A one-vehicle accident in Ste. Genevieve County on Jan. 1st, left two teens injured. The incident happened at 9:15 in the evening on Route 0, south of Interstate 55.
Drivers in Missouri have to make countless choices while navigating traffic. Even a minor decision could increase or decrease safety. More and more crash data recorded by cameras and other sensors have enabled researchers to calculate the causes of many accidents. With the country currently experiencing a sharp rise in traffic fatalities, such insights should encourage people to be more mindful of their actions while behind the wheel.
With the holidays just around the corner, Missouri residents may partake of too much holiday cheer. Unfortunately, some of them may decide to get behind the wheel and possibly not arrive at their destination.
After its launch in July 2016, Pokémon Go became a gaming phenomenon in Missouri and across the US. However, it also led to many reports of players being injured and even killed due to an obsession with the game. A study by two professors at Purdue University has revealed some startling statistics that show what effect Pokémon Go has had on car accident rates in particular.
Many Missouri motorists may have, or be familiar with, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This neurodevelopmental disorder is characterized by short attention spans, impulsiveness, and other signs of hyperactivity like excessive talking, tapping, and fidgeting. With age, the hyperactivity may recede, but this still leaves drivers with difficulty resisting impulsive actions like texting, talking on the phone, and playing with the radio.
Residents of Missouri may have to wait for self-driving vehicles to make an appearance. Just as a Senate bill was passed to speed up the production and testing of such vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has hit a roadblock concerning the development of auto safety standards. In a report that the agency will make public by the end of November, it requests comments from other organizations regarding the kind of research it must undertake before writing any permanent rules.
Missouri residents may drive cars that either drive themselves in certain situations or come with modern safety features. Despite that, fatal car crashes increased in the United States for the second straight year in 2016. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 5.6 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.
While many Missouri residents believe that those who are driving long distances are more likely to operate their vehicle while drowsy, that is actually not the case. In fact, most car accidents take place within about 25 miles from home. This could be due to the fact that drivers who are in familiar parts of town may be more likely to drive with their brains on auto-pilot.
More than 55,000 traffic accident injuries around the country could have been prevented in 2015 if all vehicles had been equipped with lane departure and blind spot warning systems according to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A researcher from the nonprofit road safety advocacy organization studied about 5,000 front-end collisions and sideswipe crashes, which are the types of accidents that lane departure and blind spot warning systems are most effective at preventing, and she concluded that this technology reduces injury rates by as much as 21 percent.
Missouri motorists may be unaware that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 6,000 fatal traffic accidents every year arou are caused by drowsy driving. In response, a company called Creative Mode has developed a device that is worn on the wrist and is supposed to alert drivers who are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. The founder of Creative Mode says he first became aware of the problem of driver fatigue after a friend broke his collarbone when he drifted off while driving and hit a tree.