Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci

The Lawyers You Choose Do Make a Difference. Don’t Settle For Less

Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Joplin Personal Injury Law Blog

What’s the safest month for driving?

As everyone in Joplin knows, our weather can be brutal and it can be beautiful. Snow can fly in spring and rain can fall in winter.

So which month is the safest for driving? Many might assume the safest month would be in summer when there’s no ice or snow to make roads treacherous. But according to a recent insurance company report, the month with the fewest claims is December. The month with the most auto insurance claims is May (due to spring hail; something we in Jasper County understand full well).

Most important winter driving tip for truckers: slow down

Just an hour northwest of Joplin, you can find the town of Parsons, Kansas. It was recently the scene of a truck accident that began when the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control of his vehicle, which jackknifed and crossed the road’s centerline, slamming into an oncoming pickup truck head-on.

The 88-year-old driver of the pickup was killed; a photo of the accident showed the front half of his vehicle crushed. A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol said wet road conditions were a factor in the crash.

Wrongful death suit pits Missouri mother against utility company

Like a giant, aquatic dragon, the Lake of the Ozarks sprawls across central Missouri. The 90-mile lake is more than a tourist attraction; its Bagnell Dam northeast of Joplin generates electricity powering tens of thousands of homes and businesses in our state.

Oral arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court are scheduled to soon begin in a wrongful death lawsuit pitting the utility company that operates the giant hydroelectric dam, and the mother of two children who drowned after being severely shocked by electricity from a dock on the 90-mile lake.  

Profits ahead of people

That’s where insurance company priorities lie. They are in the business of putting profits ahead of people. This is never more obvious than when a person is in a Jasper County car accident and sustains a traumatic brain injury that can require surgery, long-term treatment and rehabilitative therapies.

That is precisely when an insurance company will try to wriggle out of its responsibility: when a seriously injured person needs medical coverage the most. 

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 intoxicated people get behind the wheels of autos and cause car accidents that leave people with serious injuries

Medical malpractice ‘super losses’ on the rise

Sometimes when people see a headline about a medical malpractice case in which the victim of a doctor’s negligence receives substantial compensation, they think it’s like the victim won the lottery. The problem with this line of thinking is that it overlooks the fact that victims of medical malpractice have been injured by a doctor. That means that the higher the compensation they received, the more extensive the damage they suffered.

Medical malpractice insurers have yet another way of looking at these cases. When compensation to the victim totals $5 million or more, the cases are called by insurers “super losses,” says an insurance industry publication. According to a report by one insurer, these “super losses” are on the rise. 

Distracted driving: by the numbers

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 distracted drivers include cars, tractor-trailers, motorcycles and pedestrians.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting or talking on a cellphone can dramatically increase the risks of causing an accident. In fact, even doing the things to prepare for a call or text – such as reaching for the phone or dialing – increases the risk of a crash by three times.

Congress may suspend trucking rest regulations as part of budget deal

Right now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are busy debating a funding bill that must be passed by midnight in order to avoid a possible government shutdown. While the primary sticking points appear to cover such widely varying issues as immigration and banking reform, there are also other provisions included in the draft funding bill that could prove to be contentious.

For instance, consider a provision introduced by appropriations committees in the House and Senate just last night that would temporarily suspend the hours-of-service regulations currently governing commercial truckers here in the U.S. pending the completion of a traffic study.

For those unfamiliar with the current hours-of-service regulations, they were introduced back in July 2013 and permit truck drivers to work upwards of 14 hours per day with 11 hours spent driving. They also dictate, however, that if truck drivers average 70 hours in a week, they must take a mandatory 34-hour rest period that includes two consecutive nights from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Perry Mason moment near end of medical malpractice case

For those of a certain age, Perry Mason was a riveting TV attorney character who brilliantly represented clients at trial, often prevailing as the result of a last-second revelation or confession by a key witness.

An attorney who represented a client in a dental malpractice case said he recently went through a Perry Mason moment when a witness brought in at the very end of the proceedings brought the dentist defendant to the negotiating table.

 

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 motorists avoid motor vehicle accidents that cause injuries.