Drivers in Missouri have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely. The causes of many accidents arise from behaviors that represent reckless personal choices. To improve safety, people should monitor themselves for drowsiness, avoid smartphone distractions and stay calm even when annoyed by other drivers.
An increasing number of accidents in Missouri and elsewhere are caused by distracted driving. Driver distraction has become a monumental problem, and it does not appear to be slowing down.
Missouri motorists who drive when they are drowsy may be a bigger danger than some statistics have reported according to a study released on Feb. 8. The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety between October 2010 and December 2013, found that out of 701 crashes examined, around 9 percent of them were due at least in part to drowsy driving. This is considerably higher than the 1 to 2 percent that is the government estimate. Of crashes that resulted in injury, significant property damage or airbag deployment, drowsy driving was a factor in more than 10 percent.
When a car accident happens, there is a brief moment in the wake of the chaos where the drivers involved have to make an important decision. They must stay at the scene. But those fleeting moments can be filled with fear, anxiety and panic, and in such a state, some drivers choose to flee the scene of the accident. We aren't making excuses for these people. Hit and run accidents are unacceptable. But, there is a tense moment following a car accident that everyone needs to know how to properly handle.