• Accident Causes

    Wichita Public Schools Open August 15

    Wichita (August 8, 2022) – Wichita Public Schools (WPS) open on August 15, 2022. WPS has 89 schools that serve more than 46,000. Motorists will have to get reacclimated to school traffic patterns. As drivers and students get used to sharing the road, the chances of bus accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents will be higher during the second half of August.

    Patterson Legal Group urges you to drive carefully and slowly while in and around school zones. Getting used to bus and student traffic takes some time. If a student in your family has been injured in a school zone accident caused by negligence or recklessness then contact us immediately. Source: WPS

    KDOT Emphasizes Pedestrian Visibility

    Statewide (July 27, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) reminds pedestrians and drivers that lowering pedestrian accidents is a two-way street. KDOT shares tips for both walkers and motorists to follow. The agency claims that poor visibility causes many pedestrian accidents. Walkers can improve visibility by wearing bright or reflective clothing, only crossing the street at bright intersections, and sticking to sidewalks or pedestrian paths.

    The agency also urges drivers to always keep an eye out for pedestrians, never pass other vehicles at a crosswalk, and to avoid distracted driving. Following these tips will help keep walkers and bicyclists safe, while reducing the number of Kansas car accidents. Source: KDOT

    Highway Signs Can Lead to Distracted Driving

    Statewide (June 9, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has reminded political candidates and incumbents that campaign signs are not permitted on highway right of way. As midterm elections near, political sign placement has become more aggressive. Signs can lead to distracted driving, which is dangerous under any circumstances, but especially when it involves driving at highway speeds.

    KDOT hopes that politicians and their staffers obey the law and do not post signs along the state’s 9,500+ miles of highway. Following the rules and keeping signs where they belong will help all Kansas motorists avoid car accidents. Should you get into a car crash because of an illegally placed political sign then contact Patterson Legal Group for immediate assistance. Source: KDOT

    Lack of Seat Belt Use Leads to Sedgwick Fatalities

    Sedgwick County (May 16, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has reported that Sedgwick County leads the state in traffic accident fatalities. The agency noted that many Kansas car accident fatalities were due to drivers and passengers failing to use seat belts. Many of these deaths could have been avoided through proper seat belt use.

    Assistant Bureau Chief of Transportation Safety for the Kansas Department of Transportation Chris Bortz noted, “Buckling up costs you nothing. Not buckling up could cost you everything. Buckle up for every trip, every time.” The Kansas personal injury lawyers at Patterson Legal Group remind you that it only takes a few seconds to buckle your seat belt. It’s a simple action that could save your life. Source: KDOT

    October is National Pedestrian Safety Month

    Statewide (October 5, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) would like to remind you that October is National Pedestrian Safety Month. Every year, thousands of people are killed in pedestrian accidents, with thousands more injured. Most of these accidents are avoidable with proper safety habits.

    In addition to distracted driving and inattentive pedestrians, many accidents occur due to a lack of safe paths. “A lack of safe crossings, sidewalks, or separated paths creates potentially fatal interactions where the pedestrian doesn’t stand a chance against a vehicle,” said KDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Jenny Kramer. Thankfully, local Kansas governments are working hard to make their towns safer for pedestrians. Source: KDOT

    Kansas to Spend $5.2 Million on Rails

    Statewide (September 8, 2021) – Governor Laura Kelly has announced that the state will spend $5.2 million on rail improvements as part of the Short Line Rail Improvement Fund Program. The money will help connect Kansas grain farmers with other businesses, creating conditions that should help everyone thrive. In addition to expansion, existing lines will be improved to enhance efficiency and safety, lowering the number of train accidents.

    Kansas motorists will also benefit from the rail improvements. A larger train network means that fewer trucks will be used to transport grain. Heavy trucks are brutal on roads, often creating damage that can lead to car accidents. With less truck traffic, Kansas roads should be smoother and safer. Source: Kansas.gov

    KDOT Issues Labor Day Warning

    Statewide (August 26, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has urged citizens to pull over if they feel the effects of alcohol or drugs while driving. With many people planning to celebrate during Labor Day weekend, the agency is concerned about increased impaired driving car accidents. As such, the agency is emphasizing past campaigns such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High, Get a DUI.”

