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Seeking help in the wake of a motor vehicle accident

No one plans to be in a car accident, and no one wants to be involved in one. And yet, being ready for the aftermath of a car accident is a critical part of the process. In a way, it's a skill that requires someone to be calm and composed even when everything around them is chaotic and confusing.

Given that these accidents happen in the blink of an eye and without much warning (or any warning, in some cases), your life can suddenly turn upside down in many different ways. The physical toll that an accident can take on a person is immense, and if they are lucky enough to survive the accident, they could be dealing with extensive injuries that leave them paralyzed, dismembered, or physically unable to perform activities they once cherished. There are also the incredible financial costs associated with an accident, including the property damage and the medical bills related to your injuries.

The emotional toll of a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury is difficult to deal with from a physical perspective, but it can be just as challenging from an emotional and mental aspect. If you or a loved one recently suffered a spinal cord injury, you should learn about how to help the mind, in addition to the body,l cope with the situation. This includes knowing to watch for signs of depression and learning how to work through the mental difficulties that you might face.

There are many reasons why you might suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges after a spinal cord injury. Here are some points that you should remember about these situations.

Why car insurance is higher in Kansas City than other places

How your car insurance rate is calculated may not be at the front of your mind on any given day, or at all. But you may notice that your car insurance bill keeps rising and rising. This is actually true across the nation, as a 20 percent increase in car insurance rates since 2011 has occurred. But the effect is acutely felt in Kansas City, where over the same time frame there has been a 32 percent average increase in car insurance premiums.

So what's the deal? Why does Kansas City deal with far more increasing car insurance rates than the rest of the country? Part of it is the weather of the area, which is a year-round detriment to safety. Another part of it is that the city has seen its population go up in recent years, which means more vehicles and people out on the road -- and thus, more accidents.

Bus, car collide at intersection In Kansas City, 12 injured

A brutal accident at an intersection in Kansas City, Missouri left 12 people with injuries and the police investigating the incident. The crash involved a Ride KC bus and a smaller passenger vehicle. Details regarding the reason for the crash are unavailable, but what is known is that the bus hit the car in the side at the intersection. From the photos in the source article, it is clear this happened as the two vehicles tried to pass through the intersection.

Three people in the smaller car were taken to the hospital for their injuries, including a two-year-old child. The adult in the back seat of the passenger car was listed in critical condition at a local hospital. 11 people on the bus had to be taken to a hospital to be checked out for injuries.

Avoiding truck accidents: 3 ways to stay safe on the highway

You have a small passenger car. You love the fact that it saves you money on gasoline and that it doesn't hurt the environment as much as a larger vehicle. The only problem is that it's not very safe if you're in a crash with a large truck.

You drive on the highway regularly, and that draws attention to the risks you face. There were several times where you thought that day would be your last because of a trucker not seeing you and trying to come into your lane.

Improper truck operation is incredibly dangerous

Some people think that being a truck driver is a simple, straightforward job. To the contrary, being a truck driver is very difficult for a number of reasons. The hours are long and grueling. It is tough to stay in shape physically. Getting appropriate rest and still maintaining a semblance of a personal life can be a difficult balance. And none of this says anything about operating a multi-ton vehicle across thousands of miles of American highways.

But none of these are meant as excuses for trucks drivers. They have picked this career path for a reason, and they need to perform their jobs safely and properly. When they fail to do this, the shortcomings of the position don't save them. Negligent operation of a truck is unacceptable.

Serious injuries involved in KC motorcycle crash

While the following story is a bit older, the age of the story has nothing to do with the details and the content of it. A motorcycle was involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle in Kansas City, Missouri, leading to a devastating accident that left the motorcyclist with serious injuries that required hospitalization.

The wreck appears to be the fault of the motorcyclist, as the police do not believe the driver of the car was at fault. It seems that the motorcyclist was trying to get around stopped traffic before he sped into the passenger vehicle. Obviously, this is a dangerous move by the motorcyclist and no one should attempt this.

No kids on school bus involved in crash

An accident between a school bus and a smaller car brought police to the scene and left people with questions. There are almost no details available about the accident, but what we can see from a photo in the source article is that the smaller vehicle suffered front end damage. There were no children on the bus at the time of the accident, and there were no details about any injuries suffered by the drivers of the vehicles.

The reason we are talking about this story isn't because of the details (or lack thereof) in it. The reason we are talking about it is because accidents that involve school buses are an important topic.

The many legal aspects to consider after a wreck

Victims of car accidents will have a lot on their mind in the weeks and months after their wreck. How are they supposed to cope with the physical pain, the emotional anguish, the mental strain, and the literal stress that comes with being in a car accident?

In some cases, the people involved in the crash will file a civil lawsuit alleging personal injury. Fatal accidents may lead to wrongful death lawsuit. But when these lawsuits are filed, the people involved need to be prepared for the fallout.

4 safety tips for sharing the road with large trucks

Sharing the road with large commercial trucks is probably an every day occurrence as you drive in and around the Kansas City area. However, simply because it is something you have to do on a regular basis, does not mean that you are 100 percent comfortable with it. In fact, most people who drive passenger vehicles are not very comfortable sharing the road with semi-trucks.

Fortunately, there are some driving habits that you can adopt in order to decrease your chances of becoming involved in an accident with a large truck. The next time you have to ride in close proximity to a semitruck, keep these safety tips in mind.

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