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”

Back To School: Doug Horn Finds A Niche at Lutheran High School of Kansas City

 

Doug Horn would like to publicly thank the Lutheran High School of Kansas City and Mr. Lee Rudzinsky for providing him the opportunity to spend several hours with Rudzinsky’s American Government class last Wednesday morning.

Horn, who has already launched his “Drive By Example” driving safety campaign at Lutheran High, presented an American history lesson to a group of 20 students.  “We were able to cover a lot of ground, I hope the students gained an appreciation of our Constitution and how our federal government has evolved over the years”, Horn said.

Horn’s presentation centered on the expansion of the federal government during the 20th century. Using FDR’s New Deal and LBJ’s Great Society as examples, Horn taught on how federal government has expanded to help respond to both economic and social crisis. “The students were able to make a connection between the past and present. They understand how the federal government reacts in times of trouble”.

Horn also reserved time for a driving safety message. “We always preach to “drive by example”, Horn commented. Today at LHS we taught the kids, that really means to drive alert, buckled, and cautious. To support his safety message, Horn planted a sign on the campus exit road as a reminder. Horn added, “I am always grateful for an opportunity to help protect young people”.

 

Horn Law Taking New Aim On Distracted Driving

Since 2009, Doug Horn, a lawyer who concentrates in motor vehicle accident law, has seen a dramatic increase in traffic accidents caused by distracted driving, especially cases related to cell phone use. “It seems as if the cell phone has taken over our lives and, as a result, distracted driving has become epidemic” Horn says. “Not only do distracted drivers create a greater number of collisions, but also a greater risk of serious injury and roadway fatalities”, Horn added.

What started out largely as a teen driver issue, distracted driving has now become a much broader problem as adults have adopted the cell phone to manage both busy personal and work schedules. Moreover, because cell phone use is both habit-forming and addictive, drivers are facing what Horn refers to as a “new universe of risk”.

“It’s a serious public safety concern,” Horn reflects. “Unfortunately, the measures we have taken to try and reduce the number of distracted drivers, like anti-texting laws, are proving to be ineffective. If we don’t find a way to attack distracted driving head-on, the problem is going to get much worse before it gets better.”

Horn believes a solution will be to implement traffic safety communication campaigns that villainize distracted driving. In this regard, Horn has recently put up a billboard on I-70 near Kansas City that urges drivers to “protect themselves” against the threat of drivers who use cell phones while driving. The billboard public safety message, which Horn hopes will serve as a model distracted driving prevention campaign, also associates distracted drivers with drunk drivers.

“Based on the cases I handle, I think distracted driving is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving. The idea behind my billboard is to raise the public consciousness that using a cell phone behind the wheel creates a severe risk of harm to yourself, your passengers, and others on the road.”

Horn’s hope is that his legal work protecting distracted driving victims, coupled with his efforts to advance driver safety, will create the foundation for a more respectable driving culture in Kansas City.

 

How to Choose a Lawyer After a Car Accident

There are plenty of attorneys in Kansas City, but not everyone will be the right one for your case. A good personal injury attorney will make sure that you are fairly and justly compensated for your medical expenses and losses of income, quality of life, and pain and suffering.

Find a Good Match

The legal profession includes many specialties including tax, real estate, family and juvenile, environmental, labor, and immigration law to name just a few. If you have been injured in a car accident, a lawyer who specializes in personal injury is the best choice to be your advocate.

A good personal injury attorney:

  • Has many years of experience filing claims with insurance companies.
  • Understands that insurance companies have their own lawyers and adjusters on staff whose job it is to pay claimants as little money as possible.
  • Will be able to anticipate what insurance companies will do to limit the settlements they pay.
  • Will make sure you receive every penny you are entitled to receive.

Reputations Matter

Get referrals from friends, relatives, coworkers, but don’t stop there. Ask around for the names of highly reputable lawyers. Read the websites of personal injury lawyers in your area to get an idea of how knowledgeable they are in the area of car accident cases.

Results Matter Even More

Ask a potential lawyer to review results with you from cases they have handled that are similar to yours. A successful, experienced lawyer should have plenty of successes to tell you about. In cases that were not successful, a confident attorney should be able to explain clearly how yours is different.

Is there Focus?

Does an attorney concentrate on one type of personal injury law or is the law office’s area of specialty “a mile wide and an inch deep”? Car accident injuries and the claims that result from them can be complicated affairs that require experience specifically with auto insurance companies.

