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A Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Serving Auto Accident Victims

When you look at the number of car accidents that happen every year — more than five million — it can be staggering. When an accident happens to you, however, the results can be devastating and can leave you searching for answers. As A Kansas City personal injury attorney I provide experienced representation for motor vehicle accident victims and their families. I have helped clients in Massachusetts, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and many other states file personal injury claims following serious accidents. I also represent the families of those who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents.

  • I’m a tax attorney, so when that texting kid rear-ended me and gave me a whiplash injury, I didn’t know what to do. I’m glad that I called Donovan Dodrill for help. He’s great, very smart, and did a wonderful job representing me. He worked hard for me, gave me good advice, and obtained a much better settlement than the insurance company offered originally.

    Susan

Accidents Don’t Just ‘Happen’ – Someone Is At Fault

No matter how safe a driver you may be, the odds are good that you’ll be involved in a car accident at some point in your life. As a Kansas City car accident lawyer I’ve helped thousands of injured people, both locally and across the country, reach settlements in their cases. When it comes to litigation experience is crucial. Since I deal with auto accident lawsuits every day I know exactly what to do to quickly and effectively begin your litigation. As your Kansas City auto accident lawyer I’ll address the liability, or negligence, issues in the accident. I know exactly what it takes to prove who was at fault for the accident. Most importantly, you’ll be able to focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

There are dozens of causes for auto accidents. But by and large, car accidents are caused by drivers who were:

  • Distracted-rubbernecking, texting or talking
  • Tired
  • Speeding
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving aggressively
  • Driving in bad weather

Have Kansas City Accident Lawyer Experience On Your Side

When someone comes in to my office to talk about a trucking accident, I know what to do.
  • I address the liability, or negligence, issues in the accident. I know what it takes to prove who was at fault for the accident. The evidence in accidents involving semis can be very different than in an accident between two passenger vehicles.
  • I know what evidence to collect.
  • I know how to show the types and extent of the injuries that the victims of accidents suffer. Injuries aren’t just physical. They can be emotional, mental and economic injuries, as well. Lost wages, medical expenses and the loss of a loved one’s companionship can all be injuries, too.
  • I’m familiar with which documentation to gather, which experts to consult and which evidence needs to present to a jury.
  • I know how to fight the insurance companies. It is not unusual for more than one insurance company to be involved in a claim after a trucking accident.
  • I have the experience to handle the complicated claims process.
  • There are often health insurance claims and medical bills to be addressed. I have the experience to handle those complicated claims processes.

Semi Truck v. Auto Accident

It should come as no surprise that, when a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident with a semi-truck, the results are virtually always catastrophic resulting in injuries ranging from whiplash, to broken bones, and even death. Even at slow speeds a semi truck can cause serious injury.
It is widely known that many truck drivers drive long hours, leading to exhaustion and negligent operation. Missouri State law regarding maximum driving time allows truckers to drive up to eleven consecutive hours.

Trucking accidents involve large, over-the-road tractor-trailers, or “semis.” They are generally the most deadly accidents that happen. Large trucks can be fatally dangerous. There is an evident different in the size and weight between trucks and their roadside counterparts. This can cause catastrophic injuries for anyone involved in a truck collision. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer.

I have represented drivers of automobiles injured by negligent commercial truck drivers throughout the Kansas City area, and across the nation since 2005, providing the representation and legal guidance clients need. Do not allow the insurance company to tell you how to value your injury. Please give me a call.

Trucking Auto Accident Example By A Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer Donvoan Dodrill A Personal Injury Lawyer Kansas City

Tired Truckers

  • The statistics are frightening: Every year in the United States, trucking accidents cause over 5,000 deaths and 80,000 injuries.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation defines a “large truck” as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds.
  • A fully loaded, over-the-road semi can weigh up to 80,000 pounds without needing any extra permits.
  • The average passenger car only weighs about 4,000 pounds.
  • The majority of the injuries and fatalities in trucking accidents are the passengers in the car, not the truck drivers themselves.
  • Trucks can legally drive as fast as 70 miles per hour in many places. And many truckers speed in order to deliver their trailers on time.
  • The federal limit on driving commercial trucks is 11 hours in a 14 hour period, followed by at least 10 hours off… – HOWEVER – …drivers are only able to sleep 5 hours at a time before starting their next shift behind the wheel. Truckers face tremendous pressure to deliver their cargo on time.

