Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Seven Tips to Help You Ring in 2018 with a Bang Not a Blaze

December 31st, 2017

December 31st is not the just the last day of the year; it is also one of the biggest celebration days of the year. People across the world join with family and friends to reminisce about the year and share hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Traditional New Year’s celebrations in the U.S. often include raising a glass, counting down the final seconds until midnight, and singing Auld Lang Syne. With smaller celebrations noisemakers are commonplace, but at large celebrations, they are often replaced with magnificent firework displays. While firework displays are festive and a crowd- pleaser, they can also be quite dangerous not handled correctly.

Improper use of fireworks can lead to fires, serious injuries, and even death. Each year, fireworks cause more than 15,000 fires and more than 8,000 injuries treated in hospital emergency departments across the country. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July see the most firework-related injuries.

Due to the dangerous nature of fireworks, displays are often best left to the professionals. However, if your New Year’s celebration would not be complete with a “bang,” make sure to follow these key safety tips:

  1. Do not mix alcohol and fireworks. Each New Year’s Eve, people are injured after lighting fireworks when their judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Do not use fireworks if you have been drinking or under the influence of drugs. Fireworks require sobriety.
  2. Never use illegal explosives or professional fireworks. It is important to only purchase fireworks from authorized stores and stands. Never buy homemade or illegal fireworks.
  3. Take necessary safety precautions before setting off fireworks. First, make sure the area is suitable for fireworks in that it is free of overhead obstructions and away from flammable materials. Second, prep the area where fireworks will be lit to keep children and pets from entering the area. Third, wear safety goggles and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
  4. Educate yourself on how to set off fireworks safely. When lighting fireworks, never point one in the direction of a person, building or anything flammable. It is also important not to hold a firework when attempting to light it—always place a firework on the ground.
  5. Properly dispose of used fireworks. To dispose of fireworks, place all used and “dud” fireworks in a metal receptacle and soak with water. Place the receptacle in an area away from a building or anything combustible.
  6. Follow all local laws regarding firework usage. Before setting off fireworks, be sure to check your local laws. For example, the use and discharge of fireworks within the Kansas City city limits is prohibited. In some areas, people are required to obtain a permit to display fireworks. Always check first.
  7. Never let children handle fireworks. Children should never handle fireworks, including those labeled as sparklers. While some people think that sparklers are less dangerous than other fireworks, it is not true. A sparkler, when lit, can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you or a loved one suffered a severe injury due to the negligence of another, it is important to know that you may have legal recourse. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain just compensation for their injuries. Our caring team of attorneys will take the time to listen to you and carefully review the facts of your case. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P we are dedicated to helping injury victims!

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Warn Drivers of the Perils of Short Trips

December 30th, 2017

For so many of us, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. There are so many things to do and places to be that we find ourselves running here and running there. The good news is that the vast majority of these trips are of a short duration—not more than a few miles from home. However, the bad news is that due to the weather and the traffic at this time of year, even a short mileage trip can take a long time. So often we spend more time getting to and from our destination than we do actually at our destination. Most of us see these quick trips a necessary evil of the season, but could they be more?

You may have heard, but it is a good time for a refresher, that most car accidents happen within 25 miles of a person’s home. So while driving across the country may sound more dangerous, a person is more likely to be involved in an accident closer to home. In other words, short car trips can pose a hazard. Now, it is also true that there is no real way to escape the never-ending to-do list of car trips this time of year. I mean, you cannot exactly stop going to the grocery store or taking your daughter to dance practice or your son to piano lessons, or from attending your company’s holiday party or your best friend’s New Year’s Eve party, right? Even though you cannot stop going, you can make this trips a bit safer by understanding what makes short mileage trips accident prone.

Part of the reason close to home trips are ripe with accidents, is the simple fact that most of our time spent behind the wheel is on these shorter trips. However, that is not the only reason. Experts also believe that a reason accidents happen closer to home is because motorists feel comfortable driving in familiar surroundings. In truth, many of the place we drive on these shorter trips, we could do on auto-pilot—and there lies part of the problem. When drivers are so comfortable with the route, they sometimes rely more on muscle memory, allowing their brain to think of other things, like what they need to once they reach their destination or what is next on that never-ending holiday to-do list.