Meet in Person

Take the time to meet personally with a potential advocate before asking him or her to take on your case. First, you’ll want to see if you work well together. Does the attorney care about your case and believe that you have a good one? Do you feel comfortable with him or her and feel that you can be truthful about the car accidents?  Does the attorney explain your case in clear, understandable language? You’ll want to look for a “yes” in all of these questions.

Will Your Claim Be Handed Off?

Before you sign on with any attorney, ask who will personally handle your case. If the answer is a paralegal or inexperienced lawyer, consider looking elsewhere.

Contact Us

Experience in vehicle collisions matters after an accident. Horn Law will help you get every dollar owed to you by the insurance companies. Call 816-795-7500 or tell us about your case on our online form.

Attorney Doug Horn on ABC Action News

Tire Blowouts and Prevention

Warmer weather means for warmer roads, and many in the Midwest use winter tires. It is important to make sure you have either all-season or summer tires installed by the time the weather starts to heat up as winter tires get heavy wear in the summer with their deep grooves and less dense rubber. Other things you need to look out for to make sure your tires are road-safe include;

Tread: Take a penny and place it Lincoln side upside-down into your tire’s tread. As long as the tread covers Lincoln’s head, you have at least 2/32 of tread remaining, which is the minimum legally required tread in most states, and a sign you need to immediately replace your tires for safetyIn winter conditions it is suggested you have at least 6/32 of tread to maintain safe grip on the roads.

Tire Pressure: It is important to maintain appropriate tire pressure as too much pressure takes away traction and adds to braking time, and too little pressure will lead to heavy wear and possible tire overheating. Keep in mind that tire pressure will change when you go from winter cold to warm weather, so it is important to check your tires even if they don’t leak air.

Be aware when your tires get close to the mileage they are rated for, and let a professional check your tires for signs they need to be replaced.  However, flat tires and blowouts aren’t 100% preventable, so if you do get a blowout, what do you do?

–          Don’t immediately brake or steer away from the blowout, this can cause you to lose control.

–          Gently ease onto the accelerator to maintain speed, and keep the wheel straight.

–          Slowly ease off the accelerator and begin gently braking to pull off the side of the road.

Safe driving also means having a safe car, and tire care is just one of several things you need to commit to for your car to be road-safe. Make sure your car is inspected yearly or more frequently, depending on the mileage and road wear your car receives.

Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer Is Helping To Fix The Driving Culture

Doug Horn, a Kansas City injury lawyer concentrating in motor vehicle accident law, devotes a large amount of his time and resources to driving safety advocacy. In 2014 Horn can be seen regularly on KC Live, a television show broadcast on KSHB-TV.  The latest installment was broadcast on February 24, 2014. To view, click here.

As a crash lawyer, Horn has seen a significant decline in the overall driving culture over the last decade. He attributes the culture decline to a rising number of distracted drivers, including those who use cell phones to talk, text, navigate, and browse the web. Horn feels the problem of distracted driving is going to get worse before it gets better, unless driving safety experts act now.

Horn’s solution to the distracted driving crisis is two-fold. First, Horn believes that we need to be more intentional about alerting all drivers to the new universe of roadway risk, primarily caused by texting while driving. Horn believes that when drivers fully appreciate the risk associated with manipulating a cell phone while trying to keep your eyes on the road, they will adopt habits and behaviors that protect themselves, their passengers, and others on the roadway. Horn adds that driving safety messages and campaigns must be directed to adult drivers. “Many people believe that distracted driving is a teen driver issue, in fact, with the advent of the smart phone, adults now make up the largest segment of distracted drivers”.

Second, Horn is advocating efforts that keep driving safety high on the public consciousness, encouraging drivers to meet a higher standard behind the wheel. In this regard, Horn developed Drive By Example, a driving safety program that he is implementing in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The program has gained momentum in both the public and private sector. Horn’s goal is to make Kansas City a model city for safe driving.

While Horn does think that new driving safety laws and stepped-up law enforcement will help, he believes driving safety experts need to re-shape their thinking about how to fix our driving culture. “Traditional methods of advancing driver safety are not equipped to address the underlying driving culture. We need to shift our thinking toward driver safety campaigns that are designed to reach all drivers, address all forms of dangerous driving, and promote a higher driving standard”, Horn said.

The driving safety pages at hornlaw.com provide more information about Horn’s advocacy efforts and his Drive By Example program.