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Motorcycle rider fighting for life after street race crash

Motorized vehicles are more than just tools used to transport people and objects from one place in Kansas City to another. Many Kansas City residents have a special connection with their vehicle and have pride in their ownership. The relationship people have with their vehicles may stem from the way it looks to how fast it can reach speeds of 60 mph and beyond. This love has helped found not only customization businesses that specialize in everything from looks to performance, but also events where people show off their and their car's skills. Those who do so on streets, often illegally, are called street racers.

Kansas City, Missouri, is seeing an uptick in the number of illegal street races with a recent race ending in tragedy. While details regarding the race are still being investigated what is known is that a motorcycle collided head on with a car during an illegal street race. The motorcycle is said to have crossed the center line the resulting crash leaving its operator with life threatening injuries. The driver of the car fled the scene and has yet to be found.

Missouri behind the times in addressing distracted drivers

In the next 50 years the world is sure to change. One likely improvement will be the use of computerized automobile transportation that operates without the aid of humans. Because the vast majority of car accidents are caused by human error, implementation of such a system is likely to save thousands of lives every year. While the work on tomorrow's technology continues, there are still many way individuals and lawmakers alike can help make the streets safer to use.

Missouri is one of a few states that have not created comprehensive laws protecting drivers from distracted drivers. According to the government website, distracted driving constitutes any activity that diverts a person's attention away from the task of driving. This means that texting, putting on makeup, eating and even talking to a passenger can all create a distracted driver. Texting is considered one of the most distracting activities because it requires drivers to divert not only their eyes but their hands as well, which is why a large number of states outright ban the practice while driving.

Child killed in auto accident as car allegedly runs red light

Drivers in Kansas City know that an auto accident can happen at any time, but for most it is not a consistent worry. However, there are times when an accident will happen and the results can be severe with catastrophic injuries and even death. Car accidents can occur due to negligence, drinking and driving, ignoring traffic signals or simply because of unfortunate circumstances. In any event, the aftermath can be terrible for the injured persons and their families.

An 11-year-old boy was killed and five others were injured in an auto accident involving a Chevrolet Impala and a Chevrolet Silverado. The driver of the Impala was the boy's father's girlfriend. Also in the vehicle were the woman's own three sons, ages nine months, one and six. The crash reconstruction is ongoing, however the driver of the Impala claims that the Silverado sped up to beat a red light and caused the crash. Another witness corroborated this account. Police are investigating and it has yet to be determined whether charges will be filed.

Truck accident with semi sends pickup driver to the hospital

Drivers in Kansas City must always be vigilant for large trucks on the road. Not only are these vehicles heavy and massive, but they are sometimes driven in an unsafe manner. This can lead to a truck accident. Aggressive driving is never a good idea, but when it is done by a trucker, it places the health and lives of others in jeopardy. While these trucks are an important part of the economy, provide goods and create jobs, they still present a danger if operated recklessly.

Recently, a 28-year-old man was driving his 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck in Kansas when he was hit by a semi truck driven by a 41-year-old man. The Ram was waiting to make a left turn when the truck, trying to pass, crashed into it. The man in the Ram was taken to the hospital with injuries as a result of the truck accident.

Two injured in Missouri T-bone crash

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, U.S. drivers aged 16 to 19 have the highest traffic violation and crash rate, compared to any other age group. In a recent accident that took place in southeastern Missouri, an 18-year-old driver allegedly entered the path of another vehicle, causing a crash.

According to reports, the 18-year-old collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe, which caused the Tahoe to T-bone the 18-year-old's vehicle. Both parties sustained injuries; the 18-year-old suffered serious injuries and the driver of the Tahoe received moderate injuries. Both were treated at an area hospital. The driver of the Tahoe was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the car accident, but it is unknown if the 18-year-old driver was wearing a seatbelt.

