We recently saw a tragic hit-and-run incident in Kansas City. Frankie Lee Jones, 44, has been charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in death. The accident took the life of John Stewart in November.
Police say that Jones was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident and was driving without a license. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that there are many dangers that motorists face when they hit the streets each day. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need to know where to turn. When you need a Kansas City car accident attorney, call us today.
Before we look at why car accidents occur, we need to look at the statistics from the latest reporting year in the state. We see that there were:
- 158,015 total vehicle crashes
- 947 people killed in crashes
- 57,811 people injured in crashes
We know that most vehicle accidents result in only property damage or minor injuries, but there are times when the outcome is much worse.
When major injuries occur, they usually require extensive medical care to repair. Consider the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Severe lacerations
- Broken bones
All of those injuries can cause a person to miss work for an extended period of time. This will result in lost income, money needed for a person to support themselves and their family. If a victim suffers from a permanent disability, the cost of lifetime medical care can become tremendous.
Do you know if your insurance will cover all of these expenses?
What if they try to say you were at fault?
Please note that even minor injuries can lead to medical bills that are more than we can afford.
Why They Occur
When it comes to vehicle accidents, most revolve around some sort of driver error. Some driver behavior is worse than others. For example, drivers who operate while impaired by drugs or alcohol are a danger to everyone on the roadways around them. We also know that distracted drivers, those who are watching videos on their phones or reading a text message, are more likely to cause serious accidents.
The most common cause of vehicle accidents is still speeding, something that many drivers do not see a problem with.
When another driver’s negligence causes you harm, they need to be held accountable.
Your Next Steps
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, please seek legal assistance immediately. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., our personal injury team will get to work on securing the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for your accident-related medical expenses
- Lost wage recovery if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages