested that driving with one hand isn't the real issue. The problem is when a driver's attention is divided between two tasks. This increases the cognitive demands on the driver. Essentially, the driver could be focusing all of his or her brain power on driving, but spending some of those cognitive resources on thinking about the phone conversation means that driver pays less attention to traffic.

Why don't people like roundabouts?

Experts note that roundabouts reduce the chances of an accident when compared to four-way stops or traffic lights. There are simply fewer places where two cars can collide.

That said, many people don't like roundabouts. They find them confusing -- perhaps because they're far less common than other types of traffic control devices in the United States. This confusion can cause accidents.

How drivers and laws can reduce the risk of fatal car accidents

While you might not think it would ever happen to you, fatal accidents do occur. In fact, 8,073 vehicle occupants died in Missouri car accidents between 2003 and 2012. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the importance of safety measures and laws. Even just one death is one too many. Whether you are driving in your neighborhood or on Interstate 435, it is crucial for you to prioritize your safety.

Drivers, passengers and governments can all work to reduce fatal collisions. Here are the most helpful ways to prevent crash deaths.

How can motorcyclists help prevent personal injuries

The Missouri Department of Transportation has compiled data on the number of motorcyclists killed each year. Between 2013 and 2015, 251 motorcyclists were involved in fatal accidents on the road, and many others suffered injuries. 

Being safe on the road is everyone's responsibility. People driving automobiles need to be vigilant of motorcyclists, but there are also actions that bike riders can take. It is much better to avoid any kind of injury than deal with the aftermath. 

Your makeup does not have the FDA’s approval

Unless you are a chemist, reading the labels on cosmetics may not mean much, other than to confirm that the products contain chemicals. In fact, according to ABC News, on average, women in the U.S. typically apply more than 150 chemicals to their bodies every day.

It would be nice to think that because the products are on the shelf at the store, the chemicals in them must be safe. However, this may not be a reasonable assumption for you to make.

Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.