5 Tips To Protect Yourself While Driving

1. Drive Alert

There is a new universe of risk on the roads in the last 5 years. Drivers are driving faster, more aggressively, and more distracted. Our driving culture has changed and it is leading to accidents that are causing serious injury and worse. Stay alert by glove boxing your phone (so you won’t be tempted to use it) and keep your eyes on the road scanning for hazards.

2. Drive Buckled

There is no doubt that seat belts save lives, especially in a violent collision or when a vehicle you’re driving runs off the road. Seatbelts can also save you from a serious head or neck injury by preventing your head from being propelled into the front dash and windshield. It should be second-nature to buckle up, but sadly statistics say otherwise.

3. Drive Cautious

The reality is that you can no longer trust other drivers to follow the rules of the road. Previously safe drivers have now turned into dangerous drivers by driving aggressively or using their phone behind the wheel. More drivers are running red lights, blowing through stop signs, changing lanes without regard to other traffic, and routinely driving like they are in a hurry. Drive cautiously by watching your speed, holding your lane, and anticipating hazardous situations.

4. Drive Defensively

This tip probably deserves to be at the top of the list. There is no better approach to driving. Protect yourself, your passengers, and others on the roadway by always driving defensively.

5. Review Your Insurance Coverages

You should consider auto insurance coverages that are at least $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident. Not only will you be better protected in the event you cause an accident, but you also have good protection in the event you or your passengers are injured by an un-insured motorist. When you are injured by a driver who does not have insurance, your own insurance steps in and provides coverage. The amount of coverage you have to protect yourself is based on the amount of uninsured motorist coverage you purchase. Make sure you purchase at least $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident in protection against an uninsured motorist. Also, ask your agent to add under-insured motorist coverage to your policy. This is separate protection against a driver who does not carry enough insurance to cover your injury claim.

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”

Dangerous Intersection Alert: 40 Hwy & Adams Dairy Parkway, Blue Springs

Attorney Doug Horn will be profiling dangerous intersections in the Kansas City area. As a crash lawyer, Doug Horn has represented many people who have been seriously injured or killed in intersection collisions. While all intersections are potentially dangerous, Horn’s purpose is to influence drivers to adopt the safe driver habits and behaviors that will protect themselves, their passengers, and others on the road.

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Distracted Driving: The Problem is Bigger than You Think

Distracted driving is considered to be a contributing factor in a large number of accidents. For example, in 2015 alone, distracted driving was reported as being a leading factor in accidents that killed almost 3,500 people, which represents 9.8 percent of all fatalities; however, many instances may not be reported. Continue reading “Distracted Driving: The Problem is Bigger than You Think”

Smithville, MO – Accidents and Unsafe Road Conditions

When most people hear about a car or truck accident that resulted in serious injuries, or even death, they may automatically assume two vehicles (i.e. car, big rig, motorcycle, etc.) collided. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only way that accidents on the road result in injuries or deaths. Continue reading “Smithville, MO – Accidents and Unsafe Road Conditions”

Odessa, MO – Accidents, Injuries and Compensation

Odessa is a small community in Lafayette County, Missouri, with a population of just 5,300. While the interstate runs nearby, the community is still close-knit, which means when an accident, injury or fatality occurs, many people in the local area are effected. Continue reading “Odessa, MO – Accidents, Injuries and Compensation”

Oak Grove, MO – Motorcycle Accidents and Claims

In 2016 alone, there were over 2,100 motorcycle accidents in the state of Missouri. According to the Missouri Transportation Department, over 1,900 motorcyclists suffered an injury and a record setting 122 were killed. In the past four years, the state has seen a disturbing increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities.    Continue reading “Oak Grove, MO – Motorcycle Accidents and Claims”

Kearney, MO – Accidents and Injuries

During the winter months the roads in Kearney can become quite dangerous, especially along the stretch of I-435 traveling through the city. To illustrate this point, consider the multivehicle wreck that occurred on Interstate 435 near Cookingham Drive. Continue reading “Kearney, MO – Accidents and Injuries”

Gladstone, MO – Dangers and Risks of Roadway Accidents

According to information from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the most dangerous intersection in the city of Gladstone is located at 72nd Street and MO 1. In fact, between the dates of 2010 and 2016, this intersection saw 41 accidents and 11 injuries. While there were no fatalities here, these numbers are still shockingly high, compared to other busy intersections in the city. Continue reading “Gladstone, MO – Dangers and Risks of Roadway Accidents”

Excelsior Springs Traffic Accidents

Two teenagers lost their lives and two more suffered serious injuries in June of 2016 after an accident occurred on 291 Highway in Excelsior Springs, MO. However, what is shocking about this accident is that the vehicle was stopped by officers shortly before the crash occurred. Continue reading “Excelsior Springs Traffic Accidents”