Serious car accidents occur daily in Kansas and Missouri when careless motorists speed, drive while intoxicated, text, and engage in other unsafe driving practices. No matter how mindful you are as a driver, you or your family could suffer life-altering injuries or be killed in a tragic wreck.
It can be overwhelming to know what to do in the aftermath of such an event when you're in pain due to your injuries and struggling to pay mounting medical bills and daily expenses—which might only get worse if recovery keeps you from working for months or longer.
Our experienced Kansas City car accident lawyers are ready to answer your questions and take over the burden of fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Common Types of Car Accidents in Kansas and Missouri
Our skilled legal team is dedicated to defending the rights of victims injured in all types of vehicle incidents, including:
- T-bone accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on wrecks
- Sideswipe crashes
- Left-turn collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Intersection collisions
- Multi-vehicle wrecks
Major Causes of Auto Collisions
There are many reasons for car accidents, but in most cases, motorist negligence is the underlying cause. What adds to these tragedies is the fact that many errant behaviors are preventable. The majority of collisions are the result of:
- Distraction. An overwhelming number of accidents are caused by talking on a cellphone or texting. Other dangerous distractions include eating and drinking, reading a GPS, fiddling with instrument controls, and talking to passengers.
- Intoxication. Driving under the influence of alcohol reduces key abilities, such as reaction time, vision, and judgment.
- Drugged driving. Prescription and illegal drug use impair capabilities in the same ways as alcohol.
- Speeding. Ongoing statistics frequently point to excessive speed as the primary cause of fatal accidents involving male drivers.
- Fatigue. Studies show that getting behind the wheel when a person is exhausted—or driving for too many hours in one sitting—can compromise their reflexes as much as intoxication.
- Aggression. Speeding, tailgating, and making unsafe lane changes are a few of the ways that aggressive drivers cause preventable accidents.
- Recklessness. Behaviors such as racing, weaving between lanes, passing on a hill, driving too fast for road or weather conditions, and road rage not only increase the chance of an accident but also carry a higher risk of serious injury.
- Aging. While senior drivers are often experienced and may try to drive safely, their vision, reaction time, judgment, and other operational skills might be reduced.
- Teen inexperience. Teenagers are still developing their abilities behind the wheel, and often don’t understand how to be proactive drivers, resist reckless behaviors, or avoid distractions such as passenger engagement, texting, and personal grooming.
- Vehicle defects. If an accident occurred because a vehicle malfunctioned in some way—such as a stuck acceleration pedal, defective brakes, or seat belt failure—the car manufacturer or auto retailer may be liable to the victims under product liability laws.
Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
While some car crash injuries are minor, others can be life-altering and limit a person’s ability to work and take care of daily needs. Typical medical issues victims experience include:
- Traumatic brain injury, skull fractures, intracranial hematoma, and other head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, such as partial or complete paralysis
- Herniated discs, compression fractures, and other back injuries
- Shoulder fracture, dislocation, and ligament damage
- Knee trauma
- Broken bones
- Facial, dental, and eye injuries
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
Compensation Awarded in Car Accident Cases
Injuries sustained in a vehicle collision often require months of recovery without a steady, reliable income. Consequently, the compensation awarded to you needs to be a comprehensive settlement that covers all costs related to the accident, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
In more disastrous accidents, the loss of a loved one might pose an even greater challenge to financial and emotional recovery. You will require compassionate and dedicated legal attention to file a wrongful death claim.
Questions You Need Answers to When Filing an Auto Crash Claim
After the shock of an accident wears off, there are numerous details to handle, and it's imperative that you know who to trust and what to do, especially when it comes to dealing with insurance company complications. Protect your rights by requesting a free copy of our book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim! In it, our knowledgeable lawyers share vital information so you know what to expect to make the entire process easier.
We also get questions from people who experienced exactly what you have and we like to be ready with helpful answers. Many injured victims ask:
- What should I do after a car accident?
- Are police reports important?
- When should I see a doctor?
- How will I pay my medical bills while I wait for a personal injury case to be resolved?
- Should I talk to the insurance adjuster?
- Do I need to call a lawyer?
- How long do I have to file a case?
- Is there anything I shouldn’t do after a crash?
- Should I pursue a case if I was partly to blame for the crash?
- Can I sue if I was hurt by a government vehicle?
- How do I know who's responsible for a multi-vehicle crash?
- What happens if I was hurt in a hit and run accident?
- Who will pay for my car accident injuries if the other driver is uninsured?
Our Kansas City Accident Lawyers Can Protect Your Legal Rights
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we want to see you get back on your feet and receive rightful justice and compensation after a serious collision. Our attorneys will provide you with honest and accurate legal information and the personal care and attention you deserve. We apply decades of experience to successfully represent you in negotiations with the insurance companies and in the courtroom—and we don't charge any fees until we win your case.
From our headquarters in Kansas City, we serve all of Kansas and Missouri. We also have offices in Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, and Parkville to conveniently serve you. Call our office or start a live chat today and schedule your free consultation.