Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Prevent Young Pedestrian Accidents

July 22nd, 2017

Your children are your world. You will do anything in your power to keep them safe. However, as a parent, it is not an easy job. It can be tough to protect a child in every possible scenario. Parents are always trying to do their best, but sometimes children still get hurt. Since walking or riding a bike is the main mode of transportation for young children, it is important that parents and caregivers be aware of the dangers and how to prevent pedestrian accidents. In 2015, one in every five children, age 14 and younger, who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. Most children injured or killed in pedestrian accidents were near their own home, on their own street, and even in their very own driveway. To help make your child a safe pedestrian and reduce their risk of being in an accident, remember these safety tips:

  1. Never let a young child cross the street alone. Small children, especially preschool age and younger, should always be supervised and have their hand held when crossing the street.
  1. Do not allow children to play in driveways or in or near the street. Young children are impulsive and are often not able to appreciate the dangerous nature of their actions. For example, one minute a child is playing a game of kick the ball, and then next minute the ball is rolling into the street, which often sends the child into the street to catch the ball. For this reason, it is best for children to play away from streets whenever possible. Driveways are also dangerous places for children to play as vehicles can enter at any time. If your child is playing in the driveway, put up a blockade so cars cannot enter.
  1. Teach your children the right way to cross the street. Learning to cross the street is an important safety lesson. First, talk with your child at home about how to cross the street and why not doing so the right way can be dangerous. Then, take your child for a walk and show them how to cross the street. Be sure to point out the following steps:
  • Stop at the curb.
  • Always cross at the corner or a crosswalk.
  • Look and listen for cars.
  • Look left, look right and then back left again to make sure the road is clear
  • If you see a car, then wait and when you think it is clear, repeat the look three times.
  • Remind children even if the walk signal is present, that they must still look to make sure a car is not turning.
  • Walk, not run across the street.
  1. Set a good example. Be a good role model when you are crossing the street with your child. Follow all the above rules and point out to your child the steps that you are taking to be safe. You can also point on when you see any pedestrian doing something that is not safe.

If your child was seriously injured after being involved in a p, the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. Our experienced 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 Personal 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. We invite you to contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule an initial consultation. Our caring and hardworking injury attorneys will make it easier to get back on your feet.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Bust Top Motorcycle Safety Myths

July 2nd, 2017

If you repeat something often enough, even if it is not true, the thought is that people will start to believe it. This is how myths often begin. Myths usually begin quite innocently but can have dangerous consequences when people take the information as the truth and then act upon it. Trying to separate fact from fiction is not always easy because a myth often makes sense on some level, if the though the logic may be flawed. Myths are quite prevalent. For example, just ask a bunch of motorcyclists about accidents and safety, and you are bound to hear quite a few mistaken beliefs about motorcycle safety. To keep you safe on your motorcycle, it is important that you can separate can weed out the myths. The following are some of the most common myths and why they are just plain wrong:

  1. It is safer to ride on streets or roads than on the highway.

A common misconception is that a biker is safer on the smaller roads and streets compared to a busy highway because everyone is traveling at much slower speeds. While it is true that drivers are traveling at much slower rates on city streets, the truth is controlled-access highways are the much safer spot for bikers. On a highway, traffic is all headed in one direction and traveling at roughly the same speed. Also, there are no dangerous intersections, pedestrians, and less roadside obstacles on a highway.

  1. A big bike is a good bike for a beginner rider.

Wrong! A big bike is not only more difficult to maneuver in tight spots like parking lots and sharp turns, but it is also heavy! A large bike can weigh more than 700 pounds. Large bikes also require a certain finesse that new riders just do not have. If you are unsure as to what bike is best for you, consult with a pro before buying.

  1. You are safe to ride after just one beer.

The fact of the matter is that studies have shown that even though a person may feel just fine after one alcoholic beverage, his or her reaction times are not as fast as when sober. Riding a motorcycle requires a great deal of coordination, much more so than driving a car. A rider must be able to balance, break, steer, counter steer, and clutch shift all while riding defensively. Any amount of alcohol is dangerous and can even be deadly to a biker.

