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The Lowdown on Springfield Missouri Rental Car Accidents and Injuries

January 30, 2012

Rental car customers in Springfield, Missouri - and nationwide - rarely consider the safety ratings or safety features of the cars they are renting--they merely assume the vehicles must be safe. Our Springfield personal injury attorneys wanted to bring you up to date on just how safe rental cars currently are, what you should look for when renting, and what you should do if you are injured in an accident in a rental car.

648681_parking_lot.jpgIn a recent study by USA Today comparing 213 of the most popular rental car models, 95% performed well in front end crash tests. Since head-on collisions are the number one form of fatal auto accidents, this is good news indeed.

However, only 77% of the same models had good protection in side impact collisions, which is cause for concern: occupants of vehicles with good side impact safety ratings are 70% more likely to survive a serious car crash. The percentages get even worse when roof strength is considered (important in a rollover accident), with almost 40% of vehicles testing poorly.

Although many Springfield residents consider a vehicle's safety ratings before they choose to buy, they often don't follow the same practice when choosing a rental car. Remember, the maintenance and upkeep of rental cars is vital to the safety of the vehicle.

What to Look For When Renting A Car in Springfield, Nixa, or Ozark:

• Check the tires. Are they worn? Are they properly inflated?

• Make sure all lights (including four way flashers, turn signals, and horns are in good working order.

• Ask the rental company when the fluids were last checked.

• Check the wiper blades: if they are worn, ask the rental company to change the blades, or to switch you to a different vehicle.

• Ask about the vehicle's safety features (such as airbags).

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AB - Springfield Missouri Car Crash Caused By Construction

A loose drainage grate on US 65 in Springfield Missouri caused a single car accident last Wednesday. Two people were traveling southbound when their car hit a loose drainage grate between Chestnut Expressway and Sunshine Street and flipped over.

According to police, both people walked away from the crash uninjured. Highway workers will work to repair other drainage grates as a precaution.

Although there were no reported injuries in this case, more than 1,000 people die each year as a result of highway construction related accidents, and thousands more are seriously injured. Some of the causes of these accidents are:

  • Inadequate signs, construction area not clearly marked, no warning signs, warning signs not visible

  • Narrow lanes, no shoulder, lanes not properly marked

  • Careless or reckless operation of construction machinery or construction vehicle

  • Inadequate buffer zone prior to construction zone, not enough time to slow down or react

  • Open trenches or open pits

  • Uneven pavement, broken pavement

Highway construction areas can be difficult to navigate for even the best of drivers. The presence of pedestrian construction workers, heavy trucks and industrial equipment can lead to a confusing maze, often at rapidly changing speeds.

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