St. Louis: Safe Driving Resolutions Reduce Accident Risks for All

St. Louis: Safe Driving Resolutions Reduce Accident Risks for All

With the New Year, we’ve got a clean slate and a new chance to help really make a change. All drivers should step up and help make our city a little safer for everyone. We’re asking all travelers to make their New Year’s resolution to be a better and safer driver.

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In 2011, there were close to 50 people killed in traffic accidents in the city of St. Louis alone. Seventeen involved drunk drivers. Overall, there were close to 90 people involved in these accidents, according to City-Data.com.

Our personal injury attorneys know resolutions often only pertain to the person making them, but this is significant because it has the potential to affect family, friends, and every driver or passenger who shares the road with you at any given time. After all, vehicular crashes are the number one cause of death for children and young adults. Operating a vehicle is not that difficult, but that is one of the problems. Since vehicle operation is relatively easy, and driving down the road is a simple task among sparse or well-behaved traffic, we can be lulled into complacency. The new year is the perfect time to resolve to become a better driver and take better care of your car, truck or SUV. To usher in a new year in the spirit of resolution, here are a few things we can all do to be better owners in 2014.

Safe Driving Tips from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT):

-Check out road conditions before you go. MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map offers current views of road conditions and is available as an app for iPhones and Android phones.

-Don’t follow too closely. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Count out at least two seconds from the time the car ahead of you passes an object and the time your own car passes that object.

-Avoid distracted driving at all costs. Pull off of the road to find a safe place to talk on the cell phone or look for items in the vehicle.

-Make sure you are in a legal passing zone before passing another vehicle. It is illegal to pass on the right or the shoulder of the roadway.

-Always wear your seat belt. You chances of surviving an accident are highest when properly buckled in. In 2012, of the 824 traffic fatalities in Missouri, 614 were vehicle occupant fatalities, and 70.9 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt.

-Avoid speeding. It gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.

-Be extra caution in and around intersections. Use your blinker and remember to look round for other vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.

-When stopping at a stop sign, spell S-T-O-P to yourself before proceeding. Always turn your head to look left, then right, straight ahead, then left again before proceeding.

-When you take a new medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects. Many medicines may affect your driving even when you feel fine. If your medicine makes you dizzy or drowsy, talk to your doctor to find out ways to take your medicine so it doesn’t affect your driving.

-Avoid driving when your body would normally be sleeping. This will help to prevent drowsy driving.

-Use two hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel for maximum control.

-Never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol — of any amount.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis Traffic Accidents — 5 Ways to Help Teen Drivers, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, November 1, 2013

St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Results in Chief’s Suspension, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, October 4, 2013

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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