• Accident Causes

    Extra Caution Needed While Driving UTV

    Chula (June 9, 2022) – An 82-year old man died while driving a UTV along Medicine Creek. The driver slid on a mud embankment and overturned. He was tossed from the UTV before the vehicle landed on him.

    As Patterson Legal Group’s Coleman Younger noted in his UTV accidents blog, UTVs are booming in popularity because of their great versatility, but require extra care. Unlike passenger vehicles, UTVs have safety compromises in order to maximize their off-road and street-level functionality. Typical car accident damage is often much worse on a UTV due to less protection. If you or a member of your family drive a UTV, be sure to go over best safety practices in order to avoid an accident. Source: KQ2

    Flash Flooding Leads to Accidents

    Statewide (May 16, 2022) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reminds motorists to check the weather before driving. Parts of Missouri have been heavily hit by flash flooding in May. The inclement weather caused more than 100 locations to close throughout the state and car accidents to increase due to poor driving conditions.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you that weather-related accidents can be disastrous. Taking a few seconds to check for inclement weather can make the difference between life and death. If the weather has caused unsafe driving conditions then please stay home to prevent a personal injury due to an accident. Source: MoDOT

    Deer and Farm Equipment Increase Accident Potential

    Statewide (October 5, 2021) – In the latest episode of Express Lane by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the agency highlighted two reasons for increased car accidents in October. First, farmers will be harvesting crops this month, which leads to trucks transporting crops and equipment. These trucks tend to be slower than most traffic, which can catch some drivers unaware.

    Secondly, it’s deer mating season, so expect more deer activity for the next two months. MoDOT noted that there were more than 3,600 deer-involved car crashes in Missouri in 2020. As daylight decreases in autumn, it can be hard to spot deer after dusk. Please keep an eye out for deer and be prepared to stop if one freezes in front of your car. Source: MoDOT

    MODOT Encourages People to Learn How to Zipper Merge

    Statewide (September 8, 2021) – Although Missouri traffic often flows freely, there are times when streets get congested. Whether it’s a construction zone or an event like a football game, normal traffic patterns can be disrupted and lanes have to close. In these cases, a “zipper merge” is the proper way to enter a different lane. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is encouraging drivers to learn how to zipper merge, with ongoing construction throughout the state and football season about to begin.

    Put simply, a zipper merge requires drivers to take turns progressing through a lane. Like the teeth in a zipper, every other car should move forward when merging into one lane. Doing so safely helps avoid hundreds of needless car accidents every year. Source: MODOT

    Motorcycle Accident Deaths Linked to New Helmet Laws

    Statewide (August 9, 2021) – In fall of 2020, helmet requirements were lifted for motorcycle drivers ages 26 and older. Since then, there has been a rise in motorcycle accident fatalities in Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), motorcycle deaths are up 25% through the first 7 months of 2021 compared to the same time period in 2020.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that wearing a properly fitting helmet reduces the risk of death by 37% and brain injury by 69%. If you ride a motorcycle in Missouri and are unsure about the helmet that’s right for you then check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guide. For additional motorcycle safety tips, please check out our Ride to Work blog. Source: MODOT

    MODOT Announces This Week’s Construction

    St. Joseph (July 5, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has announced construction plans for northwest Missouri for July 5 to 11. Please approach these work zones with caution, as they increase your chances of getting into a car accident. Be advised that additional construction is expected throughout the summer.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you that construction activity generally increases during the summer, due to the warmer weather and increased daylight. Unfortunately, work zones are a major reason for summer car accidents. Should you get into a car crash in or around a Missouri work zone then contact us as soon as possible. Source: MODOT

    MODOT Testing Soy-Based RePlay Sealant

    Statewide (June 1, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) will be testing a new soy-based road sealant on portions of Route 17 and Route 54. In addition to lasting longer, the new sealant potentially increases driver safety. The sealant, called RePlay, should prevent roads from absorbing water, which will keep them in better condition for a longer amount of time.

    The use of RePlay should cut down on car accidents caused by dilapidated roads and work zones. Decreasing the chances of two common accident types should make Missouri roads safer for everyone. That said, no solution is perfect. If you get injured in a Missouri car accident, Patterson Legal Group is available to help you 24/7. Source: MODOT

    St. Louis Work Zones May 20-26

    St. Louis (May 20, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has announced increased work zone activity in St. Louis from May 20 to 26. Portions of the I-44, I-64, and I-270 will be affected by construction activity. The agency urges caution while driving on these roads during these dates, as chances of a car accident increase.

