Every year in Kansas and Missouri, drunk driving accidents take far too many lives and leave far too many survivors with serious injuries. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, someone in the United States is injured every 90 seconds in a DUI collision, and someone dies because of drunk driving on an average of every 53 minutes. All of these crashes are preventable, and more needs to be done to educate Americans about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
Occupants of passenger vehicles that collide with large trucks are far more likely to suffer serious injuries than motorists in crashes that involve only cars or other passenger vehicles. Consider the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's statistics from 2012:
After an injury on someone else's property, the first things on a person's mind are likely the pain and resulting medical costs of the injury itself. Questions of whether the property owner was at fault may come later. With that in mind, let's consider the circumstances in which a property owner or business has failed to protect visitors or tenants from injury.
As the owner of a small business, you undoubtedly run a tight ship. In order to keep your bottom line in check, you strive to be financially prudent. One way savvy business owners can keep a firm grip on the company's purse strings is to not waste funds on "avoidable" litigation. Such litigation is that which could have been "avoided" if certain preliminary measures had been taken. These measures are akin to playing good defense. By adopting a good defensive strategy, you can potentially save your business potentially thousands of dollars in lengthy litigation and keep your focus on running and expanding your profit margin. Since, as any business owner is keenly aware, time is money, there are a few basic rules that should be a part of any business owner's defensive playbook:
Drunk driving continues to be a major threat to life and limb in Kansas and Missouri. Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded in 1980, and since then, according to national data from 2012, the annual number of DUI-related deaths has been reduced by half. Still, more needs to be done, both in terms of driver education and justice in civil and criminal courts.