Archive for June, 2016

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Share Tips for Staying Safe on the Roadways this Summer

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Summer is here and for many people that means just one thing – vacation! With long lines at the airports, it makes sense that many people are choosing to drive to their warm weather destination. If your summer plans include a road trip, here is a checklist of 7 tips to keep cross off your list before setting off into the sunset:

  • Make sure your car is summer ready. Before you load up your suitcases and toss in your cooler, make sure that your car is summer ready. Take a few minutes to check tires for wear and correct pressure, top off all fluids and change your windshields wipers if necessary. You will also want to throw in an emergency kit, make sure your cell phone is fully charged, and that you have your sunglasses!
  • Brush up on how to share the road with motorcycles. Warm weather means there are more motorcycles and bicycles on the roads. Knowing how to share the road with our two-wheeled friends is important. This means allowing for at least a four-second following distance behind a cyclist and never encroaching on a cyclist’s lane space.
  • Be ready in case a summer storm hits! Did you know that it takes close to 30 minutes of steady rain to wash all the dirt and oil off of the roadways? This means that if you are caught in a quick downpour, the roads could quickly become slippery.
  • Drive sober! Drinking alcoholic beverages in the sun is not only dangerous; it can also lead you to do things that you normally would not do, like drink and drive. Hot sunny weather tends to make people perspire and become dehydrated. Combine this with a few alcoholic beverages and you may not be safe to drive, even if you have only had one or two. Do yourself and your fellow motorists a favor, please do not drink and drive.
  • Buckle up! Before you start your engine, make sure that everyone is your vehicle is buckled up. Not only is wearing a seat belt the law, but it will also help keep you in your vehicle if you are involved in an accident. Drivers and passengers who are wearing their seatbelts are much more likely to suffer fewer injuries or decrease the likelihood of death if they are properly fastened.
  • Slow down! Take some of the pressure out of your vacation by allowing yourself to get to your destination whenever you get there—no rushing! By slowing down, you will also help to get you to your destination safely. The roadways tend to be more congested in summer with extra drivers on the road and road work around every turn. While it might take you a bit longer to make it to your journey’s end, slow is steady is the best summer pace.
  • Take a chill pill! Road construction and congestion can make summer driving feel like a nightmare. The best thing you can do is relax. No one has cargo space for a case of road rage this summer!

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in a crash, 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 deserve. Trust the Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just 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. Do not delay, call today!

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists about the Dangers of Summer Driving

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

If you asked a random motorist which season, summer or winter, he or she prefers to drive in, most people would expect the answer to overwhelming be “summer.” This could be that winter for many people means driving on roadways that are potentially snow and ice covered for a good portion of the season. Since slipping and sliding are no one’s idea of fun, people are often surprised when they learn that summer is the most dangerous of the two seasons to be on the roadways. In fact, historically the month of August has been the month with the highest number of fatal auto accidents. If you are shaking your head at how that can be, here some of the reasons that make summer driving dangerous:

  • More travelers. With the kiddos off of school for a few months, summer is the perfect time for families to hit the road. However, they are not the only ones. College students and beach lovers are also packing up and hitting the road to their favorite seaside destinations. An increase in the number of drivers on the roads means congestion, which can cause slowdowns. Travelers are also likely to be going either a little too fast (eager to get to their destination) or a little too slow (looking out of the window, enjoying the tourist attractions, or simply lost). All of this means one thing, the potential for accidents increases.
  • More construction. If you have heard the joke “[w]hat are the only two seasons in ____ (insert state name here)? Answer – “winter and road construction”, then chances are you have traveled through a state where road construction seems to last all summer long. Construction areas require drivers to slow down and be on alert for events like lanes ending and flaggers.
  • More motorcycles and bicycles. If you are a bicyclist or motorcycle enthusiast, then summer is the season you wait for every year. For non-cyclist drivers, this means remembering how to share the road.
  • More young, inexperienced drivers. Schools are out, and that also makes for an increased number of young drivers on the roads. Teens and other young drivers are more accident prone due to their general lack of experience behind the wheel. Unfortunately, more teens on the roadways mean trouble for all the non-teen drivers on the road as well.
  • More sun. Hot sunny weather can buckle roadways, cause worn tires to blow out, and blind drivers. It can also cause cars that can become saunas in a matter of seconds or minutes. Each year pets and children die from being left in hot cars.
  • More drunk drivers. Summer gives us many occasions to get out, celebrate and enjoy yourself every weekend. With family reunions, ball games, festivals, golf outings, picnics, and vacations, summer can feel like a non-stop party. However, this also means that there are more people out drinking and driving.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in an auto accident the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. Our team of skilled Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will work diligently to make sure that you receive 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 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. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we strive to provide injury victims with outstanding legal services.