Kansas City Injury Attorneys Remind Everyone To Resolve to Buckle Up This Year

December 12th, 2016

The New Year is almost upon us and if you are like many Americans, the last days of this year may be spent putting together a list of resolutions. Each year, Americans assemble lists of New Year’s resolutions that will help them become better people in the coming year. Popular resolutions often include fitness-related goals like losing weight, eating healthier or joining a gym and personal health goals like quit smoking, cut back on sugar, or eat less red meat. However, New Year’s resolutions are difficult to continue for the entire 365 days, since they often require big lifestyle changes and face it, for many of us—change is difficult! But not all resolutions have to be tough. For example, one resolution that is relatively painless but can have a potentially huge impact one’s life is quite simple to keep, and that is to buckle up each and every time you drive or are a passenger in a vehicle.

Resolving always to wear your seat belt may not sound like a big deal, but it is the one thing everyone can do—to help save a life. The life may be your own, or it could be that of one of your passengers. Make it a rule that no one rides in your car without wearing his or her seatbelt. If you have doubts that wearing a seat belt is worth the 5-second effort, please consider the following:

  1. It is estimated that seat belt usage reduces the serious crash-related injuries and deaths by close to 50 percent.
  2. In 2014 alone, seat belts saved more than 12,800 lives.
  3. People, who have not been wearing a seatbelt, have been killed in accidents where the vehicle was traveling as slow as 12 mph.
  4. A driver, who is not wearing a seat belt, has 42 times greater risk of being killed in an accident than a driver who is wearing a seat belt.
  5. In a 30 mph car crash, a driver or passenger who is unbuckled will hit the windshield with the same impact as if he or she had fallen from a three-story building.
  6. Airbags are great but are not a substitute for seat belts. The main purpose of a seat belt is to keep the person inside of the car in the event of an accident. Airbags do not help keep people inside of the vehicle. According to some experts, being thrown from a vehicle is the number one cause of death in crashes.

If these reasons are not enough, remember that wearing a seat belt is the law in all states except for New Hampshire, and failure to wear one could result in a fine. Motorists in Kansas, a state with primary seat belt laws, can be pulled over if the officer has reason to believe that the driver or front seat passengers are not buckled up, while in Missouri most areas only have secondary laws.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney promptly. The seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will evaluate your case and determine whether you hold another party liable for your injuries and suffering. Our skilled Attorneys are prepared to fight until we obtain justice for you. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to work for you, just as they have worked for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate Injury Attorney contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Tips for Keeping Your Cool Behind the Wheel

December 1st, 2016

Everything about winter is cold, which does not necessarily make for fun driving. Snow, black ice, sub-zero wind chills, freezing rain, and the like can all make winter driving a challenge. In fact, the only the thing that seems not to be cooler in the winter is the temperaments of motorists. There is something about winter driving that tends to make tempers flare! Sometimes it is the driver that is driving 20 plus miles below the posted speed limit—just because it started to snow. Alternatively, maybe it is the driver in the van who failed to clean off the roof of their vehicle, sending a sheet of ice your way. Whatever it may be, there is certainly enough annoyances related to winter driving that gets motorists hot under the collar. While we all get temporarily upset by the actions of other drivers, some people take it a bit too far. Losing one’s cool behind the wheel is not only a dumb thing to do, but it can also be dangerous.

In a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that nearly 9 out of every ten drivers believed that aggressive drivers were to some degree a threat to their personal safety. By learning to control your emotions when behind the wheel, you help ensure a safer trip for both you and your passengers. The following are some of the best tips to help you stay cool behind the wheel this winter:

  • Leave ample space between you and the vehicle in front of you. When you keep your distance from the car in front of you, it is easier to stay cool. Space acts as a buffer both physically and emotionally. This way when the driver in front of you keeps braking for no apparent reason, you are not forced to react as quickly as you would if you were driving much closer to him or her.
  • Conduct yourself in a way to set an example. If you are a parent or regularly drive with children in your vehicle, remember that they are watching and listening to your every move. Try to conduct yourself in a way that you would want them to act if they were behind the wheel.
  • Make plan to have a good trip. Maybe your drive home from work is your time to decompress from the day and transition to greeting your family at home. This quiet time is valuable and can be enjoyable if you set your mind to it. Instead of getting upset, listen to your favorite tunes and relax.
  • Take care of yourself. Feelings of road rage are much more likely to creep into your mind if you are stressed, tired or just plain running late. So do yourself a favor and make sure that you are fit and ready to drive before getting behind the wheel.