  1. Bikers only wear leather gear to look tough.

If a rider is in a crash, the only thing to protect them is his or her gear. While typical biker gear typically includes leather clothing, the reason is not that it looks cool or tough. The biggest reason bikers wear leather is that the material is tough. Leather gear protects a rider’s skin in case of a crash. Street jeans, while they may also look cool, do not afford a rider any protection from abrasion. Leather, on the other hand, affords the most abrasion resistance.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision, the seasoned Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. are here to help. Our experienced team of Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Trust the Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you as they have helped countless motorcycle injury victims around the area, in both Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Tell Parents: It is Not Too Late to Protect Your Teen Driver

June 6th, 2017

Every parent dreads the day that their son or daughter is handed their driver’s license. Sure, it will be nice that they can drive themselves to school, home from soccer practice, and their part-time job on the weekend. Oh, and yes, it will be especially helpful that they now can cart their younger siblings around as well. So in some ways, having a teenage driver is not all gloom and doom.

However, the days where dread sits in is when it is Friday night, and your teenage driver asks for the keys to the car, so he or she can pick up a friend and go to the movies, or go “hang out,” or even worse, to a party. With school is in session, teens do not have a ton of free time to go cruising around. However, summer changes all of that. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for young drivers. In fact, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are said to be the deadliest for teenage drivers, this according to the National Safety Council.

In 2012, more than 1,000 people died in car accidents involving teenage drivers during this 100 day period. It is estimated that more than 550 of the people killed were teens. These statistics coupled with the fact that car crashes are the number one cause of death of American teenagers can make any parent ill with worry.

If you are a parent reading this, you are probably wondering what you can do to protect your teen. Sure, you could take away the keys. However, there are other options. The National Safety Council has started an initiative called DriveitHOME. The purpose of DriveitHOME is to offer information and guidance to parents of teenage drivers in hopes of reducing the number of teen crashes to zero. DriveitHOME is a great resource for parents looking for ways to keep their teen safe behind the wheel. The following are just a few of the many tips parents can start to use today and continue with throughout the year:

  • Set a good example: It is never too early to start practicing what you preach. Driving distracted is dangerous at any age. Show your teen that when you are driving, that is the only thing you are doing. Do not use your phone while driving. If you want to talk or text—pullover.
  • Have a conversation with your teen: Let them know your concerns. Consider having them sign an agreement that sets forth what you expect of them and the consequences if they do not follow the rules.
  • Practice, practice, practice: Just because your teen has his or her license does not mean that he or she is an expert driver. Continue to ride with your teen and allow them to practice their skills. A parent can be a great driving coach!

If your teen suffered serious injuries after being involved in a collision, it is important to contact a skilled Kansas City Injury Attorneys who can protect his or her 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 Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Top Summertime Accidents

June 3rd, 2017

Summer is a great time for a kid to be a kid. Long summer days give kids plenty of time to play and have fun. However, emergency department physicians know the three-month period between spring and fall as “trauma season.” In fact, trauma centers tend to see double the amount of traumatic injuries in children over the summer months. The simple truth is more time spent outside tends to equal more injuries. However, as a parent, this does not mean that you need to shelter your child indoors all summer! The most important thing to prevent child injuries this summer is to make sure that your child is properly supervised. However, that is not the only thing a parent can do. The following are some of the most common summer dangers and ways parents can protect their children:

