July 2011 Archives

Springfield, Missouri Accident Lawyers Sponsor the 10th Annual D.A.R.E. to Ride With Greene County Missouri's Sheriff's Office

45367_biker_parade03.jpgSpringfield, MO Car Accident Lawyers are proud to be a sponsor of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program) to Ride on Sunday July 24. This is the 10th year Greene County Sheriff's Office has held this motorcycle ride as a way to raise funds for this important and phenomenally successful program and has raised over $39,000 in their efforts to keep D.A.R.E. going strong in Greene County.

Greene County Missouri D.A.R.E. Program
Funding for the D.A.R.E. program comes totally from donations, which makes this biker ride not only fun but important. Registration starts at 8 am and each entrant pays a $15 fee and will ride from Reliable Imports on Chestnut Expressway and Highway 65 and end their ride in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a popular biker destination.

Both Greene County law enforcement and Green County accident lawyers share enthusiasm for this education partnership. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles. It is designed by education specialists for delivery by experienced law enforcement officers. Most communities find D.A.R.E. to be highly effective and a great community-oriented, positive police presence program.

D.A.R.E. officers work in the schools and have proven to have an excellent impact on the kids and on the school's environment. Their presence in the schools allows quick response and peaceful resolution to problems which have arisen.

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U.S. DOT's Faces of Distracted Driving Campaign to Help Reduce Risks of Car Accidents in Aurora and Elsewhere

A newly released public service announcement shines light on the frequency of fatal car accidents in Ozark, Nixa, Stockton and elsewhere in the United States that are caused by a distracted driver. The U.S. Department of Transportation is behind this campaign that has been viewed more than 100,000 times since they launched.
"I thank all of the families of distracted driving victims who have bravely chosen to share their stories of loss with the world," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "The response to their heartbreaking stories has been overwhelming and their efforts to build public awareness are helping to save lives. I urge everyone to watch our 'Faces of Distracted Driving' series at distraction.gov and to remember: talking or texting while driving is not worth the risk."

Our Springfield car accident attorneys recognize how serious this epidemic is. Motorists around the country are losing their lives because of this careless driving habit, distracted driving. This video series shines light on just a few of these incidents in which tragic consequences have resulted from using a cell phone or texting while driving.

According to distraction.gov, nearly 5,500 people died because of motor-vehicle accidents that reportedly involved a distracted driver. Another 500,000 people suffered injuries from these accidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and your Springfield injury attorneys recognize that the key to reducing these accidents is you. Drivers need to focus their attention inward and examine their own driving skills. Using your cell phone behind the wheel gives you the same reaction time as a driver who is legally drunk.

The "Faces of Distracted Driving" campaign offers 30-second video clips from families around the country who have lost a love one because of an accident that involved a distracted driver.

Research on distracted driving reveals the following:

-Of the near 5,500 people who were killed in motor-vehicle accidents that reported the involvement of a distracted driver, nearly 1,000 of these incidents reported cell phone use specifically as the form of distraction. This represents nearly 20 percent of all distraction-related accidents.

-Drivers under the age of 20 have the greatest proportion of distracted drivers, far more than any other age group. Nearly 20 percent of teen drivers that were involved in a fatal accident were reported to have been driving while distracted.

-Motorists who use hand-held devices behind the wheel of a motor vehicle are four times more likely to get into an accident that is serious enough to cause injury.

-The number of drivers who were reportedly distracted at the time of a deadly accident increased from 7 percent in 2005 to more than 10 percent in 2009.

It is important to remember that distracted driving doesn't only involve the use of a hand-held cell phone or texting while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. There are a number of ways that a driver can engage in distractions while driving, all of which can result with a fatal accident.

Other types of driving distractions:

-Eating or drinking.


-Talking to passengers.

-Reading, and this includes road maps.

-Using a PDA of GPS.

-Watching a video.

-Surfing the Internet.

-Changing the radio station or using your CD player or MP3 player.

All motorists are urged to do one thing while they're driving -- drive. Focusing on the roadway will help to greatly reduce the risks and occurrences of these deadly and preventable accidents.

