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How drivers and laws can reduce the risk of fatal car accidents

While you might not think it would ever happen to you, fatal accidents do occur. In fact, 8,073 vehicle occupants died in Missouri car accidents between 2003 and 2012. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the importance of safety measures and laws. Even just one death is one too many. Whether you are driving in your neighborhood or on Interstate 435, it is crucial for you to prioritize your safety.

Drivers, passengers and governments can all work to reduce fatal collisions. Here are the most helpful ways to prevent crash deaths.

Drivers and passengers

As a driver or passenger in a car, you can do the following to keep yourself safe:


  • Always use a seatbelt during every trip.
  • Make sure all passengers, including children, are properly buckled.
  • Seat children in an appropriate booster seat, car seat or seat belt depending on age, weight and height.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Avoid distractions such as texting or talking on the phone.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Following these best practices will reduce your chances of getting into an accident and reduce your risk of serious injury or death if you do get into an accident.

Missouri laws

Missouri seat belt laws are not as strong as they could be. They are secondary, meaning police can only give tickets for not using a seat belt if they pull the driver over for a separate reason. Missouri laws also only cover front-seat passengers who are at least 16 years old. Despite the fact these laws are not as encompassing as they could be, all drivers and passengers should still wear seat belts to reduce the chance of a fatal crash.

Car accident deaths in Missouri are too high. You can do your part to keep yourself and others safe by driving safely with best practices in mind.

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.