  1. Water: While boating and swimming are great ways to pass the summer days, water play of any kind can be dangerous for children. Make sure that your child never swims unsupervised and always wears a life jacket when on a boat.
  1. Bicycles: Bikes are by far the most dangerous toy, that nearly every child in America owns. This is not to say a child should not have a bike; rather it means that precautions need to be taken to keep children safe. New learners, especially will have their fair shares of spills. Make sure your child wears a helmet and knows how to make sure he or she is seen by automobile drivers.
  1. Playgrounds: Kids love the playground! But did you know that more than 20,000 children are seen for playground-related traumatic brain injuries in emergency departments across the country? In addition to proper supervision, injuries can be prevented by parents inspecting playground equipment to make sure it is good condition. Monkey bars related injuries are so high that experts often recommend that they be removed from playgrounds.
  1. Fireworks: Fourth of July is often the prime time for fireworks and children are often given sparklers to celebrate the holiday. Most parents are unaware though of the dangers sparklers present. Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to burn some metals. It is best to leave fireworks to the professionals!
  1. Pets: The temperature is not thing the only thing that is heading up, up, up, in the summer. Dog bites to children also rise during the summer months. Teach your child to always ask a dog’s owner for permission before attempting to pet a dog.
  1. Trampolines: While jumping on a home trampoline can be fun it also tends to be an accident waiting to happen. Children younger than six years of age are at the greatest risk of injury. The best way to prevent injury, other than to avoid trampolines all together, is only to allow one child to jump at a time.
  1. Heat & burns: Summer means days filled with sunshine and evenings eating smores. Which means that if not care, can also translate to sunburns, heatstroke, and campfire burns! Keep children covered in sunscreen, well-hydrated and a safe distance from any open fire pit.

At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we are dedicated to helping injury victims obtain financial recovery for their injuries. If your child suffered serious injuries after being involved in a summertime accident, you might be entitled to compensation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we will take the time to carefully review your case and discuss your legal option with you. You can trust the Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped countless injured victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation, please contact our office today at (816) 472-4673. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we strive to provide injury victims with exceptional legal services.

Why You Should Have a Kansas City Business Law Attorney Review Your Commercial Lease

May 15th, 2017

As a human being, we are not perfect creatures. While human beings are much more advanced than other life forms, we are far from infallible creatures.  In fact, it seems no matter how much more innovative the human race has become, it seems like there are certain pitfalls that we just cannot seem to escape. The biggest part of being human is to know that we are bound to make mistakes. Some mistakes are minor and not much worth talking about even the very next day. However, some mistakes are so big that they seem to penetrate every facet of our lives and have the power to haunt us forever. As a business owner, knowing that you could make a mistake that you would regret for years to come can be an unsettling thought. That is why it is important as a business owner to know when you should consult with a business law attorney. Signing a commercial lease without consulting with a qualified business law attorney first is the perfect example of a mistake that can have far-reaching negative effects.

It is critical to have a business law attorney review a lease agreement since commercial leases by their very nature are skewed towards landlords as they are written by the landlords. As a business owner, this means that commercial leases often contain numerous provisions that unfairly favor the landlord. Areas that are of particular concern include the following:

  • Lease term. A long lease normally benefits the landlord while a shorter lease term favors the business owner. It is important to negotiate this area of the lease since commercial leases are not easy or without significant financial cost to break.
  • Renewal clause. Once you find the perfect spot for your business, you want to make sure that you can keep your business at the location for as long as you see fit. Some leases have unfavorable renewal clauses or have no option to renew at all.
  • Fee provisions. In addition to the monthly rent, tenants are usually responsible for a share of the CAM or Common Area Maintenance fees. CAM fees are similar to the fees condo owners pay in addition to their mortgage. CAM fees can vary greatly from lease to leave and in some cases can exceed the monthly rent.
  • Oral promises. While oral promises are in certain cases enforceable, it is always better to have every term related to a lease contained in writing within the lease documents.
  • Hidden provisions. Often buried within a commercial lease are terms that can be quite detrimental to a tenant. One such term is personal guarantee clause. A personal guarantee clause is problematic because it opens a business owner up to an attack on their individual assets, something is otherwise not possible given the protections of incorporation.

If you are a business owner, who is considering signing a new lease, consult with a business law attorney first. Your attorney will discuss any potential pitfalls in the proposed lease and negotiate more favorable terms on your behalf.

As a business owner, it is important to find a Kansas City Business Law Attorney who knows and understands your business’s special needs. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. our experienced Business Law Attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients protect their business. Our attorneys have assisted clients in both Kansas and Missouri with their business needs for almost two decades. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we understand the needs of business and want to be there for your business. No matter what your business needs, our team of attorneys can handle it all. To discuss your business needs with one of our seasoned business law attorneys, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Dog Bite Prevention Tips

May 1st, 2017

You can tell it is summer because everyone is outside enjoying the warm the weather. The longer days implore people to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Quickly days are filled with family picnics and barbecues, long walks to the ice cream shop, and trips to the park. There is just something about summer that begs us to be more carefree and just let kids be kids! However, while the summer season should contain a good amount of “rest and relaxation” it is also a time when parents need to be on alert as sadly summer is also dog bite season.