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How Much is My Springfield Missouri Auto Accident Claim Worth?--Understanding the Settlement Formula

Springfield Missouri car accident victims sometimes believe that Insurance companies use something called "the BASE formula" when determining the amount of money they will offer to a claimant in a Springfield auto accident case. This is a mathematical formula which takes into consideration the total net worth of damage from a car crash, including both damage to the vehicle, and damage to the occupants or pedestrians involved.

1158796_business_target_3.jpgIf there is only property damage involved, the settlement formula is fairly simple. It gets much more involved with a personal injury claim. Fault plays a role, as does both physical injuries, and pain and suffering. How much are they worth? The base formula attempts to put a monetary value to "pain and suffering."

For this reason, it's important to have a Springfield Personal Injury Attorney handle your claim. They know that figuring the value of a case is sometimes more complicated than a function of your medical bills.

In a personal injury case, the claimant should always document their injuries, diagnoses, medical treatment, as well as pain and suffering emotional trauma, and of course, lost wages. This will help your attorney come up with the appropriate amount of damages.

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Springfield Missouri Car Accident Lawyers Cite Exeter Man's Death As Reminder To Focus On Driving

Our Springfield Missouri Accident Lawyers are Kenworth wheel.jpgconcerned anytime someone dies on our Missouri roads or highways and offer condolences to everyone who ever experiences this type of tragic event. A fatal car crash is devastating for all involved. A man from Exeter, Missouri has died from such a traffic accident.

Early Friday morning, shortly before 1 am on July 15, there was a truck accident on Missouri 37 just 3 miles south of Monett; a community which straddles Barry and Lawrence Counties. The man was driving southbound in a Ford pickup truck and crossed over the center line. The resulting traffic accident was a head-on collision with a semi tractor-trailer. The driver of the pickup truck, the man from Exeter, died from his injuries. The driver of the semi was unharmed.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) this is the 45th fatality for Troop D this year. Troop D covers Springfield and the surrounding southwest corner of Missouri. At this time it is unknown why the pickup truck driver crossed the center line.

This truck accident could have occurred for a number of reasons. Any time a car or truck crosses the center line the potential for a fatal accident is very high.

Common Reasons for Crossing The Center Line:

  • Passing a slower moving vehicle
  • Falling asleep behind the wheel
  • Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Distracted by texting or cell phone use
  • Swerving while distracted by a dropped item or other type incident in the vehicle
  • Faulty vehicle or mechanical damage

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Bus Accidents in the News in Springfield Missouri and Nationwide

Springfield Bus Accident Lawyers have noticed a rash of bus accidents taking place nationwide, from the terrifying to the simply bizarre. Here are some of the latest headlines, all from the past week in June:

1170123_bus_on_the_run.jpgHouston, TX-- "A Metro bus crash near the Medical District left the driver dead and the bus split in half." A bystander says, "Major accidents are awful; I've seen my share of them before. But this one...it is unbelievable that a bus can be split in half like that."

Fort Lauderdale, FLA--Driver flees after hitting BSO inmate transport bus... This hit-and-run bus crash on June 22 involved a prisoner transport bus. None of the 45 prisoners on the bus were injured and the bus continued on its route to the jail after the crash, the Sheriff's Office said. (We have never heard of a hit-and-run bus accident before, but it proves there is a first time for everything.)

Salt Lake City, UT--Investigation continues after teen falls out of moving school bus...The bus was traveling eastbound when officials say the 17 year old special needs student got out of his lap belt, walked to the rear of the bus, opened the emergency exit door and fell out onto the road.

But the main bus accident in the news that has captured our interest is this Arkansas bus accident case:

Little Rock, ARK--Arkansas Supreme Court affirms insurance ruling in fatal Craighead County bus crash...

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Springfield, Missouri News Reports on Polk County Car Accident -Investigation still Pending Regarding an Ambulance vs. Dump Truck In Polk County

172435_ambulance.jpgThe back of an ambulance is the last place anybody should expect to be injured in a car wreck. But that is exactly what happened on July 8th near Fair Play, MO. And the .

Until the investigation results are released Springfield Missouri Car Accident Lawyers remind Polk and Greene County, as well as all Missouri drivers, to observe traffic laws for emergency vehicles:

  • Always be on the lookout for emergency vehicles.

  • Remember that in modern cars sirens are difficult to hear.

