Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. Most automobile accidents are caused by inattentive driving and extreme weather conditions and tire malfunction. But for the most part, inattentive driving leads to nearly every accident in one way or another. Distracted driving includes anything and everything that is being done while you are driving. It includes but is not limited to texting; which is very close to being illegal in both Kansas and Missouri for everyone; cell phone calls, eating, putting on make-up, reading, changing CDs and/or radio station and excessive conversations with passengers.
However, the release of recent traffic reports indicate there are intersections and highways that are more dangerous than others.
The most dangerous intersections in Overland Park, Kansas according to the city of Overland Park include: I-435 and Metcalf Avenue (with 70 accidents); I-435 and Quivira; I-435 (60 accidents) and U.S. 69 Highway (36); I-35 and U.S. 69 Highway (30); and I-35 and Roe Avenue (30).
It should come as no surprise that these intersections are listed among the highest for accident locations. These are all intersections that get an extremely high volume of traffic, not only during rush hour times, but during the entire day. The intersections of Antioch as well as Nall off I-435 made the top ten as well. It should be noted that the Metcalf intersection off of I-435 was #1 last year as well.
The Kansas City Police Department has released a similar list ranking high crash areas in KCMO. The intersection of I-435 and East Front Street heads their list followed by North Flintock Road and Missouri Highway 152; Northwest Barry Road and I-29; Northeast Barry Road and North Oak Trafficway; and Cookingham Drive and Northeast Flintock Road.
Local intersections are not the only problem. Another report on Missouri Highways in 2009 which includes accidents and the number of fatalities resulting, ranks I-70 as the most dangerous with 36 accidents and 41 fatalities, followed by I-44 (20 accidents, 25 fatalities); U.S. 63 (19 accidents, 25 fatalities); I-55 (22 accidents, 24 fatalities); and U.S. 71 (17 accidents, 21 fatalities.
While law enforcement officials are stepping up and cracking down on distracted driving, the feeling of many is that distracted driving should be treated the same way as drinking and driving. The feeling is that driving distracted is almost as dangerous as driving impaired. Accidents are accidents no matter what the cause is and a distracted driver who is involved in a collision has put themselves and the lives of others in danger of catastrophic serious injury even death.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in Kansas or Missouri, contact the experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys of Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys. With over 15 years of experience in Auto Injury Accidents, we can help. Call Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.
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