Preventing car accidents should be of the utmost importance for state and local governments. These incidents lead to many fatalities and injuries each year in our area. Recently, Kansas City police officers have cracked down on speeding in some areas of the city that see the most crashes. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., our Kansas City car crash lawyers want to discuss this story as well as the dangers that residents in and around our area face each day on the roadways.
What are the police doing to improve safety?
A recent report shows that Kansas City police officers have been busy working to reduce accidents at the city’s highest crash locations. According to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners’, police officers increased the number of tickets they wrote in February over the previous month in five separate high-crash areas:
- Interstate 70 and Interstate 435 (11 percent increase)
- 75th Street and Bruce Watkins Drive (19 percent)
- Bannister Road and Interstate 435 (33 percent)
- 55th Street and Bruce Watkins Drive (71 percent)
- Front Street and Interstate 35 (45 percent)
Data suggest that the leading causes of accidents for these areas are driver inattention and rear-end impacts. As of this writing, there have been nearly 3,000 crashes reported across the city in 2020.
Car accidents are not uncommon
We are glad that the police are taking steps to reduce traffic fatalities. According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, there were more than 155,000 total traffic accidents across the state over the latest reporting year. Out of those incidents, there were 921 fatalities and more than 55,000 injuries reported.
Car accidents can be devastating for victims, and the unfortunate reality is that most of them are preventable. One of the most common causes of crashes in this state is driver inattention, which is another way of saying the driver was distracted at the time an incident occurred. More and more, we are finding that drivers are distracted by their cell phones or other devices behind the wheel. This can include behaviors such as talking on a cell phone, sending or receiving text messages, reading or sending emails, browsing the internet, or taking photographs for social media.
Other preventable causes of accidents in Kansas City include drunk driving, a failure to obey traffic laws, and speeding.
Let us get to work on your behalf
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation. The team at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. is ready to help. We will investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. This could include the following:
- Coverage of your medical bills related to the incident
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party