Many Kansas drivers are aware of statistics that show drowsy driving may result in fatal accidents every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 71,000 crash injuries and 1,550 deaths occur annually costing about $12.5 billion. However, such accident statistics are the result of a less than accurate reporting system.
An accident involving three vehicles left a trio of people dead in Butler County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that the head-on collision on US-54 happened when one vehicle left the eastbound lanes and went onto the westbound side. The reason they swerved was not yet known.
Distracted driving on open highways in Kansas may not seem dangerous, but a study by Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety shows that even a brief glance at something in the car can greatly increase the chance of a crash. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that drivers look away from the road for no more than two seconds, the study showed that there is a period of readjustment when individuals look away. Because of this readjustment time, a two-second glance could be more dangerous than previously believed.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the common causes of jaw injuries. A driver or passenger in Kansas who has experienced a hard facial blow in a car accident that injured the jaw will require professional medical attention. Weeks could be needed for recovery.
Each year in Kansas, many people suffer from traumatic brain injuries in accidents or while playing sports. Aside from the immediate symptoms of a brain injury, the trauma may cause long-lasting changes to the brain that can cause problems throughout the victim's life.
A 21-year-old Missouri man has been charged in connection to a fatal hit-and-run accident in Independence on March 27. The crash happened at around 9:15 p.m.
Thanks to multiple public education campaigns, most Kansas teens are aware of how dangerous texting and driving is. However, a recent study, while demonstrating a decline in the percentage of teens texting and driving, revealed that teens still engage in many other distracting activities on the road.
People who have been seriously injured in a car accident in Kansas may benefit by understanding how degrees of negligence might be important. In assessing damages, juries will also assess the percentage of negligence held by each involved party, and the assessment may affect the plaintiff's ultimate recovery in a successful lawsuit.
On Kansas roads and around the country, whiplash due to car accidents may happen. Whiplash is any sudden and sharp neck movement that results in strain, causing damage to the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the neck and spine.
Even though most Kansas drivers know that motorcycles can be incredibly dangerous, motorcycles have only continued to become more popular in the recent years. According to the United States Department of Transportation, there were approximately 8.5 million motorcycles using the nation's roadways in 2012. Of these, 60 out of every 100,000 motorcycles registered were involved in accidents.