Archive for December, 2017

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Seven Tips to Help You Ring in 2018 with a Bang Not a Blaze

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

December 31st is not the just the last day of the year; it is also one of the biggest celebration days of the year. People across the world join with family and friends to reminisce about the year and share hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Traditional New Year’s celebrations in the U.S. often include raising a glass, counting down the final seconds until midnight, and singing Auld Lang Syne. With smaller celebrations noisemakers are commonplace, but at large celebrations, they are often replaced with magnificent firework displays. While firework displays are festive and a crowd- pleaser, they can also be quite dangerous not handled correctly.

Improper use of fireworks can lead to fires, serious injuries, and even death. Each year, fireworks cause more than 15,000 fires and more than 8,000 injuries treated in hospital emergency departments across the country. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July see the most firework-related injuries.

Due to the dangerous nature of fireworks, displays are often best left to the professionals. However, if your New Year’s celebration would not be complete with a “bang,” make sure to follow these key safety tips:

  1. Do not mix alcohol and fireworks. Each New Year’s Eve, people are injured after lighting fireworks when their judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Do not use fireworks if you have been drinking or under the influence of drugs. Fireworks require sobriety.
  2. Never use illegal explosives or professional fireworks. It is important to only purchase fireworks from authorized stores and stands. Never buy homemade or illegal fireworks.
  3. Take necessary safety precautions before setting off fireworks. First, make sure the area is suitable for fireworks in that it is free of overhead obstructions and away from flammable materials. Second, prep the area where fireworks will be lit to keep children and pets from entering the area. Third, wear safety goggles and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
  4. Educate yourself on how to set off fireworks safely. When lighting fireworks, never point one in the direction of a person, building or anything flammable. It is also important not to hold a firework when attempting to light it—always place a firework on the ground.
  5. Properly dispose of used fireworks. To dispose of fireworks, place all used and “dud” fireworks in a metal receptacle and soak with water. Place the receptacle in an area away from a building or anything combustible.
  6. Follow all local laws regarding firework usage. Before setting off fireworks, be sure to check your local laws. For example, the use and discharge of fireworks within the Kansas City city limits is prohibited. In some areas, people are required to obtain a permit to display fireworks. Always check first.
  7. Never let children handle fireworks. Children should never handle fireworks, including those labeled as sparklers. While some people think that sparklers are less dangerous than other fireworks, it is not true. A sparkler, when lit, can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you or a loved one suffered a severe injury due to the negligence of another, it is important to know that you may have legal recourse. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain just compensation for their injuries. Our caring team of attorneys will take the time to listen to you and carefully review the facts of your case. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P we are dedicated to helping injury victims!

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Warn Drivers of the Perils of Short Trips

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

For so many of us, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. There are so many things to do and places to be that we find ourselves running here and running there. The good news is that the vast majority of these trips are of a short duration—not more than a few miles from home. However, the bad news is that due to the weather and the traffic at this time of year, even a short mileage trip can take a long time. So often we spend more time getting to and from our destination than we do actually at our destination. Most of us see these quick trips a necessary evil of the season, but could they be more?

You may have heard, but it is a good time for a refresher, that most car accidents happen within 25 miles of a person’s home. So while driving across the country may sound more dangerous, a person is more likely to be involved in an accident closer to home. In other words, short car trips can pose a hazard. Now, it is also true that there is no real way to escape the never-ending to-do list of car trips this time of year. I mean, you cannot exactly stop going to the grocery store or taking your daughter to dance practice or your son to piano lessons, or from attending your company’s holiday party or your best friend’s New Year’s Eve party, right? Even though you cannot stop going, you can make this trips a bit safer by understanding what makes short mileage trips accident prone.

Part of the reason close to home trips are ripe with accidents, is the simple fact that most of our time spent behind the wheel is on these shorter trips. However, that is not the only reason. Experts also believe that a reason accidents happen closer to home is because motorists feel comfortable driving in familiar surroundings. In truth, many of the place we drive on these shorter trips, we could do on auto-pilot—and there lies part of the problem. When drivers are so comfortable with the route, they sometimes rely more on muscle memory, allowing their brain to think of other things, like what they need to once they reach their destination or what is next on that never-ending holiday to-do list.

One simple solution to make your shorter trips safer is to focus on the road. Pretend like your trip to the grocery store is a new destination. Pay attention and stay alert. Another tip is to buckle up! Accidents do not happen just on freeways at 60+ mph. So make it a habit to buckle up before you even start your car. If buckling up is not a habit your regularly engage in—add it to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an automobile accident this holiday season, contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney right away. The seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will take the time to carefully evaluate your case and determine whether you can hold another party liable for your injuries. Our team of skilled Attorneys is prepared to fight until justice has been served. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to diligently fight for your rights, just as they have done so for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.