It comes as no surprise that car accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. citizens ages 8 to 34, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fata car accidents occur nearly every 15 minutes in America. This is a fact that many of us may not realize. Unfortunately, even the most experienced drives in America can be involved in a car accident and many are injured as a result.
Kansas Car Accident Statistics
In 2016, there were 61,844 car accidents in the state of Kansas. While the majority of those accidents involved only property damage (48,095), 13,365 of those accidents resulted in injuries and 381 were fatalities. Of the thousands of people injured in car accidents in Kansas, nearly half suffer some type of permanent disability. Those injuries often result in impairment of normal functioning, such as paralysis and other neurological injuries.
Baxter Springs Roadways and Traffic
Baxter Springs, located in Cherokee County, Kansas, along Spring River, is the most populous city in the county. Baxter Springs is also home to the old Phillips 66 gas station, now Baxter Springs Route 66 Visitor’s Center. Historic Route 66 in Kansas stretches across the southeastern corner of the state for 13 miles.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office recommends that, particularly during the fall months, motorists should be aware of the chance of encountering deer on the roadways. Last year, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 24 car accidents involving deer, just during the month of October. Most of those crashes have occurred around sunrise or sunset, as those are the peak times for deer activity. Here are some recommendations for staying safe.
When Do You Need a Baxter Springs Car Accident Attorney?
Following a car accident, the trauma of your personal injuries is probably something you want to forget as soon as possible. The disruption that your injuries and damages cause make the need to reach a resolution great, and the sooner you can get back to normalcy the better. How long it will take to resolve a car accident case depends on a variety of factors. Although your Baxter Springs car accident attorney can never guarantee a successful resolution, nor can they predict how long it will take, being familiar with the factors that affect resolution, can make it easier to get through.
Causes of Car Accidents in Baxter Springs
Regrettably, the worst threat you face on the roadway is other drivers. Their negligence accounts for more accidents and more deaths than anything else. The problem is, there are so many different ways that others can drive negligently, and all of those ways are extremely dangerous. Just a few common examples of driver negligence that leads to auto accidents include driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, driving while drowsy or fatigued, speeding, and distracted driving, including texting and eating.
Distracted driving is becoming a major concern for highway safety. As the use of cell phones has increased, so has the number of auto accidents involving distracted drivers. In 2013, more than 3,000 people were killed as a result of distracted drivers. Although the campaign to stop texting and driving is in full swing, cell phone use is not the only form of distracted driving.
Any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the primary task of driving is a distraction and endangers the driver, passengers, and others on the roadway. Distractions also include everyday tasks that many of us engage in all the time, such as eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, using a GPS and adjusting the radio or other electronics.
What Can the Cottrell Law Office do for me?
The Baxter Springs car accident attorneys at the Cottrell Law Office will get you the results you deserve. As our case results reflect, we have obtained verdicts or settlements in car accident cases ranging from 100,000 to more than 300,000 in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. We handle more than car accidents, though. We also handle accidents involving commercial trucks, motorcycles, defective vehicles, pedestrian collisions, and other types of accident cases. With more than 29 years of experience, we are dedicated to putting that experience to work to provide you with top-quality service and zealous legal representation.
Be Careful What You Do Following a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, contacting a car accident lawyer in Bentonville as soon as possible is important in order to obtain the compensation you deserve. When the time comes to file your claim, there are several common mistakes that you need to avoid. The Cottrell Law Office is here to help you avoid those mistakes.
If you have questions regarding car accidents or any other personal injury issues in Arkansas or Missouri, please contact the Cottrell Law Office for a free consultation, either online or by calling toll-free at (888) 433-4861.