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Kansas City & Johnson County Personal Injury Auto Accident Attorneys-Lawyers-Law Firm  Missouri & Kansas

The staff and attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeremiah Johnson, LLC help people injured in auto accidents in Kansas City, Johnson County, Jackson County, Wyandotte County, and throughout Kansas and Missouri

If you have been injured in a car accident in Missouri or Kansas, you are likley facing enormous medical bills for services already performed, medical bills for future procedures, lost wages, and a steep drop in income. Additionally, you may be forced to deal with intense or constant pain and permanent diasbilities that make it difficult to perform at work or perform tasks around the house.  As the bills pile up on your desk and the income stops flowing, what should you do?

If you have been injured due to negligence or the fault of another party, you may be entitled to compensation that will cover your current medical bills, future medical bills, present lost wages, future lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.It may be very tempting to settle on the first amount your insurance adjuster offers you, but you would likely be settling for far less than you need. Contact our Kansas and Missouri personal injury law firm today to learn about your rights and about what we can do for you.

Our law firm works hard for our Missouri and Kansas personal injury clients and provides the attorney-client relationship they deserve:

The staff and attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeremiah L. Johnson, LLC have experience dealing with insurance companies in Kansas and Missouri. We know that their adjusters are paid to settle claims for the smallest amount possible, employing any tactic imaginable in an attempt to "delay, deny, and discourage."  Sometimes insurance agents will twist facts, make outrageous claims regarding liability or medical injuries, and employ high pressure tactics.  This is the insurance adjustors' job, and if they are not good at it, the insurance companies will find someone who is.  You need a strong and skilled litigator on your side — an attorney who will fight for maximum compensation, represent your interests and protect your rights. 

You also need to be represented by a law firm who will treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve.  We understand the fear and uncertainty that can follow involvement in a serious auto accident.  We know that you are likely wondering who will pay for your current hospital and doctor's bills, future medical surgeries, physical therapy, or treatment, the time you've missed from work and future lost wages.  The staff and lawyers in our law firm never treat clients as files and we always attempt to put ourselves in our client's shoes.  We keep our clients informed and we are always happy to answer any of our personal injury or wrongful death clients' questions.

Our personal injury & wrongful death attorneys work on Kansas and Missouri auto accident cases on a "contingency" basis:

Call our law office first for a free initial consultation at 1-913-764-5010. You will meet with a qualified personal injury attorney in our Olathe, Kansas, law offices to discuss your claim. We serve Kansas City, Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village, Lenexa, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Shawnee, Gardner, Spring Hill, Westwood, Merriam, Fairway, Edgerton, De Soto, Roeland Park, Stillwell, Blue Springs, Liberty, Lee's Summit, Kansas City and Independence, Jackson County, Johnson County and Wyandotte County.  We handle the following types of auto accident cases:

  • Car accident injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and catastrophic injuries. Whether the car crash took place in Kansas or Missouri, our law office's personal attorneys can help you get the settlment you deserve to pay for missed work, current medical expenses, and future medical expenses and compensation.
  • Wrongful death : No amount of money can replace your loved one, but prevailing at a jury trial in a Kansas or Missouri Court, or a generous settlement can contribute to the welfare of the family left behind.  The lawsuit may also serve to change the defendants' conduct, ensuring that others are not harmed under similar circumstances.
  • Contributing factors such as dangerous road and highways, including unmarked curves, poorly lit intersections and construction zone mishaps
  • SUV and truck rollover accidents resulting in serious injuries due to the negligence of another driver or poor product design
  • Truck accidents : we can help determine if the semi, 18-wheeler, or commercial truck driver was negligent, causing serious injury or death to a loved one.  
  • U-Haul accidents and injuries :caused by poor maintenance
  • DUI and DUI-related injuries Drunk driving is no accident, and we will hold the drunk driver accountable for the damage done to you and your family.

The lawyers and staff in our Johnson County and Kansas CIty serve our personal injury & wrongful death clients with dedication:

At the Law Offices of Jeremiah Johnson, our personal injury & wrongful death attorneys keep our auto accident clients informed of the latest developments in their cases, and return all phone calls promptly. We provide regular updates on the status of your car accident claim, and work to win maximum compensation for your injuries.

By preparing every truck accident claim for trial, our Kansas City & Johnson County personal injury law firm's attorneys are ready to go to court if necessary and do the heavy lifting to create the strongest claim possible. We understand that severe injuries disrupt not only your life, but also your career plans and family.

