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  • How to Protect Yourself from the Increase in Traffic Crashes in Kansas City
    How to Protect Yourself from the Increase in Traffic Crashes in Kansas City

    An article on Fox 4 News’ website discusses a report from the KCPD that shows a 12% increase in traffic crashes from last year. The article includes a quote from Sgt. Bill Mahoney, supervisor for ...

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  • Random Tips for Car Crash Cases
    Random Tips for Car Crash Cases

    As personal injury lawyers in the Kansas City area, we handle a lot of car crash cases in our firm. Over the years, we’ve developed tips and tricks that we use to help increase the value of these ...

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  • Work Zone Crashes and Your Personal Injury Case
    Work Zone Crashes and Your Personal Injury Case

    Last week week was National Work Zone Awareness Week. According to its website, “National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season [that] ...

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  • Types of Claims in Pedestrian Crash Cases
    Types of Claims in Pedestrian Crash Cases

    As Kansas City personal injury lawyers, we handle a lot of pedestrian car crash cases. There are many types of claims that can be made against a negligent driver who hits a pedestrian. In this blog, ...

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  • Bus Accidents and the Law
    Bus Accidents and the Law

    As a personal injury law firm in Missouri and Kansas, we have handled several bus accident cases. These can be devastating collisions because the victims are often children. Even when the collision ...

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  • Hit-and-Run Car Crashes in KC
    Hit-and-Run Car Crashes in KC

    As personal injury attorneys in Kansas City, we handle a lot of car crash cases. Oftentimes when people get hit by a careless driver, that driver flees the scene, or the driver stays but reveals that ...

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  • Three Most Common Allegations in Crash Cases
    Three Most Common Allegations in Crash Cases

    Missouri has a list of jury instructions that contain the most common allegations of negligence in various types of personal injury cases. For car crash cases, the list includes several acts of ...

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  • Two Limitations That Can Affect Your Compensation
    Two Limitations That Can Affect Your Compensation

    For the most part, the amount of money you get in a personal injury lawsuit is related to how hurt you are and your level of damages. This is why its called compensation; the money makes up for the ...

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  • Fatal Car Crashes on the Rise in Kansas City
    Fatal Car Crashes on the Rise in Kansas City

    The Kansas City Police Department recently tweeted that as of October 5, 2020, there has been a 54% increase in the number of people killed in car crashes since last year. This is a staggering ...

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  • Hyundai Shouldn’t Normalize Distracted Driving
    Hyundai Shouldn’t Normalize Distracted Driving

    Hyundai released a new advertisement showcasing its lane departure technology by depicting a driver drifting over a lane because she was distracted by her phone. As a personal injury lawyer who ...

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  • Seeing a Doctor for Your Injuries? Keep These 3 Things in Mind
    Seeing a Doctor for Your Injuries? Keep These 3 Things in Mind

    When you are hurt because of someone else’s negligence and are making a claim for money compensation, you bear the burden to show the nature and extent of your injuries. The most common way we show ...

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  • Driving in Missouri Requires the Highest Degree of Care
    Driving in Missouri Requires the Highest Degree of Care

    In most Missouri personal injury cases, the defendant is negligent if he or she failed to use ordinary care. This means the defendant should have done what an ordinarily careful person would do under ...

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  • #JustDriveKC: 17% Increase in Missouri Traffic Deaths from Last Year
    #JustDriveKC: 17% Increase in Missouri Traffic Deaths from Last Year

    KMBC recently reported that highway traffic deaths are up nearly 20% from last year . The article quotes Sgt. Andy Bell from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who understandably expresses frustration ...

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  • In a Car Crash? | 3 Considerations For Filing a Claim
    In a Car Crash? | 3 Considerations For Filing a Claim

    Many people who have been in a car crash struggle with whether to make a claim for money compensation. Understandably so. They may be worried that they will be seen as making a frivolous claim or ...

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  • Getting Back to Normal After the Coronavirus Lockdown
    Getting Back to Normal After the Coronavirus Lockdown

    The lock-down for the Coronavirus pandemic is gradually being lifted and life is getting back to normal (for the most part). At our office, we’re back at full strength (although still following local ...