One simple solution to make your shorter trips safer is to focus on the road. Pretend like your trip to the grocery store is a new destination. Pay attention and stay alert. Another tip is to buckle up! Accidents do not happen just on freeways at 60+ mph. So make it a habit to buckle up before you even start your car. If buckling up is not a habit your regularly engage in—add it to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an automobile accident this holiday season, contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney right away. The seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will take the time to carefully evaluate your case and determine whether you can hold another party liable for your injuries. Our team of skilled Attorneys is prepared to fight until justice has been served. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to diligently fight for your rights, just as they have done so for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Elder Law Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Health Care Advance Directives

November 30th, 2017

The goal of an elder law attorney is to help meet the needs of older persons. One such need is advance care planning. Advance care planning is a term that refers to setting in place goals and plans concerning an individual’s medical care and treatments. While many people do not start to think about advance care planning until they are near retirement age, the process can begin at any point in a person’s life. Advanced care planning usually starts with conversations between the individual and his or her family and doctors. Health care advance directives are one way individuals can make their healthcare wishes known. An advance directive is simply a document that provides instructions about a person’s health care wishes, or that appoints a specific person to make decisions on one’s behalf if or when the person is no longer able to do so. While advance directives are great tools that does not mean that they are well understood. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about health care advance directives:

Does an advance directive simply mean “do not treat”?

No! The purpose of an advance directive is to specify which treatments or steps that you want taken in addition to those that you want. For example, an elderly patient with an advanced stage illness may not want treatment but should be given palliative care. Palliative care is medical care that is focused on keeping the person comfortable and pain-free.

I am only ___ years old, am I too young to consider an advance directive?

No! While it is true that older adults utilize advance directives more than younger adults, every adult can benefit from having an advance directive. In fact, younger adults often have more at stake. For example, if a younger adult is involved in a serious accident, leaving him or her in a vegetative state, current medical technology could keep him or her “alive” for decades. Younger adults should consider an advance directive or at least appoint a proxy decision-maker.

Can I rest easy once I give a copy of my advance directive to my doctor?

No! In fact, the process has just begun. First, it is important to discuss your advance directive with your doctor to make sure that he or she supports and understands your wishes. Also be sure that you understand from your doctor your health options. Next, be aware that if you transfer doctors or healthcare facilities, your directive will likely not follow you. It is your job or that of your proxy to be sure that each facility and doctor is made aware of any advance directives. You will also want to review your directive if you experience any of the following: (1) death of a loved one; (2) divorce; (3) a new diagnosis or medical condition; (4) decline in medical condition; or (5) reach a new decade in age.

Part of responsible estate planning should always include a living will and an advanced directive. If you or your loved has not made his or her wishes official, consider making an appointment to discuss your options with an experienced Kansas City Elder Law Attorney. The Kansas City Elder Law Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless individuals create estate plans, advanced directives, and living wills. Our attorneys assist clients in both Kansas and Missouri. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help you, contact our office at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we will take the time to make sure that you understand your options and that your wishes are met.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Six Tips to Prevent Your Christmas Tree from Going Up in Smoke

November 3rd, 2017

Christmas trees are like snowflakes—no two are alike. Each family has their own unique ideas and traditions when it comes to tree trimmings. Some people adorn their tree with homemade ornaments and strings of popcorn and cranberries, while others use beautiful glass ornaments and garland. No matter how you choose to decorate your tree, it is important that your tree does not become a fire hazard.

The good news is that Christmas tree fires are not terribly common. However, when Christmas tree fires do occur, they can result in serious injuries and deaths. In January 2015, a massive fire in a Maryland home claimed the lives of six people. The cause of the fire was linked to the lights on the family’s 15-foot parched Christmas tree. The fire was so intense that the mansion was engulfed in a matter of minutes. Most people are not aware that a dry Christmas tree is more flammable than a newspaper.