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

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Tips To Help Make Sure You Arrive Safely This Holiday Season

November 16th, 2016

Everyone knows that this time of year involves a lot of hustle and bustle. It seems like there is never a moment to spare from now until the New Year! There are so many things to do in preparation for the holidays that it feels like one’s to-do list is never done—and the “doing” is not all. During the holidays there is also a lot of “going”—work bashes, school plays, trips to the mall, church activities, family get-togethers, breakfasts with Santa, cookie parties, and of course, the cross-country trip to visit grandma and grandpa. With so much dashing this way and darting that way, there is no real surprise that the holidays are one of the busiest and most dangerous times to be on the roadways. The good news is that there are things every motorist can do to make holiday travel safer. The following are a few tips to help make sure that you arrive safely at your destination this holiday season:

  1. Leave the phone alone. A driver who uses his or her cell phone in any manner is driving distracted. Distracted drivers are one of the largest causes of accidents. Do yourself and your fellow motorists a favor and keep your hands off your phone until your car is parked.
  2. Slow down. While it may be important to make it to your destination on time—speeding is not the answer. Take your time and relax. It is more important to make it to your destination safely than not at all.
  3. Know when to stay home. Winter weather can be fun if it means skiing or sledding. However, no one wants to go skating down the road! Before you head out this season, take a minute to check the forecast and determine whether it will be safe for you to travel. If you are ever in doubt, opt to be cautious and stay put!
  4. Avoid drowsy driving. With so much to do over the holidays, many of us are running on limited shut-eye. If you know you have a long trip ahead of you, make sure you get your beauty sleep before starting off.
  5. Winterize your ride. In winter, it is important to make sure your vehicle can handle everything Mother Nature can throw your way. Make an appointment with your local mechanic to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving. If you are do-it-yourselfer be sure to check your vehicle’s tires, brakes, battery, lights, and wipers.
  6. Sobriety is the name of the game. If you have been drinking at a party, do yourself a favor and let someone else do the driving. There is no reason to get behind the wheel this holiday. There are plenty options from the more old-fashioned, like having a designated driver or taking public transportation, to modern day conveniences like ordering a ride from Uber or Lyft. Driving sober this season can be as simple as a few clicks on your smart phone.

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

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Encourage Residents To Make Home Sweet Home A Little Safer This Holiday Season

November 1st, 2016

What could be better than enjoying the holiday season at home? It is not only the stuff of holiday movies and carols—but what people want this time of year. Whether it is your home or a relative’s, people idealize spending the holiday being cozied up inside with loved ones. While, there may be no place like home for the holidays, this does not mean there are not perils that lurk inside. Many of the accidents that tend to occur this time of year, often take place inside of the home. So while you are decking the halls this season, keep in mind these important tips to make your home a safer place to hunker down for the holidays:

  1. Have a plan in the kitchen. A holiday is never complete without a feast– which means that at least one member of your household will be spending some quality time in the kitchen. While cooking for a crowd can be fun, is often stressful and hectic. Chaos in the kitchen is often a recipe for an accident. To avoid a kitchen mishap, create a cooking plan. Make as many components ahead of time, to avoid too much going on in the kitchen at once. Remember that people care less about the number of dishes that you make and more about the quality of the company.
  1. Look at things through the eyes of a child. While an adult may look at a poinsettia as a beautiful living piece of holiday décor, to a small child it may look simply delicious! Many plants used for decorations, including poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly, are all potentially poisonous, so best kept out of the reach of children. Tree trimmings can also be a danger to a child who could put one in his or her mouth and choke or becomes injured on the breaking glass. Alcohol poisoning is also a potential risk around the holidays. To prevent a child from accidentally consuming alcohol, make sure that cups with alcoholic beverages are out of the reach of children.
  1. Tidiness is important. Most people concentrate the majority of their cleaning efforts to the period before their guests arrive. However, it is important to make sure to keep your home tidy whenever you have a home full of people. Toys, papers, wrapped gifts and other items, especially left on the floor can lead to trips, falls, and injuries.
  1. Mind the tree. The Christmas tree is often a focal point in every home during the holidays. However, in the midst of a frenzied household, a tree can be a 6-foot accident waiting to happen. To keep your tree from tumbling over, make sure it is in a safe area, preferably up against a wall or in space that is not in the middle of a major walkway. If your tree is quite large, you may also want to take steps to secure it to a wall.