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  • 3 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Personal Injury Case
    3 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Personal Injury Case

    You’ve been hurt by someone else’s negligence and are seeking money compensation from her, his, or its insurance company. Much of what will be used to prove the other side’s negligence and your ...

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  • Motorcycle Safety During a Pandemic
    Motorcycle Safety During a Pandemic

    Motorcycle Safety During a Pandemic. Those are words I never imagined typing. But here we are. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month . Right now in Kansas City, the weather is getting ...

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  • 3 Tips to Stay Safe While Driving in the Time of Coronavirus
    3 Tips to Stay Safe While Driving in the Time of Coronavirus

    The Kansas City area is on lockdown right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of Kansas Citians are out of work and forced to stay home. People still need to drive, however, to pick up ...

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  • The Rules of the Road and Car Crashes in Missouri
    The Rules of the Road and Car Crashes in Missouri

    Missouri Rules of the Road As a Kansas City personal injury lawyer, I vet a lot of potential car crash cases. One of the first things I look into is whether any of Missouri’s rules of the road were ...

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  • 3 Winter Driving Tips from a Personal Injury Lawyer
    3 Winter Driving Tips from a Personal Injury Lawyer

    As I’m writing this, its nasty outside! School was cancelled last night even before a drop of freezing rain came down today. That’s because what the weather brought us today was a sheet of ice. It’s ...

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  • Looking for A New Year's Resolution? Make it No Phones While Driving
    Looking for A New Year's Resolution? Make it No Phones While Driving

    Happy New Year! Congratulations on making it to 20’s. With the new year and new decade comes the traditional new year’s resolution. This time around, to celebrate the beginning of a new decade, I ...

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  • The Importance of Black Boxes in Car Crash Personal Injury Cases
    The Importance of Black Boxes in Car Crash Personal Injury Cases

    Most modern cars are equipped with black box-like devices called event data recorders or EDRs. These are similar to airplane black boxes in that they record information from the moments leading up to ...

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  • Kansas City Pedestrian-Car Crashes on the Rise
    Kansas City Pedestrian-Car Crashes on the Rise

    In February, KSHB Kansas City reported on a rise of car-on-pedestrian crashes in the metropolitan area . Using information from the Kansas City Police Department, the article states there were 360 ...

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  • Distracted Driving: The Trouble with Texting
    Distracted Driving: The Trouble with Texting

    Although the dangers of texting while driving have been well documented, a disturbing 77% of adults and 55% of teenagers say they can “ easily manage ” texting and driving. Unfortunately, even the ...

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  • Distracted Driving: The Hands-Free Myth
    Distracted Driving: The Hands-Free Myth

    In our connected society, people often use driving as a time to catch up on important calls or schedule appointments over the phone. For most Americans, the cell phone is more than just an auxiliary ...

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  • Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Habit
    Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Habit

    Using technology is second nature to most of us. It’s integrated into every facet of our world, and we appreciate the way it enhances and enriches our lives on a daily basis. It’s so ingrained into ...

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  • Distracted Driving: A Devastating Epidemic
    Distracted Driving: A Devastating Epidemic

    Have you ever answered a phone call while driving? Looked up an address on your phone’s GPS after realizing you were lost? Answered a quick text from a friend on route to your destination? Most people ...

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  • Why Is Texting While Driving Still Allowed in Missouri?
    Why Is Texting While Driving Still Allowed in Missouri?

    In January of last year, the Kansas City Star’s editorial board wrote a piece about there being no law prohibiting texting while driving for Missouri drivers over the age of 21. This article is ...

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  • Thousands Are Dying In Semi Truck Crashes, Jury Trials Can Help
    Thousands Are Dying In Semi Truck Crashes, Jury Trials Can Help

    A few weeks ago, the Kansas City Star published an editorial about the sharp rise in trucking collisions , both at home in Kansas City and across the US. The editorial did a good job recounting the ...

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  • Incentivizing Attentive Driving and Punitive Damages
    Incentivizing Attentive Driving and Punitive Damages

    Wired magazine published an article recently about patents applied for by Mazda to incentivize attentive driving. It describes a unique approach to the distracted driving problem. Where some car ...