  • On a highway, traveling at faster speeds, vehicles are traveling fast enough that the siren cannot be detected until the emergency vehicle is very close.

  • If an emergency vehicle approaches in your lane, pull over to the nearest edge of the roadway and clear an opening so they may safely pass. Never stop right where you are.

  • If an emergency vehicle approaches from the opposite direction, be prepared to slow and stop, they may need to turn in front of you or enter your lane.

  • Treat any vehicle with flashing red, blue, or amber lights as an emergency vehicle and slow down, move over and let them do their job.

  • Missouri Revised Statute requires a driver to yield right-of-way; move as far to the right of the roadway as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.

  • A driver is required to change lanes so as not to be adjacent to a stationary emergency vehicle and if this is not possible to slow down and use caution if this lane change is not possible.

This particular traffic accident occurred on Highway 32, about a mile east of Fair Play.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is still in the investigation phase. The Cox Health ambulance was transporting a patient to a local hospital on Friday when a dump truck traveling in the opposite direction of traffic apparently crossed the center line.

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Springfield Car Accident Lawyers Join Drowsy Driving Awareness Efforts

A West Plains, Missouri women apparently fell asleep at the wheel on I-44 early last Monday morning and the truck she was driving veered off the road. The vehicle rolled over and she was ejected. It was then several hours before she was spotted and subsequently airlifted to Cox South Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

b19nature_characters_closedeye.jpgSpringfield car accident lawyers say this accident maybe one more of many which result from what is now being called Drowsy Driving and that this is an under-report and under-recognized problem on the Springfield, Missouri roadways as well as worldwide. Drowsy or sleepy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving and even tends to be more violent. This is because you cannot react at all if you are asleep versus the impaired reactions of driving-under-the influence of alcohol.

The National Sleep Foundation launched a campaign last November called Drowsy Driving Prevention week. And in light of Monday's accident on I-44, Springfield Accident Attorneys want to renew awareness efforts for Drowsy Driving and the dangers of sleep deprivation in general.

Early Signs to Help You Recognize Driver Fatigue:

  • Daydreaming or long reveries
  • Heavy eyes or frequent blinking
  • Excessive yawning
  • Stiffness or head dropping
  • Driving over the center line or swerving
  • Feeling impatient, restless, or aggressive
  • Missing exits or traffic signs
  • Slow reactions
  • Losing track of time or the inability to remember the last few minutes of the road

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Whiplash Information from Greene County and Springfield Missouri Car Accident Lawyers

The Springfield Missouri car accident lawyers at Aaron Sachs & Associates know that whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered in an auto accident. Therefore they offer Greene County Missouri and surrounding area residents some helpful information about this type of injury. 575021_x-rayed.jpg

The term whiplash has been around since the 1920's. It is the non-medical term used to describe an injury to the neck, specifically a soft-tissue injury. Whiplash happens anytime your neck is abnormally or suddenly pushed beyond its normal range of motion and is one of the most common types of auto injury resulting from an auto accident. Whiplash can also occur from sporting injuries, a fall, or from an assault.

The most common medical terms are cervical or neck sprain or strain and hyper-extension injury. What this all means is injury to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles in your neck.

Whiplash is often missed at the initial time of the accident. Sometimes the pain is minor and is masked by the adrenalin rush that results from a motor vehicle collision. Often it takes a few hours to notice the pain or other symptoms.

With this in mind look for the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain

  • Swelling in the neck

  • Tenderness along the sides or back of the neck

  • Stiffness or difficulty turning your head or bending your neck

  • Headache

  • Pain shooting from your neck or radiating into either shoulder or arm

  • Weakness, tingling, or loss of function in the arms or legs

  • Dizziness can also occur

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Springfield Missouri Accident Attorneys Remind Christian County Residents About the Safety Benefits of Seat Belts After Recent Accident On US 60.

Car accident.jpgOn Saturday July 2 on U.S. 60 about a half mile west of Billings, two people were seriously injured in a car crash. The driver had stopped his car, a Honda Accord, in order to make a left-hand turn from westbound U.S. 60 when a Ford F350 struck their vehicle from behind. Both the driver and the passenger were wearing their seat-belts. Their vehicle was deemed totaled by the Trooper on scene. And they were both transported by ambulance to Cox South Hospital, in Springfield, Missouri with serious injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, who was also wearing seat a belt, escaped injury.

