Car accident injuries can fall anywhere on a spectrum of severity for Missourians. Many residents are lucky that they suffer nothing more than some bumps and bruises after a crash, while others are tragically left with serious injuries that completely reshape their lives. For those who fall into the latter category, the damages with which they have to cope can be completely overwhelming. Not only do they have to find a way to deal with the physical pain and suffering inflicted upon them, but they also have to find a way to cover medical expenses and rehabilitation costs that are necessary to spur their recovery efforts. These losses can be quite significant.
The roadways provide travel routes for a wide range of vehicles, and these roads experience unfortunate collisions each year. For some of these tragic crashes, the accident is caused by a wrong-way driver or a distracted driver that has crossed into the opposite lane of traffic.
Winter is coming to the Kansas City area. With that comes the reality that drivers in Kansas City and in both the Kansas and Missouri suburbs are going to have to deal with wintry driving conditions. Even on fair weather days, there are relatively few hours of daylight. Moreover, snow, ice, fog, wind and other types of weather can make the roads slick and the driving particularly treacherous.
The Kansas City area experienced an unusually cold Halloween. In fact, it marked the second coldest October 31 over the city's 130 plus years of existence. Along with the cold weather came icy conditions on the city's roads, which in turn seems to have contributed to a large number of auto accidents.
Victims of rear-end auto accidents frequently experience "whiplash," although the condition can develop because of other traumatic injuries. Whiplash is an injury to the neck that happens because the neck gets lashed rapidly back and forth, much like the cracking of a whip, as a result of a sudden and forceful blow.
A woman from southwestern Missouri died recently in an accident at an intersection, according to reports. Police investigating the accident said that the woman, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved, flew out of her vehicle following the accident. While the condition of the driver of her vehicle was not listed, police did note that he was not wearing a seatbelt. Rescuers took the woman to a hospital in a nearby urban area, but the woman died about 90 minutes after the accident.
Although many of those who have traveled on Interstate 435 probably recognize this from personal experience, many drivers in the Kansas City area seem to have little trouble with speeding.
According to a recent report, Missouri ranks as one of the worst states for teen drivers.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, or NHTSA, recently announced that they are estimating when all is said and done, there will be 36,750 traffic-related fatalities over 2018. If this estimate holds, then it will be a 1% drop from 2017 and the second year in which the number dropped.