Safe Biking & Driving Practices

Safe Biking & Driving Practices

Biking is a popular activity in many areas, especially the Kansas City area. However, when a bicycle and a vehicle collide, the cyclist is typically the one seriously injured. We hope these bicycle safety tips will help prevent bicycle injuries.

According to the NHTSA, 966 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2021.

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In Missouri, What Qualifies as a Personal Injury?

In Missouri, What Qualifies as a Personal Injury?

The term, personal injury, is defined simply as any physical, mental or emotional harm caused by another party’s negligence. While there are many types of injuries that occur, there are three broad categories recognized by the state of Missouri: bodily injury, mental harm and wrongful death.

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Wet floors: Slip and Fall Hazard for You

Wet floors: Slip and Fall Hazard for You

Spills, mopping the floor, walking in from the rain; water on the floor presents a slip and fall hazard. Wet floors may be a common everyday occurrence; however, you can easily wind up with serious injuries in a slip and fall accident suffering minor bumps and bruises to life threatening head trauma and more.

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Types of Compensation in Personal Injury Cases

Types of Compensation in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers an injury in which someone else may be legally responsible. Typically, personal injury claims are the result of the negligence, or carelessness, of another person. Missouri law enables the injured party (the plaintiff) to file a claim to recover compensation for injuries caused by the at-fault party. This general overview covers the types of compensation that may be recovered.

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Texting and Driving Kills

Texting and Driving Kills

Distracted driving is a dangerous driving behavior. Between 2012 and 2020, more than 29,000 people have died in crashes related to driver distraction. In 2020 alone, 3,142 people died and 324,652 were injured. While we hear catch phrases centered around texting and driving (‘Arrive alive, don’t text and drive.’), distracted driving involves many activities that fall in three types, visual, manual and cognitive.

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FDA Safety Communication – Risks with Recalled Exactech Devices

FDA Safety Communication – Risks with Recalled Exactech Devices

An FDA Safety Communication has been issued regarding the recall of Exactech hip, knee, and ankle implants. The recall, which began in the summer of 2021 with hip replacement devices, expanded to include many knee and ankle implants as well.

Exactech’s recalled devices have polyethylene inserts that wear too early, cause pain and can lead to the need for revision surgery.

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Preventing Unintentional Poisonings

Preventing Unintentional Poisonings

9 out of 10 poisonings occur within the household, most of which happen in the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. And, more than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms every year because they got into medicine. Poisoning is a leading cause of unintentional death so the third week in March is dedicated to raising awareness of poison prevention, highlighting the dangers and how to prevent unintentional poisonings.

Deaths from preventable poisoning numbered 87,404 in 2020, the most current data year. The death rate per 100,000 population was 26.5

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Equipment Failures Common Cause of Semitruck Accidents

Equipment Failures Common Cause of Semitruck Accidents

Routine maintenance and repairs on large commercial trucks need to be done to ensure the safety of the trucker and other motorists on the road. Defective equipment, such as faulty brakes, worn tires, steering issues and more, can lead to an accident. When a truck experiences equipment failures, due to its size and weight, it can result in serious, life-threatening injuries.

Truck drivers are subject to frequent inspections of their trucks to ensure they are fit for the road; if determined to be unsafe, they are required to undergo repairs before returning to the road.

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Helping Truck Drivers Manage Driver Fatigue

Helping Truck Drivers Manage Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers work long hours, face strenuous deadlines and often have rigorous schedules. Drivers can suffer from a lack of adequate sleep, extended work hours, mental or physical exertion, all which can impair their driving performance. Is it any wonder that one of the causes for truck accidents is driver fatigue?

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Common Hours of Service Violations

Common Hours of Service Violations

Truck drivers work long daily and weekly hours on a continual basis. Hours of Service, or HOS, regulations are to protect truck drivers and other motorists by preventing drivers from operating a vehicle unsafely due to overexertion and fatigue. These regulations generally place limits on how long a driver can operate a vehicle and be on duty.

Hours of Service, or HOS, refers to the maximum amount of time drivers are permitted to be on duty including drive time, and specifies number and length of rest periods to help ensure drivers stay awake and alert.

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