Blog Posts in January, 2013

Bus driver sentenced to 6 years in prison for causing fatal crash

As our Springfield truck accident lawyers know all too well, many collisions are 100% preventable, and yet they happen anyway. Sadly, it's often a driver's error or negligence that leads to accidents ...
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Avoiding Missouri bicycle accidents: Tips for drivers and cyclists

For the most part, Missouri has enjoyed an unseasonably warm winter this year, and as a result, many Missourians are taking advantage of the comfortable temperatures and participating in outdoor ...
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What research reveals about workplace injuries in Missouri, nationwide

Recent research has provided both employers and employees alike with specific data concerning workplace injuries: where they happen, why they happen, and how often they happen. When examined together, ...
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Drowsy driving: Impairs driver performance; increases Missouri crash risks

When we hear about an accident involving an impaired driver, it's easy to assume that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, there's another factor that can similarly impair ...
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Driving under the influence: Facts and statistics for Joplin, Missouri drivers

It's no secret that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous, often resulting in injury to innocent people who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this post, our Joplin car ...
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Catastrophic injuries & Missouri car accidents: Frequently asked questions

On average, more than two million Americans suffer injuries in car accidents each year. In all too many cases, the victims of these crashes are left with catastrophic injuries, which can have an ...
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Sharing the road with tractor trailers: Facts and tips for Kansas City drivers

Traveling in and around the Kansas City area means drivers must share the road with large semi-trucks, often on highways and interstates and at high speeds. In this post, our Missouri car accident ...
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Driver inattention a common cause of Missouri school bus accidents

School buses are built to provide students with the maximum possible protection in the event of a crash, and thankfully, Missouri school bus accidents resulting in injury aren't particularly common. ...
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FAQ: Personal injury claims & Missouri auto accidents

What is a Missouri personal injury claim? A personal injury claim may be filed when someone suffers injury due to the negligence of another party. Such claims are often tied to car accidents, ...
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The growing role of social media in Missouri workers' comp cases

In this day and age, it's difficult to imagine life without social media. Websites like Facebook and Twitter, extremely popular in recent years: about half of adult Americans have a social networking ...
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Distraction a contributing factor in Missouri train - pedestrian accidents

From January through October 2012, train accidents declined in almost every category, compared to the same time period in 2011. Derailments dropped by 14.3%, highway-rail crossing collisions decreased ...
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Whiplash: A common consequence of Missouri rear-end collisions

Rear-end collisions are a common cause of soft tissue injuries in the neck and back, particularly whiplash. Whiplash is caused when "an abnormal motion or force applied to the neck that causes ...
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Distraction & Missouri car accidents: Facts and statistics for Kansas City drivers

Distracted drivers continue to be a serious threat to roadway safety in Kansas City and throughout the U.S. Despite numerous campaigns designed to raise awareness about the dangers of driving ...
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Traumatic brain injuries can cause long-term consequences for Missouri car accident victims

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States, and TBIs contributed to approximately one-third of all ...
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Missouri workers must prove injuries arose "out of and in the course of employment" to collect workers' comp

Under Missouri law, an employee must demonstrate that a workplace injury "[arose] out of and in the course of employment" to be eligible for workers' comp benefits. It might seem black and white: ...
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Columbia car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries with long-term consequences

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.3 million drivers were treated in emergency rooms in 2009 following motor vehicle collisions. As Columbia personal injury ...
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Driver fatigue, poor road conditions contribute to fatal bus accidents in Missouri, nationwide

Our Joplin personal injury lawyers know all too well just how dangerous bus accidents can be. In recent months, a series of tour bus accidents have resulted in numerous passenger deaths nationwide. In ...
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Speed-related car accidents in Springfield, Missouri: The costs and consequences

When Missouri drivers exceed posted speed limits, they increase car accident risks for both themselves and for any motorists traveling near them. In this post, our Springfield personal injury lawyers ...
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Overcorrection & Missouri car accidents: Safety tips & info for drivers

According to a recent report from the Kansas City Star, Missouri car accident deaths increased by 4% in 2012, following a six year downward trend. Captain Tim Hull of the Missouri Highway Patrol told ...
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Workplace deaths and survivor benefits: Information for Missouri families

When a loved one dies on the job, surviving family members are left to face an uncertain future. In addition to the grief and devastation that comes with losing a loved one, many families have to ...
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Proving your Missouri personal injury claim: What Cape Girardeau accident victims need to know

When filing a Cape Girardeau personal injury claim, auto accident victims must prove that another driver was negligent in order to collect monetary damages following a crash. Negligence is defined as ...
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Aggressive driving & Kansas City car accidents: Statistics & safety tips

Here in Kansas City, heavy metro traffic can agitate even the most patient driver. However, as our Missouri car accident lawyers know, aggressive drivers can pose a serious threat to all motorists on ...
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Whiplash, soft tissue injuries are common in Missouri rear-end collisions

As our Springfield personal injury lawyers know, car accidents can result in a wide variety of physical and financial consequences, depending on the circumstances surrounding a crash. One kind of ...
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