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Recent Posts in Car Accidents Category

  • What to Do When Hit by Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists

    People get into car accidents every day. According to statistics, every 14 seconds an auto accident results in an injured victim. These collisions are so common that the state of Missouri requires all vehicle drivers and owners to maintain some kind of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage to pay for any damages and injuries sustained or inflicted upon another during a collision. According to ...
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  • The 3 Types of Distracted Driving

    Driving while distracted has been an issue for nearly as long as we’ve had cars. Today’s environment has done very little to improve this problem. Modern conveniences have made it easier to do a number of things while driving, which regrettably has only increased the amount of time we spend driving and not paying attention to the road in front of us. Whether it’s an in-car feature, something on ...
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  • Tesla's "Autopilot" Technology Involved in First Fatal Crash

    A May 7 auto accident in Williston, Florida has opened a heated debate about modern auto technology. Joshua Brown was killed when his car went underneath a semi-truck that had turned unexpectedly in front of him. However, what’s unique about this accident is that Brown was in a Tesla Model S luxury vehicle with its autonomous driving technology, dubbed “Autopilot” by the manufacturer. Brown was ...
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  • Should You Release Your Medical Records After a Crash?

    You’ve been in a car accident. You’ve been injured, you’ve sought medical attention, kept all pertinent records, and stayed organized and on top of things. All this, despite the chaotic and traumatic nature of car accidents that leave us a little dazed in the aftermath. Through it all, you’ve kept good communication with your own insurance company. One day, they ask for a medical authorization ...
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  • Sleeping pills hurt drivers even after effects subside

    While thinking about negligent driving, focus is often put on two issues: drunk driving and distracted driving. There is a reason for this. These are prominent and extremely dangerous behaviors that should be addressed whenever possible. However, with all the attention often paid to these two behaviors, other dangerous behaviors can remain in the background. This can lead to difficulties in making ...
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  • Liability in car accidents is more complex than you think

    How is fault or liability determined in a car accident? At first, this may seem like a silly question. The truth of the matter is that this question is actually far more complex than you may initially think. Of course, there are some examples where fault or liability is unquestionable (i.e., drunk driving). However, determining liability for your everyday fender-bender is far trickier than many ...
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  • Multitasking is a myth

    In recent years, drivers have become comfortable with certain distractions in the car. Smartphones are a major culprit of distracted driving. They have given drivers the ability to quickly respond to emails, check the weather, or write a social media status update. Unfortunately, even a momentary cognitive distraction can have disastrous results while driving. While many people believe they can ...
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  • Car accident deals serious injuries to Missouri football player

    Over the weekend a football player at the University of Missouri, Harold Brantley, was involved in a car accident. This wreck left Brantley with some very serious injuries . A second University of Missouri athlete was in the car (a member of the MU women's basketball team), though she did not sustain any serious injuries. The wreck appears to be a true accident. Brantley's vehicle started to slide ...
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  • The injuries you can suffer in a car accident, and how to respond

    When a car accident occurs, there are many different injuries that can be sustained by the people in the vehicles involved in the wreck. Bones can be broken, permanent scars can be left behind, and there are plenty of even more devastating issues that can take place. Emotional trauma, brain or spinal injuries, and injuries to the torso or chest can all leave potentially permanent afflictions to ...
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  • Survey points to drivers knowing dangers, still doing them

    Some may believe the roads are becoming either much more safe or far more dangerous. Those who advocate the roads are safer may cite that car accidents have been declining for years, and there are constant safety campaigns to remind people of how to safely operate their cars (i.e. Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Those who believe the roads are becoming more dangerous may cite the increased number ...
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  • Street racing, fleeing driver involved in fatal wreck

    A tragic car accident in Kansas City claimed two lives earlier this month, and it appears that the accident was caused due to some severe negligence. Two vehicles were involved, but one fled the scene -- and yet it appears that both of the vehicles were involved in street racing. Little else is know about the wreck right now, but if the street racing allegation is true, there could be some very ...
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  • When will self-driving cars fully arrive?