How can you prevent your tree from ruining more than just Christmas? Follow these tips to keep your home and your family safe:

  1. Choose a tree that is fresh. When selecting a real Christmas tree, be sure to choose one that is fresh. A fresh tree will have green needles, not brown and will not lose many needles when shaken firmly. According to the American Christmas Tree Association, a fresh Christmas tree is less likely to catch fire.
  2. Water, water, water. To keep your tree from drying out, it is important to keep it watered at all times. Even a medium sized tree can take up a gallon of water a day.
  3. Keep your tree away from heat sources. Never place a tree next to a fireplace, radiator or heat vent. Always keep your tree at least three feet from a heat source.
  4. Check the lights. Before putting lights on your Christmas tree check the quality of the lights. Old lights with faulty wiring, broken bulbs or that in poor condition can cause a fire. It is also important not to string more than three sets of mini-string sets together. Lastly, check to make sure your lights are flame-retardant.
  5. Unplug the lights when you leave. Do not leave tree lights plugged in when you are not home or while everyone is asleep.
  6. Do not bring your tree into the New Year. After the holiday is over, people tend to delay taking down the tree. The tree sits and becomes neglected. After not being watered regularly, the tree dries out. That is why it is not surprising that so many tree fires tend to happen in Do your family a favor and toss the tree quickly after the holiday or as soon as you start to see the tree dropping needles—a sure sign that is dried out. A well-cared-for Christmas tree can expect to last four to six weeks at most.

If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another, it is important to know that you may have legal recourse. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain just compensation for their injuries. Our caring team of attorneys will take the time to listen to you and the facts of your case. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673. We look forward to helping you obtain the justice you deserve.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Three Reasons Why You Want a Skilled PI Attorney By Your Side After an Accident

October 2nd, 2017

Accidents happen every day. Some small, like bumping into a wall or tripping over a child’s toy left on the floor. Other times accidents happen on the roadways or from a product that you thought was safe, but turns out was not. Accidents of this nature are often very serious and even life-threatening. Sometimes, you may not even realize that you were in an accident until you wake to realize that you are not at home in your bed, but rather in a hospital room and in a tremendous amount of pain. Your accident may leave you worrying about things like will you ever be able to walk again and if you will be able to return to your job. You may feel conflicted, with people telling you to rest and focus on getting better when part of your brain is worried about your health insurance, long-term disability insurance or lack of insurance altogether. Your stress level may build as you think about the cost of your hospital stay, medical treatment, prescriptions, therapy and time away from work. You wonder how you are going to pay your bills, your mortgage and provide for your family’s needs. Trying to recover from an accident when a person is grappling with the financial and medical aftermath of an accident can feel impossible. That is why it is important to reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. If you are hesitant to hire an attorney, consider all the ways an experienced injury attorney can help you:

  • Evaluate your case. Depending on the type of accident, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to make a victim a quick offer of settlement. Sometimes accident victims are so worried about the costs adding up around them, that they jump on these initial settlement offers. The problem is that these initial settlement offers are often extremely low ball offers. If you are working with an injury attorney, he or she can properly evaluate your case and determine what a fair offer would be.
  • Guide you through the process. When you have an attorney working for you, you no longer have to worry or second guess yourself as to if what you are doing is the right or in your best interest. Your attorney will be with you every step of the way. He or she can answer your questions and help you make any decisions you need to make.
  • Fight through the red tape. When you are trying to recover from a serious accident, the last thing you want to do is deal with the headaches that can from trying to deal with insurance companies and court procedures. Hiring a seasoned personal injury attorney means that you have someone that will fight through all the red tape for you. Remember, the insurance company just wants you to go away. Your attorney will help you through the process and make sure you get everything you deserve.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an accident, it is important to know that you may have legal recourse for the injuries you suffered. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain compensation for their injuries. Our compassionate team of attorneys will fight for your rights and make the wrongdoers pay. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673. We look forward to helping you obtain the justice you deserve.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Warn Thanksgiving Travelers to Stay Alert