MISSOURI TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY IMPROPER MAINTENANCE

Semi trucks and other commercial vehicles need to be properly and frequently maintained in order to keep them safe. The negligent failure to maintain these vehicles can often result in truck accidents, many of which have serious and fatal consequences for others on the road. It is the responsibility of the trucking company, the maintenance contractor, the driver or all three to properly maintain semi trucks, and the failure to do so may be considered negligence.
Attorney Dodrill provides experienced representation for people who have been injured in 18-wheeler accidents. I know how to recognize and understand inadequate or negligent maintenance procedures. I can also obtain all federal and state records, as well as company documents and records that trucking companies and drivers are required to maintain.
  • Did you know? The cab, trailer, hydraulic brakes, air brakes and tires on semi trucks must all be inspected on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are working properly.
  • In cases involving inadequate maintenance of semi trucks and other large vehicles, there are often many liable parties who are responsible for the oversight. Attorney Dodrill will thoroughly review all company records, maintenance records and other records to determine who is at fault. I know that our clients are often overwhelmed and devastated by the financial and emotional aftermath of a serious accident.
  • Semi trucks are designed to carry large amounts of cargo at a time, but even these vehicles have their limits. An overloaded or oversized truck is dangerous and can present serious hazards for other vehicles on the road. Sometimes, overloading is the result of a trucking company putting profits over safety. Other times, it is the result of a driver’s haste and negligence in the loading process.
  • Did you know? Falling debris from an overloaded semi truck can do significant damage to you and your vehicle, often as much as would be caused by another vehicle.
  • Even driving a properly loaded semi truck can be challenging enough. When a load is not secure, or there is too much cargo loaded onto a flatbed truck, that cargo may fall off and present obstacles for other vehicles that are driving at high speeds.
  • In other cases, an improperly loaded truck may have a load shift during travel, upsetting the center of gravity and tipping the truck over. Drivers and passengers who are in the way of these vehicles may face serious injuries or death.
Motorcycle Accident LItigation By A Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle v. Automobile Accidents

Motorcycle accidents frequently result in serious injuries due to the limited protection that is available to riders. When other drivers fail to notice motorcycles, when weather conditions are poor, when motorcycle defects occur and when other driver negligence results in an accident, it is important that injured riders take the right steps to protect themselves.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, 13.10 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles is 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. Motorcycles also have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance travelled when compared with automobiles. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car.
A national study by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATS) found that:

  • Motorcycle rider death rates increased among all rider age groups between 1998 and 2000.
  • Motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles.
  • Motorcycle riders aged below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age.
  • Motorcycle riders aged 40 years and over are around 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of that same age.
  • Did you know? According to the Hurt Report, approximately three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved collisions with another vehicle, which were most often passenger automobiles.
Additional data from the United States reveals that there are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States. Motorcycle fatalities represent approximately five percent of all highway fatalities each year, yet motorcycles represent just two percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. For example, approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.

I have represented motor cycle riders injured in auto accidents, throughout the Kansas City area, and across the nation since 2005, providing the representation and legal guidance clients need. Do not allow the insurance company to tell you how to value your injury. Please give me a call.

Attorney Dodrill can help you make the right decisions about your case and help you avoid potentially limiting your possible benefits. You may have a lot to think about after an accident regarding medical treatment, motorcycle insurance and what the law says about your rights to compensation.

If motorcycle riders do not garner appropriate attention and respect on the roadways, similar things may be said about how they are treated by insurance companies and their attorneys. Given the perception of bikers that speed, weave in and out of traffic and otherwise take risks with their driving, some insurance companies may try to mitigate damages against innocent bikers who have been seriously injured in accidents.
I will provide the respect that you deserve. I will look at the short-term and long-term medical and financial consequences of the accident, as well as all possible sources of compensation.

School Bus Accidents

School buses – necessary transportation for so many, yet the accidents they cause result in emergency room visits by 17,000 children each year in the United States. On average, 19 children die each year as a result of school bus-related accidents. While school buses travel at low speeds, their large size poses a threat to other cars that share the road – and to their precious passengers. Seat belts are not required in school buses in either Missouri or Kansas.