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  • Study Shows Drivers Use Phones On More Than 1/3 of Trips
    Study Shows Drivers Use Phones On More Than 1/3 of Trips

    Study Shows Drivers Use Phones On More Than 1/3 of Trips Yet another study was released with some pretty gloomy data on distracted driving. Everqoute, makers of a safe driving app called EverDrive, ...

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  • Despite Spike in Traffic Fatalities, Still No Texting While Driving Laws in Missouri
    Despite Spike in Traffic Fatalities, Still No Texting While Driving Laws in Missouri

    The Kansas City Star reported recently that traffic fatalities spiked last year in the Kansas City region . The article shows that as of the date it was published on December 22, 2017, there were 98 ...

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  • Nick Hergott Wins Plaintiff Verdict in Distracted Driving Case
    Nick Hergott Wins Plaintiff Verdict in Distracted Driving Case

    Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott won a jury verdict for their plaintiff who was rear-ended while sitting at a red stop light. A Kansas City, Kansas jury sided with the plaintiff, represented by Nick ...

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  • Sure, Play Pokemon Go (Just Not While You're Driving!)
    Sure, Play Pokemon Go (Just Not While You're Driving!)

    The Verge published an article recently about the rise in traffic fatalities caused by people playing the game Pokemon Go. The game is available on smartphones and features elements in real world ...

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  • Put an End to Distracted Driving: 7 Easy Ways to Stop
    Put an End to Distracted Driving: 7 Easy Ways to Stop

    Distracted driving is an epidemic problem. The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015 and distracted driving fatalities continue to rise at a greater percentage than those for drunk ...

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  • Texting While Driving Laws and Injury Cases
    Texting While Driving Laws and Injury Cases

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving caused 3,477 in 2015 alone. Much of those lives were lost because of mobile phone distraction; texting, emailing, ...

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  • Insurance Limits in Crashes with Multiple Cars
    Insurance Limits in Crashes with Multiple Cars

    Car crashes sometimes involve more than two cars. Pileups can happen on the highway or a wreck at an intersection can involve cars coming from both directions. If these wrecks are caused by one car, ...

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  • Driver Guide in Missouri Car Crash Cases
    Driver Guide in Missouri Car Crash Cases

    Missouri drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road. When they don’t, and as a result someone gets hurt, they are responsible for the harm. But what are the rules and where can we find them? ...

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  • The Root of All Car Crashes in Missouri
    The Root of All Car Crashes in Missouri

    Car crashes are caused by many kinds of things, like running a red light, not stopping at stop sign, failing to yield, and rear-ending a car in front. Many of these causes have correlating legal ...

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  • Compensation in Missouri Car Crash Cases
    Compensation in Missouri Car Crash Cases

    There are tens of thousands of car crashes in Missouri every year. A great many of those result in injury or death. When a crash is caused by someone who broke the rules of the road and as a result ...

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  • Property Damage Only Cases
    Property Damage Only Cases

    When you are in a wreck that involves property damage only, it usually is not economical to hire an attorney. You often would spend more money on the attorney to help you than that attorney can ...

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  • Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) Stacking in Missouri & Kansas
    Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) Stacking in Missouri & Kansas

    Underinsured Motorist insurance ( UIM ) pays for injuries, such as medical expenses, that result from an auto accident caused by a driver who has too little insurance to cover all of the injuries. The ...

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  • DOT Proposes Update to the NHTSA's Car Rating System
    DOT Proposes Update to the NHTSA's Car Rating System

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed several changes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-Star Safety Rating system applied to new vehicles. Car buyers will now be ...

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  • Falling Gas Prices Results in More Traffic Fatalities
    Falling Gas Prices Results in More Traffic Fatalities

    NPR reported recently that a decrease in gas prices results in an increase in traffic fatalities. What should seem like a positive for most Americans has shown to be the ultimate loss for some. They ...

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  • Traffic Tickets in Car Accident Cases
    Traffic Tickets in Car Accident Cases

    A common question in car accident cases is: "Does the fact that the negligent driver got a ticket make any difference?" If the other driver got a ticket, it could be used to strengthen your case. If, ...