October 2nd, 2017

Thanksgiving is a holiday where what you eat is almost as important as whom you eat it with. Most often, it is a day for families to spend the day together. So unless you are hosting this year’s celebration, you will probably need to travel to the big event. When it comes to Thanksgiving travel, you could leave the driving to someone else and purchase a ticket for a train, plane or a bus. However, each year, the majority of Americans choose to drive. Moreover, if you are like over 30 million Americans, your drive to the T-Day feast will take you at least 50 miles from home. Before you head out, do yourself and your family a favor that they will thank you forever, and that is to prioritize safe driving and never to drive drowsy.

Just before Thanksgiving is a good time to remember to think about the dangers of driving drowsy because it is the kick off to the holiday season and a time when most people are starting to feel a bit overwhelmed. When people get busy, the first thing they tend to give up is sleep. Too little sleep because their schedules are filled to the brim with holiday-related items or inability to sleep because they are stressing about their holiday to-do list. Either way, the holidays often leave drivers sleep deprived at a time when the roadways are at their busiest and the days are shorter and darker earlier—not a good combination!

Drowsy driving may not sound all that risky to some people, being tired while at the wheel is a huge safety concern. A driver that is drowsy is much like a driver that is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Fatigue affects various parts of a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. For example, drivers who are tired are less able to pay attention the road and recognize roadway hazards. A drowsy driver also has slower reaction times. In other words, a fatigued driver may not realize that a lane is ending or another driving is merging in front of him or her. Fatigue also interferes with a driver’s ability to react, whether that be needing to brake suddenly, blow the horn, or make a quick tactical maneuver.

The good news is that there are ways to prevent drowsy driving. Sure, the obvious answer is for every driver to get more sleep. However, even simple things, like keeping a bedtime routine can help. Try to go to sleep at the same time every evening and wake at about the same time every morning. If you have to drive and become drowsy, it is important to realize you have options. Pull over and if you do not think you can make it to your destination safely, consider an overnight stay at a hotel. Also, try not drive at times when your body is usually asleep. Breaking up the drive into two days may take a bit longer, it can also make for a fun road trip!

If your loved one was seriously injured or killed after being involved in a car crash with a drowsy driver, it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney right away. The seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will evaluate your case and determine whether you hold another party liable for your injuries and suffering. Our team of skilled Attorneys is prepared to fight until justice has been served. Trust the Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to work for you, just as they have worked for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Avoid a Car-Bicycle Crash

September 30th, 2017

Fall is the perfect time to get outside and what could be a better way to enjoy the season than a bicycle ride. When on a bicycle, a rider not only gets to take in the sights but also gets to feel the cool, crisp autumn air blowing on their face. Whether you are biking for pleasure or as part of your daily commute, it is important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind every time you go for a ride. Biking on trails or paths is very different from sharing the road with cars. A car-bicycle crash often has serious outcomes for the rider. To make sure that the only thing that gets your heart pumping is the big hills this autumn, keep these safety tips in mind:

