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Truck accident kills Missouri pedestrian

As readers are likely aware, it is always important for drivers that are traveling the roadways of Missouri to be on the lookout for other vehicles and pedestrians. A pedestrian is certainly no match for any type of vehicle, and when they are hit, they stand a good chance of being seriously injured. This is surely the case when they are struck by a commercial motor vehicle. Unfortunately, this occurred recently in Hannibal, Missouri, and one man was left fatally injured.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the 45-year-old pedestrian was out walking in the evening around 9:30. While walking along Highway 36, he was struck by a semi truck. Some of the highway lanes were closed as a result of the accident. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Missouri cracks down on distracted driving

Residents of Missouri and probably residents of states across the United States have heard a lot lately about the dangers of distracted driving. With the increasing amounts of technology in the lives of the American population, there are more and more distractions present in everyday life. These distractions can become extremely dangerous when one is behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle.

It is clear that distracted driving can lead to car accidents, and police forces across the country are increasing efforts to educate about the dangers involved in distracted driving and to get individuals to cut back on distractions. However, an interesting statistic has led authorities in Missouri to approach this initiative in a different way.

Missouri accident leaves 2 with injuries, 1 person dead

Driving is a skill that requires the full attention of the driver at all times. It is never as simple as obeying traffic signals and road signs; getting behind the wheel also requires people to be aware of what others on the road are doing and appropriately react to avoid unsafe maneuvers that can lead to collisions.

Unfortunately, the failure of these duties can lead to serious consequences. For example, a recent accident on a Monday morning in Missouri claimed the life of an elderly woman and left two others with injuries. The accident occurred on a state highway in the town of Marshall. According to a report, the car collision occurred when the driver of a westbound vehicle turned left into the path of an oncoming sedan, which held a female driver and an elderly passenger.

Missouri truck accident leaves one fatally injured

As previous postings in this blog have discussed, accidents that involve a large commercial motor vehicle can have tragic outcomes. Often times these outcomes involve catastrophic injuries for those that are traveling in the smaller vehicle that is involved in the collision. However, even when a truck accident involves only big rigs, the result can be just as tragic. These large vehicles do not always offer the protection that one would think they do. This can be evidenced by an accident that recently occurred in Missouri.

According to accident reports, one semi had caught fire due to a malfunction in the brakes which led to a backing up in traffic. This initial traffic jam caused an 18-wheeler accident further down the road. The semi truck accident occurred at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon. A UPS truck that was hauling two trailers was rear-ended by another truck carrying freight.

Woman sues Starbucks after slip-and-fall accident

It seems as though these days there is a Starbucks coffee shop on every corner. Frappuccinos, cappuccinos, and lattes fuel many Missourians' days. One woman, however, found her visit to a Starbucks in another state tarnished when she allegedly slipped on a wet floor and was injured.

Two injured after car accident caused by drunk driver

When residents of Missouri are driving along the roadways throughout the state around 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning, they probably are not expecting that there will be many drunk drivers on the road. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is important that drivers always exercise caution and be aware that they can encounter a drunk driver at any time and this encounter could lead to car accidents. A recent car collision that occurred in Missouri is a perfect example.

This accident occurred at around 8:30 in the morning. A highway patrol officer was in the process of trying to execute a routine traffic stop on Interstate 55 when he was struck by a drunk driver. The officer was hit as he was getting out of his vehicle to approach the car he had pulled over. The officer was taken to the hospital and is said to be in serious condition.

Blood infections remain a major problem in US hospitals

Over the last several decades, the medical field has made tremendous advances in terms of diagnostic and treatment capabilities. For example, surgical procedures that were once considered very drastic are now being completed with minimally invasive surgical equipment. Although these improvements have been made, some seemingly antiquated problems persist.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study indicating that nearly 10 percent of hospital stays in the U.S. result in sepsis -- infection of the bloodstream. At the same time, about half of hospital fatalities are the result of this type of infection.

Tragic stories behind GM recall beginning to be made public

For months now, many Missouri residents have been following news of the ongoing scandal about a defective part in millions of General Motors vehicles. The defective ignition switch has been implicated in at least 13 deaths and 30 accidents, and led to the recall of millions of GM cars and trucks. Government investigators have found evidence to suggest that GM officials knew of the problem for years before the recall, and the company has already been hit with massive fines due to its handling of the problem.

Now, more personal aspects of the story are coming to the surface, and they paint a tragic portrait. In an investigative report, the New York Times said it has identified all 13 of the people killed in accidents cause by the faulty ignition switch. GM has neither confirmed nor denied the identities of the people involved in the 13 fatalities.

Motorcyclist shockingly uninjured in car accident

As readers of this blog are likely aware, accidents that occur between vehicles sharing the roadways of Missouri often end in tragedy. This is especially true when motorcycles are involved in car accidents. Luckily, this was not the case in a recent car accident that occurred in Missouri. However, the accident was a good learning experience for drivers out there who should be paying closer attention to motorcyclists.

The Missouri accident occurred in an intersection when a motorcycle tried to drive straight through and an SUV coming toward him attempted a left-hand turn. The motorcyclist collided with the passenger side door of the SUV. He then bounced off of the hood of the car and fell to the ground. The good news is that the cyclist stood up and walked away from the accident unharmed.

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