While dog bites are not limited to any particular season, summer time tends to see more than its fair share of dog bites. In fact, more than half of all dog bites happen in the summer months with the highest spike often occurring in August. According to dog experts, events like large gatherings which can be great fun for adults and children can be quite stressful for dogs. This is why it is important for all parents to understand the importance of teaching their children how to interact appropriately with dogs. Even a usually friendly dog can become irritable in the heat or when it feels crowded. By teaching your children to follow the rules, you can help reduce the likelihood of them being bitten by a dog:

  1. Ask before you pet. Teach your child to never pet a dog without first asking the owner’s permission first. It is important to ask, even when the dog is on a leash being held the owner, because the dog may be irritable, old, or may not like small children.
  2. Allow the dog to sniff you. Make sure that your child understands the importance of letting the dog sniff his or her hand before he or she tries to pet the dog.
  3. Never touch a dog without its owner present. Even if your child has pet a dog in the past, it is important for him or her never to pet the dog without the owner present. Children are often tempted to stick their hands through a fence to pet a familiar dog, which can cause the dog to become territorial.
  4. Do not touch or approach a dog that is eating or sleeping. Even a very friendly dog can feel threatened if it is approached when it is eating or sleeping.
  5. Use gentle touch. Small children are often excited at the sight of a dog. Make sure your that your child uses a gentle touch and does not pull or tug on the dog’s ears or tail.
  6. Do not run past a dog. It is important to never run past a dog, as the dog may think the child wants to play and begin to chase the child. Teach your child if he or she is being chased by a dog to be calm and stop running. If the dog knocks the child down, he or she should curl up into a ball with his or her hands protecting their face.

If your child suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a dog, you could trust the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help. Our team of skilled Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will work diligently to make sure that justice is served. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to fight for you, just as they have fought for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can assist you with your injury case, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Stress the Importance of Quality Gear to Prevent Road Rash

April 30th, 2017

One of the biggest differences between driving a car and riding a motorcycle is what behind the wheel needs to do in preparation to hit the road. For the driver of the car, this preparation is practically non-existent. An automobile driver simply hops in his or her vehicle, fastens the safety belt, and he or she is pretty much ready to go. Motorcycle riders, on the other hand, need to put careful consideration into what they will wear. Not just to protect themselves from the elements, like the sun and precipitation, but what they need to protect themselves in case of an accident. The difference between a motorcyclist suffering fatal injuries or being able to survive a crash often depend on the gear choices he or she made before they even got onto their bike.

Unlike other motorists, bikers cannot rely on their motorcycles to provide them with any form of protection in the event they are involved in a crash. Even a minor accident, the equivalent of a vehicle fender bender, can have serious and life-threatening consequences for its rider. Quality gear can help protect the rider from the most common motorcycle injuries, including road rash.

Road rash is the informal term used to describe skin abrasions suffered by a motorcyclist after he or she has skidded across the pavement of the road. Road rash cases vary in severity much like burns, from first degree to third degree. A first-degree road rash looks similar to rug burn and usually does not require medical treatment. A third-degree road rash, which is the most severe, impacts all layers of the skin and can expose tendons and bone. Ask any seasoned bike, and they will tell you road rash is not just a cosmetic concern. Road rash can be extremely painful and can result in significant loss of significant tissue, damage to muscles, and permanent scarring.

It is estimated that a biker loses a millimeter of skin for every mile per hour he or she is going over 30 mph. So that means if you are going over 55 mph at the time of a crash, you could expect to lose an inch of flesh. This is why bikers need to carefully consider what they put on each and every time they go for a ride. Protective gear, like leather and other high-tech performance wear, is the only barrier between a rider and the asphalt in the event of a crash.