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  • New Law in Missouri Could Affect the Value of Your Car Accident Case
    New Law in Missouri Could Affect the Value of Your Car Accident Case

    The Missouri Legislature passed a law recently that could cut your compensation in car accident cases. The law, Mo. Rev. Stat. Section 303.390, says that if you do not have car insurance, you cannot ...

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  • Attorney Matthew Meyerkord Obtains $5M Settlement
    Attorney Matthew Meyerkord Obtains $5M Settlement

    Missouri Lawyers Weekly just released an article on a major case victory obtained by Attorney Matt Meyerkord and two other lawyers he collaborated with. The article covered a case in which a family ...

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  • Holiday Driving: What You Should Know
    Holiday Driving: What You Should Know

    The holidays are upon us and people across the country are driving to relatives' houses or their vacation spots. The amount of traffic on our roads will greatly increase, as will the amount of ...

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  • Your Insurance Defense Lawyer Isn't Really Your Lawyer
    Your Insurance Defense Lawyer Isn't Really Your Lawyer

    If you caused a car accident and the person you hit sues you, your liability insurance company will hire a lawyer to defend you. However, the lawyer they get for you isn't really your lawyer and isn't ...

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  • Attorney Meyerkord Settles Accident Claim for $25,750
    Attorney Meyerkord Settles Accident Claim for $25,750

    The legal team at Meyerkord & Russell is pleased to announce that Attorney Matthew D. Meyerkord was recently successful in settling an accident claim for $25,750.00. His client had been injured while ...

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  • Attorney Brian Russell Settles Car Accident Case for $77,500
    Attorney Brian Russell Settles Car Accident Case for $77,500

    The legal team at Meyerkord & Russell is proud to announce that Attorney Brian C. Russell was recently successful in obtaining a $75,000.00 settlement on behalf of his client. The victim had been ...

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  • Meyerkord & Russell Recover $1 Million in Their First Year
    Meyerkord & Russell Recover $1 Million in Their First Year

    Kansas City personal injury firm, Meyerkord & Russell, is pleased to have recovered over $1 million in damages during their first year of operation. Though their firm was recently established, they ...

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  • The Insurer-Insured Privilege - (A Reason to Talk to an Attorney Before You Talk to the Insurance Company)
    The Insurer-Insured Privilege - (A Reason to Talk to an Attorney Before You Talk to the Insurance Company)

    Oftentimes when we get a call about a new case, the potential client has already given a recorded statement to the potential defendant's insurance company. Cooperating with an insurance company is a ...

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  • Proposed Texting While Driving Law in Missouri
    Proposed Texting While Driving Law in Missouri

    Legislation is advancing in the Missouri Senate that would ban texting while driving. The bill would make texting while driving an infraction similar to a speeding ticket in which you would get points ...

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  • Police Reports and Car Crashes
    Police Reports and Car Crashes

    One of the most important pieces of evidence in car accident cases is the police report. It provides a number of key facts about how an accident happened and who was involved. It is also the ...

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  • How Long Will My Case Take?
    How Long Will My Case Take?

    One of the most pressing concerns my personal injury clients often have is how long their case will take. To give a very lawyerly response, it depends. If personal injury cases are not able to settle, ...

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  • Black Boxes in Cars
    Black Boxes in Cars

    Like airplanes, most modern cars have "black boxes" that record information prior to an accident. These devices, called Event Data Recorders, are crash resistant and store various types of data from ...

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  • Texting While Driving, Part Two
    Texting While Driving, Part Two

    I read an interesting article in law journal today about company cell phone use motor vehicle accidents and want to share it with you. But first, a little background. Under a legal theory called ...

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  • 911 Recordings
    911 Recordings

    An often overlooked piece of evidence in car accident cases or other personal injury cases is recordings from 911 calls. Many lawyers don't realize that these recordings are readily available and ...

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  • Seatbelts
    Seatbelts

    Not wearing a seatbelt is surprisingly common. When you are in a car accident in Kansas City as a result of someone else's fault, but you are not wearing a seatbelt, there will be legal consequences ...

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