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Hang Up Or Pay Up

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Feb 15, 2021

As we discussed in our previous blog, Missouri semi wrecks are on the rise. Due to their foreboding size and weight, semi trucks and tractor trailers can cause severe injuries and death. In May of 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made it illegal for commercial drivers to operate hand-held mobile devices while operating a vehicle.

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Missouri Truck Wrecks Are on The Rise

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Feb 3, 2021

Despite significantly reduced travel due to COVID-19, the Missouri collision fatality count increased in 2020. There were 988 Missouri traffic fatalities recorded in 2020. State law enforcement attributes this increase to speeding and encourages slower driving speeds. The Missouri Highway Patrol has ramped up its monitoring of the state’s roadways. Motorists are cautioned, the faster your rate of travel, the more severe a collision will be. It has become commonplace for Missouri drivers to travel at speeds in excess of 90 mph.

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ATV Injuries and Deaths in 2020

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Dec 11, 2020

The year 2020 has seen a surge of injuries and deaths related to the operation of ATVs, UTVs, and other recreational vehicles in Missouri and the Kansas City area. In early August, one teen girl was killed and her passenger was seriously injured after they lost control of the Polaris UTV they were operating on in Saline County. Their vehicle skidded off the road, hit a ditch, and overturned. During the same week, a 43-year-old La Monte man died after the ATV he was operating overturned while negotiating a curve, landing on top of him. And in September a 29-year-old female Forsyth resident was killed after her 2019 Honda Rubicon overturned, ejecting her.

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Motorcycle accident

An Attorney Reflects During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Jul 30, 2020

Riding a motorcycle is obviously more dangerous than traveling in an automobile. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles account for less than 5 percent of all registered vehicles yet every year motorcyclists account for approximately 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. On the basis of accident rates per vehicle mile traveled, NHTSA estimates motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than car passengers to die in a crash.

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Insurance Coverage For Trucking Accidents is Too Low

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Jul 30, 2020

We are regularly contacted by people who have been involved in motor vehicle crashes with semi trucks in the Kansas City area. The commercial trucking industry is one we are very familiar with and we have handled these types of cases many times over the years. This is an area of the law in which our lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience.

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Missouri Nursing Homes are Among the Worst in the U.S.

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Jul 30, 2020

Government records show Missouri has some of the worst nursing homes in the country. During the past 3 years, the deaths of at least 28 nursing home residents in Missouri were caused by carelessness or neglect. Those deaths were caused by medication errors, bedsores and staff not being properly trained in CPR, among other causes. All of those deaths were preventable.

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What is Distracted Driving and How Can We Prevent it?

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Jul 30, 2020

I remember it like it was yesterday. Three years ago I was headed back to my office after meeting with a new client. It was a beautiful fall day and the leaves on the trees were at their most glorious.

I was stopped at the intersection of 63rd Street and Ward Parkway Boulevard. Two cars were ahead of mine and our light was red. After a few moments, the light turned green and the cars ahead of me moved forward. I followed behind them and started to cross over the first two southbound lanes of Ward Parkway. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a blur. It was a fast-moving SUV and at that instant I knew it was going to slam into the side of my car. I instinctively hit the gas pedal and prepared for the impact.

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The Great Tort Reform Myth

By Kendall Law Group LLC | Jun 5, 2018

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” – Verbal in The Usual Suspects. The second greatest trick may be the insurance industry’s success in getting more than half the states to implement “tort reform.” That achievement was based on the promise that restricting victims’ ability to bring medical malpractice suits would improve healthcare and reduce its cost. Those myths have now been completely dispelled.”

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