Sometimes the driver of the school bus is at fault for the accident. Sometimes the driver of another vehicle is responsible. I will gather and investigate the evidence to determine who is liable for your child’s injuries

School bus accidents can be caused by factors such as:

  • Driver negligence
  • Dangerous roadways
  • Weather conditions
  • Defective products
  • Improper maintenance

These accidents may lead to death or serious physical injury, including:

  • Head injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Cuts and bruising
  • Amputations
  • Internal injuries

Charter And Public Bus Accidents

As a result of the high price of gas, more people are turning to busses as affordable transportation. When a bus accident occurs, every single passenger on board, as well as any nearby vehicle on the road, is put in danger and risks injury. If you have been involved in a bus accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer.

Common Questions I Hear As A Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer

You have questions. I have answers.
If I Was Injured In A Car Accident Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer Or Can I Handle The Claim Myself?

The law does not restrict you from handling your own case but keep in mind that the insurance company already has lawyers. It is their job to pay you as little as possible.

If I Have Been Injured In An Automobile Accident Will I Have To Go To Court To Get A Fair Settlement?

Most car accident cases are settled before trial but if a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will be poised to fight your case in court.

If I Was Hit By A Commercial Vehicle Is The Employer Also Responsible?

Possibly. The employer may be held liable for the negligence of their employee under some circumstances.

Do I Have A Case Against The Manufacturer If I was In An Accident And The Air Bags In My Vehicle Did Not Deploy?

It depends. There are several factors that dictate whether an air bag should deploy in a collision. If the circumstances show that your airbags should have deployed, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.

An Insurance Company Is Offering Me A Nice Settlement. Should I Take It?

Not without first speaking with an experienced auto accident lawyer. The insurance company will typically offer minimal amounts of money in return for your agreement not to sue and will often discourage you from obtaining a lawyer so they can pay you less. The claims adjuster’s job is to protect the interests of their employer. Who is protecting yours?

What If I Did Not Feel Hurt At The Scene But Experienced Pain Afterward?

It is not unusual to first notice pain until several hours or even a day or two after the accident. Seek medical attention as soon as you think you may be injured.

Can I Still Recover Damages If I Was Not Wearing A Seat Belt?

Yes. Although potential compensation can sometimes be reduced, it is important to understand that seat belt or no seat belt – it is the fault of the negligent party that is the primary factor in car accident lawsuits.

If I Rear-End Another Vehicle Am I At Fault?

Probably, but not always. There are some exceptions, for example, if the other driver cuts in front of you or if you are involved in a chain reaction.

What Should I Do If I Am In A Car Accident?

Stop, don’t leave. You could be charged with a “hit and run” even if you’re not at fault.

Call 911.

Get medical attention.

Call your own car insurance company as soon as possible (within 24 hours is best), call and file an accident report.

Don’t sign anything. If another driver’s insurance adjuster shows up at the scene, don’t give a statement and don’t sign anything.

Gather information, such as the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone at the scene. If possible, take pictures of the vehicles involved.

Call an attorney. An experienced lawyer can protect you and can make sure you are treated fairly.

What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

Any injury that is life-threatening or extremely life-altering is catastrophic. These injuries are serious often leading to significant medical bills. It is important to enlist the help of a lawyer who can help you obtain compensation when the bills begin to mount.  If you have suffered a catastrophic injury contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What Is Wrongful Death And What Should I Do?

When loss of life could have been prevented, the family members and dependents of the decedent may be entitled to a significant amount of compensation.  contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

Are There Car Accident Laws In Place For Drivers?

The most common personal injury in the United States is a car accident. Fortunately, there are many laws in place for drivers. These however, do not prevent collisions and the detrimental effects of these accidents.  If you have been involved in an auto accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

Can You Have A Case For A Bus Accident?

As a result of the high price of gas, more people are turning to busses as affordable transportation. When a bus accident occurs, every single passenger on board, as well as any nearby vehicle on the road, is put in danger and risks injury.  If you have been involved in a bus accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What Can I Do About Being In A Commercial Truck Accident?

There is an evident difference in the size and weight between trucks and their roadside counterparts. This can cause catastrophic injuries for anyone involved in a truck collision.  If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What If I Get Into A Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcyclists are much less visible to other vehicles on the road, and this is often the cause of serious accidents. As a result of the nature of a motorcycle and the exposure of the driver, these accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death.  If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].