Recent Posts in Car Accidents

  • 18-Jan-2017

    Most Common Mistakes When Filing a Personal Injury Claim

    At Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci, we strive to help our personal injury clients as best as possible. For that reason, we offer you the information you need to pursue fair compensation. As you file what could be one of the most important documents ...
  • 17-Jan-2017

    What to Do About Incorrect Car Accident Police Reports

    Information in a police report will hold monumental significance upon the result of your car accident claim. It will determine whether or not you are held financially liable because the report is, for the most part, viewed as being objective truth. ...
  • 9-Jan-2017

    Liability Involved in a Self-Driving Car Accident

    Should a carmaker be held liable in a self-driving car crash? Who can you hold responsible for injuries if you have been harmed from a self-driving car accident ? When an autonomous car crash occurs, it is important to know what type of claim to file ...
  • 28-Sep-2016

    Five Tips for Driving Safely on a Road Trip

    There may be no better way to see the states than to hop in a car and hit the road. When you are planning your next big trip, whether you are heading one state over or across the country, it is important to stay safe. You never know what you may find ...
  • 14-Sep-2016

    Injuries Caused by Pokémon Go

    It has been nearly two months since the release of “Pokémon Go” and criticisms of the game continue to mount amid reports that an elderly woman in Japan was struck and killed by a distracted driver. Collisions and injuries due to ...
  • 17-Aug-2016

    Tips for Defensive Driving & Accident Avoidance

    In order to get a driver’s license or permit, everyone needs to show their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that they know how to drive safely. But with time, the safest driving habits can be forgotten or left behind, and even ...
  • 3-Aug-2016

    2015 Could See Large Spike in Fatal Car Accidents, Says NSC

    Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) and other safety organizations collect fatal car accident statistics to compare them to previous years in hopes of seeing an improvement and understanding what is causing traffic collisions. Due to the ...
  • 1-Aug-2016

    Top 3 Safe Driving Public Service Announcements

    Fatal car accidents are a persistent problem across the country with thousands of motorists losing their lives each year and many, many more suffering severe or permanent injuries. One of the greatest challenges of promoting safe driving behaviors ...
  • 22-Jun-2016

    Should I Hire a Plaintiff Attorney for my Car Accident Case?

    If you have been injured in a car accident, it is likely that you will want to file a personal injury claim against those responsible for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you may be considering handling your claim on your own in order ...
  • 17-Jun-2016

    Tips for Reducing the Impact of a Car Accident

    Most people who are in a car accident never know it’s coming until they only have a few precious seconds to react. Even in single-vehicle accidents where distraction or weather conditions lead to a crash, the warning is incredibly slight, if ...
  • 10-Feb-2016

    Steps You Should Take After a Car Accident

    As evidenced by the number of car accidents in America each year, which range well into the thousands, even the best defensive drivers on our roads can get blindsided by a reckless motorist. The erratic maneuverings of an intoxicated driver or ...
  • 5-Jan-2016

    High Costs of Brain Injury P.1

    Serious brain injury is all too common in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were a reported 52,000 deaths from brain injury between 2002 and 2006, as well as 275,000 hospitalizations, and over 1.3 ...
  • 7-Oct-2015

    Seek assistance of experienced legal counsel after accident

    Distracted driving is ubiquitous in the United States, and is an issue with which every state is currently struggling. Here in Missouri, particularly in Southwest Missouri, there is also a problem with distracted driving, and given that the number of ...
  • 18-Sep-2015

    Tracy Morgan Crash & Seat Belt Use in Personal Injury Cases, P.3

    In our last post, we continued our discussion about the potential impact of failure to wear a seat belt in personal injury litigation. The discussion was prompted by a recent government report highlighting the fact that Tracy Morgan and other ...
  • 10-Sep-2015

    Tracy Morgan Crash & Issue of Seat Belt Use P.2

    In our last couple posts, we’ve been speaking about the Tracy Morgan truck accident and how failure to wear a seat belt may or may not affect a crash victim’s recovery in personal injury litigation. As we’ve noted, Missouri law does ...
  • 6-Aug-2015

    6 Vehicles, 8 Injured Involved in Massive Crash in Missouri

    A terrible accident on Route 30 in Missouri involved six vehicles -- one of which was a commercial vehicle -- and left the westbound lanes closed for a while. The wreck left eight people with injuries. Two of the victims were taken to a hospital via ...
  • 17-Jul-2015

    Can an Accident Victim Develop PTSD?

