If you are a driver in Kansas City, the statistics show that sooner or later you may be involved in a car or motor vehicle accident. If you are involved in such an accident, you want to make sure that your rights are properly protected so that you may recover the maximum amount of compensation available with an experienced Kansas City Injury Attorney. We are a Kansas City accident law firm protecting the rights of our clients when such unfortunate incidents do occur. If you have any questions, we offer a free case review.
MISSOURI CAR ACCIDENT DATA
The most recent Missouri Department of Transportation report revealed important data pertaining to car accidents in the state. In 2011:
- There were more than 100,000 traffic crashes
- Of these, more than 51,000 resulted in injuries with one person being injured every 10.3 minutes
- There were 786 fatal traffic accidents with one person being killed every 11.1 hours
Crashes have a number of causes, including:
- Driver inattention – the driver simply is not paying attention to the task of driving
- Talking on a cellphone – cellphones are distractions and take the driver’s attention and hands away from the task of driving
- Sending or receiving text messages – texting is one of the most dangerous distractions and increases the chance of an accident more than 20 times
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol – In 2011, one person was killed or injured in drinking-involved crashes every 2.3 hours
- Speeding – in 2011, 17.3% of traffic crashes were speed related
COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES
If you were involved in an auto accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensation may either be economic or non-economic and may include the following, depending on the specific circumstances of your case:
- Medical expenses – past and future
- Hospital bills and medication
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Past and future lost income or wages
- Pain and suffering already experienced or likely to be experienced
- Property damage – auto repair or replacement, depending on the circumstances
- Car rental and towing when appropriate
- Other – ask your attorney
Contact The Law Office of Janelle Bailey, for a Complimentary Case Review; No Fees Unless We Win Your Case
If you were injured in an auto accident, the Kansas City car accident lawyer Janelle Bailey is available to speak to you immediately. It is advisable to seek legal counsel prior to making any statements to insurance or claims adjusters because any information you reveal to them may be used against you in future proceedings. At the Kansas City Law Office of Janelle Bailey, you will speak with an actual attorney and you will be given the individual attention that you need and deserve. There are no fees involved unless we successfully settle your case or win at trial and we advance costs related to the case. To schedule your free case review, contact the Kansas City Law Office of Janelle Bailey, by calling (816) 286-3625.
The numbers illustrating the dangers of cell phone use while driving are downright startling. In fact, any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.
Smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But that can pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, phone calls, or any other mobile applications while driving.
Cell phone distraction rates are alarmingly high. We hope with a little information, you will make the right decision when you are on the road.
General Cell Phone Statistics
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- Answering a text takes away your attention for about give seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that is enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
- Of all cell phone related tasks, texting if by far the most dangerous activity.
- 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
- 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.
2013 U.S. Cell Phone & Driving Statistics
- In 2013, 3154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes.
- About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
- In 2013, 10% of all drivers ages 15 to 19 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
2012 U.S. Cell Phone & Driving Statistics
- In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related crashes.
- About 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
- In 2012, 11% of drivers under age 20 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
- One-fourth of teenagers respond to at least one text message every time they driver and 20% of teens and 10% of parents report having multi-text message conversations while driving.
2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors
- Nearly half (48%) of drivers admit to answering their cell phones while driving.
- Of those who answered their phones while driving, 58% of drivers continued to drive while talking on the phone.
- One in 10 drivers surveyed said that, at least sometimes, they send text messages or emails while driving.
- Of the drivers surveyed, 14% said they read text messages or emails while driving.
- A majority of respondents supported laws that banned talking on cell phones, texting or emailing while driving.
As published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, 9,967 people were killed and approximately 290,000 were injured. Each crash, each death, each injury impacts not only the person in the crash, but family, friends, classmates, coworkers and more. Even those who have not been directly touched help pay the $132 billion yearly price tag of drunk driving. But together we can eliminate drunk driving.
- Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2014, 209 (19%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Of the 209 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2014, over half (116) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2014, over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.3 That’s one percent of the 121 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
- Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.
- At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.
- Among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2014, three out of every 10 were between 21 and 24 years of age (30%). The next two largest groups were ages 25 to 34 (29%) and 35 to 44 (24%).
- Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2014, 29% had BACs of 0.08% or greater.
- Motorcyclists ages 40-49 have the highest percentage of deaths with BACs of 0.08% or greater (40% in 2013).