  1. Plan your route carefully. People often make the mistake of taking the same route they would go in a car on their bike. This can be problematic because this often means selecting busy streets with fast-moving When planning your route, it is important to remember avoidance. While cars and bicycles need to share the roads, they are not equals. A car-bike crash is always worse for the rider of the bicycle, so it is often best to avoid riding with cars whenever possible.
  2. Follow the same rules as cars. Since there are far fewer bicycles on the road than motor vehicles, it is important as a rider to follow the same rules that cars have to follow. This includes coming to a complete stop at stop signs, signaling all turns, and obeying all other traffic laws.
  3. Make sure you are visible. Fall temperatures may be perfect for However, the shorter days can make riding more perilous. Darkness is a huge enemy for riders. Most motorists in car-bike crashes report not having seen the bicycle in time to avoid the crash. Reflective apparel and gear can help increase your visibility to motorists.
  4. Pay attention. Riders like to use bicycling as a way to unwind and unplug at the end of the day. While it is okay to ride for stress relief, it does not mean that a rider can not pay attention to the road. Riders must constantly be aware of their surroundings.
  5. Do not trust drivers. When you the car the car in front of you or behind you remember that you do not know them or how respectful they are to cyclists. To be cautious, do not trust any motorist to do the right thing. If you assume that motorists can see you and will stop or not turn in front of you, it could make a deadly assumption.
  6. Ride like you are invisible. Every time you go for a ride, do so with the idea that you are invisible to motorists. By thinking of yourself as invisible, you will take more steps to be seen and in turn, make yourself more visible to motorists. Since you are invisible, you may need to ride down the side of the road or slow to a stop at an intersection.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being struck by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. Our skilled team of Kansas City Injury Attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. You can trust the Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you as they have helped countless injury victims around the area, in both Kansas and Missouri. Contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss the Dangers Autumn Brings to the Roadways

September 2nd, 2017

It is easy to make the argument that autumn is best of the four seasons. What is not to like about cool sunny days spent apple picking, and pumpkin spice flavored everything! There is just something about that crisp feeling in the air that makes a person want to grab a sweater and head for their favorite fall destination. Maybe you will take a drive to see some spectacular fall foliage or a football game. While autumn is a beautiful season to take in the sights, it also comes with its own unique set of dangers for motorists. Do not let the change of seasons catch you off guard. To stay safe this autumn, be alert for these roadway dangers:

  1. Leaves. Fall colored leaves are a thing of beauty when they are on the trees, but once they fall they can become a nuisance and even a downright danger to motorists when the litter the roadways. Treat leaf-covered areas with caution. A blanket of leaves on the road can hide potholes and obscure lane lines. Reduce speed and be sure to avoid hard-breaking on leaves which can become quite slippery when wet.
  1. Sun glare. While summer may be history, do not pack away your sunglasses. Shorter fall days mean motorists spend more time driving when the sun is close to the horizon. Even a short commute to or from work can feel much longer when the sun’s rays are blinding the driver. A smart investment for motorists is to purchase a pair of polarized sunglasses which are better designed to reduce the sun’s glare. A sun visor can also help block the bright rays.
  1. Leaf “peepers.” While you may be on a tight schedule, either picking up a child from school or trying to get to or from work on time, keep in mind the driver next to you might have a more leisurely agenda—leaf peeping. Leaf peepers can be a true danger to other drivers because they often spend more time looking at the foliage than on the roadway. Keep yourself safe by making sure to always keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  1. Rain, fog, and frost. Fall is a season where Mother Nature shows her unpredictable side. One day can be warm and sunny and the next day can be cool, rainy, and foggy. Rather than be frustrated by the weather, a better strategy is to be prepared, and that means making sure that your vehicle is well-maintained. Take the time to have the brakes, tires and windshield wipers checked. Well-worn brakes and improperly inflated tires can make stopping difficult which can spell disaster when mixed wet or frost covered roads.
  1. Critters. Less daylight during the evening commute can make it difficult to spot critters. Deer and other critters are especially active in fall and can pose a real threat to an unwary motorist. Exercise caution when driving in areas known for deer especially during dusk and evening.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in a car crash, make sure you know your rights! The experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our team of seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys will take the time to make sure you understand your legal options. We will also treat your case with the attention it deserves. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to put their 60 years of experience to work for you. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P today by calling (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Ask: Do you know what to do in the aftermath of an accident?