    Life is unpredictable. It's a saying we're sure many of our readers have heard someone here in Joplin say before. But while this saying can be applied to happy occurrences, it can also be associated with bad ones as well. Take for example a ...
  • 2-Jul-2015

    Spread the Word: Distracted Driving Is a Life-Taker

    Despite what we now know about alcohol's effects on driving ability, it took a long time for drivers in the United States to really recognize the dangers of drunk driving. To illustrate, consider that the annual number of drunk driving deaths has ...
  • 22-Jun-2015

    Who's to Blame If Google's Autonomous Vehicles Get in Accidents?

    The world is changing rapidly these days, and sometimes the law doesn't maintain the pace of those developments. We all appreciate technological changes that help keep us safer, of course, but sometimes we forget to check into how those ...
  • 19-Jun-2015

    What to Remember After a Car Accident

    For those who have already been in a car accident, you know just how chaotic and bizarre the moment that follow the wreck can be. For those who haven't been in an accident, heed some of the lessons in this blog post so that you will be better ...
  • 27-Apr-2015

    Honoring National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Some of our readers may believe that this month of observance is unnecessary. After all, numerous educational campaigns, technological innovations and local laws are already helping to curb the ...
  • 13-Apr-2015

    Whiplash Is Not an Insignificant Injury

    In the wake of motor vehicle accidents, some injuries are immediately apparent. Lacerations, broken bones, severe bruising and other injuries can usually be initially assessed with the naked eye. However, other injuries are not always visible. ...
  • 15-Mar-2015

    Liability Questions Arise When Self-Driving Cars Crash

    If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a noise? If no one is driving a car and the car crashes, is anyone responsible for the damage? These two potentially maddening questions are really not so different ...
  • 25-Feb-2015

    Police say Drunken Joplin Man Caused Accident, Injuries

    A 22-year-old Joplin man is facing charges that he drove drunk, caused a motor vehicle accident that injured two people, and also endangered a child. The man allegedly drove his pick-up through the stop sign and flashing red light at the intersection ...
  • 31-Dec-2014

    Tonight's the Night: Please Be Careful Driving

    It’s likely to be the biggest party of the year in Joplin tonight. Revelers will see 2014 out the door and usher in a brand new year at midnight. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous nights of the year to be out driving, as ...
  • 18-Dec-2014

    Distracted Driving: An End-of-Year Review

    As the end of 2014 draws near, we look back at another year that has gone by without significant advancement in the effort to reduce the dangers distracted drivers pose on Joplin streets and Missouri highways. Motor vehicle accidents caused by ...
  • 3-Dec-2014

    Blast of Winter Returns to Joplin

    Last winter in Joplin was foot-numbing, face-freezing, finger-cracking cold and this year’s blast of icy weather is likely to be no better. Fortunately, we can prepare for what is ahead. AAA has a number of winter driving tips that can help ...
  • 30-Oct-2014

    Holidays Prompt Spikes in Young Adult Drinking & Driving

    Holidays can be special days for fun and relaxation, as well as festivities that honor and celebrate important events and people. Each one brings its own unique joys, traditions and meanings not only to Joplin, but across Missouri and the U.S. ...
  • 14-Oct-2014

    Distracted Drivers a "Leading Cause of All Traffic Crashes"

    The words from a Missouri Highway Patrol sergeant hit hard: "Distraction is the leading cause of all traffic crashes in the state of Missouri," he told a Joplin news outlet. Hopefully, his words will also serve to awaken people to the ...
  • 30-Sep-2014