    Patterson Legal Group echoes MODOT’s advice and encourages you to learn how to avoid work zone accidents. Construction introduces a number of distractions and impediments that can affect your driving. Knowing what to look for goes a long way towards helping you avoid a work zone accident. Should you get injured in a construction zone accident, please contact us immediately. Source: MODOT

    Mississippi County Sidewalk Improvement Underway

    Charleston (April 20, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has announced sidewalk improvement projects in Mississippi County. The sidewalks on Routes 62, 105, N, and UU will be under construction. The improvements will increase safety and ensure Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you to walk carefully on old sidewalks. Dilapidated sidewalks can lead to a slip-and-fall accident. Also, please be careful around construction zones. Work zone accidents are more common than most people realize. Should you suffer an injury due to either type of accident, please contact us immediately. Source: MODOT

    Seatbelt Use a Huge Contributor in Teen Accident Severity

    Statewide (March 18, 2021) – The Missouri Graduated Driver License Law requires teens from age 15-18 to wear their safety belt while operating a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Not using a seatbelt has greatly contributed to the severity of teen car accidents in Missouri. According to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety (MCRS) 2019 figures, 100 percent of teenaged impaired drivers that died were unbuckled and 80 percent of teen occupants that died were not wearing seatbelts.

    MODOT’s numbers are alarming and show the importance of wearing a seat belt. Patterson Legal Group encourages you to teach your children the significance of proper seat belt use. It can literally make the difference between life and death. Source: MCRS

  • Accident Statistics

    St. Joseph Crash Stats Through May

    St. Joseph (June 16, 2022) – The Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System (STARS) has reported crash statistics for the city of St. Joseph through May. The service reported 173 personal injuries and 5 deaths stemming from car accidents in the first five months of 2022.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds our friends in St. Joseph to drive safely. This is especially important heading into summer, which typically has more accidents due to out of school students on the road, increased work zone activity, and summer drinking. Please follow our tips on how to avoid a summer car accident and share them with your family. Source: STARS

    More Than 2,000 Injured Due to Drunk Driving

    Statewide (May 11, 2022) – According to the Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System (STARS), 2,096 people suffered personal injuries in traffic accidents that involved drinking. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continues to be a leading cause of car accidents and automotive fatalities in Missouri.

    To help you and the drivers in your family avoid a drunk driving accident, please learn about impaired driving issues and how to prevent fatal accidents. Additionally, it’s important to know what to do should you get hit by a drunk driver. Remember, Patterson Legal Group is available to assist you 24/7 if you’ve suffered an injury due to any type of accident caused by another party. Source: STARS

    Traffic Fatalities Down in 2021

    Statewide (January 10, 2022) – The Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System (STARS) has reported 970 motor vehicle traffic accident fatalities in 2021, down from 987 in 2020. Although there were more drivers on the road in 2021 than in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions being eased, the number of car accident fatalities was down.

    Unfortunately, the number of serious personal injuries suffered in traffic accidents increased last year. STARS reported 5,157 “suspected serious injuries” from traffic accidents in 2021, which was an increase from 4,788 reported in 2020.

    To help make the roads safer in 2022, Patterson Legal Group encourages you and the drivers in your family to review your safety practices. Source: STARS

    Missouri Ranked 11th Best Driving State

    Statewide (October 22, 2021) – In a recent study by QuoteWizard, Missouri was ranked the 11th best driving state in the country. The study used more than two-million insurance quotes to determine the most dangerous and safest states for driving. The factors that influenced the rankings included number of car accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.

    Missouri did very well, just missing out on the top 10 safest American states for driving. The safest states had fewer instances of accidents, speeding tickets, and DUIs, while the most dangerous states had higher instances. Patterson Legal Group would like to congratulate all Missouri motorists for helping make our state one of the safest in the nation. Source: QuoteWizard

    2020 Mobile Phone Car Crash Stats

    Statewide (September 23, 2021) – According to the Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System (STARS), mobile phone use while driving caused seven deaths and 421 personal injuries in the state during 2020. The advanced capabilities of phones and the increasing immersiveness of apps have led to a rise in car accidents caused by distracted driving.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you that the best way to avoid a car crash is to keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road at all times. Eating, applying makeup, shaving, reading, and, especially using your phone while driving can lead to a car wreck. Should you get injured in a Missouri car accident caused by a distracted driver, please contact us for immediate help. Source: STARS

    Car Accidents Most Likely Between 3:00 – 6:00

    Statewide (August 19, 2021) – Statistics from the Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System (STARS) show that car accidents are more likely to occur between the hours of 3:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m. In 2020, more than 10,000 traffic accidents occurred each hour between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. These three hours were the only ones in five figures in 2020.

