According to stltoday.com, traffic deaths are rising in Missouri after a six-year decline. Since the start of 2012, there have been 124 motorists killed on Missouri roads. According to the article, this is a 30 percent increase from this time last year. What’s even more shocking than the increase in the accident-related deaths is that two-thirds of those deaths involved motorists who were not wearing a seat belt. Missouri Highway Patrolman Captain Tim Hull noted that Missouri has seen a consistent decline in traffic-related deaths since 2005, and this increase in fatal accidents reverses that trend.
Although it is not clear what is causing this increase in fatal crashes, the article noted that possible causes could be drivers speeding and general inattention to the road while behind the wheel. Many of the fatal crashes that have been recorded thus far this year involved incidents where drivers lost control of their vehicles and ran them off the road.
Accident Prevention Tips
The Missouri Highway Patrol has listed several tips that can assist in helping motorists survive a crash if their car leaves the road. These helpful tips include:
- Remain calm.
- Do not over correct.
- Let off the gas.
- Avoid braking (unless your going to hit something)
- Turn the wheel 1/8 of a turn to the left to get back on the road, then a quarter turn back to the right once the tires are on the pavement
Please take note of this increase in fatal traffic-related deaths in Missouri and be extra cautious when operating your vehicle. If you or someone you love has been involved in car crash, please contact an experienced Missouri accident lawyer in order to discuss your rights. A knowledgeable wrongful death can assist you with any questions you might have and help you receive the possible compensation that you deserve.