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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.

Collateral damage of motor vehicle accidents shown in fatality

When there are motor vehicle accidents in Missouri, it does not necessarily need to be between two vehicles to do damage and even cause a fatality. Collateral damage and a chain reaction can lead to injuries and death. If, for example, a vehicle hits a structure and the structure collapses, unwitting bystanders and people who are just going about their business not particularly close to the initial crash can suddenly be part of the crash and lose their lives. It is in cases such as these that the family members must have experienced legal help to consider their options.

A vehicle that went out of control and crashed into a concrete barrier led to the barrier toppling and falling onto a vehicle below. The driver of that vehicle was crushed and died on impact. According to the investigation, a 22-year-old woman driving a white sedan went out of control and hit the barrier. It happened at around 12:00 p.m. The barrier, weight an estimated 1-ton, fell and hit a Tesla. The female driver died instantly. There was no one else in the vehicle. An SUV that was behind the Tesla ran into its back. That driver pulled over. The investigation is continuing.

Benefits of class action lawsuits

When multiple people have suffered at the hands of another individual or business, justice should follow. Maybe you faced discrimination at the workplace. Or maybe you fell victim to a defective product. You might be aware that other people have similar experiences. Whatever the scenario, it’s vital that everyone harmed receives compensation.

Missouri ranks high in fatal motor vehicle accidents

Keeping track of fatal motor vehicle accident statistics happen in each state, and it can be a useful tool to determine why they happen and to craft strategies to reduce their frequency. Even people in states safer states should still be concerned about a crash. For those in our state, it is more worrisome because of where it ranked in a statistical analysis. In the study examining 2016 numbers, the State came in 12th for the deadliest roads.

The number of fatal crashes was far higher in Missouri than the national average. There were 15.5 road deaths for every 100,000 people. There were 945 fatalities on Missouri roads in 2016 -- this was 15th highest. As for holidays, the deadliest day was Labor Day with 18. And, rural roads had 58 percent of the total crashes.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and collector communication

Missourians who find themselves in debt and barraged by debt collectors might think they must take the constant harassment, and there is little they can do to stop it. The truth is that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act provides certain protections to consumers regarding communication. Knowing the rules creditors and debt collectors must follow is a sure way to get them to adhere to it. If they fail to do so, it can be the basis for a legal filing. And, having legal assistance can also protect consumers from other practices that violate the law.

There are certain rules that the collector must adhere to when communicating about debt. The collector cannot communicate with the consumer at an unusual time or location that would be known as inconvenient.

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.

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