    KDOT claims that 20% of all state traffic fatalities in 2019 involved alcohol. Additionally, a recent survey showed that 31% of Kansas motorists thought it was acceptable to drive one hour after using marijuana (KDOT emphasized that it is not).The agency hopes that citizens will follow its advice so that car accidents involving alcohol or drugs will be reduced. Source: KDOT

    15-Year-Old Girl Dies in Pool Accident

    Harvey County (July 28, 2021) – A 15-year-old old girl drowned in a swimming pool accident at a private pool in Harvey County, a few miles north of Wichita. The girl was swimming alone and unsupervised when she was found by other members of the household. First responders were called to the home at 9:30 p.m. She was given CPR on site and brought to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

    Patterson Legal Group sends its condolences to the girl’s family. Thousands of people across the state enjoy their swimming pools to cool off during the summer. However, it’s important to make sure that someone is always watching the pool and available to provide assistance. Proper adult supervision is an essential element of preventing swimming pool accidents and drownings that can lead to tragic deaths. Source: AP

    Kansas Roundabout Construction Increasing

    Statewide (June 24, 2021) – Roundabouts or traffic circles are becoming more and more common in Kansas. In addition to helping traffic flow, roundabouts have been proven to reduce car accidents compared to traditional stop signs and traffic lights. Unfortunately, some Kansas roundabout accidents happen because drivers are unfamiliar with how to use them properly.

    To address this issue, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) offers a guide on roundabouts. By learning the rules of roundabout use, drivers in Kansas will get to where they’re going to faster and more safely. Should you get into a traffic circle accident, please contact Patterson Legal Group for immediate assistance. Source: KDOT

    KDOT Offers Youth Bicycle Safety Tips

    Statewide (May 20, 2021) – As school ends and the summer heats up, more and more kids will be outside on their bicycles. This makes summertime a potentially more dangerous period for bicycle accidents. To help keep our youngsters safe, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) offers 10 simple tips that will greatly increase the safety of bikers in your family.

    Patterson Legal Group urges you to go over these tips (linked below) with the children in your family. Increased activity in the summer from young bikers and young drivers can be a dangerous mix. Summertime bike accidents can lead to broken bones or something as serious as a spinal injury. Our team is available 24/7 should your child get into a bicycle accident. Source and Tips: KDOT

  • Accident Statistics

    Helmets Not Used in 57% Of Kansas Motorcycle Deaths

    Statewide (September 16, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) annual report showed that of the 65 drivers that died in motorcycle accidents in 2020, 37 were not wearing helmets. Although Kansas motorcycle helmet laws only require helmet use for riders under the age of 18, data shows that chances of a catastrophic injury or death are greatly lowered through proper helmet use.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle decreases your risk of a brain injury by 69% and your chance of death by 37% in the event of a crash. Even though helmet use isn’t mandatory, you should probably wear one. Source: KDOT

    Kansas Fatalities Up, But Below National Average

    Statewide (August 17, 2022) – A recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that Kansas traffic fatalities were up 5.6% in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021. However, that’s below the national increase of 7% and the regional increase of 12%. Kansas is part of NHTSA Region 7, which also includes Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.

    Patterson Legal Group urges you to do everything in your power to eliminate car accident fatalities. Simple steps like making sure that your car is ready for summer or winter conditions go a long way towards increasing your safety and the safety of your fellow drivers. Together we can drive traffic fatalities as close to zero as possible. Source: NHTSA

    Inattention Leading Contributing Factor of Car Accidents

    Statewide (July 14, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has posted a list of the top contributing circumstances to car accidents in 2020. The top three contributing factors were:

    1. General Inattention (distracted driving)
    2. Domestic or Wild Animals
    3. Right of Way Violations

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you to always pay attention to the road and surrounding conditions. Please beware of wild animals, especially during deer season. Should you get into a car accident for any reason, remember that our team is available 24/7 to assist you. Source: KDOT

    Speeding a Big Problem in Kansas

    Statewide (June 17, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) reported nearly 5,000 car accidents and 80 deaths in 2020 due to excessive speeding. The agency noted that the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) issued 1,758 citations in 2019, 2,823 citations in 2020, and 3,309 in 2021 for speeds of 100 mph or higher.

    Speeding fatalities are particularly prevalent among young Kansas drivers. KDOT noted that 45% of all 2020 speed-related fatal crashes in Kansas were drivers between the ages of 15 and 29. The agency hopes to raise awareness of Kansas’ speeding problem, noting that there are more teen drivers during the summer months, as part of its Drive to Zero initiative. Source: KDOT

    Kansas Traffic Deaths Up 4.5%

    Statewide (May 10, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) have reported 117 traffic accident deaths this year. This figure is based on preliminary data through May 4, 2022 and represents a 4.5% increase over the same time period in 2021. Top causes of Kansas car accidents include speeding, reckless driving, and improper seat belt use.