If you or a family member was seriously injured in a home mishap this holiday season, it is important that you seek the advice of a seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorney. Only an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney can thoroughly review your case and make the determination if the wrongdoer can be held liable. To make sure that your rights are protected you need to hire the right attorney. The attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, and are ready and willing to help you. Our compassionate team of attorneys will make sure that justice is served. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss the Perils of the Night after Halloween

October 31st, 2016

Now some folks believe that Halloween is all about tricks and frights–but that is just not the case. Halloween for most people is all about the fun! And what could not be fun about people donning costumes for one night, pretending that they are somebody or something else. Now some people choose to be something sweet like a smiling pumpkin or a friendly ghost, while others prefer something scary, like a menacing monster or a blood-sucking vampire. However, it does not matter if you choose to be a good witch or a bad witch, or are not a witch at all—as long as you have a good time! The truly terrifying nights do not actually happen until well after the 31st day of October. In fact, if you are a motorist or plan to be on the roadways, the time to be scared starts the Monday following Halloween, or November 7th—the d day after Daylight Saving Time ends.

Daylight Savings Time scary?  Yes, it may sound a wee bit kooky that an extra hour of sleep can be dangerous to anyone—but it is true! Scientists have found that the act of setting the clocks back one hour can cause disturbed sleep patterns. Disturbed sleep patterns can leave a person feeling groggy. Grogginess is a real problem since the lack of adequate shut-eye can have a negative impact on a person’s driving abilities. This combined with the fact that with fall, there is an earlier dusk and darkness when people are commuting home from work, and you have a recipe for an increase in auto accidents. It is estimated that drowsy drivers are the cause of approximately 1 in every five fatal accidents.

Therefore, it is important for drivers to understand the risks of drowsy driving and to take steps to prevent it from happening to them. Smart drivers can beat the Daylight Saving Time sleepies, by taking actions such as:

  • Keep your normal bedtime routine – One problem with Daylight Saving Time is that people get out of their normal bedtime routine by staying up one hour later. Resist the urge to stay awake late on Saturday or Sunday night and instead, opt to wake up 30 minutes earlier both days in preparation for the change.
  • Avoid substances that can cause drowsiness – It can take a few days, or for some folks even weeks after the time change, for their body’s to adapt fully. During this time avoid taking any substance that could increase drowsiness—such as medications like cold medicine or pain medications. Also, try to limit your alcohol consumption as alcohol is a depressant and can exacerbate feelings of drowsiness.
  • Consider making caffeine your friend—While caffeine usage is not good or recommended for everyone, it can help some motorists by giving them a short-term boost to a driver who is feeling less than completely alert behind the wheel.

If your loved one was seriously injured or killed after being involved in a car crash with a drowsy driver, it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney right away. The seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will evaluate your case and determine whether you hold another party liable for your injuries and suffering. Our team of skilled Attorneys is prepared to fight until justice has been served. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to work for you, just as they have worked for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys React to Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Case

October 1st, 2016

Cancer—the six letter word “C” is the diagnosis no one ever wants to receive. For many people “getting cancer” tops their list of fears. Just hearing the word “cancer” can evoke a plethora of emotions. Anxiety, fear, and even depression are all common experiences when a person learns that cancer has become a part of his or her world. However, the very first emotion that usually strikes a person who has just received a cancer diagnosis is shock or utter disbelief. Why?—is often the question that everyone wants to be answered, and rightfully so.

