According to an annual report about the status of traffic safety measures among the states, our state is coming up as a little lax on careless driving habits, particularly with respect to teen drivers. The report first compiled what might be called a wish list of traffic laws that many states have adopted, which, in the opinion of the authors, serve to promote safety on the road and reduce injuries. The report then asked how many of these laws our state has actually adopted.
The term, "whiplash," may have a bad connotation in some circles. Some may even believe that it is not really an injury at all. They may believe that it is just a label that one puts on some aches and pains, perhaps, even just to increase one's chances at getting compensation in a lawsuit following an auto accident.
Police say that the 85 fatal accidents in our area experienced last year, while not ideal, was good news for the city. According to these police, the number of fatal accidents in 2017 was right at 100.
As is the case in the clear majority of other states, the legal limit in Missouri, is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). This is a measure of how much alcohol is in one's system and, thus, how much one has had to drink over the last several hours. Kansas City residents should know by now that trying to drive with 0.08 or greater BAC is extremely dangerous behavior and can lead to a serious auto accident.
An elderly woman died after being in the hospital for about a week following a major car accident in the Kansas City area.
A previous post on this blog talked about the special issues that victims of hit-and-run accidents, or their surviving family members, may face in the aftermath of the collision. Among other things, this post talked about what one's options might be if the responsible driver is never found.
Kansas City is a crossroad for several major highways in the country, so it is no surprise that around Thanksgiving Day, the road is packed both with travelers going for a cross-country trek as well as people traveling shorter distances to other cities and towns in Missouri, Kansas and the rest of Central Plains.
It seems that an off-duty police officer with the Kansas City force is responsible for a fatal accident that happened on Interstate 435 near Arrowhead Stadium.
A motorcyclist died on Interstate 70 after being hit by a large commercial vehicle. As Kansas City residents know, Interstate 70 is a major thoroughfare in the area and has a lot of truck traffic at all hours of the day.
There is no doubt that many car accidents are caused by a human error of some sort. For instance, a previous post talked about a serious auto accident in the area that was apparently the result of a driver error at an intersection. Speeding, inattentiveness, drowsiness and distraction are other common types of mistakes that lead to serious accidents.