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  • Auto Accident Checklist: What to Do

    Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 8-Jun-2017

    No one plans on being involved in a traffic collision, which is why any auto accident can be a frightening experience, especially when they result in injuries. Because what you do or say following a wreck can impact your health, communication with insurance companies, and your right to recover compensation for property damage or personal injury, planning for the unexpected or taking immediate ...
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  • Kansas City's Most Dangerous Intersections

    Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 6-Mar-2017

    Driver distraction is as much a problem in Kansas City as it is throughout the country. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of serious, preventable car accidents. A survey of more than 7,500 auto accidents in 2012 revealed that driver distraction was the number one culprit behind a number of preventable collisions at intersections. Data from public records provided by the Missouri State ...
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  • Proving Liability in Car Accident Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 30-Nov-2016

    Victims injured in car accidents caused by others may have a right to file personal injury claims against the responsible party. These claims can allow victims and their loved ones to recover compensation for their damages. There are two main points these claims will attempt to prove: Another person's actions caused a victim harm; and The at-fault party should be held liable for the damages ...
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  • What You Need to Do At the Scene of Any Car or Truck Accident

    Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 28-Jun-2016

    If you are involved in a car or truck accident - especially an accident that results in personal injury - there are certain things that, if you are physically able, you should do to preserve your claim for damages. Assess the situation. First, assess your physical condition, and the condition of anyone riding as a passenger in your vehicle. If anyone in your vehicle is complaining of any type of ...
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  • Watch Out, Foot Commuters!: Safety Tips for Pedestrians

    Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 14-Jan-2016

    When living in a big city, the best form of transportation may be by foot. By walking, you can avoid traffic, make frequent stops without having to find parking, and even enjoy the friendly smiles of those passing by. Although in some cities, such as Kansas City, commuting by foot may be the most efficient form of transportation, it can also be one of the most dangerous. In fact, the National ...
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  • When it Rains, It Pours: 13 Tips for Safe Rainy Weather Driving

    Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 11-Dec-2015

    With fall coming to an end and winter beginning soon, you can count on frequent rainy weather. While rain can be enjoyable, it can also pose serious driving risks if motorists are not considerate of driving habits or observant of road conditions. To stay safe when commuting from home to work or any other place, consider reading the following safety tips our Kansas City car accident lawyers have ...
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  • Traveling the Sunday After Thanksgiving Weekend? Here's the Safest Times to Drive

    Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 13-Nov-2015

    On Thanksgiving weekend, many people are traveling to and from the homes of family members and friends. Of course, due to the numerous drivers on the road, heavy traffic congests roads during the holiday weekend. In addition, there is a larger risk of car accidents due to the high volume of drivers occupying the roads. However, some times are better to travel than others. Waze, the world’s ...
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  • I Got into an Accident. What Will Happen Next?

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 25-Mar-2015

    Car accidents can and do happen on a daily basis. That is the unfortunate fact of life. Many times, after an accident, people are caught off guard and are unsure of what to do when the time comes. In our blog, we discuss many of the common mistakes that people make and why you should avoid doing them. By following the advice in our blog, you can not only protect yourself, but also increase your ...
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  • Drugs & Alcohol Found as Two of the Biggest Factors in Adolescent Car Accidents

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 15-Jan-2015

    Recent research indicates that in car accidents where an adolescent driver is killed, half of these drivers had alcohol or marijuana in their system at the time of the crash. Although the study only evaluated certain states, including New Hampshire, Washington, and California, it is a shocking statistic that renews conversation about current laws in place. Are drivers using one substance at a ...
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  • Driving Safety Tips for Winter Weather

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 12-Dec-2014

    The holiday season is upon us and with it comes winter weather. Each year throughout the country and the Kansas City area, numerous motorists and pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents during the winter. Many of these accidents are caused in part by unsafe conditions on public roadways, including rain, snow, and ice. Whether you and your loved ones are planning a long trip for the holidays ...
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  • Federal Officials Issue Advisory for Defective Takata Airbags

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 4-Nov-2014

    Every year in the United States, numerous products, prescription drugs, and auto parts are recalled because they post dangers to consumers. This year, however, has been unlike any other when it comes to auto recalls. According to statistics from auto manufacturers, 2014 has seen a record-setting number of vehicle recalls – over 56 million. That's roughly more than three times the number ...
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  • New Study Shows Hands-Free Devices Still Make Distracted Drivers

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 14-Oct-2014

    Most people know that driving distracted can be incredibly dangerous. From statistics that reveal thousands of injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving, it seems that many people continue to drive distracted anyway. Because distracted driving has become such a widespread problem, states across the nation have passed laws banning text messaging and the use of handheld electronic devices ...
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  • Kansas City Area Drivers Among Safest in Country, Study Says

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 17-Sep-2014

    Traffic accidents have long been one of the leading causes of preventable injury and death across the United States, and it's no different in Kansas City. What is different, however, is that Kansas City drivers may be just a little safer than others in the country, according to a recent study from Allstate Corp. In the insurance company's tenth annual Best Drivers Report, Kansas City, ...
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  • Man and Woman Die in a Head On Collision on MO 38 in Stone County, Missouri