It is completely natural and logical for a person to want to know what caused his or her cancer to develop. Often doctors look at several areas when they try to offer an opinion as to how the cancer started. First, they look to see whether the person engaged in any high-risk behaviors. Smoking has been linked to numerous types of cancers. Family history is also another big factor. Certain types of cancers seem to run in families. But, absent either of these factors, people are often left wondering.

Such was the case for a California woman who was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. She did not have a family history of ovarian cancer, nor did she seem to be at a high risk. For her, the diagnosis just did not make sense. Then her daughter told her about an ad she had seen; that discussed the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer—that is when it all started to make sense for her. The California woman was a loyal Johnson & Johnson baby powder user. In fact, she had used the product for 45 years, beginning at age 15 and was still using the product at the time of her cancer diagnosis. Many women, including this woman, use baby powder for the purpose of feminine hygiene.

The woman then brought suit against the Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company failed to properly warn women of the potential dangers of talc, the mineral used in baby powder. This month, a Missouri jury agreed with the woman. The jury found against Johnson & Johnson and awarded the woman more than $70 million dollars in damages. The California woman represents the third successful lawsuit against the baby powder giant. All three cases have been in St. Louis. In the two other cases, juries awarded Plaintiffs $55 million and $72 million.

The California woman told reporters that she felt “happy” and “relieved”—as she should be. She is one of the fortunate plaintiffs. Not every suit against Johnson & Johnson has been successful. In fact, in the company’s home state of New Jersey, a judge tossed out two other cases citing a lack of evidence. Johnson & Johnson has said that the company will appeal all three losses, believing that their product is safe. In the meantime, another case against the company will begin in November—also in St. Louis.

If you or a loved one became seriously ill or were injured after using a product it is important to know that you may have legal recourse for the injuries you suffered. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain compensation for their injuries. Our compassionate team of attorneys will fight for your rights and make the wrongdoers pay. 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. We look forward to helping you obtain the justice you deserve.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Food Recalls

September 30th, 2016

Whether you a vegetarian, a vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo or none of the above, one thing remains true—the safety of your food matters. While safe food sounds like a no-brainer, it seems impossible to find a food group that is truly safe. Not a day goes by when it feels like the media is announcing a new food recall for a different product. One day, it could over certain a vegetable, the next day over a dairy item and then prepared foods, pantry staples, and meat. It is important for all consumers to understand how food recalls work and how to keep yourself and family safe. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions Kansas City area residents have about food recalls:

Why is it that I hear about food recalls on almost a daily basis? There are two main reasons why consumers may feel like they hear about recalls on almost daily basis. First, the Food Safety Modernization Act requires that news outlets be made aware of any recalls. So if there is a recall in your area, your local news will alert you. Second, responsible manufacturers, the USDA, and the FDA want to try to protect the general public by alerting them of a potentially unsafe product.

What are the reasons that a product could be recalled? There are three main reasons why a food product may be recalled:

  • Allergen-related problem: A food may contain a known allergen, like milk, peanuts, shellfish, or wheat and the label may fail to advise consumers of the allergen. For example, this month 543 cases of banana nut muffins were recalled because the product was labeled as lemon poppy seed and contained undeclared walnuts.
  • Detection of a potential pathogen: Any time a product is found to pose health concerns. Recently, Kellogs recalled 10,000 cases of its Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles because the product is potentially contaminated with the Listeria bacteria.
  • Detection of a foreign substance: A product may be recalled if the item could contain foreign matter. Earlier this month 99,000 packages of bread products were recalled by their manufacturer because they potentially contained clear plastic pieces.

What should I do if I think that I have a recalled product in my refrigerator or freezer? The first thing you need to do is to make sure that the package of recalled food product that you have matches the recall. The recall notice will let consumers know the name of the product being recalled, and which specific packages are affected (as identified by production dates, case codes, sell by dates, etc.). For example, this month Tyson recalled chicken nuggets, but only for its “fully cooked panko chicken nuggets” that were sold in 5lb and 20lb packages with production dates of July 18, 2016, and particular case codes. Once you determine that the product in your fridge or freezer is in fact a recalled product, do not eat the product. Follow the recall notice for how to obtain a refund or replacement item. 

