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What happens when you get hurt by an uninsured driver?

There are a lot of things to worry about in the immediate wake of a motor vehicle collision. You may have serious injuries that require trauma care, surgery and rehabilitation. You likely also need to arrange for repairs to or a replacement for your vehicle. Chances are good that those with injuries will probably miss some work, which can cause financial strain. Trying to handle all of these issues at once can prove to be overwhelming.

The expenses typically mount quickly in the wake of a serious collision. You may not have the resources available to cover all of those expenses without being able to work. In this scenario, you may turn to your insurance company for help and financial support. However, in some cases, you may find yourself without the coverage you need to offset the costs from a crash.

Impaired driving can injure or kill innocent people

Impaired driving can be deadly to the driver, as well as to innocent people who are around them. This is why Missouri has strict laws against this. Everyone who is driving should make sure that they are in a good condition to do so because there is a chance for criminal charges if a driver caught driving while impaired.

There are many points about impaired driving that anyone who is heading out for some fun with friends needs to remember.

Taking care of an injured family member can be taxing

Taking care of a loved one who was injured in an accident isn't easy. When the accident first happens, it might seem like the care will be manageable. As time wears on, you may start to suffer from caregiver burnout. This is due to the stress of always having to be the strong one.

The duties that caregivers handle are physically demanding. Often, you will have long hours of caretaking duties with your loved one. This might be on top of a regular work schedule if you are able to work at all. Here are some tips for handling caregiver duties while minimizing stress.

A broken bone from a car crash could result in serious disability

When you get into a major collision in a motor vehicle, whether it's with another passenger vehicle or a commercial truck, you may feel lucky if your injuries only amount to broken bones. Common injuries from these sorts of events can include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries that can change your level of mobility, your personality and your life. In comparison, a broken bone probably seems like a minor issue that is readily treatable.

For most people who suffer broken bones, that is true. After receiving trauma care and having the bone set, patients typically heal over time. Once the cast is removed, physical therapy can help improve strength and range of motion to levels similar to those before the fracture. For some people, however, broken bones can end up causing a serious, permanent condition that can leave them in pain and unable to work.

Car accidents and compartment syndrome

Many different injuries can result from car accidents. People tend to think about the common injuries like broken bones or head injuries, but those aren't the only injuries that a person might face if they are in a bad crash.

One injury that's not necessarily uncommon is compartment syndrome. This condition impacts the muscles and can turn from exquisitely painful to life-threatening quickly. When you are involved in an accident, you need to pay attention to how your muscles feel so that you might be able to spot a potential issue. Here are some features of compartment syndrome of which you should be aware:

Sudden blindness and its significant impacts on your life

Nobody can plan how an accident is going to impact one's life. One particularly traumatic injury that can be very difficult to deal with is sudden blindness. This can come from many different accidents, including one in which the eyes suffer a direct hit, such as a stabbing, or if the eyes are burned with heat or chemicals.

Sudden blindness can lead to a host of challenges in your life. People who were independent won't be able to drive and might not be able to do much on their own, especially at first. Here are some points you should know about sudden vision loss:

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.

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