    The afternoon and early evening tends to be busy in Missouri. Children are returning from school, adults are coming home for work, and many people are heading out for the evening. The increase in car, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic make a traffic accident more likely to occur. Source: STARS

    Passenger Cars Involved in More Accidents Than Other Vehicles

    Statewide (July 22, 2021) – The Missouri Statewide Traffic Accidents Reporting Systems (STARS) reported that passenger cars (coupes and sedans) were involved in more Missouri car accidents in 2020 than any other automobile type. Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) were second and pickup trucks were third.

    While passenger cars are generally the most common, SUV popularity has soared in the last decade. SUVs tend to be more dangerous than coupes or sedans because of their higher chance of rollover, their additional weight, and having limited visibility that can lead to a pedestrian accident. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, please know that Patterson Legal Group is available to help you 24/7 if you’ve been hurt in an accident. Source: STARS

    Streets with No Signals More Likely to Have Pedestrian Accidents

    Statewide (June 10, 2021) – Streets without traffic signals were the most common place for pedestrian accidents in 2021, according to the Missouri Statewide Traffic Accidents Reporting Systems (STARS). The agency claims that 138 of the 842 pedestrian accidents this year occurred on streets without signals, which was the leading location in the state.

    Patterson Legal Group encourages you to use caution when crossing a street without traffic signals. If possible, take the extra time to make your way to a marked crosswalk or intersection with traffic lights. While it may cost you more time, it may be worth it in order to avoid a personal injury. Should you get into an accident while crossing the street, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: STARS

    April Drunk Driving Injuries Down

    Statewide (May 6, 2021) – Drunk driving car accident injuries were down in April, according to the Missouri Statewide Traffic Accidents Reporting Systems (STARS). The system reported 114 personal injuries caused by drunk driving in April 2020, compared to 58 injuries in April 2021. However, social distancing practices were only beginning in April last year, while many are accustomed to the habit in 2021.

    As COVID-19 restrictions ease, more restaurants and entertainment venues open, and people start going out more, there will be more drivers on the road. Unfortunately, there will also be more drunk drivers on the road. Should you get injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, please contact Patterson Legal Group for immediate assistance. Source: STARS

    2020 Pedestrian Accident Fatality Totals

    Statewide (April 8, 2021) – The Missouri Statewide Traffic Accidents Reporting Systems (STARS) reported 263 fatal pedestrian accidents in the state during 2020. Areas that were not designated crosswalks were the most common locations for these deaths, closely followed by intersections where there weren’t any active traffic signals.

    Patterson Legal Group urges you to use caution when crossing the street and to teach everyone in your household the importance of pedestrian safety. Nationally, pedestrian accidents are on the rise, which possibly ties into the rise of distracted driving. Should you or a loved one suffer a pedestrian accident injury, please contact us immediately. Source: STARS

  • News

    Amtrak Train Derails in Mendon

    Mendon (June 27, 2022) – An Amtrak passenger train collided with a dump truck, which caused it to derail in Mendon, MO. The train was running on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line, which travels between Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA. It was holding roughly 243 passengers when it got into a train accident. The Missouri Highway Patrol said that eight cars derailed.

    Three passengers were taken to a local hospital after suffering personal injuries. Their names and conditions have not been released at this time. Patterson Legal Group hopes that everyone involved in the Mendon Amtrak derailment does not suffer any catastrophic injuries and that everyone recovers quickly. Source: AP

    MoDOT Stresses Summer Safety

    Statewide (May 25, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reminds residents and visitors that the “100 Deadliest Days of Driving” begin on Memorial Day. Summertime typically brings an increase in car accidents due to increased construction, tourists unfamiliar with Missouri roads, teen drivers on vacation, and more.

    To help increase your safety and the safety of the drivers in your household, Patterson Legal Group recommends making sure that your car is ready for the summer and to brush up on how to avoid summer car accidents. Should you get into a car wreck this summer, please call us for immediate assistance. Source: MoDOT

    Free COVID-19 Tests Available

    Statewide (January 17, 2022) – The United States government has launched COVIDtests.gov. Starting January 19, 2022 people will be able to use the website to sign up for free COVID-19 tests. Each U.S. household will be able to receive four free tests. The tests and shipping costs will be covered by the federal government.

