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Safety tips to avoid a motorcycle crash

Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and freeing experience, but there may also be many challenges that come along. For many, riding alongside large SUVs and tall semis can feel daunting, not to mention that you are riding in an open-air vehicle that exposes your body. Even the most experienced bikers might find themselves in an accident that could have been avoided. No matter how comfortable you feel on your bike, it is important to practice safe and defensive riding habits so that you do not find yourself in an unnecessary crash:

Holiday motor vehicle accidents claim eight lives in Missouri

When people are celebrating the holidays in Missouri, there are always risks that they will encounter a driver who is under the influence and decided to get behind the wheel. This is unfortunate, but it is a fact of life. People who have lost a loved one in a crash during the holidays, on New Year's Eve or at any time will face similar challenges in the aftermath. Funeral costs, lost companionship, lost income and more will arise. It can be difficult to think about, but a legal firm that understands personal injury and wrongful death cases can be of assistance to pursue compensation.

There were eight fatalities on Missouri roads during the holidays. They occurred from Dec. 28 to New Year's Day. State police said that, of those who died, two were pedestrians who had been hit by a motor vehicle. Overall, there were more than 350 accidents in the state in that time-frame. Of those, there were 112 injuries. One hundred and twenty-seven people were placed under arrest for driving under the influence. In the same time-period from 2017-2018, there were seven fatalities. No people died in boating accidents or by drowning.

Roadside worker suffers personal injury in hit-and-run

Roadwork is common and necessary in St. Louis and throughout Missouri. While many drivers will view it as an inconvenience and a delay as they try to get from one place to another, it is important to maintain road safety. When drivers encounter road work, they are expected to reduce their speed to make sure the workers and other drivers are safe. Unfortunately, some drivers do not take this seriously and accidents happen. This can cause personal injury and death to vulnerable workers. To make these circumstances worse, some drivers flee the scene making it a hit-and-run. People who have been impacted by these accidents should think about the future and consider a legal filing.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and civil liability

When St. Louis residents are facing financial struggles and they are being contacted by debt collectors, they are often frightened, intimidated and stressed. The personal issues that accompany a difficult financial situation are compounded by constant calls seeking to collect on debts. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is in place to protect debtors from untoward and illegal behavior on the part of debt collectors. When debt collectors violate the law, however, debtors should understand that they have the option of seeking compensation through civil liability.

When the debt collector violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the debtor has the right to damages they suffered because of that violation. If it was an individual action, there can be additional damages up to $1,000. If it is a class action, the amount for the plaintiffs will be whichever is less of $500,000 or 1 percent of the debt collector's net worth. With a successful claim, the costs and reasonable attorney fees will be determined by the court.

Head-on motor vehicle accidents can cause serious injury

The roads in Missouri are generally busy, but that is nothing compared to when the holidays are approaching. Combined with potentially rough weather, that can be a dangerous and outright deadly combination if there are motor vehicle accidents. People will tend to rush just before or during the holidays. With that will be risky behaviors and accidents that are often unavoidable. For those who are in a crash -- especially a head-on crash -- there can be serious injuries and death.

An early afternoon head-on collision between two vehicles injured multiple people. The accident happened November 21 at around 1:30 p.m. when a vehicle that was heading south on the interstate went out of control and went to the northbound lanes, going directly over the median. It then collided with another vehicle. The drivers were injured, and a helicopter was needed to take them for treatment. A passenger in one vehicle was also hurt and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

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.

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