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Road worker hurt in hit-and-run motor vehicle accident

There is a natural risk for St. Louis road workers. This is especially true when they are working on the highway overnight. While it might be beneficial for drivers not to have to worry about road work snagging their commute during the daytime rush hours, working during the late night and early morning hours places workers at risk of injury from inattentive, reckless and drunk drivers. The combination of factors that accrue in these circumstances can lead to an accident. What will make it worse is if it is a hit-and-run. Those who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents when working on the road should think about the future and consider a legal filing for compensation if appropriate.

A contractor who was doing road work for the Missouri Department of Transportation was injured when he was hit by a car. The accident occurred at around 1:30 a.m. According to the investigation, the worker was doing guardrail installation when the incident happened. The driver then fled the scene. The worker's injuries were said to be minor. The investigation into the accident and the search for the driver is ongoing.

How to avoid dangerous toys when holiday shopping

When you shop for holiday gifts for your child, you are likely thinking about the child’s wish list, the cost of different toys and perhaps the educational value of some toys. While toys like slingshots or BB guns may bring safety concerns to mind, you may not realize the dangers some other toys pose. Yet, every three minutes a child is taken to an emergency room in the United States for a toy-related injury, according to World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.).

In some situations, when a child is injured by a toy it can result in a products liability claim. This can be the case if the injury was caused by a poor design for the toy or a manufacturer’s defect of the toy. It can also be the case if the injury was caused because you weren’t adequately warned by the company that there was a safety hazard. To help prevent toy-related injuries, W.A.T.C.H. recently released its list of this season's 10 worst toys, which can help you avoid buying toys that could cause serious injuries.

Consumer law protections can help those facing financial issues

Finances are one of the biggest concerns for St. Louis residents and for those across Missouri. Having financial problems can impact every aspect of a person's life and cause issues for an extended period of time. When facing financial struggles, many consumers are unaware of where to turn for guidance and help. Overwhelmed by their increasing debt and with collectors harassing them at every turn, they might not know that there are laws in place to protect them.

Often, it is not the debt itself that is the most worrisome factor, but the constant demands from aggressive debt collectors. There can be phone calls, letters and other methods of contact that are attempts not just to collect the debt, but to anger and frustrate the debtor. With the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), debtors should understand that there are certain tactics that the creditors and debt collectors are legally barred from using.

Number of pedestrian accidents and personal injury sows concern

Pedestrians in St. Louis and throughout Missouri are in constant danger of being hit by a motor vehicle when they are out. It is not limited to when they cross the street as vehicles can go out of control, head onto the sidewalk and even crash into them when they are in front of their homes. Since pedestrians are unprotected and will bear the full brunt of a crash, there is a major chance of personal injury and death.

Law enforcement agencies are aware of the growing risk of pedestrian accidents and are encouraging people to keep a closer watch on vehicles when they are out and about. After two people were killed in auto-pedestrian accidents within one week, pedestrians are being warned to be more cautious. One accident involved a man who was walking on the road and was hit. He was in his 50s and died. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act covers disputed debts

Missourians who are in heavy debt and are having trouble covering even the minimum payments could feel a certain amount of fear as they consider their options. There are many ways to handle debts and get back on stronger financial ground. Before taking those steps, however, it is also important to get back into a better frame of mind to try and address those debts. One common hindrance to doing that is when debt collectors are exerting pressure to collect.

Sometimes the debtor believes the debts are not legitimate. Should there be a debt in dispute, it is imperative to understand how the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act handles disputed debts. Falling under the section of the law called '"Validation of Debts," the collector will contact the debtor about the debt and provide various information including the amount, who is owed and more. If the debt is in dispute, there are certain rules that will ensure the debtor is protected from harassment and other ill treatment.

Pedestrian suffers serious personal injury after hit-and-run

Drivers and pedestrians in St. Louis and the surrounding areas must share the road and keep a close eye on one another. When people are on the road in any capacity, an accident can happen without warning and there are many reasons why they occur. Regardless of the details of the accident, people can face personal injury and loss of life after an accident. There is significantly higher danger when it is an auto-pedestrian accident. These are made far worse when it is a hit-and-run. Drivers are required by law to stop and check on a person after there has been a pedestrian accident. Knowing what to do after a crash of this type is key to the future.

A woman who had just dropped her child at school was hit by a Jeep as she crossed the street. The accident happened on the first day of school at around 8:30 a.m. The woman was in the crosswalk at the time. Initially, the woman's injuries were believed to be life-threatening, but she is now expected to survive. The vehicle that hit her was a black Jeep Patriot. It was from the model years 2008 to 2015. It went through a red light when it crashed into the woman. The side mirror of the Jeep was knocked off. There were few descriptions of the driver, and law enforcement is actively searching for the vehicle and the driver.

Do you know your consumer rights?

Not many things are more frustrating than when you bring home a new purchase that you are excited about, only to find out it is defective or does not work. Maybe you were even misled into believing the product was something else than what it really is. Unfortunately, this is an all too common experience for consumers. To combat this frustrating scenario, there is consumer protection legislation in place to protect from such occurrences. If you are not aware of what these protections are, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with them

Fatal crash shows motorcyclists' risk in motor vehicle accidents

The vulnerability of motorcyclists is a known issue in St. Louis and throughout Missouri. With the number of drivers of cars and trucks who do not pay attention to motorcycles, operate their vehicles recklessly, are negligent or are distracted behind the wheel, a motorcycle accident can happen in an instant. With the lack of protection accorded to motorcycle riders, there is a significant chance of injury and death after these kinds of motor vehicle accidents.

A crash between a motorcycle and a minivan led to the deaths of the rider and his passenger. According to the investigation, the man operating the bike, age 25, and his passenger, age 24, were riding east when the minivan turned into the motorcycle's path. The vehicles collided. The people on the motorcycle were declared dead at the site of the crash. The minivan driver, age 48, was not hurt. The investigation is ongoing.

Distracted teens at high risk for having motor vehicle accidents

Just about everyone in Missouri will have a story about seeing a person behind the wheel of an automobile who is looking down and clearly using a mobile device instead of looking straight ahead and watching what they should be watching: the road. The problem is getting worse, not better, and government agencies and researchers are seeking ways to understand the problem and prevent it. Teenagers are especially prone to distracted driving, and this can cause motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries and fatalities. Keeping track of studies is important to dealing with this problem.

A study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Missouri teens are among the worst in the U.S. when it comes to texting and driving. According to the research, 47 percent of Missouri teens stated that they texted while driving. The survey was taken in 2015 and spoke to students across the nation. At least 100,000 teens took part in the survey. The numbers might be worse as many teens do not tell the truth about their behaviors when behind the wheel, because they do not want to face trouble because of it.

Pedestrian hit by SUV suffers personal injury and dies

There is no doubt that pedestrians in Saint Louis and throughout Missouri will be safer when they are crossing the street, if they stay in crosswalks and adhere to traffic signals telling them when to go. Unfortunately, that is not a guarantee that people will be shielded from personal injury and death after being hit by a motor vehicle. Getting hit by a car can cause extensive damage and those who have been hurt and the families who have lost a loved one in an auto-pedestrian crash should think about a legal filing for compensation.

A 66-year-old man crossing the street in the crosswalk was hit by an SUV and killed. The accident occurred in the evening at about 8 p.m. near the Jefferson Barracks Park while an event was taking place. There is not believed to be a link between the accident and the event. According to the law enforcement investigation, the man was in the intersection when struck. He was taken to the hospital where he died. The driver of the SUV, a female, remained at the scene and was cooperative. She had a male passenger. The people in the SUV said they had been to a casino. The incident is being investigated.

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