A car accident can happen to anyone, at any time. And they often happen without warning. A person may be just driving along on their usual route when all of a sudden their whole life changes in the blink of an eye. They may be left with severe physical trauma.
When people are traveling from one place to another, they are probably not thinking about everything that could go wrong. If people did that, the fear of a terrible accident would keep them off of the roads completely. Instead, many Missouri residents push the possibility of a car accident to the back of their minds.
For those who have been involved in a car accident, there can be a lot of initial shock and trauma. They may have to deal with serious injuries, property damage, police reports and mechanics. On top of all that, they may also have to contact their insurance company or deal with another person's insurance company. Insurance hassles can sometimes become a burden and a source of stress as people try to heal from the damages caused by the car accident.
A car accident often happens out of nowhere. People are just driving along when, all of a sudden, the negligent action of another driver causes a wreck. While a car accident may only result in insurance headaches and property damage, it can also cause major damage and significant injuries. When people are not expecting these injuries, they can have a major financial impact.
When drivers are behind the wheel, they are responsible for upholding Missouri traffic laws. This includes following all post speed limits. While going a few miles-per-hour over the speed limit may not seem like a big deal, it can cause major car accidents. A speeding, or otherwise reckless driver, may not be able to control the person's vehicle, make necessary stops or avoid collisions, like a driver following the speed limit would.
In a recent blog post, this blog highlighted the story of a pedestrian that was killed when hit by a car during a car accident. According to reports, the pedestrian was a bystander to the car accident that occurred in Kansas City. Unfortunately, similar car accidents involving pedestrians happen all the time in Missouri. Drivers get distracted or simply ignore traffic rules and those around the streets suffer.
When people think of car accident victims, they likely think about the people inside the cars. While it is true that the drivers and passengers inside a car are likely to be injured in a car accident, they aren't the only people that could be involved. Pedestrians, for example, are frequent car accident victims.
Driving is a relatively dangerous activity regardless of how safely one drives. Because driving is so dangerous, there are many rules that drivers must learn and apply whenever they take to the roadways. There are many rules of the road spelled out in Missouri state law. All drivers should know that a red light means stop and a green light means go, but not everyone remembers the finer points like how many feet one should maintain between cars or how much room is required to enter the lane in front of someone.
Drivers always need to be aware of other vehicles on the road. This time of year, motorists throughout the nation have another thing to worry about when driving. Deer are more prone to jump into the road causing motor vehicle accidents. While these incidents occur in many Missouri communities, the odds of such an incident occurring are highest in Kansas City. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that between 2007 and 2011, a total of 1,262 crashes involving deer occurred. This number of crashes is significantly higher than the number of crashes in the next highest community, Lee's Summit. During that same period a total of 265 such crashes occurred there.
The sudden loss of a loved one is often difficult to handle. When the loss is due to a fatal motor vehicle accident, those left behind may not know how to respond or what steps to take. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the crash it is possible that they will file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for the incident. Sadly a fatal accident occurred earlier this week in a community located outside of Kansas City.