Boost in Traffic Over Holiday Week Brings Risks for Car Accidents in Missouri

Boost in Traffic Over Holiday Week Brings Risks for Car Accidents in Missouri

As we are in the heart of the holiday season, Missouri will not only have to worry about hectic traffic but the dangers of winter weather conditions as well. During this time, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) would like to remind drivers to be cautious on our roadways. Even the smallest amount of snow can cause fatal car accidents in St. Louis and elsewhere if drivers aren’t careful.

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“We encourage drivers to slow down and to steer and brake gently in snowy areas,” said Beth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. “Be certain to allow plenty of distance between your vehicle and those ahead of you.”

Our St. Louis car accident attorneys would like to remind drivers to stay at least 100 feet away from slow plows that are out and about clearing the roadways, spreading salt and performing other duties to help clear the way for better travel conditions. Workers with MoDOT will be out at the first sight of snow working to clear the busiest highways of the state. Drivers are urged to be extremely cautious when driving near hills, curves in the roadways and bridges as cars can lose traction easily in these areas.

Drivers are also asked to stay informed with the latest road condition updates throughout the state by visiting Missouri Department of Transportation’s website for its Traveler Information Map.

“One click on the map and you can see what’s happening on the roads and determine your plan of action,” Wright said.

Being aware of weather conditions can help you to avoid a potentially fatal car accident, which is proven to be some of the most dangerous times on our roadways. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 285 people are expected to die as the result of car accidents during the Christmas holiday period. This period is defined by officials as the time from 6 p.m. on December 23rd to 11:59 p.m. on December 26th. Traffic accidents during this time are expected to injure an additional 28,500 people.

The NSC also predicts that another 295 people will die as the result of car accidents during the New Year’s holiday period. This period is defined by officials as the time from 6 p.m. on December 30th to 11:59 p.m. on January 2nd. Traffic accidents during this time are expected to injure an additional 29,500 people.

During the holiday season, officers throughout the state will be on the hunt for dangerous drivers on our roadways. Please be cautious, alert and responsible at the wheel to not only avoid a costly traffic citation, but to avoid a potentially fatal accident.

“It’s about safety,” said MoDOT’s Jan Skouby. “Any steps that can be taken to reduce fatalities is something MoDOT will support in any way we can.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in St. Louis or elsewhere throughout Missouri, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

More Blog Entries:

NHTSA’s Newly Released Data Illustrated Risks of Car Accidents in St. Louis, Nation, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, December 15, 2011

Officers Increase Patrols to Reduce Risks of Alcohol-Related Car Accidents in Missouri through Holidays,St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, December 9, 2011

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