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 4-Oct-2013

    At approximately 1:45 p.m., on October 3, 2013, 79 year old James Echols, and 65 year old Patricia Kobashigawa, were traveling northbound on Missouri 39, in Stone County, Missouri, when a vehicle operated by Quarlene House, traveling southbound on Missouri 39, crossed the centerline and struck the vehicle operated by Mr. Echols head on. Mr. Echols and Ms. Kobashigawa were pronounced dead at the ...
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  • Lawrence Kansas Man Killed in car accident on K10 in Lenexa, Kansas

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 3-Oct-2013

    At approximately 4:50 p.m., on October 1, 2013, a 52 year old man, Randy Schimmel, was killed as a result of a multi vehicle car accident in Lenexa, Kansas. As Mr. Schimmel was traveling eastbound on K10, another eastbound vehicle, driven by Cody Conley, side swiped the Schimmel vehicle. After being struck, Mr. Schimmel's vehicle spun out of control and entered the westbound lanes of K10, ...
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  • Elderly Couple Killed in Overland Park, KS Auto Accident

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 27-Sep-2013

    At approximately 3:38 p.m., on September 26, 2013, an elderly couple died in an Overland Park, Kansas auto accident. An 86 year old man and his 80 year old wife were traveling eastbound on 79 th Street when a vehicle traveling southbound on Mastin failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of 79 th and Mastin, and struck the elderly couple's vehicle. The southbound vehicle was being ...
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  • Pedestrian Killed While Mowing Church Lawn in St. Charles County, Missouri

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 16-Sep-2013

    At approximately 7:30 a.m., on September 12, 2013, in an unfortunate and very unusual car accident, a pedestrian, Valente Zapata, was struck and killed by a car while mowing the lawn at the Trinity Lutheran Church in the Orchard Farm area of St. Charles County, Missouri. Mr. Zapata was mowing the church lawn when Laurel Schneck lost control of her 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer while traveling southbound, ...
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  • Kansas Highway Patrol Reports 10 Fatalities in 8 accidents in the Last Two Weeks

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 13-Sep-2013

    The Kansas Highway Patrol has reported that eight motor vehicle accidents resulting in ten fatalities occurred on Kansas Highways during past two weeks ending September 13, 2013. On August 30, 2013, a fatality accident occurred on U56, approximately 5 1/2 miles east of Herrington, in Morris County, KS. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when Ethan Carroll lost control of ...
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  • Missouri Adopts No Pay No Play Statute - RSMo. Section 303.390.1

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 12-Sep-2013

    The Missouri General Assembly, by the smallest possible margin, has voted to override Governor Nixon's veto of HB339. The bill, which will now be codified as R.S.Mo. Section 303.390.1, is designed to severely limit the ability of an uninsured motorist to recover damages if that person is involved in an injury related auto accident. What A "No Pay, No Play" Statute Entails By ...
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  • 79th Fatality on Missouri Roads in 2013

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 9-Sep-2013

    Several auto accidents resulting in serious injuries and one fatality occurred on Missouri Highways during the past week. On September 2, 2013, a fatality accident occurred on Highway 43, 10 miles north of Joplin, in Jasper County, Missouri. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a vehicle operated by John Adamson failed to stop for a stop sign and was broadsided by a ...
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  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome claim settled for $2.75 Million

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 8-Sep-2013

    Venue: Buchanan County Circuit Court Date: July 2013 Plaintiff's Attorney: James Montee, The Montee Law Firm, P.C., St. Joseph, MO Caption: Confidential Defense Attorney: Confidential Insurer: Confidential Ankle Fracture Develops Into Complex Regional Pain Syndrome A Buchanan County, Missouri plaintiff has agreed to a confidential settlement of her personal injury lawsuit for $2,750,000. On ...
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  • Missouri Auto Accident Leaves Three Injured

    Posted By Montee Law Firm || 12-Mar-2013

    Three Missouri residents (including a teenager) were injured in a car-van automobile accident on Sunday, a a news source reports. According to the report, the accident occurred at 1:26 pm approximately four miles outside of Kirksville, MO when a Toyota Corolla (driven by the teen) veered across the centerline into the path of a Dodge Caravan. The van maneuvered off the road to evade the oncoming ...
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  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 20-Aug-2012

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formally known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), affects approximately 1.2 million Americans. CRPS is considered a chronic condition. It can impact any part of the body, but most often impacts an arm or a leg. Many individuals first develop CRPS after suffering injuries in a car accident, or truck accident. CRPS is hard to diagnose. Therefore, insurance ...
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  • Studies Indicate That Tired Drivers May Be As Dangerous As Drunk Drivers

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 3-Aug-2012

    Many people that would never consider getting behind the wheel of a car or truck after having a few drinks think nothing of driving while tired. In fact a recent study by the AAA Foundation found that 2 out of every five drivers admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel. The AAA study also found that one in six deadly crashes, and one in eight crashes leading to hospitalization, resulted from ...
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  • Car or Truck Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 27-Jul-2012

    Somewhere in the United States, an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every 15 seconds - over 2 million TBIs each year. A TBI usually results from a severe blow to the head. However, rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head, without the head actually striking anything at all, the type of movement associated with many car accidents, may also cause a TBI. In fact, car accidents ...
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