Most bikers strive to cover every square inch of their body with some sort type of quality gear before heading out. This strategy is best because all skin should be covered and not just by regular street wear. Some bikers make the mistake of wearing a protective coat, gloves, helmet and boots, but only wear a pair of regular jeans to protect their lower half. In a crash, even the sturdiest pair of jeans can be shredded after as little as three seconds of road contact. If you are unsure of what gear you need, talk to a professional before your next ride.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision, the seasoned Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. Our experienced team of Kansas City Injury Attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Trust the Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you as they have helped countless motorcycle injury victims around the area, in both Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss of Nursing Home Red Flags

April 20th, 2017

One day, after a visit to your loved one in a nursing home, you find yourself feeling a bit uneasy about the visit. Certain things just seemed “off.” You try to rationalize that your loved one is losing some of his memory with their advanced age and maybe, what he is telling you, it not quite the whole truth or a bit of an exaggeration. When you mentioned your concerns to one of your loved one’s caregivers, she is quick to point out your loved one’s frailty and possible onset of dementia. The caregiver’s explanation seems to fit with what your observations, but you are still left with a nagging feeling that just will not go away.

Sadly, if you are worried about the care that a loved one is receiving in a nursing facility, you are not alone. It can be very difficult for a family member to recognize signs of elder abuse because many of the signs do coincide with mental deterioration. However, if you have even the slightest misgiving that your loved one may not be receiving proper care or is being abused, it is critical to act swiftly on those feelings. Do not dismiss what your gut is telling based solely on what the caregiver is telling you.

One of the most often reported signs of elder abuse is a change in the elder’s personality or behavior. Signs of this can include the elder acting depressed or suddenly being uncommunicative. He or she may also have withdrawn from their usual activities. These are all potential clues that your loved one could be experiencing emotional or physical abuse or neglect.

Increased tension or arguments between the elder and his caregivers is also another common sign of abuse. Maybe your loved one does not like a particular caregiver or acts markedly different when a particular caregiver enters the room. Again, these are not proof of abuse, but they do provide you with reason to follow-up and keep a watchful eye out. You will also want to watch your elder for following:

  1. Lack of privacy during visits. The inability to talk to your elder without the presence of a caregiver can indicate that the caregiver is trying to exert control over what the elder may tell you.
  2. Bed sores. The presence of bedsores (pressure ulcers) can indicate that the elder is not being moved often enough.
  3. Unexplained injuries. When asked, staff is unable to give an explanation as for how bruising, or other sores occurred.
  4. Failure to give the elder proper doses of medication, either over or under-dosing.
  5. Change in appearance. Check to see if your elder appears dirty, unkempt or dressed inappropriately.
  6. Physical changes. If your elder has lost weight, it is possible he or she is being malnourished or is suffering from dehydration.

Lastly, you will want to take note of the facility and see if any changes have occurred since your loved one became a resident. Pay particular attention to the staff. Has there been a high staff turnover? Does the staff seem frantic and rushed? Do call lights and phone calls go unanswered for long periods of time? Is the staff friendly and offer detailed explanations to your questions or do you feel like you are being brushed off or dismissed? If your gut tells you that something is amiss, trust your gut, because abuse is not always glaringly obvious.

If you believe that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse it is importance that you speak with an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Proving a case of nursing home negligence or abuse requires key knowledge of the law and proper diligence to investigate the facts. The Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injured nursing home victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. Our attorneys know how to win a case. 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 put our clients first.

Kansas City Business Law Attorneys Offer Tips For Selecting The Right Attorney For Your Business

March 12th, 2017

As a business owner, your business is your pride and joy, your baby. Few people can understand and truly appreciate the amount of work it takes to start and grow a business. The amount of time and sweat equity put into any business can almost be compared to first-time parents caring for a newborn. The worry and anxiety can only be topped by the thrill and excitement of the whole experience. Just like a parent would not trust their infant with just any person, a business owner needs to be selective in finding the right people to help start, grow and maintain your business. The difference between success and failure can sometimes be as simple as finding the right business law attorney to make sure your business gets started and stays on the right track! While finding a good business law attorney may sound like a daunting task, these tips can help you find the perfect fit for your business:

  • Look for attorneys whose main practice area is business law. While it may sound intuitive, people often fail in their search for the right attorney to eliminate those attorneys whose focus area is not the area of business law. However, it should go without saying that if you would not select a dermatologist to perform your brain surgery, you should not select an attorney whose practice is overwhelmingly dedicated to the practice of criminal law to meet your business’ legal needs. So while the attorney that handled your custody dispute with your ex may be a great attorney, he or she may not be the best person to give you advice on ways you can minimize your tax liability.
  • Focus on attorneys who can handle both transactional AND litigation matters. The right attorney should be someone who can meet all of your business’s needs. As a busy owner, the last thing you need to do is to find an attorney that can help you with the formation of a limited liability company or review a contract but is unable to be of assistance if your business has litigation needs. You want to find an attorney who has extensive experience, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
  • Make sure the attorney you select has a positive reputation in the community. Smart small and large business owners alike, know the importance of having a good reputation. Your business’s goodwill is as important as any other aspect of your business. Therefore, when you are searching for the right attorney, make sure to check out his or her reputation as well.
  • Trust your gut. When you meet with an attorney, listen to your gut. You are not only looking for a skilled and experienced attorney, but also one who is as passionate about growing and protecting your business as you are. If your gut does not trust the attorney to do just that—then move on!

As an owner, it is important to find the right Kansas City Business Law Attorney to represent your business. This where the experienced and highly skilled Kansas City Business Law Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. come in. Our attorneys have assisted clients in both Kansas and Missouri with their business needs for almost two decades. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we understand the needs of business and will be there for your business every step of the way. Whether you are just starting your business, need assistance to grow your business, or have litigation or tax needs, our team of attorneys can handle it all. To discuss your business needs with one of our seasoned business law attorneys, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Motorists Stay Safe Strategies For Roadside Emergencies

March 1st, 2017

There are numerous reasons why you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road. A roadside emergency can be anything from a flat tire to having run out of gas, or simply experiencing mechanical problems. No matter the reason for your needing to stop, it is important to keep in mind that the side of the road is not a safe place to hang out. In fact, the shoulder of any roadway can be a very dangerous spot for a motorist. Each year, motorists are killed on the shoulder while waiting for help to arrive. If you ever find yourself experiencing a roadside emergency, keep in my mind these stay safe strategies:

  1. Exit the highway whenever possible. If you are experiencing car trouble on a major highway, you are always safer if you can exit the highway rather than stop on the shoulder. Once you are off of the highway, stay inside your vehicle until help arrives.
  1. Pull completely over. Not only is a car on the side of the road a danger to its occupants, but it also presents a danger to other motorists. However, sometimes, stopping on the side of the road is unavoidable. If you do need to stop on the shoulder of a busy roadway, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is pulled completely off of the main road and onto the shoulder. A car that is even partially in the lane of traffic is a collision waiting to happen. If you are not able to move your vehicle completely onto the shoulder, you need to evaluate whether you should remain in the vehicle. Often the best strategy is to exit the car due to the likelihood that the car could be hit. If it is safe to exit the vehicle, exit out the side of the vehicle that is furthest from traffic, even if that means exiting out the passenger side door. Do not exit your car if traffic does not permit.
  1. Illuminate! Even if your car is completely on the shoulder, it is important that others can see it. At night a car on the shoulder can be near invisible to approaching traffic. Also, emergency vehicles and other motorists use the shoulder as well. The best way to make sure your vehicle is visible to others is to turn on your lights or flashers. Flares, which motorists should keep in their emergency roadside kits, are also useful for this purpose as well.
  1. Call for help. A car on the side of the road is much like a sitting duck. So as soon as you realize that you cannot or should not re-enter traffic, call for help. Sometimes, handy motorists are tempted to forgo calling for roadside assistance or a tow-truck, preferring instead to try to change a tire or conduct other maintenance themselves. Since hanging around outside of your vehicle next to the road is not safe, please resist the urge to do so.

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 Personal 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.