For Springfield, MO accident attorneys, this accident serves as a reminder that seat belts save lives and reduce the severity of injuries from traffic accidents. It is possible that their seat belts saved the lives of these to Crane, Missouri residents.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) 821 Missourians were killed in traffic crashes in 2010. While this number is the lowest since 1949, it can still be lower. And many agencies and organizations in Missouri are very dedicated to reducing this number even further.

MSHP launched their "Permanent" campaign in July of last year to draw attention to the dangers of texting while driving. And MSHP continues to uphold the "Click It or Ticket" campaign as part of their education and enforcement endeavors to reduce preventable traffic fatalities. MSHP is not alone. Springfield MO Accident attorneys urge Christian County residents and all Missourians to buckle up as well.

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School Bus Accident Leaves Six Year Old Dead, Springfield Missouri Parents in Shock

793842_school_bus.jpgSpringfield Missouri parents continue to learn the facts of a school bus accident. Parents in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa and the surrounding area continue to watch the story of a school bus accident that left a six year old boy dead this past January. The Missouri State Highway Patrol's investigation has now been released, with the conclusion that the 77 year old bus driver did not follow the prevailing safety protocol--he didn't wait long enough for Hunter Pitt to get out of the path of the bus before driving forward.

It's hard to imagine a more horrific accident. Springfield Wrongful Death Attorneys know all too well the shock and pain suffered by parents in such situations. Indeed, we are parents ourselves, and send our children off to school each day with the hope and prayer that they will be safe. That the very vehicle which should have transported this little boy safely was the instrument of his death--right in front of his home--is an unfathomable tragedy.

According to the MSHP's accident report, "This crash occurred because Willie R. Leonberger, 77, failed to account for both students he unloaded. Leonberger then failed to follow the proper protocol when such an incident occurs. Because of this, the school bus traveled forward before Hunter Pitt, 6, had successfully crossed the roadway. As a result, Pitt was struck by the bus."

Charges of second-degree involuntary manslaughter (a class D felony) were filed against the school bus driver, Willie Leonberger, on May 21st.

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Springfield Missouri Accident Attorneys Offer Motorcycle Safety Reminders For Fourth of July Weekend Rides

1173983_get_your_motor_runnin.jpgFourth of July in Springfield Missouri, is there a better way to spend an extended summer weekend than on your motorcycle? Probably not. But then everybody is out on the road this weekend. And that makes your enjoyment just a little more dangerous. Not only are the roads around Springfield more crowded than usual, the Fourth of July weekend creates distracted drivers and this means car accidents. Everybody is distracted by their celebration plans, the upcoming fireworks, and just plain getting the weekend started.1326573_fireworks.jpg

Springfield Missouri Accident Attorneys understand the joys of the open road. And while this weekend is full of promise, it also means the chances for a motorcycle accident are greater. This weekend will probably prove to be a hot one. To keep you as cool under the collar as possible, here are some tips for both motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers alike.

Safety Tips to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents:

  • Stay Alert. Remember motorcycles are harder to see and can easily be lost in the "blind spots" of a vehicles mirrors. They can also be blocked by the posts around the windows and other obstructions to the driver's line of site.

  • Plan ahead. Drive defensively by always looking down the road and around your immediate area. Plan your escape route or defensive driving maneuvers while you are driving. Do not wait until you need them. You won't have time. Look for ways out and expect to use them all the time.

  • Remember the differences between vehicles and motorcycles. Motorcycles are small and easily maneuverable. They can stop quickly and turn easily. The larger the vehicle, the longer it takes to stop and the slower its reaction time.

  • Do not assume someone sees you or knows you are there. Always make eye contact. At intersections or driving alongside someone, make sure that person sees you.

  • Always follow all traffic laws and safety rules. While following the rules and precautions does not assure the avoidance of an accident, it can reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident and even the severity of one if it does occur.

  • There is always enough time to be safe. Take a few extra minutes to protect yourself and to be aware of the vehicles around you.

Whether you are new to riding or an avid rider, Springfield Missouri Accident Attorneys encourage you to review requirements for motorcycle operation. You can download the most current Motorcycle Operator Manual from the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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