Who is Liable After a Construction Accident in Missouri?

Construction sites are dangerous work environments full of hazards and potential for disaster.  Simple errors in judgment, defective equipment, and falls from high areas are common construction site accidents that can have fatal consequences.  Explosion injuries, electrocutions, and injuries from falling debris are more examples of the hazards present at many Missouri construction sites.

Missouri construction site workers should be aware of safety precautions they need to take to stay safe.  However, it is the job of the construction site manager to maintain the site and meet all safety expectations.  Unfortunately, this does not always happen and workers are then exposed to dangers that can lead to debilitating and even fatal injury.

Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents in Missouri

According to statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 940 individuals died in car accidents in 2016 throughout the state of Missouri. That number in a significant increase from the fatality total in 2015. So far in 2017, we’re at 323 traffic fatalities as of May. This figure is roughly consistent with last year’s numbers.

It’s in the common interest of everyone who lives in Missouri to see these numbers fall every year instead of rise higher. We all want our roadways and highways to be as safe as possible and for our loved ones to not worry every time they get into a motorized vehicle.

How to Protect a Loved One in a Nursing Home

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it’s completely natural to feel somewhat helpless over their care at times. How can you be 100% sure they’ll remain safe? How can you trust healthcare professionals to watch over your loved one as necessary? It isn’t easy to place trust in nursing care facilities, but by keeping a close eye on your loved one and the facility, you can potentially protect them from getting hurt, harmed, or abused.

Here are 3 ways you can protect a loved one in a nursing home:

Visit Often and Diversify Your Visits

One of the best ways to ensure your loved one is being taken care of properly is to visit them often. Diversify your visits so staff members are not expecting you. This lets you see how they really care for residents. During your visits, always keep your eyes, ears, and nose open for red flags (see below). Pay attention to how staff members split up shifts and how meals are served. Notice how often the rooms are cleaned and how quickly your loved one’s requests are fulfilled.

How Can a Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?

Being charged with a crime in Missouri can have serious and life-changing consequences.  Whether you are facing a misdemeanor charge for public intoxication or a felony charge for murder, you and your case stand to benefit from hiring a criminal defense attorney.  The aid of a lawyer will greatly increase your chances of reducing your sentence or winning your case outright.

A good criminal defense attorney will not just simply work to prove your innocence or lessen your sentence.  Instead, a good criminal defense attorney will make sure that the State proves its case against you.  In every case the State is responsible for proving its case against you.  A good criminal defense attorney will make sure that the State does its job if you are forced to take your case to trial.

In misdemeanor cases where a plea is necessary, a criminal defense attorney can work to make sure that you do not serve any jail time or lessen the amount of fines and jail time sought by the State.  Your attorney may also plead your case directly to the court and encourage the court to permit you to complete public service hours or pay fines instead of spending time behind bars.

What Are the Consequences of Having a Fake ID?

When it comes to fake IDs, most of us think of high school kids or college underclassmen.  Most often they buy a fake ID online or borrow an older sibling’s drivers license to get into a bar or try to buy alcohol or tobacco.  Even though it is common, it is still a serious offense.  Young people pay no mind to the risk of carrying a fake ID. However, using a fake ID can send you to jail and lead to a permanent record.

Bouncers checking IDs at the front doors of bars can turn all confiscated, suspicious IDs over to the police.  Many bars pay uniformed police officers to monitor activity at the front door or have undercover officers spend time inside.  If caught by these officers using a fake ID, you can be taken into custody immediately.

New Missouri DWI Law Changes: Felony Offenses

Arrested and charged with a Missouri DWI in 2017? You should know that recent law changes may affect the outcome of your DWI case and how you are charged. We talked about 2017’s changes to the misdemeanor offenses already, but now it’s time to review a few different felony classes  (C, D, and E) that can be charged under the law.

Missouri DWI/DUI Offenses: Basic Facts Regarding The New DWI Law

C, D, and E Felony Offenses

  • For your third Missouri DWI, you will likely be charged with a new Felony class in Missouri, the “E felony”. You will be charged with an “E Felony” if you are considered a “persistent offender” or if you “act with criminal negligence to cause physical injury to someone”.

    New Missouri DWI Law Changes You Need to Know

    Arrested and charged with DWI in 2017? You should know that recent law changes may affect the outcome of your DWI case and how you are charged. How serious your charges and their consequences are will depend on many factors, but one of the most important is if any previous DWIs are on your record. This factor will also determine how your DWI is categorized. Your first DWI in Missouri will likely be categorized as a misdemeanor (as long as no one is injured). If this isn’t your first offense, the rules become slightly more complicated.

    Missouri DWI/DUI Offenses: Basic Facts Regarding The New DWI Law

    Misdemeanor Offenses

    • For your first DWI offense in the state of Missouri, you will likely be charged with a “Class B” misdemeanor, unless there are people under the age of 17 in the vehicle with you at the time of the offense. In that instance, you can be charged with a “Class A” misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are less severe than felonies and may be able to be expunged from your criminal record after a certain period.
    • For all “Class B” misdemeanors, you can face up to 6 months of jail time, a 30-day license suspension, fines of up to $1,000.00, and/or other penalties.
    • For all “Class A” misdemeanors, you can face up to 1 year of jail time, fines of up to $2,000.00, a license revocation of up to a year, and/or additional penalties.
    • Note: If someone is injured while you were driving while intoxicated, then you may be charged with a “Class E” Felony (a new class of felonies). I will go over the new felony classes in another post.

    When Can I Have My Missouri License Reinstated?

    After your driving privilege has been revoked, suspended, or denied there are specific steps you must take to get it back. The first is to determine the reason(s) why your license was taken away. You can find this information on the letter you received from the Driver License Bureau when your driving privilege was taken away or on your current Missouri driving record under “Department Actions”.

    Second, using the chart found on the Missouri Department of Revenue website, determine the appropriate forms you need to file and the fees you need to pay. If multiple reasons are listed for why your license was taken away, you must file the necessary forms for each reason and pay each associated fee.

    Understanding the Dangers of Speeding

    Over the course of the past few months, I’ve examined the causes of deadly automobile crashes and accidents on Missouri roadways. We’ve already looked at the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving. Now, I want to discuss the danger of speeding. Many of us speed while we’re driving. I am willing to bet that when many of my readers see a posted speed limit, we think we can do anywhere between 5-10 miles per hour over the speed limit and be safe.

    Don’t worry, you’re not alone! According to one study, nearly 70% of people admitted to speeding on highways and 36% claim they drove 5 miles per hour or more over the speed limit. I know that we all have important things to do and places to be, and speeding 5 to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit may seem harmless at the time. However, regardless of how harmless it seems, speeding is extremely dangerous.

    The Dangers of Driving While Intoxicated

    In 2016, 933 people died on Missouri roadways due to automobile crashes and automobile accidents. In a recent blog I discussed how the numbers of traffic fatalities have rose sharply over the past several years and 2016 was no different. Unfortunately, there were sixty-six (66) more road fatalities in 2016 than there were in 2015. Even though that may not seem like a major leap, consider that there were nearly 170 more traffic fatalities on Missouri roads in 2016 than in 2014!

    The numbers are rising and there are things we can all do to help. We already know about the dangers of distracted driving discussed in blog entry from a few months ago. Another major area of concern and contributor to Missouri traffic accidents and traffic collisions are those involving individuals who are driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (also known as “DUI/DWI”). According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly one in three traffic deaths involve a drunk driver. During a ten year period, the CDC discovered that 3,314 people were killed in Missouri crashes when they involved a drunk driver.

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