You deserve a personal injury lawyer skilled in settlement negotiations and litigation. Contact our Olathe, Kansas, law offices for a free consultation today. We handle many severe accidents, including motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and car accidents.

Facts about auto accidents, injuries, and deaths in Kansas, Missouri, and elsewhere:

There were 30,797 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2009 in which 33,808 deaths occurred. This resulted in a national motor vehicle death rate of 11 deaths per 100,000 people. Motor vehicle death rates varied among states from a low of 4.8 deaths per 100,000 people in the District of Columbia, to a high of 24.6 deaths per 100,000 people in Wyoming. Kansas had 348 auto accident deaths in 2009, while Missouri had 786 car or truck crash deaths in 2009.  

In 2009, the types of motor vehicle crash deaths varied across states. For example, Wyoming had the lowest percentage of deaths involving car occupants (27 percent) and the highest percentage of deaths involving occupants of SUVs and pickups (55 percent). In contrast, New Jersey had relatively high proportions of car occupant deaths (46 percent) and pedestrian deaths (27 percent), and a relatively low percentage of deaths involving SUV or pickup occupants (11 percent).The highest percentage of motorcyclist deaths occurred in Hawaii (28 percent), and the percentage of pedestrian deaths was highest in the District of Columbia (48 percent). 

In Kansas 41% of those killed in auto accidents were in a passenger car, while 35% of motor vehicle fatalities in Kansas in 2009 involved trucks or SUV passengers.  44 motor cycle riders or passengers were killed in Kansas in 2009, 22 pedestrians were stuck and killed by cars and trucks in Kansas, and 5 people riding bicycles were killed by motor vehicles in Kansas in 2009.  The high death rate for trucks and SUVs is due to their higher incidence of rollovers, which are extremely dangerous types of accidents which often lead to serious injuries or fatalities.

In Missouri in 2009, 416 (47%) people were killed in passenger cars, and 30% of those killed on Missouri roads and highways were occupants of light trucks (pickups) or SUVs.  81 motor cycle riders were killed in Missouri in 2009, while 68 pedestrians were killed by cars or trucks in Missouri (with most of these occurring in St. Louis or Kansas City).  Finally, 8 bicycle riders were killed in Missouri in 2009.

In Kansas, 55% of those killed in motor vehicle crashes were involved in a one car accident, while 52% of those killed on Missouri roads and highways were killed in one vehicle crashes.  Nationwide, 53 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2009 occurred in single-vehicle crashes. The highest proportions of single-vehicle crashes occurred in Wyoming (70 percent) and South Dakota (71 percent).

Some states report blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for only a small percentage of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers. If BAC is missing for a driver, it is imputed by the US Department of Transportation's multiple imputation model.1 However, BAC information is most precise in states that report a high percentage of BACs. In the following table, estimated percentages of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers with BACs at or above 0.08 percent are shown only for states in which BAC reporting was 70 percent or higher. Estimated percentages are based on known BAC when available and imputed BAC for the remaining drivers.

For the nation in 2009, BAC was reported for 71 percent of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers. Hawaii reported BACs for 97 percent of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers, while Mississippi reported BACs for 23 percent. Among the 34 states and the District of Columbia with reporting rates of at least 70 percent, Hawaii had the highest estimated percentage of fatally injured drivers with BACs of 0.08 percent or higher (68 percent), and New Hampshire had the lowest (21 percent).

Based on daytime observational surveys conducted by the states, the rate of seatbelt use among front seat passenger vehicle occupants in 2009 ranged from 68 percent in Wyoming to 98 percent in Michigan.2 When examining restraint use among fatally injured motor vehicle occupants, it is important to note that percentages will be lower than observed restraint use because unrestrained occupants are more likely than restrained occupants to be fatally injured in a crash. Restrained fatally injured occupants include occupants in child safety seats and occupants restrained by safety belts.

Nine states had at least 50 percent restraint use among fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants (California, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington). All of these states had at least 88 percent restraint use in the general front seat population.

Kansas and Missouri feature a mix of both urban and rural roads, with the rural roads including major highways such as I-35, I-70, US69, K10, etc.  Sixty-three percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2009 occurred in rural areas. All the passenger occupant deaths in New Hampshire occurred on rural roads compared with 10 percent in Massachusetts and zero deaths in the District of Columbia.

 

 

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