It is hard enough to have to put a loved one into a nursing home, but at least you should be able to count on the staff of the facility to keep your family member safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as exemplified by the tragic death of a 75-year-old Kansas City man with Alzheimer's who wandered out of his nursing home recently.
A Kansas City accident involving a teenager who was texting while driving demonstrates the tragic consequences that can result from distracted driving. To combat the persistent problem of distracted driving, the Missouri Highway Patrol has launched an anti-texting while driving campaign to complement the state's law banning texting while driving for younger drivers.
Just about every worthy cause, and even some more mundane issues, have days, weeks or months dedicated to them. Motorcycle Awareness Month this May, however, is particularly important because the riding season is in full swing again.
As Distracted Driving Awareness Month winds down, one must wonder whether such an awareness campaign can really save lives in the Kansas City Area. Just weeks ago, a twenty-something in Central Missouri fumbled with her cell phone as she drove head-on into another woman, severely injuring her.
In a horrifying situation last week, four Kansas-City schoolchildren were the victims of a hit-and-run while they rode to school on a bus. According to police reports, the bus was travelling through an intersection when a SUV ran a red light and crashed into the side of it. The SUV driver then fled the scene of the accident.
Winter White-Out Storm in Kansas City Leaves Dozens Injured
Yesterday, a winter storm caused three pileups endangering hundreds of people in the Kansas City Area. Lenexa was the site of a 30-car pileup Sunday as a storm blinded drivers on I-35. On I-435 in Kansas City, motorists fared no better as 40 cars were in a snarled logjam.
If your New Year's plans involve driving around the Kansas City Area, please exercise special caution. A report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 80 people die each New Year's holiday in drunk driving accidents. Your chances of being killed by a drunk driver on New Year's are 150 percent higher than on an average day during the holiday season.
When truck drivers are at fault for crashes involving a passenger vehicle, a government study finds that the leading causes of the truck accidents are: the use of legal drugs, driving too fast, unfamiliarity with a road, inadequate attention to driving and driver fatigue.