Archive for September, 2017

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Avoid a Car-Bicycle Crash

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Fall is the perfect time to get outside and what could be a better way to enjoy the season than a bicycle ride. When on a bicycle, a rider not only gets to take in the sights but also gets to feel the cool, crisp autumn air blowing on their face. Whether you are biking for pleasure or as part of your daily commute, it is important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind every time you go for a ride. Biking on trails or paths is very different from sharing the road with cars. A car-bicycle crash often has serious outcomes for the rider. To make sure that the only thing that gets your heart pumping is the big hills this autumn, keep these safety tips in mind:

  1. Plan your route carefully. People often make the mistake of taking the same route they would go in a car on their bike. This can be problematic because this often means selecting busy streets with fast-moving When planning your route, it is important to remember avoidance. While cars and bicycles need to share the roads, they are not equals. A car-bike crash is always worse for the rider of the bicycle, so it is often best to avoid riding with cars whenever possible.
  2. Follow the same rules as cars. Since there are far fewer bicycles on the road than motor vehicles, it is important as a rider to follow the same rules that cars have to follow. This includes coming to a complete stop at stop signs, signaling all turns, and obeying all other traffic laws.
  3. Make sure you are visible. Fall temperatures may be perfect for However, the shorter days can make riding more perilous. Darkness is a huge enemy for riders. Most motorists in car-bike crashes report not having seen the bicycle in time to avoid the crash. Reflective apparel and gear can help increase your visibility to motorists.
  4. Pay attention. Riders like to use bicycling as a way to unwind and unplug at the end of the day. While it is okay to ride for stress relief, it does not mean that a rider can not pay attention to the road. Riders must constantly be aware of their surroundings.
  5. Do not trust drivers. When you the car the car in front of you or behind you remember that you do not know them or how respectful they are to cyclists. To be cautious, do not trust any motorist to do the right thing. If you assume that motorists can see you and will stop or not turn in front of you, it could make a deadly assumption.
  6. Ride like you are invisible. Every time you go for a ride, do so with the idea that you are invisible to motorists. By thinking of yourself as invisible, you will take more steps to be seen and in turn, make yourself more visible to motorists. Since you are invisible, you may need to ride down the side of the road or slow to a stop at an intersection.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being struck by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. Our skilled 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 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. Contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss the Dangers Autumn Brings to the Roadways

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

It is easy to make the argument that autumn is best of the four seasons. What is not to like about cool sunny days spent apple picking, and pumpkin spice flavored everything! There is just something about that crisp feeling in the air that makes a person want to grab a sweater and head for their favorite fall destination. Maybe you will take a drive to see some spectacular fall foliage or a football game. While autumn is a beautiful season to take in the sights, it also comes with its own unique set of dangers for motorists. Do not let the change of seasons catch you off guard. To stay safe this autumn, be alert for these roadway dangers:

  1. Leaves. Fall colored leaves are a thing of beauty when they are on the trees, but once they fall they can become a nuisance and even a downright danger to motorists when the litter the roadways. Treat leaf-covered areas with caution. A blanket of leaves on the road can hide potholes and obscure lane lines. Reduce speed and be sure to avoid hard-breaking on leaves which can become quite slippery when wet.
  1. Sun glare. While summer may be history, do not pack away your sunglasses. Shorter fall days mean motorists spend more time driving when the sun is close to the horizon. Even a short commute to or from work can feel much longer when the sun’s rays are blinding the driver. A smart investment for motorists is to purchase a pair of polarized sunglasses which are better designed to reduce the sun’s glare. A sun visor can also help block the bright rays.
  1. Leaf “peepers.” While you may be on a tight schedule, either picking up a child from school or trying to get to or from work on time, keep in mind the driver next to you might have a more leisurely agenda—leaf peeping. Leaf peepers can be a true danger to other drivers because they often spend more time looking at the foliage than on the roadway. Keep yourself safe by making sure to always keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  1. Rain, fog, and frost. Fall is a season where Mother Nature shows her unpredictable side. One day can be warm and sunny and the next day can be cool, rainy, and foggy. Rather than be frustrated by the weather, a better strategy is to be prepared, and that means making sure that your vehicle is well-maintained. Take the time to have the brakes, tires and windshield wipers checked. Well-worn brakes and improperly inflated tires can make stopping difficult which can spell disaster when mixed wet or frost covered roads.
  1. Critters. Less daylight during the evening commute can make it difficult to spot critters. Deer and other critters are especially active in fall and can pose a real threat to an unwary motorist. Exercise caution when driving in areas known for deer especially during dusk and evening.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in a car crash, make sure you know your rights! The experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our team of seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys will take the time to make sure you understand your legal options. We will also treat your case with the attention it deserves. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to put their 60 years of experience to work for you. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P today by calling (816) 472-4673.