Consumption of alcohol is, unfortunately, one common reason that Missouri residents get into boating accidents. This is not surprising since alcohol diminishes a boater's physical skills and the ability to make quick, rational decisions. The end result of drunk boating is often the same tragic outcome of drunken driving.
According to recent reports, a man now faces misdemeanor boating while intoxicated charges after a deadly accident at the Lake of the Ozarks, a popular summer recreation sport in central Missouri. The accident happened earlier this summer and involved a collision between two boats. The driver of the boat that apparently caused the accident said he simply did not see the other boat approaching on the water until it was too late to stop or swerve. However, after the accident, police determined that the operator of the boat had a blood alcohol content of .184, over double the legal limit.
Like the rest of the Central Plains, Kansas City has its share, and sometimes more than its share, of hot weather in the summer. On those hot and humid days, many families in the area take to the various pools and water parks around the community.
People in Kansas City probably know intuitively that working in the construction field is dangerous. Workers in this profession deal with heavy equipment, machinery and tools on a daily basis.
When compared with a car accident or an accident involving a piece of machinery, people in Kansas City may be tempted not to think of a slip and fall as a major ordeal. Particularly if the fall is from the same height, it may just seem that the worst case scenario is some embarrassment and maybe a bruise or two.
Because it attracted the notice of the national news media, a crane accident which left four people, including a young college student and two construction workers, dead may have come to the attention of Kansas City residents.
Traditionally, all states allowed victims of accidents to pursue compensation only if they had no role in causing the accident. This legal doctrine, known as contributory negligence, could lead to some very harsh results. For instance, even someone with a very minor role in their own accident could wind up getting no help with medical bills, lost wages, and the like, at least not from the person primarily responsible for the accident.
In another part of Missouri, a four-year-old died in a tragic accident at his preschool. According to reports, the children were doing physical education at an Early Childhood Center, which is a preschool that is operated by public funds. The place where the children were doing their exercises served more than one purpose in that it was also the school's cafeteria.
A previous post on this blog talked about what families in the Kansas City area can do if their loved one in a nursing home or other assisted living facility, or even in an in-home care program, winds up getting neglected or abused. The upshot was that, in addition to reporting the misconduct to regulators, families can consider filing a personal injury case against those responsible.
Many families in the Kansas City area, on both sides of the Missouri River, must trust their loved ones to the care of a nursing home, and assisted living facility or to some other individual or organization that provides professional medical and personal care.