August 31st, 2017

Most good things in life require some degree of advanced preparation. Whether it is a wedding, the first day of school, or a camping trip, most events just do not happen without planning. Sure, some people like to plan more than others, but a certain minimum amount of effort is necessary. The same is true of the not so great events that happen in life. While you may not want to spend a ton of time dwelling on bad things that hopefully will never happen to you, in some cases, it can be helpful. For example, the aftermath of a car accident is not a time you want to fly by the seat of your pants! Knowing ahead of time what to do in this type of situation, will give you peace of mind should the situation arise. The following is a list of steps motorists should take after an accident:

  1. Stay at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is not only a bad idea it can also be a crime. Plan to stay at the scene of the accident until the police have given you the okay to leave.
  2. Move to safety. A common misconception many motorists have is that after an accident, all vehicles should remain where they are until police tell them it is okay to move them. However, often it is quite dangerous to leave cars in the middle of the road. If a car can be moved, move it to the shoulder or off of the road. If the car cannot be moved, turn on the hazard lights to alert other motorists, and get yourself to a safe place. Do not wait in your vehicle.
  3. Check on others and call for help. First, take a moment to catch your breath and make sure that you and your passengers are okay. Then, check to see if others need medical attention. Depending on the seriousness of the accident call 911 or the police.
  4. Gather information. While you await the police, start your own Exchange insurance and driver’s license information with other drivers. Take notes of the scene including the names and contact information of passengers, license plate numbers, contact information of witnesses, and make and model of all vehicles involved. Once officers arrive at the scene, take note of the officers’ names and badge numbers. If you do not have pen or paper, text yourself the information.
  5. Photograph the scene. While cell phones can be quite harmful when used while driving, they are actually very helpful in the aftermath of an accident. Use your smartphone to take photographs of the scene, including the location of the accident.
  6. Call your insurance company. Regardless of whether you think the accident was your fault or not, it is important to contact your insurance company promptly.

If you suffered serious injuries after being involved in an accident, it is important to contact a skilled Kansas City Injury Attorney who can protect your rights! The experienced Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have been helping accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our seasoned Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will fight to make sure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped countless injury victims in the area. Call Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss the Dangers of Driving After Dark

August 31st, 2017

The person who came up with the saying that “nothing good happens after dark” must have been referring to driving after dark. While day time driving is not necessarily a walk in the park, night time driving is much riskier. In fact, accident related deaths are three times greater after dark compared to during the day. This statistic should not come as a surprise since driving after dark is fraught with hazards. These hazards include:

  1. Decreased visibility. Of course, one of the biggest obstacles to driving at night is the fact that it is dark. Decreased visibility makes it difficult for motorists to see road signs, other cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, and even animals. To help combat this problem, make sure that you allow extra following distance and keep your speed at the posted speed limit. You can also dim your dashboard lights to reduce glare.
  1. Since most of us are used to sleeping at night and being awake during the day, it makes sense why people often comment that fatigue is a problem for them when they drive a night. If you know night-time driving is a struggle, avoid driving after dark, especially long distances. If you cannot avoid an after dark trip, make sure that you have someone with you to help keep you awake. Remember, it is better to pull over and take a nap or grab a cup of coffee than to continue.
  1. Night-blindness. Some people suffer from a condition known as a night-blindness. This condition decreases a person’s ability to see at night. It is important for all motorists to have regular optical visits. If you feel like your night vision is subpar, make sure that mention this during your next eye doctor appointment.
  1. More motorists are driving under the influence. Night-time driving is also made more dangerous with the presence of more drunk drivers on the roadways. For this reason, weekend evenings are the most likely for fatal accidents.
  1. Construction activity. Since roadways are often busy during the day, it is not uncommon to find construction crews working full-force during the night when the roadways are quieter. While this is good news for daytime drivers, it can be hazardous to night-time drivers, especially if they are unfamiliar with the new traffic patterns.
  1. Poor vision due to age. While modern society has created many amazing inventions, not one has been able to stop people from aging. Sure we can dye our gray hairs and smooth out our wrinkles, but it does not mean a 50-year-old has the same vision as when he or she was 30. In fact, studies have shown that as we get older, it is more difficult for us to see at night because our eyes require more light. While there is not a remedy for this situation, it is something that drivers should be aware of as we all are getting older.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in a collision, it is important to contact a skilled Kansas City Injury Attorney who can protect your rights! The experienced Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. having been helping accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys work hard to make sure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped countless injured victims in the area. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can work for you, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.