Drivers with prior driving while impaired (DWI) convictions:
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes were seven times more likely to have a prior conviction for DWI than were drivers with no alcohol in their system. (7% and 1%, respectively).
|Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)*
||Predictable Effects On Driving
|.02% – About alcoholic drinks**
- Some loos of judgment
- Slight body warmth
- Altered mood
- Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target)
- Decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention)
|.05% – About 3 alcoholic drinks**
- Exaggerated behavoir
- May have loss of small-muscle control (e.g. focusing of eyes)
- Impaired judgment
- Usually good feeling
- Lowered alertness
- Release of inhibition
- Reduced coordination
- Reduced ability to track moving objects
- Difficulty steering
- Reduced response to emergency driving situations
|.08% – About 4 alcoholic drinks**
- Muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g. balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing)
- Harder to detect danger
- Judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired
- Short-term memory loss
- Speed control
- Reduced information processing capability (e.g. signal detection, visual search)
- Impaired perception
|.10% – About 5 alcoholic drinks**
- Clear deterioration of reaction time and control
- Slurred speech, poor coordination, and slowed thinking
|Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
|.15% – About 7 alcoholic drinks**
- Far less muscle control than normal
- Vomiting may occur
- Major loss of balance
- Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing
*Blood Alcohol Concentration Measurement
The number of drinks listed represents the approximate amount of alcohol that a 160-pound man would need to drink in one hour to reach the listed BAC in each category.
** A Standard Drink Size in United States
A standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in
- 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
- 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
- 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
- 1.5 ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)
Truck drivers work very long hours and often have tight schedules. One of the major reasons trucking accidents happen in the United States is because of driver fatigue. When a driver is excessively fatigued, their performance can drop to the level of an intoxicated person. They also have a decreased ability to evaluate their own level of fatigue which can severely impair their judgment.
Trucking accidents are collisions involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-Wheelers or other commercial vehicles that cause property damage and/or personal injuries. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States.
The Kansas City Personal Injury Law Firm of Janelle Bailey offers a complimentary case review with our experienced Kansas City truck accident lawyers to discuss the legal options that may be available to you.
Missouri Motor Vehicle Truck Crashes
As stated in the most recent Missouri Traffic Safety Compendium, commercial motor vehicles were involved in a significant number of Missouri traffic crashes. In 2011, 9.2% of all traffic crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. When examining fatal traffic crashes, 15.2% involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 120 persons were killed and 3,479 were injured in commercial motor vehicle related crashes. As a result, one person was killed or injured in commercial motor vehicle involved traffic crashes every 2.4 hours in Missouri.
Commercial trucks have special rules, regulations and laws that they must obey. One rule is that truck drivers must obtain necessary rest and restorative sleep. If you are involved in an accident where the driver fell asleep, you may end up trying your case in Federal Court. Truck drivers are required to keep driving logs. When they are involved in an accident, evaluation of the log is critical. The log may be used to show violations of Federal hours-of-service regulations, intentional illegal conduct and negligent conduct. With emerging technology, attorneys have access to more evidence to help their clients. Computerized dispatch records, cell phone forensics, GPS technology and computer animations make it possible for attorneys to better investigate their cases. The trucking industry is also discussing going to electronic logbooks.
If you are involved in a trucking accident, make sure that you document the accident the best that you can. If you believe you need legal help, call an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The Law Office of Janelle Bailey can help you begin gathering information necessary to pursue the claim immediately.
Common causes of truck accidents
The following trucks were involved in accidents that were either fatal or involved injuries:
- Unlicensed driver
- Disobeying safety procedure
- Motor vehicle inspection failure
- Repair and maintenance failure
- Driver fatigue
- Truck rollover
- Backing up
- Vehicle collision
- Mechanical failure
- Tire blowout
- Overloaded trailer and loads that shift weight
Complimentary Case Review with Janelle Bailey
If you were injured in an accident with a truck that was a result of the driver’s negligent conduct, or the truck’s mechanical failure or other viable reason indicating negligence, it is important to obtain legal representation to preserve your rights to compensation.
If you were injured you may seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost past and future income, loss of consortium, property damage and more. The Kansas City Law Firm of Janelle Bailey offers personalized, hands-on and compassionate legal services to their clients. Additionally, there are no fees involved unless your case is favorably settled or won in court. To schedule your complimentary case review with The Law Firm of Janelle Bailey, call 816-286-3625.