    The state agencies urge motorists to visit the Drive to Zero website to educate themselves on various safety issues. By learning the rules of the road and how to drive safely, we can help get traffic deaths as close to zero as possible. Unfortunately, some accidents happen no matter how safe you’re being. Contact a Kansas injury lawyer immediately should you get into an accident. Source: KDOT

    Traffic Deaths Up in 2021

    Statewide (January 10, 2022) – Preliminary data from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) lists 425 traffic deaths statewide in 2021, up 1% from 2020. As is the case in many states, distracted driving is the fastest growing cause of car accidents in Kansas. KDOT cited mobile phone use as the most common cause of distracted driving, contributing to 37% of deaths and 25% of injuries in all Kansas distracted driving accidents.

    While a 1% increase in traffic deaths is lower than what many other states have reported, Patterson Legal Group would love to see that number decrease. Thankfully, many car accidents are avoidable through education and strong safety practices. Patterson Legal Group encourages you and the drivers in your family to review your safety knowledge and practices as 2022 starts. Source: KDOT

    Kansas Ranked 19th-Worst Driving State

    Statewide (October 22, 2021) – Kansas was ranked the 19th-worst driving state in America in a study conducted by QuoteWizard. The study analyzed more than two-million insurance quotes and ranked all 50 American states. The factors that determined the rankings included car accidents, citations, speeding tickets, and DUIs.

    States with the most driving incidents ranked lower, while states with the least driving incidents ranked higher. Kansas, unfortunately, was ranked slightly worse than average. Patterson Legal Group hopes that drivers in our fine state work to improve this ranking by driving carefully and avoiding distracted driving. Source: QuoteWizard

    Mobile Phones Are the Leading Cause of Distracted Driving

    Statewide (September 23, 2021) – Distracted driving has been the fastest-growing cause of car accidents nationwide for the last decade. In Kansas, mobile phone use has been the leading cause of distracted driving accidents. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), mobile phone use by drivers led to 30 deaths and 1,448 personal injuries between 2010 and 2015.

    Compared to other electronic devices used by drivers in accidents, mobile phone use led to roughly seven times more deaths and three times more injuries. Phone use accounted for 37% of deaths and 25% of injuries in all Kansas distracted driving accidents. Other causes of Kansas distracted driving accidents include applying makeup, shaving, reading newspapers, taking care of children, and eating while driving. Source: KDOT

    Wichita Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise

    Wichita (August 19, 2021) – There have been seven Wichita pedestrian accident fatalities so far in 2021, which is an alarming rise from five in 2019 and 2020. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), 18 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents statewide. Although Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, having so many pedestrian deaths after just seven months is disturbing.

    Patterson Legal Group urges you to be cautious while walking in Wichita. Be sure to wear brightly colored or reflective clothing at night. If possible, stick to sidewalks and well-lit areas. Be especially careful around work zones, as space will be limited. Drivers, please keep an eye out for pedestrians, especially at night when they may be difficult to see. Source: KDOT

    Highest Car Crash Fatalities in July

    Statewide (July 22, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) reported that July had more car accident fatalities than any other month in 2019. The agency reported 46 car crash deaths, which accounted for 11.2% of all crash fatalities that year. October was the only other month in double digits.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you to be especially careful while driving in the summertime. Summer car accidents tend to be common for a combination of reasons, including tourists that are unfamiliar with Kansas road, more teen drivers while school is out, and an increase in work zone activity during the warm weather. No matter the reason, should you get injured in a car accident this summer, please contact us for assistance immediately. Source: KDOT

  • News

    KDOT Asks You to Join KanDrive

    Statewide (August 26, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is encouraging Kansas motorists to create accounts on KanDrive. The freshly revamped map service allows you to see live traffic conditions, create an optimal path to your destination, view accurate travel time, schedule travel time alerts, and more. With its advanced features, KanDrive should allow you to save time and avoid car accidents.

    Patterson Legal Group appreciates that KanDrive provides accurate information on construction zones. In addition to slowing down traffic, work zones have numerous conditions that increase your chances of an accident. KanDrive can help you avoid work zones, increasing your safety. KanDrive is available on Android, iOS, and your PC’s web browser. Source: KanDrive

    Rain and Thunderstorms Expected

    Statewide (July 29, 2022) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted chances of rain and thunderstorms throughout Kansas over the weekend. The inclement weather increases the chances of car accidents and fall accidents.

    The Kansas personal injury lawyers at Patterson Legal Group urge you to be cautious while driving in the rain. If possible, try to delay your trip until after the storm has passed. If you’re walking then bring an umbrella and wear grippy shoes to reduce your chances of slipping and falling. Should you get into an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party then contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NWS

    KDOT Celebrates National Sunglasses Day

    Statewide (June 27, 2022) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) reminds drivers across that state that June 27 is National Sunglasses Day. The agency says that sunglasses can be a crucial part of avoiding a car accident or bicycle accident, especially in the summer.