If you or a loved one became seriously ill after eating a product it is important to know that you may have legal recourse for the injuries you suffered. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain compensation for their injuries. Our compassionate team of attorneys will make it a priority to fight for your rights and to hold then wrongdoers accountable. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you in your time of need.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Tips for Staying Safe This Halloween

September 5th, 2016

Now that it is officially fall let the countdown to Halloween begin! If you are a fan of this spooktacular holiday, and who is not, you have probably been planning for this year’s festivities since November 1st of last year! What makes Halloween such a great holiday is that it is not just for kids—grown-ups love to get in on the fun too! Come on, who does not like candy, costumes, and scary stories? While Halloween can be a great time for young and old alike, the key to having the most fun on Halloween is making sure everyone stays safe! The real scary stuff that can happen on October 31st has nothing to do with werewolves or the bogeyman—but accidents can and do happen. To make sure your crew has a fang-tastic time while keeping out of harm’s way, follow these tips:

  1. Do a test walk: Before your child heads out the door, make sure he or she can walk in his or her costume without tripping and falling.
  2. Make sure everyone can see and knows how to be seen: The two most important keys to being safe when out and about in the dark is to make sure that your little one can see out of his or her mask, and can be seen by cars. This means:

a. Stay on the sidewalks or grass, avoid walking in the street

b. Cross the street only at the corner or in a designated crosswalk

c. Put reflective tape on your child’s back, shoes, and trick-or-treat bag

d. Carry a flashlight to illuminate the path ahead and to alert motorist’s to your presence

e. Travel only in well-lit neighborhoods

  1. Travel in a group: One is not only the loneliest number it is also an unsafe number when it comes to going out and about on Halloween night. Remember, safety is in numbers so never let your children head out alone. Adults should also try to make sure that there is at least one grown-up for every child in case part of the group needs to head back early.
  2. Keep all furry critters inside: While you may want your pet to be part of the festivities, Halloween is not always the best night for four-legged friends. Large groups of kids shouting and door bells ringing non-stop can make any pet anxious—even those that love children. To keep everyone safe, keep your pet away from the entryway when answering the door for trick-or-treaters.
  3. Inspect before you ingest: Make it a rule that before your child eats any of his or her trick-or-treat candy that an adult must inspect it. Make sure to remove hard candy, gum and any other treats that may pose a choking hazard for little ones. Toss any candy that is not properly wrapped or looks suspicious.

If you or your child suffered a serious injury after being involved in a car crash, dog bite incident, pedestrian accident or products liability claim this Halloween; you can trust the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to come to your aid. No matter your injury, our team of skilled Kansas City Injury Attorneys will work diligently to make sure that you receive proper compensation. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to support you, just as they have supported countless injured victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help you with your injury case, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we make it our promise to provide injury victims with outstanding legal services.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys React to Data That Traffic Fatalities Are On The Rise

August 31st, 2016

According to estimates just released by the National Safety Council (“Council”), for the first half of 2016 traffic-related deaths were up almost 9 percent when compared to the same period last year. From January to June, more than 19,000 people were killed in car crashes. The Council also predicted in its release that the number of people that will be killed in the upcoming Labor Day weekend will make it the deadliest Labor Day weekend since 2008. The Council estimates that 438 people will be killed on the roadways over the three-day holiday weekend. What makes this news particularly tragic is the fact that these deaths are preventable. In fact, traffic accidents are the number one cause of preventable deaths in the country. On the flip side, this means that there are things that each and every motorist can do to reduce accidents. So before you hop into your car this holiday weekend, do your part to make the roadways safer for everyone. You can do your part by remembering the following:

