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How drivers and laws can reduce the risk of fatal car accidents

While you might not think it would ever happen to you, fatal accidents do occur. In fact, 8,073 vehicle occupants died in Missouri car accidents between 2003 and 2012. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the importance of safety measures and laws. Even just one death is one too many. Whether you are driving in your neighborhood or on Interstate 435, it is crucial for you to prioritize your safety.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to recognize and avoid aggressive drivers

Aggressive drivers can make the road an unpleasant and highly dangerous place for everyone else. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive drivers cause over half of the nation's traffic fatalities. Knowing how to handle potentially volatile situations with motorists who may be upset or angry can decrease the chance of a serious accident.

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, Avvo.com 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.