    Sunglasses can help eliminate glare, allowing drivers and riders to see more clearly. With increased sunlight hours, poor visibility often contributes to summer car accidents. As an added bonus, sunglasses also help protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. If it’s sunny outside then please wear sunglasses so that you can see more clearly and your eyes are more comfortable while you drive. Source: KDOT

    KDOT Recommendations For Driving in the Rain

    Statewide (May 25, 2022) – Heavy rains have been hitting large portions of Kansas and are expected to continue throughout the week. As such, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) reminds residents and visitors to exercise proper safety measures in order to avoid a weather-related accident, including driving slowly and keeping headlights on while windshield wipers are engaged.

    Should weather conditions become extreme, KDOT urges you to “turn around, don’t drown” in order to avoid a car accident. Should you get hurt in a car crash during the heavy rains, please note that Patterson Legal Group is available to assist you 24 you a day, 7 days a week. Source: KDOT

    Free COVID Tests Available January 19

    Statewide (January 17, 2022) – The federal government has launched a new website that allows United States households to receive four free COVID-19 tests. Starting January 19, 2022 people can go to COVIDtests.gov to sign up for free tests. The tests and shipping costs are free, and credit card information is not required to sign up.

    In other COVID-19 news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its mask guidelines. The agency notes that N95 and KN95 masks offer a higher degree of protection than surgical masks, which are still preferred over cloth masks. Regardless of mask type, a proper seal is needed for optimal protection. Souce: COVIDtests.gov

    Kansans Share Their Accident Stories

    Statewide (September 30, 2021) – As part of its “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” safety blog series, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is sharing stories from 14 people that have lost loved ones or had their lives saved in accidents. The stories include incidents of distracted driving, car crashes, improper seat belt use, and more.

    Although traffic accidents are unfortunately common, some people think of them as things that only happen to others. The goal of the safety blog series is to attach faces and names to the accidents, so people realize that accidents can happen to them too. Ultimately, KDOT hopes that people take these stories to heart so that whenever they travel, they can arrive safely. Source: KDOT

    KDOT Announces “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” Contest

    Statewide (August 9, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has announced a contest for students to help prevent car accident fatalities by encouraging motorists to drive more cautiously. The theme of the contest is “Put the Brakes on Fatalities.” Students ages 5 to 13 are invited to create posters, while students in grades 8-12 are invited to submit videos.

    Prizes for the poster contest include an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, a $50 Amazon gift card, movie passes, and money to be given to the student’s school, class, or booster club. Prizes for the video contest include a GoPro action camera, a DJI stabilizer, a DJI drone, and money for the student’s school, class, or booster organization. Source: KDOT

    Two Additional Bacterium Possible at Tanganyika Splash Park

    Goddard (July 6, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said that coliform and E. coli may have been present at Tanganyika Splash Park, in addition to the Shigella that was found to have made patrons sick. The agency said that park visitors have tested positive for the norovirus, sapovirus, and enteropathogenic E. coli. The KDHE is currently investigating if these infections were caused by contamination at the park.

    Patterson Legal Group is currently fighting hard for the rights of people infected with Shigella at Tanganyika Splash Park. If you or a loved one have gotten ill after visiting Tanganyika Wildlife Park then contact us immediately. Source: The Wichita Eagle

    Two Injured in Apartment Fire

    Wichita (June 15, 2021) – Two people were critically injured in an apartment building fire at the 400 block of Hydraulic, near the Kellogg and I-135 interchange. Firefighters were able to put out the fire and resuscitate a dog. Two people have been displaced after water damage made their apartments inhospitable. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    Patterson Legal Group applauds the Wichita Fire Department for containing the fire. Apartment building fires can lead to chemical and fire burns, lung damage, and other personal injuries. If you’ve suffered an injury stemming from a fire and suspect that it was caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, then contact us right away to find out how we are prepared to help you get maximum compensation. Souce: KAKE

    Bird Announces Bird Three Scooter

    Wichita (June 1, 2021) – Popular scooter-rental service Bird has unveiled its latest model — the Bird Three. The company is touting the Bird Three as “the world’s most eco-conscious scooter.” In addition to its enhanced sustainability, the latest model also has improved safety features to reduce injuries, including “dual independent handbrakes and the industry’s only autonomous emergency braking.”

    Patterson Legal Group looks forward to the Bird Three being available in Wichita. The scooters offer an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to navigate the city. While the additional safety features are fantastic, please follow all traffic laws and drive safely. Should you get injured in a scooter accident, please contact us for immediate legal assistance. Source: Bird