Fatal auto accidents occur far too often in Missouri, including in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. A fatal car accident destroys the life of not only the victim, but the victim’s family, friends and loved ones. Under Missouri law, specific family survivors have the right to seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit when an accident was a result of another driver’s negligent conduct. The Law Office of Janelle Bailey is a personal injury law firm that can help you obtain the compensation that you are entitled to when a loved one perishes. A free case review is available to discuss your options.
Recently Revealed 2011 MISSOURI Fatal Car Accident Statistics
The Missouri Department of Transportation recently revealed the latest statistics pertaining to fatal car accidents occurring in 2011:
- 2011 fatal traffic crashes: 786
- 2011 total traffic crashes: 142,966
- One person was killed every 11.1 hours
If your loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident, it is advisable to consult with a skilled Kansas City personal injury attorney to preserve your legal rights under Missouri law.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Victim’s Family in Missouri
When a loved one loses their life in a motor vehicle accident, and the death was caused by another driver’s negligence or other negligent circumstances, certain family members may seek compensatory damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Surviving spouse
The wrongful death claim is somewhat similar to a personal injury claim but it is brought by the survivor(s), as opposed to the injured party. The damages that may be sought may include the following:
- Funeral, burial expenses
- Medical expenses – when beneficiary is responsible for or made payments
- The survivor’s pain and suffering – mental anguish and sorrow suffered by the survivors
- Loss of consortium – loss of love, guidance, companionship, care, protection, etc.
- Loss of income and other economic loss – loss of projected earnings of the deceased
- In some cases, punitive damages may be sought if the death was an intentional or cruel act
In order to determine the specific compensation that you may be entitled to, it is advisable to speak to your attorney.
Complimentary Case Review; No Costs Unless Your Case is Won or Settled
When an auto accident claims the life of a loved one, make sure that your rights to compensation are fully protected. The Law Firm of Janelle Bailey will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Janelle Bailey, Injury Attorney, offers personalized attention and are available to speak with you after hours and on weekends. There are no costs involved unless your case is successfully resolved in your favor. To schedule your complimentary case review, call our Kansas City accident attorney Janelle Bailey at 816-286-3625.
While motorcycle accidents can be the fault of the motorcycle driver, they are more often the result of negligent automobile drivers, despite misconceptions to the contrary. Accidents often occur because automobile drivers are not alert to the presence of motorcyclists sharing the road, not because of reckless driving on the part of the motorcyclists. Unfortunately, it is often the motorcyclists who suffer the worst of the injuries in an accident.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 50 percent of motorcycle accidents resulting in death involve another vehicle, and 42 percent of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle. It is important to know that if you have suffered as a result of a motorcycle accident, you are not alone.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligent conduct of another driver, or by substandard road conditions or by another form of negligent or intentional conduct, it is advisable to seek legal counsel from a seasoned Kansas City motorcycle accident lawyer in order to preserve your rights to compensation. The Kansas City Law Firm of Janelle Bailey offers a free consultation to discuss the legal options that might be available to you.
Of all traffic crashes occurring in the State in 2011, 36.3% resulted in a person being killed or injured. However, in motorcycle involved crashes, 80.0% resulted in a death or personal injury. In 2011, 1.8% of all traffic crashes involved a motorcycle. In fatal traffic crashes, 11.3% involved a motorcycle. A total of 82 motorcyclist were killed and 2,166 were injured in motorcycle traffic crashes. One person was killed or injured in these crashes every 3.9 hours in the State of Missouri.
Help for Injured Bikers
While many attorneys are unwilling to represent those who have been involved in motorcycle accidents due to the common stereotypical belief that motorcyclists are reckless or dangerous drivers, Kansas City Motorcycle Accident Attorney Janelle Bailey knows that many accidents are not the fault of the injured biker. At The Law Office of Janelle Bailey, we are passionate in our commitment to protecting your rights, your finances, and your future. We know that motorcycle accidents can happen to even the safest of motorcycle drivers and are willing and dedicated to providing the best available representation those involved in these unfortunate events.
Complimentary Case Review with Janelle Bailey Motorcycle Personal Injury Attorney; No Fees Unless We Win
Motorcycle accident cases are often complex and difficult to prove. Janelle Bailey, Injury Attorney, follows a no-nonsense approach, consulting top experts. At The Law Office of Janelle Bailey, we take pride in giving highly individualized, careful attention to each case they pursue. Miller Law does not operate as an assembly line law firm. Each case is diligently and thoroughly investigated and developed, and clients are treated with the high level of care and respect they deserve during the difficult time following a motorcycle accident. Serious injuries require serious solutions.
