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Dangers to be aware of at waterparks

Some days it seems like water parks are made for the “dog days of summer.” After all, how better is it to beat the heat by sliding down a waterslide, hanging out on a lazy river or even playing in a wave pool. Indeed, water parks have such a following that even after summer ends, people will flock to indoor facilities to continue the summertime fun.  

With more than 50 million people attending water parks in the United States each year, accidents are certain to occur. Indeed, may be injured if they run where they are not supposed to, but many harmful accidents occur around waterslides. Basically, some slides may have dangerous design defects. 

Will a 'textalyzer' resolve questions of fault in accident cases?

Distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, remains a national problem even with a majority of states enacting laws banning the practice. It appears that even with these laws in place, people continue to use their cell phones to communicate while on streets and highways.

This may be due to the difficulty in enforcing such laws. In many jurisdictions, texting and driving is only actionable as a secondary offense (meaning that another primary offense must be cited before the texting violation is considered). Regardless, a new piece of technology is in the works to help combat distracted driving. 

Who is liable when a sinkhole swallows a car?

While a number of our posts focus on hazards drivers encounter because of other drivers, the roads we drive on can sometimes be hazardous as well. Indeed, we are not worried about snow covered roads and black ice in July, but warped roads and sinkholes could be dangerous.

Such was the case with a car owner in downtown St. Louis.  According to a recent AP.com report, a driver believed that he found a prime parking spot for his morning workout, only to come back to find that his Toyota Camry was gone. Initially he thought that someone stole his car, but as he walked closer to where he previously parked his car he found several steel workers surrounding the site.

What NOT to do after a car accident

With the Independence Day holiday coming next week, the roads around the St. Louis County region are expected to be busy. The American Automobile Association expects a record number of travelers on the road due to low unemployment and relatively low gas prices.

When traffic increases, the possibility of an accident increases as well. Indeed, it is possible to seek a legal remedy if you are injured in a crash or your car was damaged. But people make mistakes that can damage potential claims.

What teen drivers should know about the '100 Deadliest Days'

The Independence Day holiday is arguably the height of the summer (even though the first day of summer was only a week ago). For many high-school kids (especially those who drive) it is a time like no other during the year.

The summer is also a dangerous time for teen drivers considering their proclivity to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Because of this, law enforcement agencies across Missouri refer to the months between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day weekend as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

Will the new IPhone option curb distracted driving?

At last week’s World Developers Conference in San Jose, California, Apple announced a new function in its IOS 11 operating system that could curb distracted driving. After all, distracted driving (particularly texting while behind the wheel) is still a problem in the United States. The NHTSA reports that 3,500 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving. Further, 391,000 were injured in such accidents.

According to a Popular Science report, the “do not disturb” function will keep an IPhone’s screen dark instead of showing notifications that could distract a driver. Essentially, the screen at “wake up” will remind users that notifications will not be displayed while the car is in motion, and people who text or send other messages will receive an auto reply message indicating that the driver is currently driving.

Can technology help to reduce motorcycle accidents?

The nice weather that comes after Mother’s Day signifies that summer (and the huge Memorial Day weekend) is coming soon. With that, motorcycle riders across the region are anticipating their opportunity to hit the open road. But like every year around this time, drivers essentially have to re-learn how to share the road with motorcycles.

This year (and those going forward) may be different because of the safety features new cars are being equipped with. Many new cars have sensors that detect objects so that collisions can be avoided. 

Can an app cure behind the wheel cell phone addiction

If you feel like you are addicted to your phone, especially when you are driving, you are certainly not alone. According to the wireless provider AT&T, as many as one in 10 drivers video chats while on their drive home. Also, more than 60 percent of drivers admitted to texting and driving and nearly 20 percent say they regularly take steering wheel selfies.

So is it a case of not wanting to put their phones down while driving, or physiologically not being able to? This is the principal question behind cell phone addiction. Regardless of how you see the answer, there are apps available to help drivers kick their habits. 

How teens can avoid prom night dangers

At this point of the school year, most teens (especially juniors and seniors) look forward to two things: spring break, where they can get away from school for a vacation; and prom night, the one glitz and glamour that will create memories for a lifetime.

With as much fun that prom night can be, we certainly do not want it to be a teen’s last night on the town. But because of the dangers that teens face during this time of year, it is imperative that they fully appreciate how dangerous drinking and driving can be. There are a number of car accidents that occur during prom season. In fact, the period between April and June is ripe for crashes to occur.

Extreme forms of distracted driving

With a number of young drivers going on spring break, drivers around the St. Louis area may be getting nervous about more teens on the road who will be texting while driving, talking on their phones or even having complete meals while behind the wheel. Yes, most young drivers understand that texting while driving is a bad idea, but they may not realize that distracted driving goes beyond using a cell phone.

Essentially, a growing number of teens are taking distracted driving to new (yet dangerous) levels. A study conducted by Oregon State University found that some young drivers apply makeup, change contact lenses and even do their homework while behind the wheel. Indeed, only a small number of teen drivers will take distracted driving to these extremes, but it exemplifies the concerns that many drivers (including law enforcement) have when it comes to teen drivers. 

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