Independence, Missouri Lawyer Develops Program To Help Reduce Accidents On Missouri’s Rural Roads

People who live in rural areas of Missouri know that there is not much room for error on the county and state highway roads that cris-cross Missouri. Accidents are on the rise and many blame the significant change in the driving culture. As drivers continue to drive aggressively, more distracted, and more impatient, traffic safety experts are saying that all of us are facing a “new universe of roadway risk”, however the highest risks for a violent collision are on Missouri’s rural roads. Continue reading “Independence, Missouri Lawyer Develops Program To Help Reduce Accidents On Missouri’s Rural Roads”

What is the Difference Between an Average and a Very Good Settlement in an Injury Claim?

The reason this is an important question is because, typically, an injured person is entitled to only one insurance settlement in their personal injury claim. This means that injured persons with claims must be careful and cautious when considering a offer to settle a personal injury case. This is where legal consultation can be helpful. Here is how I approach it when people call me for an evaluation of their claim.   Continue reading “What is the Difference Between an Average and a Very Good Settlement in an Injury Claim?”

What is “Pain & Suffering”?

In the context of a injury claim, “pain & suffering” commonly refers to the compensation an injured person deserves for their pain, hurt, and discomfort that is brought on by a traumatic injury. Quite simply, pain & suffering represents a category of damages that is set aside to account for the non-economic damages an injured person has incurred. In this regard, as a description of non-economic damages, it is a very important element in the fair and full settlement of any injury claim. Continue reading “What is “Pain & Suffering”?”

How To Protect Yourself Against Other Drivers Who Don’t Carry Enough Insurance

This blog recommends that drivers check with their insurance agent to make sure they have under-insured motorist coverage on their auto policy to ensure they’re covered against drivers who don’t carry enough insurance.     Continue reading “How To Protect Yourself Against Other Drivers Who Don’t Carry Enough Insurance”

Something To Think About If You Know Someone Who Has Been Diagnosed with a Head Injury

Frequently I am involved in cases where a person has suffered a head injury and is eventually diagnosed with “MTBI” or mild traumatic brain injury. As a personal injury lawyer, I normally see the MTBI diagnosis when the injured person continues to experience symptoms associated with head injury like headaches, dizziness, loss of concentration, etc. I rarely see a MTBI diagnosis where the symptoms from the concussion have resolved. Continue reading “Something To Think About If You Know Someone Who Has Been Diagnosed with a Head Injury”

How We Can Fix Our Driving Culture

Our driving culture is a mess, and the problem on our roadways seems to getting worse. As a crash lawyer, I have had a front row seat for a steady increase in collisions that cause serious injury and traffic fatalities. I estimate that 10 years ago about 5% of the drivers on the road were considered “dangerous”. Now, largely due to the significant increase in drivers using cell phones behind the wheel, some traffic safety experts think up to a third of the drivers (33 1/3%) on the road are driving dangerously. Continue reading “How We Can Fix Our Driving Culture”

Something To Think About If You Know Someone Who Is Considering Law School

Last Saturday night I was talking to a group of college students, some who were thinking about law school. They liked the idea of law school, but were concerned about the job market for young lawyers. I told them they could always think about starting their own law practice and they were interested to know more. Continue reading “Something To Think About If You Know Someone Who Is Considering Law School”

I-70 Westbound On-Ramp at Adams Dairy Parkway, Blue Springs

The I-70 Westbound On-Ramp from Adams Dairy Parkway is a danger zone primarily because it is highly constrictive, making it very difficult for drivers to get up to speed to safely merge with I-70 Highway speed traffic. Continue reading “I-70 Westbound On-Ramp at Adams Dairy Parkway, Blue Springs”