  1. Drive sober. Driving requires all of your mental faculties. You need to be able to think fast, react quickly and make sound decisions in the blink of an eye. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol, street or prescription drugs is impaired. If you are not able to drive sober, leave the driving to someone else. In 2014, nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  1. Obey the speed limit. If you have a need for speed, find a go-kart track, because exceeding the speed limit in an automobile put you and those around you in danger. Speed limits are set for a reason, and that reason is not to be broken. Excessive speed is a factor in close to 30 percent of all traffic-related.
  1. Keep your vehicle well maintained. A vehicle that has failing brakes, worn tires or burnt out headlights is a vehicle that can cause an accident. Before you get behind the wheel, make sure that your vehicle is in good driving condition. Remember that what you are driving is as important as how you drive it.
  1. Leave your phone alone. More than eight people are killed each and every day by drivers who are distracted behind the wheel. Drivers who are talking, texting or using an app on their phone do not have their complete focus on the roadway. At 55 mph, in the amount of time it takes a driver to read one text message, he or she has traveled the entire length of a football field with his or her eyes not looking at the road. If you need to use your phone for any reason, pull over.
  1. Buckle up. Wear your safety belt and make sure that any children riding in your vehicle are fastened properly into height and weight appropriate safety seats. While these actions will not prevent an accident, they will keep you and your passengers safe in the event you are in an accident. As a driver, every time you hear the click of your buckle, let it serve as a reminder to keep your focus on the roadway at all times.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in an auto accident, you can trust the experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help. Our team of skilled Personal Injury Attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to assist you, just as they have helped countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To discuss your potential injury case with a seasoned Injury Attorney contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss The Number One Cause of Traffic Fatalities

August 4th, 2016

On any given night, this scenario is playing out in homes across the country: You are curled up on your couch, watching your favorite prime-time television drama when your phone rings. The tell-tale ring alerts you that it is a loved one calling, so you answer. However, you do not turn off the tv. Instead, you let the caller chat away, unable to tear your full attention away from the screen. Now, in this situation, one of two things happens. Either the loved one becomes annoyed, asking if you are listening to them when you give one word or inappropriate responses or, you miss a critical segment of your show. So, in the end, someone, you or your caller, is not happy with your decision to multi-task. Now if we as Americans cannot watch a television program and listen to a third party simultaneously, what makes us think we can operate a car while chatting on our cell phone?

While multi-tasking may be a sought after quality with some employers, it is more of a fatal flaw than an attribute in a motorist. Attempting to do anything more just drive while behind the wheel, is the basic definition of distracted driving. Sadly, distracted driving is the number one cause of traffic fatalities in the United States.

Talking and texting while driving are both extremely distracting behaviors. However, the problem has grown bigger than just these two issues. Social media apps and games, like “Pokemon Go” are becoming a cause for major concern. All cell phone usage is dangerous because it takes a driver’s focus off the task at hand. Even something as seemingly innocent as entering an address into a map app for directions should not be done while driving. Lawmakers and safety campaigns continue to try to encourage drivers to put down their phones.

But shockingly, Americans are often undaunted about the dangers that can result when a person is “multi-tasking” while driving close to 4,000 pounds of machinery at speeds of well over 50 miles per hour. Motorists often forget that certain tasks, like driving, require a person’s complete attention. For example, you would not want your cardiac surgeon browsing Facebook while he or she was performing a triple bypass. Although driving is not nearly as complicated as open heart surgery, it does require the same complete focus.

Distracted driving is not just a cell phone problem. NPR reported, for example, that more than 25 percent of teenage drivers admitted to changing clothes or shoes while driving. Teens also reported to changing contact lenses, doing homework and applying makeup behind the wheel. But distracted driving cannot be blamed on teenage drivers either. According to a study, almost 50 percent of drivers over the age of 35 admitted to eating while driving. All motorists need to remember that all it takes is one little error or miscalculation and lives are changed forever.

If your loved one was serious injured or killed after being involved in an auto accident with a distracted driver, you need to contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney right away. The seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will work with you to make sure you receive the compensation you are due. Our team of skilled Attorneys will work diligently to make sure that justice is served. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to work for you, just as they have worked for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To set up a consultation with one of our compassionate Injury Attorney contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.