Archive for July, 2017

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

Saturday, 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

Sunday, 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.