If you were injured by a motorcycle driver, make sure you preserve your rights to compensation by speaking with a qualified accident attorney. The Kansas City Law Firm of Janelle Bailey offer personalized, aggressive and experienced hands-on legal counsel, litigation and legal services for those who were harmed by the negligence of others. When Janelle Bailey, Injury Attorney, takes on your case, there are no legal fees unless you win.
To schedule your complimentary case review, contact The Law Office of Janelle Bailey at 816-286-3625.
By the thousands, more and more people are turning to bicycles as a primary way to meet their daily transportation needs. In addition, bicycling is a popular sport for recreational purposes, often putting bikers on a collision course with car drivers who don’t always willingly share the road or yield the right of way. Unfortunately, the hazards caused by hostile or inattentive motorists and debris-filled roadways result in many riders experiencing serious personal injury.
The Kansas City Personal Injury Law Firm of Janelle Bailey offers a complimentary case review with our experienced Kansas City bicycle accident lawyer to discuss the legal options that may be available to you.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Victims of bicycle accidents may suffer severe physical injuries that may include:
- Broken Bones
- Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions
- Bone Dislocation
- Cosmetic Disfigurement
- Neck and Spinal Injuries
- Traumatic Head Injuries
Compensation for your Bicycle Accident Injuries
With exorbitant medical expenses, loss of wages and your livelihood dramatically impacted, a bicycle-related accident can be detrimental to your health and family. In some extreme cases, wrongful death may be the result and you or your family members may be faced with excessive funerary costs. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Payment for current and ongoing medical expenses
- Payment for emotional and psychological distress
- Payment for loss of wages and income earning ability
- Payment for pain and suffering
Speak to an Attorney – Bicycle Accident Attorney Kansas City
An understanding of case specifics is crucial to the outcome of your lawsuit and it is important to clearly know your legal rights. At the Kansas City Law Office of Janelle Bailey, we can assist you in recovering compensation for your bicycle accident. For a free consultation, contact Kansas City bicycle accident attorney Janelle Bailey at 816-286-3625.
Data released by the Missouri Department of Transportation indicates important trends and statistics pertaining to pedestrian deaths and accidents in Missouri. This highly coveted information will be of enormous help in the ultimate reduction of pedestrian deaths and injuries in future years to come. Be that as it may, if you were a pedestrian who was injured by the negligent driving or conduct of another, contact a Kansas City pedestrian accident lawyer as you may be able to seek compensatory damages for your injuries, past and future loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, property damage and other expenses. The Kansas City Law Firm of Janelle Bailey provides a free case review to discuss the options available to you.
Pedestrian involved accidents
- Of all fatal crashes, 10.2% involved a pedestrian
- A total of 75 persons were killed and 1377 were injured in traffic crashes involving a pedestrian
- One person was killed or injured in a pedestrian related traffic crash every 6.0 hours
- Approximately 79% of the pedestrian traffic crashes occurred in an urban area
- Approximately 21% of the pedestrian traffic crashes occurred in a rural area
Factors in pedestrian accidents
For pedestrian 14 years and under:
- Approximately 16% were crossing the street from behind a parked vehicle
- Approximately 10% were playing in the road
For pedestrian 15 through 64 years of age:
- Approximately 25% were crossing with no signal in the road
- Approximately 6% were crossing the street from behind a parked vehicle
For pedestrian 65 years and older:
- Approximately 13% were crossing the road within a marked crosswalk and also diagonally
- Approximately 36% were crossing with no signal in the road
Complimentary Case Review for Pedestrian Accidents in Kansas City and Surrounding Areas, No Fees Unless We Win Your Case
If you take a moment to reflect at the statistics above, each number represents an individual who was badly harmed or who lost their life in a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians have absolutely no protection against a 3,000 lb. car or 20,000 lb. truck. Many pedestrian accidents occur when the pedestrian is following the law and crossing at designated crosswalks. Drivers who lose control of their car and crash into multitudes of people or who speed through school zones or who just do not pay attention to the rules or who drive while intoxicated should of course be held accountable for their negligence in a wrongful death or personal injury claim. The Kansas City accident lawyer Janelle Bailey offers professional, attentive and aggressive legal counsel, seeking the highest amount of damages possible for pedestrians and other clients who have been injured by negligent drivers. There are no legal fees unless your case is successfully settled prior to trial or if it is successfully litigated in a court of law. To schedule your complimentary case review, contact The Kansas City Personal Injury Law Firm of Janelle Bailey at 816-286-3625.