Archive for October, 2015

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Caution Drivers As Daylight Savings Time Comes to an End

Friday, October 30th, 2015

For millions of Americans, the end of daylight savings time is often more exciting than Halloween or even Christmas. What adult would not love the gift of an extra full hour of sleep! In a sleep-deprived society even just an hour of additional sleep can seem like a wonderful thing. There is also the benefit of having more daylight at a time when children are leaving home to make their way to school. The trade-off to the extra hour of daylight in the morning is that it is dark at a time when many Americans are leaving work to drive home.

While the trade-off may be worth it in the long-run, it does not mean that it does not come with its own set of short-term challenges. In fact, when it comes to being on the roadways, the end of daylight savings time can be quite problematic. The good thing is that if people are prepared to deal with the challenges that come with it becoming darker earlier in the evening, then they are in a much better position to handle the change.

The biggest problems associated with the time change is that the darkness means decreased visibility during “rush hour”. Drivers making their way home after work now need to be able to adjust to navigating in the dark. Driving in the dark is not just problematic for drivers. The decrease in visibility is actually a major cause of accidents. The National Safety Council estimates that traffic fatalities are 3 times higher at night than during the day.

Motorists can help combat the decreased visibility that the darkness brings by reducing their speed, especially in areas where pedestrians are present. Slowing down will also give motorists extra time to spot critters, like deer that tend to be more active between the hours of 6pm and 11pm during the month of November. Another easy tip to improve visibility is to make sure that the lights on one’s vehicle are all properly working, including brake lights, taillights, headlights and turn signals. Drivers should also use their high beams for additional light when conditions are appropriate.

The other major “con” of the end of daylight savings time is driver fatigue. If you think that extra hour of sleep will help you eliminate a sleep deficit, think again. While it is easy to set our alarm clocks to the correct time, adjusting our internal clocks is much more difficult. Many people report feeling sluggish weeks after the time change. This combined with the shorter days in fall and winter, means that everyone needs to be on alert for drowsy drivers. To combat driver fatigue it is important to allow for extra sleep prior to and for a few weeks after the clocks move back.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries after being involved in a motor vehicle crash, the experienced Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can provide you with valuable legal assistance. Our team of seasoned Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will make sure that you receive all that you are entitled to. We will fight hard to make sure that you obtain the compensation you deserve. Trust the Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped 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, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we pride ourselves at providing injury victims with exceptional legal services.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Ask: Is Your Kansas City Teen Well Equipped to Drive?

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Being a parent is a tough job. However, being a parent of a teenager can be just plain scary. Part of the reason why parenting a teen is so rough is because teens no longer see themselves as children. Teens want to jump into adulthood and try new things. But as a parent, you still want to hold them back a little to keep them safe. Often the most frightening time to parent a teen is when he or she is ready to receive their driver’s license. For any teenager, a driver’s license is still the ultimate symbol of freedom.

Unfortunately, teenagers are often blissfully unaware of the realities that they could potentially face behind the wheel. For example, does your teenager realize that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds in the United States? In fact, more than 2,600 teenage drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2013 and approximately 130,000 were injured.

These statistics are why it is so important for parents to talk to their teens about safe driving habits. Just like you taught your son or daughter to ride a bike the correct way, the same conversation needs to happening about being a safe driver. However, the sad fact is that many parents are not having these types of conversations with their teens. In fact, in a survey only 1 in 4 parents reported having had a serious conversation with their teenage driver about the key components of safe driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) has identified 5 key components that are critical to making sure teen drivers are safe behind the wheel. Parents can use these “5 rules to drive” as a checklist when talking to their teen. The 5 rules are as follows:

  1. No cell phone usage. The most dangerous thing to any driver is to try to multi-task while behind the wheel. Parents needs to stress to teens that using a cell phone to talk or text should never be done when driving. Parents can help by modeling this same behavior.
  2. Must wear a safety belt. Stress to your teen the importance of wearing a seat belt every time he or she is in a car, regardless of whether he or she is the driver or a passenger. More than half of 15 to 20 years old killed in car crashes were not wearing safety belts.
  3. No speeding. In more than 40% of fatal crashes involving 15 to 20 year olds, speed was a crash factor.
  4. No passengers. While it may be fun for a teen to drive with friends in the car, it is just not safe. Teen drivers who have one passenger riding with them are 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors than teenage drivers without passengers.
  5. Drive sober. While the legal driving limit may be 21 in all states, that does not mean teens do not experiment with alcohol. In fact, close to 30% of teens killed in fatal accidents had been drinking alcohol.

If your teenage son or daughter was seriously injured or killed in a car accident, the experienced Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. are here to help. Our skilled team of Kansas City Injury Attorneys will take all of necessary steps to ensure that justice is served. 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. Our attorneys will fight to make sure you’re your rights are protected and that your family receives proper compensation. We invite you to contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule an initial consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. you are a priority, not a number.