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How does overloading contribute to truck accidents?

Like elsewhere in the United States, many truck accidents in Missouri can be attributed to poor truck maintenance, speeding and truck driver fatigue. A fourth factor, however, is contributing more and more to unsafe commercial trucking: overloading.

To address this issue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has implemented regulations that address this growing problem. Commercial trucks must now follow two rating guides: gross combination weight and gross axle weight. These ratings apply weight limits that mean a load should never be more than a truck's combined rating for both its axles and its load. Unfortunately, some truck companies regularly exceed weight limits and allow their trucks to travel longer distances to reduce operations costs and other expenses. An overloaded truck has an increased risk of being in a truck accident, according to federal regulators.

Did Joan Rivers die from a medical error?

The death of Joan Rivers shocked many Americans, including many Missouri residents. The comedian and host of "Fashion Police" died at the age of 81. Recently, however, it has been claimed that Rivers' death was a result of medical professional negligence.

There is also speculation that Joan Rivers' death is an example of a medical malpractice case. According to a report released by a federal investigation, the clinic that provided treatment for the comedian in August failed to notice that her vital signs were deteriorating for at least 15 minutes. This condition reportedly occurred before Rivers went into cardiac arrest. The host died several days later.

Helping you recover damages following a spinal cord injury

Any Missouri resident who has suffered a spinal cord injury can tell you that it changes your life forever. Any damage to the spinal cord can permanently affect proper functioning of many different parts of the body. People with spinal cord injuries can experience temporary paralysis or permanent paralysis and disability, along with other health problems.

An injury not only can cause physical impairment, but also financial challenges from the cost of medical treatment and lost wages if an injured person can no longer work. According to data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the annual healthcare costs and living expenses associated with a spinal cord injury can total nearly $71,000 per year. The cost varies with each case and the severity of the injury.

Lawsuit alleges NCAA at fault for student athlete brain injuries

Over the last several decades, colleges and universities, including many in Missouri, have become the training grounds for professional sports. Football players are among the athletes who develop under the auspices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports. Now, like the National Football League, the NCAA is being held accountable for the same type of brain injury now commonly seen among football players.

Recently, former University of Texas football player Julius Whittier became the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed against the NCAA. The first African American player at Texas, Whittier is holding the NCAA responsible for brain damage he sustained as a player from 1969 to 1972. Now 64, he has developed early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Missouri report shows increases in fatal workplace accidents

Some Missouri workers risk their lives everyday on the job. First responders are a good example. But, many more workers face daily risks on construction sites, in industrial plants and factories. For this reason, wrongful death cases following workplace accidents are fairly common.

Like other states, Missouri reports the numbers of workplace injuries and fatalities each year. The most recent report from the state's Department of Labor and Industrial Relations shows 113 fatal workplace accidents in 2013, a significant increase over the 83 lives lost in workplaces in 2012. Nearly 93 percent of 2013's deaths (105) happened in private industry. As it has since 2009, transportation -- roadway, water, air and rail -- leads all private industry sectors in the number of deaths with 45. Of those, 26 deaths came from incidents involving motor vehicles in roadway crashes.

Drug pipe found in truck that caused deadly truck accident

Residents near Kansas City Missouri may be familiar with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, an organization whose purpose is to stop drivers who drink and drive. Following the recent commercial vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer and a van that killed four students, the anti-drunk driving organization has even more reason to educate Americans about the dangers of impaired driving.

According to a report, the van carrying the victims was traveling southbound from their school when a tractor-trailer swerved off Interstate 35, crossed a median, and hit the van. The accident claimed the lives of four members of a football team, aged 19, 20, 19 and 18, respectively. The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the deadly accident.

What is the connection between seatbelts and spinal cord injury?

Buckling up may feel uncomfortable for some motorists in Kansas City, Missouri. However, it is a simple way to protect yourself from a possibly serious injury, such as a spinal cord injury. In fact, seat belts, together with airbags, are designed to protect the vehicle's occupants from more severe injuries in the event of an accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 2012 report stated that lap-shoulder seatbelts can limit the risk of a fatal injury to front seat occupants by 45 percent. The seatbelt also reduces the risk of moderate to severe injuries by 50 percent. In 2011, approximately 11,949 lives of children aged five and older were saved because they were wearing their seatbelts. As a result, law enforcement officers and the Department of Transportation are doing their best to educate motorists about the significance of seat belts, not only to protect against spinal cord injuries but also to protect against fatal injuries from a crash.

Where to turn when you suspect medical malpractice

Hospitals play a literally lifesaving role in society. As a result, hospitals and their staff are generally very well-respected among residents of Kansas City. However, behind every successful and respectable hospital are doctors, nurses and healthcare providers who are not exempt from committing mistakes.

Medical errors can occur in any hospital, including those in Kansas City. Unfortunately, some of these errors are unreported, resulting in worsening conditions or even death. Under such circumstances, it is important for families to know every detail concerning the alleged medical error. Our firm can thoroughly investigate a case in order to determine the root cause of a suspected incident of hospital negligence. For example, if a patient was mistakenly diagnosed, we can evaluate the case to identify if the doctor accurately diagnosed the patient's condition in a timely manner. This detailed analysis may provide the potential reason and fault for the incident.

Federal rules prohibit texting while driving for truck drivers

Nowadays, it seems that no one can spend an hour away from their cell phone. Many in Kansas City constantly look at their smart phones throughout the day -- even when they are behind the wheel. This trend has become a public safety issue and has been linked to many accidents.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has also observed the role of distracted driving, specifically texting, in commercial truck collisions. The federal agency addressed the issue several years ago by prohibiting commercial truck drivers from using cell phones or any other mobile devices while driving.

Car fatally strikes Missouri teen waiting for school bus

Fatal accidents sometimes happen when people least expect them. However, many such incidents are preventable. For example, a deadly car crash can be avoided if a driver operates a vehicle with due care through any given circumstances. However, many drivers seemingly are willing to risk the lives of others when behind the wheel.

One community in Missouri did not expect that a teenager waiting for a school bus would lose his life on a recent school day morning. According to the report, a pedestrian-car accident ended the life of a 15-year-old student who was waiting for his school bus. The Missouri Highway Patrol said that the fatal accident victim was struck by an errant speeding car at the bus stop. The incident occurred on a local highway in St. Clair, Missouri, and the student died at the scene of the crash.

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