Highway  Four vehicles were involved in a wreck on East bound K-10 on Thursday, December 8th.  It has been reported that there was a roll-over.  There were serious injuries; at least one person what taken to an area hospital by ambulance.

Collisions such as this are not uncommon on highways and every time we merge onto a highway, we put ourselves in danger of being in such an accident.  However, there are ways to lower your risk of being involved in one:

  • Never drink alcohol before driving and don’t ride with someone who you know has had alcohol.
  • Be well rested so that you can be alert and attentive.
  • Always be attentive of what is going on around you.
  • Drive defensively, but courteously.  Stay calm even if the driver of another vehicle is not calm and don’t take what other drivers do personally.  Anger will only make things worse.
  • Be comfortable with the route you will be taking.  Using a hands free GPS device, if you have access to one, can help you be more sure of your exits and such.
  • Check for construction zone locations and for weather-related road conditions.
  • Allow more than enough time for delays so that you won’t be in a hurry.  If you are rushing, then you won’t be as attentive or alert and might be more likely to become angry and/or frustrated.
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for travel.  Have your windshield wipers, breaks, tires, vehicle fluids, belts, and lights professionally tested often.
  • Have a car emergency kit.
  • Because weather conditions can change so quickly inKansasandMissouri, be sure to change your speed and distance from the vehicle in front of you accordingly.  Keep in mind that wet roads can be as slick as ice and snow.
  • Avoid distractions while driving; i.e. texting, talking on the cell phone, or eating.

If your car breaks down:

  • Turn on your hazard lights (4-way flashers) so that those around you will know that something is wrong and that they should be cautious of your vehicle.
  • Pull as far over onto the shoulder as possible to avoid a collision.
  • Stay with your car.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Roll down your windows a little.
  • Dial “47” to contact a Highway Patrol Dispatcher if you have a cell phone.

If you or a loved one has been in a highway collision and need advice, the Kansas City Auto Accident Attorneys may be able to help.  You can call 816-471-5111 to ask about a free consultation or “Just Ask” on the website.  Many other resources can be found on our website that you may find useful.


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