Schmitt Mulhern, LLC

Kansas City Personal Injury Law Blog

Factors that lead to school bus driver fatigue

Bus driver fatigue can be incredibly dangerous. Tired drivers make mistakes, have slower reaction times and even fall asleep behind the wheel. Not only is this dangerous for students on the bus, but all other drivers on the road are also potentially in harm's way.

Driver fatigue is sometimes hard to avoid, though, because there are so many factors that play into it. It's about more than just how many hours of sleep a driver chose to get the night before.

3 tips for pedestrians to reduce distractions

If you walk around the city, you might naturally text, make a phone call or listen to music. This type of behavior has become second nature for a lot of people with the accessibility of technology. Unfortunately, these activities also lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, almost 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic in 2016.

Do not overlook this critical information. It is crucial for you to stay safe as a pedestrian to avoid an accident. Continue reading for tips on how to reduce distractions and walk around Kansas City safely.

Understanding asbestos exposure

Asbestos is the general term for a group of natural minerals previously used in a wide variety of industries due to their high level of resistance to fire, heat and corrosive chemicals. Today, it is common knowledge that asbestos exposure may cause several types of lung cancers and illnesses.

The type of asbestos generally used industrially consists of very fine, long, flexible fibers. These fibers are very easy to inhale, and they stay in the lungs and often precipitate a malignant process. Pleural mesothelioma, a typically fatal cancer beginning in the lining of the lungs, numbers among the most dangerous and well-known results of asbestos exposure.

Johnson & Johnson loses major product liability suit

As consumers in the United States, we need to feel safe with the products we buy in the marketplace and use regularly. Without some confidence in the safety of our products, everyone faces unnecessary risks.

One of the most common causes of serious product liability injuries is major product manufacturers failing to warn consumers of the risks involved with using their products. The biggest reason for this failure involves branding and image management. No company wants to say to the world “our products could harm or kill you.” But what recourse do people have when popular products cause serious injuries or death?

2 road rage accidents happen in a week, police say

Police claim that two accidents in just one week were connected to road rage in Kansas City.

In the first incident, at the end of May, a man and his girlfriend had been going to an ultrasound appointment, as the young woman was pregnant. They left it and apparently became lost.

Signs and symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury

When you suffer a blow or bump to the head, you run the risk of a traumatic brain injury, which refers to a head injury that prevents your brain from functioning as it typically would. TBIs range in severity from relatively minor in nature to intensely severe, and so do the signs and symptoms associated with them. Sometimes, symptoms of a TBI become apparent immediately following your head injury, but in other cases, they can take much longer to develop.

The signs associated with mild TBIs differ somewhat from those linked to moderate and severe brain injuries.

How can truck drivers avoid jackknifing?

A jackknifing semi truck is terrifying for other drivers. It's completely out of control, it can take up the entire roadway, and numerous vehicles can all be drawn into the same accident.

So, what can drivers do to avoid jackknifing and protect others? Below are a few critical tips from industry experts:

Fraud and negligence in the trucking industry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains a number of regulations designed to maintain safety standards among commercial motor vehicles, including semi trucks and buses. The FMCSA lays out the standards for testing and licensing commercial drivers, transporting hazardous materials, and generally promoting a safe trucking industry. This massive responsibility is made difficult, or even impossible, by people willing to commit fraud to make money.

Criminal acts frustrate safety guidelines

Who was at fault for your electrocution injuries?

If you experienced electrocution because of an energized power line, you are lucky to be alive; many people who suffer severe electrical injuries do not survive. However, the injuries you sustained might change your life dramatically. The accident may prevent you from returning to work, so your only job now is to concentrate on your recovery.

Meanwhile, who is actually responsible for the accident that left you with debilitating medical issues? An experienced personal injury attorney will work diligently on your behalf to determine who is liable for the injuries you suffered and seek the compensation you deserve.

Why don't people trust self-driving cars?

In the United States, studies have shown that the vast majority of people do not want self-driving cars because they don't don't trust them. In one study, roughly 74 percent of the people responded this way. Why is there this distrust in a country that usually embraces technology?

One reason is that people don't think the cars are safe. After all, when your computer crashes, you just reach down and reboot. If a computer-controlled car crashes, your very life could be at stake. A full 68 percent of those asked said that if the technology was shown to be trustworthy and safe, they may change their minds.

Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.