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Car wrecks are common. However, car “accidents” are not common. Instead, someone is usually at fault for causing or contributing to cause the collision. In Missouri, operators of motor vehicles must exercise the highest degree of care, which is that which a very careful person would use under the same or similar circumstances. In Kansas, operators of motor vehicles must exercise reasonable care, which is that which a reasonable person would use under the same circumstances. In both instances, the failure to use the highest degree of care or reasonable care is negligence.

A person who negligently operates a motor vehicle and causes a collision may be required to pay for the harm caused, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Victims of auto collisions can have their lives dramatically changed, from high medical bills to missing work to physical pain to a decrease in the quality of life.

motor-vehicle-accidentsAuto collisions can turn a routine drive into a life-altering event. According to data from the Missouri Highway Patrol, there were 35,510 injury-related auto crashes in Missouri in 2012, from which 826 people died and 50,376 people were injured. Based upon those numbers, there were 97 injury-related crashes per day, or 4 per hour. Further, an average of 138 people were injured per day, or nearly 6 per hour. According to data from the Kansas Department of Transportation, there were 13,856 injury-related auto crashes in Kansas in 2010, from which 431 people died and 19,450 people were injured. While less than Missouri, these numbers indicate that an average of 38 injury-related crashes occur in Kansas per day and that an average of 53 people were injured per day. Thus, each year thousands of Missourians and Kansans are injured because of car crashes and many rely on the expertise of experienced Missouri and Kansas car accident attorneys to help guide them through the aftermath of these difficult situations.

Hunter & Cassidy is one of the most successful and respected personal injury law firms in the Kansas City area handling car accident claims in Missouri and Kansas. Scott Hunter and Dennis Cassidy have 35 combined years of experience providing expert advice to clients injured by car crashes. Dennis and Scott ensure that all rights of their clients are enforced and that their clients are fully compensated for their injuries. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an auto collision, call us at (816) 421-1377 for a free consultation.

After you are involved in an auto collision, you might be uncertain of the proper steps to take in seeking appropriate compensation. It is unlikely that the insurance company for the negligent driver will tell you what is in your best interest. Working with attorneys like Scott Hunter and Dennis Cassidy who are familiar with Missouri and Kansas law can best help you ensure that your rights are protected.

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