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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.

A Minor Kansas City “Fender Bender” Can Cause Major Injuries

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents that occur on U.S. roadways. A rear-end collision transpires when the front of one vehicle strikes the back end of another vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 28% of all highway accidents are rear-end collisions. While rear-end collisions are quite common, with approximately 2.5 million occurring each year, most people regard this type of accident as more of an annoying hazard of driving than as a real problem.

But it is important to remember that a car accident is never an enjoyable event. Even a minor “fender bender” can cause a driver a multitude of problems. However, all too often the severity of a car accident is judged by a quick visual assessment of the vehicles involved. If there is minimal damage to the driver’s car it is assumed that there should be little to no injury to the driver and his or her passengers. But this is simply not true. Much like the saying “you cannot judge a book by its cover” the same is often true for car accidents.

In the case of rear-end collisions, it is true that often there is minimal damage to the victim’s car. Sometimes, nothing more than a dented bumper. However, this does not mean that the victim is uninjured simply because his or her vehicle only received minor damage. A rear-end collision can cause life-altering medical problems for a victim, usually stemming from injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Damage to brain/spinal cord
  • Concussion
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Broken/fractured ribs, collar bone, or sternum
  • Cuts or scarring to the face or head
  • Arm and leg injuries

A driver who is injured in a rear-impact collision may initially feel “okay” after the accident. This is because often these types of injuries take days or even weeks after the accident to manifest. Whiplash, for example, is often experienced when a person is the victim of a rear-end collision. A type of neck injury, whiplashes occurs after impact when the head suddenly moves backwards and then just as suddenly, moves forward—the same motion as someone cracking a whip. In minor cases, whiplash can last a few weeks or months. In more severe cases, the pain can last several years or even longer and can be the cause of chronic pain.

The scariest part of whiplash is that the degree of injury is not necessarily based on the severity of impact. This means, that the driver of a car that is hit from behind can suffer from whiplash no matter if the car that struck him or her, was traveling at 10 mph or 40 mph. This is true because the speed the car was traveling is not as important when it comes to whiplash, as is the “surprise” factor. If a driver was not aware that he or she was about to be hit, then he or she could not have braced him or herself for the impact.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries as the result of a rear-end collision, the experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. Our skilled team of injury attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive proper compensation. The team of Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injured clients 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 getting back on your feet, easier on you.

How the Decision to Buckle Up Can Protect Your Safety and Legal Rights

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Although the manufacturers of motor vehicles have made enormous strides in terms of safety innovations that include more extensive airbag coverage, improved roof strength, vehicle stabilization equipment, crash avoidance warning systems and more, buckling up with a lap belt and shoulder harness remain the most effective way to prevent serious injury in a motor vehicle collision in Missouri.  While seatbelt use has reached an all-time high among vehicle occupants in the U.S., there is still a significant minority of individuals that do not fasten their seatbelt when traveling in a motor vehicle.  Because our Missouri car accident lawyers are committed to the safety of our friends, neighbors and community, we have provided a reminder of the physical safety and legal benefits of always fastening one’s seatbelt.

The most important reason to always properly wear a seatbelt is the indisputable safety benefit of buckling up.  Seatbelt use nationally has reached an impressive 88 percent according to the National Safety Council.  However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than four in ten motor vehicle accident victims killed in a collision during a recent twelve month period was not using a seatbelt.  Although the NHTSA estimates that seatbelts saved the lives of 75,000 people during a recent four year period, the federal agency also indicates that raising usage rates just 2 percent would prevent another 1,600 car crash fatalities per year along with 22,000 injuries.

Some traffic safety experts in Missouri contend that the state could improve the extent of seatbelt usage by strengthening the state’s seat belt laws.  Generally, states that have mandatory seatbelt laws employ one of two types of legislative schemes: primary seatbelt laws and secondary seatbelt laws.  Primary seatbelt laws are more effective because they permit a law enforcement officer to pull over and ticket a driver exclusively for failing to buckle up provided the officer has observed that a driver is violating the seatbelt law.  By contrast, secondary seatbelt laws do not permit drivers to be cited unless they are stopped by a police officer for some other traffic safety law violation.

Missouri has one of the least effective seatbelt laws because it only makes a violation a secondary offense.  Further, the nominal level of the fine means that those who do get cited may not have much incentive to strap themselves in because the fine is relatively nominal.  There are other factors that make Missouri’s seatbelt law less effective than that of other states, which include an exemption for vehicle occupants over the age of 16 who are not sitting in the front seat or riding with a driver who only has a driving permit.

While the safety benefits of wearing a seatbelt should provide sufficient incentive to fasten a vehicle occupant’s seatbelt, there is also an incentive based on a potential legal claim when one is involved in a collision that causes serious injury or wrongful death.  Missouri is one of a minority of states that recognizes the so-called “seatbelt defense.”  The seatbelt defense allows the defendant in a personal injury case to reduce or avoid paying damages for injuries that would not have been incurred had the vehicle occupant been properly fastened into a seatbelt.  Although this defense is not applicable if a person does not suffer more serious injuries because of a failure to wear a seatbelt, it can reduce the available recovery when injuries are related to the failure to buckle up.  Fortunately, Missouri limits the potential reduction in recovery based on the seatbelt defense to one percent of the damage award.

If you or someone you love is injured or a family member dies in a Missouri auto accident, we urge you to contact us if you have questions.  Our experienced Missouri car accident injury attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, LLP work diligently to obtain financial compensation for our clients’ injuries so contact us toll free at (877) 535-1163 to see how we can help!