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Children might have difficulty dealing with unexpected deaths

When a child loses a loved one, it can be difficult to help the child understand what happened. Some children don't have the level of comprehension necessary to make discussing death with them easy. Unfortunately, there isn't much that you can do to remedy the pain that the child is likely to feel. Consider these tips if you are left explaining the loss of a loved one to a little one.

First, use words the child can understand. You will have to simplify things to an age-appropriate level. Be sure to avoid saying things like the person is "sleeping" because this might give the child false hope that the person will wake up. It can also lead to the child being afraid to go to sleep.

Overloaded trucks can cause serious accidents in Missouri

Overloaded trucks are a big concern on the roads of Missouri due to the serious accidents that they can cause. There are federal regulations in place that prevent trucks from being overloaded, but not all drivers or companies follow them. Here is a look at overloaded truck accidents and the injuries they can cause.

There are federal and state laws in place that put a limit on the weight of the load a truck can carry. In some instances, trucks can go over this limit, but they are required to obtain a special permit to do so.

Duty of care in Missouri pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be some of the most tragic in Missouri, especially when they could have been avoided. There is a duty of care expected from all parties involved in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident. The driver has a duty of care, the pedestrian has a duty of care and there is special duty of care by drivers for children.

As a general rule of thumb, drivers are required to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. When a driver fails to do this, it is called negligence. Factors that lead to negligence include the following:

Funeral expenses following fatal motor vehicle accidents

Fatal motor vehicle accidents occur all too often on the roads of Missouri. The victims killed in the crash are not the only victims. Those killed in fatal accidents leave behind children, parents, siblings, friends and other family members whose lives are not turned upside down. There are various funeral expenses following fatal motor vehicle accidents.

The negligence or intentional actions of another person could lead to you collecting reimbursement for the funeral expenses incurred from a loved one's death in a motor vehicle accident. The following are just some of the funeral expenses you could incur after a fatal motor vehicle accident:

Forfeiture: What Happens To Seized Property If You Are Convicted?

Many people are not aware that under the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act, law enforcement can take property believed to be used in criminal activity. Seized property may include money, cars, weapons or some other type. Law enforcement officers may seize the property when executing a search warrant or at the time of arrest.

In every state, there are specific laws that govern whether seized property may be forfeited. In Missouri, the law protects innocent property owners and defendants found not guilty. The law also protects those persons arrested, but not charged. 

Serious injuries caused by Missouri motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are a great way to enjoy the warm weather in Missouri, which is right around the corner. But, they can also be a liability for those who do not know how to properly operate them. Motorcycle accidents can range in severity from minor to deadly, which means the type of injuries riders can suffer also vary. Today we will discuss serious injuries caused by motorcycle accidents.

One of the most serious injuries caused by a motorcycle accident is that of head trauma. Even some of the most skilled and experienced riders can suffer head trauma. This injury can still occur even if the rider was wearing a helmet. If the rider is involved in a violent crash, he or she could suffer a traumatic brain injury.

How to avoid distracted driving on Missouri roads

Distracted driving is an ever-increasing problem throughout the country and Missouri is no exception. Distracted drivers are out there in numbers, but you don't have to become a statistic. It is entirely up to you to avoid distractions while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Here are some important tips to follow.

The first tip is to limit the number of passengers in your vehicle as well as the activity that occurs when driving. The more people in the car, the more likely you are to become distracted while driving. Having conversations with all of the occupants can cause you to lose focus and even take your eyes off the road.

How do I avoid pedestrian accidents behind the wheel?

Drivers have so many responsibilities these days on top of worrying about what other drivers around them will do. One of the most distracting issues for drivers in many states is watching out for pedestrians. Pedestrians can be difficult to see when driving and sometimes dart out in front of moving cars due to lack of attention. So, how do you avoid pedestrian accidents behind the wheel?

The Missouri law states the following when it comes to pedestrians: "When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk..."

The dangers of distracted truck driving in Missouri

Truck accidents can be very scary for all involved because of the size of the trucks and the rate of speed at which the accidents can occur. Truck drivers are not immune to making mistakes when behind the wheel. They are also susceptible to driving distracted, just like everyone else in cars, buses, motorcycles and SUVs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prohibits truck drivers from using a handheld device while driving a commercial vehicle for interstate commerce. This includes texting while driving. Truck drivers who are caught using a handheld device or texting while driving face a myriad of penalties. These include fines and being taken off the road.

How do I avoid fatal motor vehicle accidents in Missouri?

Avoiding fatal motor vehicle accidents in Missouri is possible, but there is only so much you can do when driving. There are plenty of safety tips you can follow, but you also need to know that not all fatal accidents are caused by the victim. That is where the problem lies.

When you take matters into your own hands you can do quite a few things to stay safe. The first is never driving impaired, whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs impair your vision, decision making and reaction time when behind the wheel.