    Self-driving cars have been a controversial, if not heralded, idea for a long time now. The concept is simply: create cars that don't require a driver at all. Instead, the vehicle relies entirely on robotic sensors and GPS tracking to traverse the roads. On paper, this sounds like an incredible advancement in our ways of transportation. And yet, there are so many potential flaws. Consider recent ...
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  • Help yourself after an accident by consulting with an attorney

    Every year, hundreds of thousands of car accidents happen on U.S. roads. Many of these deal serious injuries to people in the vehicles, people on bikes, or people just walking down the street. Many more don't involve serious injuries, but the accident still ends up impacting the lives of the people involved. And some of these accidents, unfortunately, are fatal and ruin the lives not only of the ...
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  • 2 seconds is too much: cellphone glance while driving is dangerous

    A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the bizarre distracting behaviors that some teen drivers engage in. It's aggravating to think about for numerous reasons, not least of which is that fact that some of the distractions were just brazenly negligent. Distracted driving is a very serious safety threat on the road, and you can't help but feel like younger generations either don't respect that ...
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  • Pile-up wreck involves 7 vehicles, injures numerous people

    A few weeks ago, many vehicles were involved in a pile-up car accident in Kansas City, Missouri on Interstate 435. Though the story may be a bit older, the lesson that can be learned from this story is very important. The wreck occurred during the morning commute, and the police don't know how the crash initially occurred. But what is known is that seven vehicles were wrapped up in the crash and ...
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  • This spring, be careful when you are driving in wet conditions

    Spring is here, and what that means is that the skies are going to open up and drop quite a bit of rain on us in the coming weeks and months. This happens every year, and yet every year there are far too many people who get into car accidents that involve wet and slick road conditions. In fact, according to the American Auto Association, there are 1.2 million car accidents every year that involve ...
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  • Liability a question when it comes to self-driving cars

    Self-driving cars (often called autonomous vehicles) have been lauded for a long time. There have been a lot of promises about how much safer they will make the roads, and while it would be great for this promise to become a reality, it doesn't appear that a mass release of self-driving cars is in the cards any time soon. But a new study does seem to support the lofty promises that self-driving ...
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  • Study reveals bizarre driving behaviors of teens

    A new study has revealed the bizarre behavior of teenagers when they are behind the wheel. First let's get to the good news. According to the study, about 40 percent of responding teens confirmed that they have texted at some point while driving. That may seem like a really high number -- and to be fair, it is. But that rate is also much lower than has been previously reported in other studies. ...
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  • What you can do to deal with your insurer after a wreck

    Imagine that you get into a car accident. There are a lot of things that will happen in the immediate aftermath of the wreck, as well as the days and weeks to come. But one of the big steps that anyone will take during this period is to contact their car insurance provider. Many people may think that this is a simple and easy step that you can just do whenever you want and without much thought. ...
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  • Motorcyclist killed by drunk driver from Kansas City

    A 37-year-old woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after her vehicle collided with a motorcyclist, killing the 56-year-old motorcycle rider. The 37-year-old was intoxicated at the time of the wreck, allegedly having a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit. What complicates this accident a bit is that the motorcyclist also had a blood alcohol level that was twice the ...
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  • Younger are 'better' than older at texting while driving

    Texting while driving certainly isn't a skill, unless you consider driving dangerously or recklessly a skill. But according to a new study, younger drivers may actually be "better" at texting while driving than their middle-aged counterparts. The study looked at many driver from age 18 to 59 and exhibited how they performed when they were forced to text while behind the wheel of a car. The results ...
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  • Study shows half of teen drivers are drunk, high in fatal wrecks

    A frightening new study reveals that younger drivers seem linked at the hip to marijuana and alcohol. The study looked at car accidents in which teen or younger drivers were involved in a fatal wreck. The study focused in on states that perform routine toxicology tests in the wake of a fatal car accident . What the study found is that an alarming number of these teenage drivers were under the ...
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  • Chaotic crash involves 5 vehicles, many injuries

    Five vehicles were involved in a major crash in Kansas City, Missouri recently, and based on the lead photo, it is miraculously that everyone escaped the wreck with their lives. According to the police, a driver was speeding and passed through an intersection, triggering the five-car accident that left people with injuries. The details are sparse, but what we know is that "several people" were ...
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  • Don't let distractions get to you while driving

    Distracted driving has become synonymous with using your cellphone while driving nowadays. But the fact of the matter is that there a lot of different distractions and distracting behaviors out there that can limit a driver's ability to focus on the road and operate their vehicle safely. Cellphone use is obviously a major one in today's society, but it is only one. There are many other ways a ...
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  • Most know the dangers of distracted driving, and they ignore them

    A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about how the state of driving has become more perilous because of distracted driving -- which, though a broad behavior that encompasses many dangers, has come to mean texting while driving. In that post , we talked about the sheer number of texting while driving accidents that seemingly happen all the time, as a quick Google search will indicate. Now there is ...
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