This is truly a tragic case, not only because a young life was lost but because accidents like this can be easily prevented. Many country roads across Kansas and Missouri don't have traffic signs to indicate right-of-way. Furthermore, because of this, many drivers tend to forgo cautiousness. It can be very easy to get caught up driving down a country road when you don't expect other traffic. Sadly this is when the most tragic of wrecks-- or accidents-- tend to happen.
Recently, two adults and an infant were killed in a collision with a trash truck that happened in Oxford, KS. around 11:30 a.m. on April 13, 2012. According to authorities from the Sumner County Sheriff's Department, the collision happened on a road where there are no stop signs or yield signs. The infant, reported to be around 2 months old was killed instantly in the fatal crash. The baby's parents were hospitalized with critical to life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, a 73 year-old man was not hurt in the crash that happened near Wichita, Kansas.  The Kansas Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation.
Did you know that 3 out of 4 parents don't properly buckle their children when they get in the car?  This statistic is provided by the NHTSA.  With that in mind, it's no surprise that auto accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14.  But we also know that simply making sure your child is buckled isn't enough. Law makers across Kansas and Missouri need to re-examine roads in both states and make sure they are equipped with the proper signage to make sure motorists know where and what to look for.

Common Rules at a Stop Sign:

  • Always come to a COMPLETE STOP and look all ways before proceeding.
  • At a 3-way or a 4-way stop sign intersection general rule of the right-of-way is the first car to stop is the first car to proceed through
  • When more than one vehicle stops at about the same time, the rule is that the car on the left should allow the right-of-way to the vehicle to their far right.

It can be easy to ignore a stop sign.  Most times you come to one, you may be the only car at the intersection, who why stop-- right?  Well, if one person is breaking the law, it can lead to a trickle down effect and if one does, why can't everyone.  Stop signs are used to control traffic flow.  Pedestrians and bicyclists rely on you as a motorist to be following the rules of the road.  They're always going to assume you're going to stop.  No one can predict your actions as a driver any better than you can predict theirs.

Let's all do our part to keep the roads in Kansas City safe.  When you drive, avoiddistracted driving and use safe and attentive driving techniques. 
As experienced Kansas City Child Injury Lawyers we hope all parents in Kansas and Missouri drive smart and buckle up.  

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.
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