    In related news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its mask recommendations. N95 and KN95 masks are recommended over surgical masks, which are still preferred over cloth masks. Regardless of type, the CDC reminds you that achieving a tight, but comfortable, seal is the best way to protect yourself with a mask. Source: COVIDtests.gov

    Asphalt Work on Grundy County Route 6

    St. Joseph (September 30, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced that asphalt work on Grundy County Route 6 will take place on October 1-2, and, if necessary, on October 4, 2021. During the work, the westbound lane of Route 6 will be closed and all traffic will be in the eastbound lane, with a 14-foot width restriction in place. The upgrade will make the road smoother and help lessen car accidents.

    MoDOT has asked motorists traveling on Grundy County Route 6 on those days to buckle up, keep their phones down, and slow down while approaching and driving through work zones. It also asks all motorists to take part in its “Buckle Up Phone Down” challenge. Source: MoDOT

    MODOT Warns Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

    Statewide (August 26, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has warned against the dangers of impaired driving as the “100 deadliest days of driving” comes to a close. The agency claims that 217 people were killed and 713 were seriously injured in 2020 due to drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Law enforcement agencies will be emphasizing the state’s “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to help curb impaired driving car accidents.

    “Impaired driving continues to be a huge concern on Missouri roadways,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain John Hotz. “Every year, we lose around 200 people because of this deadly decision. We will continue our year-round efforts of enforcing Missouri’s DWI laws and use this campaign to create more public awareness regarding the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.” Source: MODOT

    Kansas City Mask Mandate Reinstated

    Kansas City (July 28, 2021) – Following guidance issued by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, Mayor Quinton Lucas has reinstated the city’s mask mandate to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The mandate calls for all persons aged five and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in indoor venues. The mask requirement begins on August 2, 2021 and will last until at least August 28, 2021.

    In addition to encourage Kansas City resident to get vaccinated, Mayor Lucas said, “With a 15 percent increase in hospitalizations over the past week and a full vaccination rate of just 39 percent in Kansas City, the CDC and our own Health Department have issued recommendations that all persons—regardless of vaccination status—begin masking in all places of indoor public accommodation.” Source: KCMO.gov

    Electric Scooters Coming to St. Joseph

    St. Joseph (June 16, 2021) – The St. Joseph City Council has approved the use of and established rules for dockless electric scooters. Intrigued by the potential of electric scooter sharing after being approached by Bird, the council hopes to give citizens an inexpensive and environmentally-friendly way to travel within St. Joseph.

    Patterson Legal Group applauds the council’s swift efforts. Electric scooters can help boost convenience and economic growth in St. Joseph. However, inexperienced drivers and those unaccustomed to sharing the road with scooter riders could lead to an increase in car accidents. If you’ve been involved in a scooter accident, please contact us for assistance immediately. Source: KQ2

    Two Dead, One Severely Injured in Crash

    Independence (May 25, 2021) – Two drivers were killed and one passenger was severely injured in a car accident in Independence. A speeding Porsche on the U.S. 40 was attempting to pass a car when it struck a vehicle head on. Both drivers were killed upon impact, while the passenger struck by the Porsche suffered broken legs, a broken arm, and broken ribs.

    Patterson Legal Group sends thoughts and prayers to the victims of the crash. Our team reminds you to drive safely, follow all posted speed limits, and obey all traffic laws. Although you may drive safely, anything can happen on the road. In case of an accident, our legal team is available to help you 24/7. Source: AP

    Road Closed Due to Bagnell Dam Construction

    Miller County (April 29, 2021) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has announced that construction at the Bagnell Dam will close surrounding roads for the next two weeks. Construction near and along Business Route 54 at Bagnell Dam will occur daily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

    Patterson Legal Group urges you to plan ahead for the construction. Car accidents are more likely to occur when a driver is using roads they’re not familiar with. If you’re driving near the road closures, please be aware of any signage, debris, and other impediments in order to avoid a work zone accident. Our team is available 24/7 should you get injured in a car accident near Bagnell Dam. Source: MODOT

    Rains Cause Flooding in Missouri

    Statewide (March 22, 2021) – Spring rains have caused flooding and road closures throughout Missouri, particularly in the eastern half of the state. The Associated Press (AP) reported that more than 100 roads were closed last week due to floods. Waters reached 6.8 feet above flood stage in Hermann and 4.6 feet above flood stage in Washington. Floods are among the most dangerous weather-related accidents in Missouri.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you to use caution if the roads in your area are flooded. If you don’t have to drive then stay home if the conditions are poor. Should you or a family member get injured in a car accident, please note that we’re available 24/7 to assist you. Source: AP