Archive for June, 2017

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

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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.