Two teenagers dead after collision in intersection

A community is in mourning after a fatal car accident involving five local high school students. The wreck occurred when a 17-year-old student drove into an intersection, hitting a northbound truck. The 17-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger both died at the scene, while another 14-year-old passenger is being treated for serious injuries. It appears that there was no stop sign at the intersection and the cars may not have yielded to each other as required. The driver of the truck was a 15-year-old-boy who suffered critical injuries. The boy's passenger, another 15-year-old, suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized. Police are still investigating the crash but say speed likely played a factor in the accident.

The 15-year-old driver of the truck had a farmer's permit which allows for younger individuals to drive without a parent or guardian in limited situations. However, the famer's permit did not allow him to have a minor in the car as a passenger. Even if the 15-year-old is found to not be responsible for the accident, he and, by proxy, his family could be held liable for his passenger's injuries because driving him was a violation of law.

Bride-to-be dies while being driven to bachelorette party

Car accidents, by their nature, are seemingly random in nature, happening to distracted and defensive drivers alike. Because the only requirement for an auto accident is a moving motor vehicle, it is impossible to predict when they occur or under what circumstances they occur. It is even less possible to predict whether the outcome of the accident will be a few cuts and bruises, a few broken bones or life-threatening injuries. Even when drivers are following the rules of the road, the risk of an accident is ever-present.

A Missouri bride-to-be who was on her way to her bachelorette party died Friday night after being involved in a head-on collision. The fatal car accident occurred while the bride's maid of honor was transporting her to the party. According to the maid of honor, they were attempting to pass a truck, whose exhaust fumes were causing the bride complications with her asthma. Although they both checked the lane before passing the truck, when they went to pass, they collided head-on with a truck that was just coming over a hill. Both vehicles served to avoid each other the same way, which resulted in the passenger side of the bride-to-be's car being struck. The woman, who was wearing her seatbelt, later died at the hospital from her injuries, leaving behind a five-year-old child and her fiancé. Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were later released.

SUV driver dies in collision with school bus

Car accident investigations have come a long way in recent years. Investigators are now able to recreate crashes in not only the physical world but the virtual world as well. Computer programs and equations can now reveal how fast a person was travelling, if they used their breaks and a host of other enlightening information. While this may do little to sooth the pain of victims and their loved ones, it could help determine fault and may even be able to help prevent future accidents.

A bus driver and the students he was driving are recovering after being involved in a head-on collision with a SUV. The bus accident took place as the driver was transporting the children home from their summer program. A 2004 Ford Explorer crossed the centerline and hit the bus full of children head-on.

Wrong-way crash seriously injures 2

A majority of automobile accidents in the United States are caused by some form of driver error or negligence. Negligent driving can often have tragic results, especially when a driver consumes alcohol before getting behind the wheel. All too often, innocent drivers or passengers are seriously injured or killed due to another driver's decision to drink and drive.

Two women are in the hospital after a recent Kansas City accident left them both in serious condition. The car accident occurred on the evening of June 7, when the driver of a white truck went the wrong way on the Heart of America Bridge heading northbound in the southbound lane. She struck another vehicle that was unable to avoid the wayward vehicle. The 24-year-old driver of the white truck is under investigation for drunk driving as she went into surgery for her life-threatening injuries. Charges have yet to be filed in the case.

Trooper seriously injured on highway during traffic stop

Law enforcement officers have one of the more dangerous jobs in the United States. Every day, they face an increased risk of being shot, stabbed or attacked by those whom they approach. But one danger that is often forgotten is that of the average citizen driving to his or her destination. Whether intoxicated, distracted or just plain reckless, citizens have unintentionally injured and killed scores of officers who were just doing their jobs. The issue has grown to such magnitude that many states have created new, harsher laws and penalties designed specifically for people who are involved in such incidents.

Early Sunday morning, a Missouri state trooper was rushed to the hospital in serious condition after being struck by a car while making a routine traffic stop. The car accident occurred while the trooper was on the side of the highway talking to the occupants of the car whom he had pulled over. While the investigation into the crash is ongoing, what is known is that a man driving a Volkswagen hit the trooper's car, pushing it into the car that he had pulled over. The driver of the Volkswagen, who was charged with two counts of assault second degree and driving while intoxicated, was airlifted to the nearest hospital; his condition remains unknown.

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