Can a Low-Speed Car Accident Lead to Serious Injuries?

Car Accident Attorneys in Olathe, KS

Aggressive representation for car accident victims in Kansas

With every passing minute, a car accident happens Somewhere in the country. While many collisions may be minor, a serious car accident can change your life and the lives of those you love.

While car accents are common, you should not wait to find medical attention and legal assistance. Car accident victims may experience permanent physical injuries which leave them unable to work or care for themselves. This is why you want a fighter on your side. The Olathe car accident attorneys of Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys are here to help when you need us the most. Call today.

How common are car accidents in Kansas?

According to the latest data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 362 fatal crashes in 2019, resulting in 411 deaths. That means there was an average of 14.1 traffic-related deaths for every 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average (11 out of 110,000). Of those fatal accident victims:

  • 39% were occupants in pickups and/or SUVs
  • 37% were occupants in cars
  • 10% were motorcyclists
  • 4% were pedestrians
  • 4% were occupants in large trucks
  • 2% were bicyclists

What types of car accident claims do you handle?

Our Olathe personal injury attorneys handle a wide array of car accident claims, including:

  • Accidents involving stationary objects
  • Multiple vehicle accidents
  • Construction vehicle accidents
  • Defective vehicle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

No matter the circumstances of your collision, if you were hurt, we can help. Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys to discuss your case with an experienced Olathe car accident lawyer.

What increases the risk of an Olathe car accident?

While driver negligence is a leading cause of Olathe car accidents, there are certain factors which can increase your risk of a crash.

A key element that often contributes to car accidents is rush hour traffic. The reason is that there are more vehicles on the road and with that, the roadways can become more dangerous. You are on the road with a range of drivers, and it can be difficult to maneuver around them or predict their next path. Another factor in making this a dangerous time is that drivers become more aggressive since they are in a rush to reach their next location and will take out their frustration on other drivers.

The second contributing high-risk factor that can increase the chances of a car accident is the weather. Icy roads may be the most dangerous as they account for 17 percent of all vehicle crashes, according to the NHTSA. Ice can make your tires lose traction and cause the car to spiral out of control. If it is raining or snowing it can be difficult to see what is in front of you and cause delayed reaction times.

One final condition that increases the likelihood of being involved in a car accident is glare from the sun. We all love a beautiful sunrise or sunset, but this can actually cause a dangerous condition for drivers. The sun can cause you to be unable to use and while visors can help, the glare can often be too much and completely impair your line of sight. It is advised that if you are affected by sun glare you slow down and ensure you are a safe distance away from the car in front of you. If drivers do not drive carefully then a car accident can happen.

What are serious injuries resulting from Olathe car accidents?

The kinds of injuries you may sustain after an accident will vary, as no two accidents and no two people are the same. Even two individuals in the same vehicle can experience different injuries. In the most serious of cases, you can experience:

  • Traumatic brain injuries: These injuries are life-changing, occur when the brain is physically damaged in an accident. Your brain function is completely altered. Most often these injuries are sustained in head-on or rear-end collisions.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Your nerves control the rest of your body and if they are damaged this can affect your limb movement. You may even become paralyzed as a result. You can see these injuries most often in T-bone accidents or side-impact collisions.
  • Internal injuries: You may think you have made it out of an accident without incident, but internal injuries are not as apparent as you may think. These injuries can be internal bleeding, spleen damage, punctured lungs, and others. An internal injury can include caused by a penetrating trauma or a blunt trauma. These injuries can happen in any type of accident.
  • Burn injuries: Car fires caused by defective parts can lead to serious burn injuries and toxic inhalation. A person can also inhale smoke and ash, causing damage to the throat, mouth, and lungs.

Most often you can experience lacerations or broken bones, especially in minor accidents, and there is always a potential for permanent nerve damage as a result of a primary injury. In the most tragic of cases, a loved one may pass away from a car accident. If this does happen, we can file a wrongful death claim on your behalf.

Can I obtain compensation after an Olathe car accident?

Your life has been altered as the result of a car accident and while you may recover after some time, you may have a mountain of damages incurred. Our Olathe car accident attorneys will work to get you the compensation you deserve. We will seek compensation for the following:

  • Lost income
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

There may be other types of compensation you are entitled to depending on the factors involved in your accident. You will need to discuss this with your Olathe car accident attorney.

Do you have a car accident lawyer near me?

Our Olathe office is located at 110 South Cherry Street Suite 102. Call for an appointment. We also have other offices throughout Kansas and Missouri.

Our Olathe car accident attorneys have been helping victims such as yourself since 1995. We also help families who have lost loved ones in a motor vehicle accident. At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we work with medical professionals, investors, and traffic reconstructionists to build a solid case. We will also work with independent physicians to show how severe your injuries truly are and how this changes your day-to-day life.

Speak with an experienced Olathe car accident attorney today

Hurt in a wreck? Our Olathe car accident attorneys can help. We will use all the evidence we collect to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. You may want to negotiate with insurance companies, but this is a mistake. They will often offer the lowest settlement possible or try to deny your claim outright. Call Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 816-471-5111 or by filling out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.