    Distracted Driving by the Numbers

    Just one injury. Just one death. Everyone should understand that even a single distracted driving injury or one distracted driving fatality is one too many. Yet we still see distracted drivers every day all across Joplin and Jasper County. Distracted ...
  • 28-Aug-2014

    Labor Day Is Time to Go Slow, Sober, Safe & Focused

    Like all of the major holidays, Labor Day is not only a celebration, but also an annual touchstone. When we get to Labor Day, we know a scorching Joplin summer is about to give way to a kinder, gentler autumn. It's also a time to wrap up the ...
  • 30-Jul-2014

    Head-On Crash Near Joplin: 2 Dead, 3 Seriously Injured

    Just about an hour’s drive north of Joplin sits the tiny town of Sheldon, Missouri. The quiet there was shattered on a recent Sunday afternoon when two cars collided head-on about a mile north of town on Interstate 49. A car driven north by a ...
  • 1-Jul-2014

    Fourth of July DWI Crackdown Ready to Roll

    The Fourth of July holiday celebration is going to get off with a bang not far from us in Joplin. Just a short drive on Interstate 44 will take you to Lawrence County, where law enforcement officials are determined to do their level best to prevent ...
  • 25-Jun-2014

    Wrist-Slaps for DWI Drivers Can Result in Heavy Price Later

    The numbers are staggering. A Missouri man has been convicted of DWI six times, yet spent less than a total of two years behind bars for the offenses (state law says that after three convictions, a person can be sentenced to 15 years in prison). His ...
  • 4-Jun-2014

    Shaping the Future of Car Safety

    The Joplin Globe recently ran an article that had us wonder: what would you do if you had an invention with the potential to save thousands of lives every year, but the device was illegal to operate? That's the dilemma technology giant Google ...
  • 22-May-2014

    Police: Driver Fell Asleep Before Granby Accident

    The people of Granby are rightfully proud of their quiet, small community just 25 miles southeast of Joplin. The quiet was shattered on a recent Monday morning, however, when a 72-year-old woman walking on Main Street was struck and killed in a car ...
  • 21-Mar-2014

    Wrong-Way Car Crash Causes Death & Injuries

    About an hour east of Joplin, a Missouri man was recently killed as he drove the wrong way on U.S. 65. The 57-year-old Marshfield man drove south in the northbound lane before slamming head-on into a mid-size SUV driven by a 42-year-old Cape Fair ...
  • 10-Mar-2014

    Older drivers: Safer than ever before

    The Baby Boom generation has been America's largest generation in history. But as its members began to gray and approach retirement, safety researchers worried that aging Boomers would increase the number of car accidents on our nation's ...
  • 4-Mar-2014

    Missouri Car Crashes Take 5 Lives

    In two moments of violent collisions, five lives were ended this past weekend. Two of those killed were teenagers and one was just 20 years old in the car accidents north of Joplin. Two University of Central Missouri students died in a three-vehicle ...
  • 18-Feb-2014

    Man Killed Roadside While Helping Grandson

    Grandparents not only share wisdom earned over their years, but most important, they show their love. A Missouri grandfather was recently helping his teenage grandson with a troublesome car when tragedy struck. The 64-year-old grandfather was killed ...
  • 7-Feb-2014

    Federal Officials: Tech Can Reduce Car Accidents

    The Joplin Globe reports that federal transportation officials are pushing automakers to incorporate new communications technology in vehicles. The tech won’t allow drivers to talk to friends or get directions or receive texts, however. ...
  • 14-Jan-2014

    How Quickly Can a Car Accident Happen? "Just Like That."

    They happen in a heartbeat. Or perhaps car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers really happen when the drunken person climbs behind the wheel of their vehicle. A Jasper County Circuit Court judge in Joplin will soon weigh evidence presented in a ...
  • 7-Jan-2014

    Missouri Man Sentenced for Son's Death in Car Accident

    Ninety miles east of Joplin, a Missouri man was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison. The Sparta resident pleaded guilty to charges involving the death of his three-year-old son and injuries to four other people in a car accident. The 34-year-old ...