Missouri Motorists Face Higher Risks as Traffic Collisions on the Rise

Missouri Motorists Face Higher Risks as Traffic Collisions on the Rise

The number of car accidents is on the rise — for the first time since 2005.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there were more than 36,000 people who were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2012. According to preliminary estimates, that’s about a 5 percent increase from the previous year.

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“Although we have improved safety features in vehicles today, we also have new challenges. We must work together now to reverse this latest trend to prevent needless tragedy,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

Our St. Louis injury lawyers understand that the number of accidents is increasing as the total number of vehicle miles driven increases. When drivers are out there more, there are higher risks for accidents. Officials believe that these numbers are increasing alongside the improvement of the economy. When our economy is thriving, residents are not only on the road and back to work, but they also feel more comfortable spending at the pump and taking those much-needed vacations.

According to the numbers, the costs for the medical treatment of injuries from accidents in 2012 increased by 5 percent, too. If you count the costs for accidents, including fatalities, motor vehicle loss, medical expenses, loss in wages and productivity, administrative expenses, property damage and employer costs, then you’re looking at a grand total of more than $276 million. That’s also about a 5 percent increase from the year before.

Drivers are asked to be safe out there. Even with more vehicles on our roadways, there’s one sure way to help to reduce your risks for an accident and that’s with safe, alert and cautious driving. Review the tips below and apply them to your skills behind the wheel to help ensure a safe trip.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is here with some safe driving tips:

-Wear your seat belt. Nothing can better protect you from injury and death in the event of an accident better than a seat belt. Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up during each and every car ride.

-Keep distractions out of the driver’s seat. You want all of your attention on the task at hand — driving. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

-Never drink and drive. Not only is it illegal, but it’s dangerous and greatly increases your risks for an accident.

-Remain awake and alert. You don’t want to drive while your sleep. Get plenty of rest before taking road trips and avoid driving at night.

-Watch your speed. Speed limits are there to keep you safe. Traveling any faster only increases your risks for an accident.

-Know the laws. Know them in the area you live and know what they are in areas you’ll be traveling to. Road laws are also there to help to keep you safe.

More Blog Entries:

New Car in 2013? Don’t Forget to Check Safety Ratings, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, January 8, 2013

St. Louis Traffic Accidents & Winter Weather Driving Safety, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, December 3, 2012

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