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Motorcycles involved in many deadly motor vehicle accidents

A spotlight was placed on motorcycle awareness and safety in May. National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is designed to highlight the risks that motorcyclists face and encourage drivers of conventional vehicles and larger vehicles across the nation to be more cognizant to avoid crashes. Since motorcyclists are naturally vulnerable to injuries and death in an accident, it is imperative to try and share the road with them. Despite that, there were still four fatal motorcycle accidents in and around St. Louis in May.

A substantial risk to motorcyclists is when there are vehicles turning in front of them, and the accidents in May were no exception. A 21-year-old man died at the beginning of the month when a pickup truck turned into his path.

Motor vehicle accidents with motorcycles often lead to fatalities

Since motorcyclists are essentially defenseless when they are in a crash with a car, it is important for drivers of conventional vehicles in St. Louis and throughout Missouri to keep a close eye on their surroundings. Vigilance is a sound way to keep everyone safe, especially motorcyclists. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can happen without warning and come about for a variety of reasons. When it involves a motorcyclist and a car, the aftermath can result in major injuries and death for the rider. Those who have been affected by a motorcycle crash should know that they have a right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A crash between a motorcycle and a car led to the death of the motorcyclist. The incident happened at around 9:37 p.m. The investigation shows that the motorcycle rider was heading north as a Chevy Impala was going south. It is believed that the Impala attempted a turn and hit the motorcycle. The rider, believed to be about 41, was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead. The man driving the Impala was uninjured and remained at the scene. He is being cooperative as the investigation moves forward.

How to know when an insurance company acts in bad faith

You only file an insurance claim when something bad has happened. Whether it is a car accident, storm damage, or a broken leg, no one files an insurance claim because they are having a great day. To make matters worse, dealing with your insurance company is often difficult. When an insurance company crosses the line from difficult to dishonest, it is said they are acting in bad faith.

Study shows motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians rising

In Missouri and throughout the nation, some of the most at-risk people for injuries and death are pedestrians. When there are motor vehicle accidents, the vulnerability of pedestrians is substantial. While most drivers keep a close eye on the road, the statistics indicate that pedestrian accidents have been rising significantly.

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows this. Those who have been injured as pedestrians or lost a loved one in an auto-pedestrian accident should keep track of these numbers as they can be useful when seeking compensation in a lawsuit.

Fair Credit Reporting Act: what file information can I receive?

A common reason that Missouri consumers find themselves targeted for abuse from debt collectors, credit agencies and others is that they are unaware of their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). With FCRA, people are accorded the right to have accurate, fair and private information about their finances used in an appropriate manner. Part of that is designed to stop abuse and protect people regarding information that is in their credit file. Knowing about how information in the file is shielded under FCRA, the consumer's rights is imperative and there is legal recourse if there are problems.

If there is information in the file that is being or has been used against the consumer, he or she has the right to be told about it. If there is a credit report or other report that is used as a basis to deny a credit application, for insurance or to get a job, this must be told to the consumer. Other adverse actions are also in this category. The name, address and other information of the agency that provided the information must be given.

Danger of DUI motor vehicle accidents shown in fatal crash

There are unavoidable dangers when out on the road in St. Louis, and it is important to be cognizant of them. Negligent drivers, distracted drivers and drivers under the influence -- these are just some of the potential causes of a crash. When there is an accident, it can lead to significant injuries and death. It is crucial for people who have been injured or lost a loved one in motor vehicle accidents to understand their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A 58-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence after he hit a motorcyclist and killed him. The accident occurred at around 4 p.m. The driver of the vehicle was driving north and did not yield to the traffic heading south. He hit the 20-year-old motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital where he died. After hitting the rider, the driver continued and hit gas station gas pumps. He was slightly injured and taken to the hospital. When his blood-alcohol content was tested, he was found to be at 0.082 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The case is still being investigated.

The basics of a class action lawsuit

Typically, settlements for class action lawsuits do not dominate headlines, but when they do, the numbers can be staggering. Take the class action settlement reached between Toyota Motor Credit Corporation and the U.S. Department Justice regarding discriminatory markups Toyota levied against minority buyers. The $21.9 million settlement was reached to remedy the wrongs stemming from dealer incentives that led to African-American, Asian and other Pacific Islanders paying more to finance vehicles compared to white buyers regardless of their creditworthiness.

Settlements to class action lawsuits may involve millions of dollars, but many consumers may not understand how (or why) class actions exist in the first place. This post, we will explain why class action lawsuits are important for consumers in Missouri and across the United States.

How the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act protects consumers

Residents of St. Louis and throughout Missouri who find themselves in debt will not only face the worry of finding a way to get back on stronger financial ground, but also consistent and aggressive attempts by debt collectors to receive payment. That aggression can sometimes cross the line. However, debtors are often unaware of how far debt collectors can go under the law. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act accords certain protections to debtors. It is important to understand them and know that the debt collector is violating the law so steps can be taken to put a stop to it.

Debt collectors cannot engage in harassment, oppression or abuse. Examples include threatening the debtor with violence or other harm; publishing names of those who do not pay their debts; speaking to the debtor with obscenities or profanity; or making repeated calls as a means of annoyance. It is also against the law for the debt collector to make false statements.

Do you know what to do after a car accident?

Imagine this: you're driving down the road with a car in front of you. Everything has been fine for the last few minutes you've been behind this vehicle. But then suddenly, a change in traffic causes the vehicle in front of you to stop suddenly, and before you can even blink, your vehicle crashes into his.

Accidents like this happen all the time, and for many people the incident will be their first experience with handling the aftermath of a car crash. So what should they do when they are put into these difficult situations? How should they act?

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