• Accident Causes

    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

    KDOT Joins Distracted Driving Campaign

    Statewide (April 20, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has announced that it will be joining the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) distracted driving campaign. KDOT notes that 9% of car accident fatalities in 2019 were caused by distracted drivers. Unfortunately, distracted driving is one of the fastest growing causes of car accidents in America.

    Patterson Legal Group encourages you and the drivers in your family to learn about the dangers of distracted driving. With a little bit of education and the use of strong safety practices, we can work together to eliminate these highly preventable accidents. Should you get hit and injured by a distracted driver, our team is available to assist you 24/7. Source: KDOT

    KDOT Warns Against Flooding

    Statewide (March 17, 2021) – Heavy rains have been forecasted for parts of Kansas. With this in mind, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has cautioned residents to “turn around, don’t drown.” The agency noted that six inches of rainfall is more than enough to cause slips and falls, one foot is enough to cause cars to float, and two feet can carry away most motor vehicles.

    Patterson Legal Group echoes KDOT’s advice. If the rain is coming down hard and you don’t have to drive or walk, please stay where you are and keep safe. Should you get injured in a car accident during a heavy storm, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: KDOT

  • Accident Statistics

    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

    56% of Kansas Fatalities Did Not Use Seat Belts

    Statewide (June 10, 2021) – Data from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) shows that more than half of the Kansas car accident fatalities in 2019 involved people not wearing seat belts. The agency claims that 186 of the 333 car crash victims did not use seat belts.

    Although seat belt use is required by law in Kansas, some people choose not to wear them. As the data shows, that choice can have disastrous consequences. Patterson Legal Group encourages you to always wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a vehicle. Please share the importance of proper seat belt use with your family and friends, so that we can all make Kansas roads safer. Source: KDOT

    Memorial Day Car Accident Stats

    Statewide (May 6, 2021) – According to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), there are an average of 450 Memorial Day weekend car crashes every year. These car accidents resulted in approximately 99 personal injuries, annually. Roughly 28 Memorial Day weekend car wrecks per year involve alcohol.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you to drive cautiously during Memorial Day weekend. Many people will be celebrating with family and friends, and libations will be plentiful. Many people are expecting more boisterous celebrations than usual as COVID-19 restrictions ease and people get vaccinated. Should you get injured in a Memorial Day weekend car accident, our team is available to help you 24/7. Source: KDOT

    Reckless Driving Remains a Problem in Kansas

    Statewide (April 8, 2021) – In 2019, 209 people were killed and 4,114 were injured in car accidents caused by reckless driving, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). While those figures weren’t an increase, they were inline with statistics from the previous five years, showing that reckless driving remains a significant issue in Kansas.

    Patterson Legal Group hopes that you and the drivers in your household obey all traffic laws and follow all posted speed limits. Doing so helps keep you and your fellow drivers safe. If you or someone in your family was injured by a reckless driver, please know that our legal team is available to assist you 24/7. Source: KDOT

    Young Drivers Lead Distracted Driving Accidents

    Statewide (March 22, 2021) – According to data from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), drivers between the ages of 14 and 19 were involved in more distracted driving car accidents than any other age group. The next two leading age groups were also Kansas drivers under the age of 30. For the most part, older drivers tend to be less involved in Kansas car crashes caused by distracted driving.

    Patterson Legal Group urges you to drive safely and be mindful of the numerous causes of distracted driving. It has become a larger cause of traffic accidents over the last decade, partially due to the advanced capabilities of mobile phones. If you or a loved one have been injured by a distracted driver, please contact us for prompt assistance. Source: KDOT

  • News

    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

    KDOT Reminds People to Use Seat Belts

    Statewide (May 20, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will roll out its “Who Do You Make it Home For?” campaign from May 24 to June 6. The agency hopes to encourage seat belt use and remind citizens how important seat belts are to safety. It notes that 49% of traffic fatalities in 2019 consisted of people that did not wear seat belts.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you to always wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car. Not only will it keep you exponentially safer in the event of a car accident, but it’s also the law. Should you suffer any injuries in a car wreck, please know that our team is available 24/7 to assist you. Source: KDOT

    Kansas Goes Orange For Work Zone Awareness

    Statewide (April 26, 2021) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has announced that several state buildings will feature orange lighting to spread awareness of Work Zone Safety Week. The Governor’s Mansion, the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge, Topeka City Hall, and more will be lit orange this week.

    Patterson Legal Group reminds you to drive safely near work zones. Car accidents increase near work zones due to additional debris, narrower lanes, distraction due to worker activity, and more. Should you or a driver in your family get into a work zone accident, please contact us immediately. Source: KDOT

    Lime Investing $50-million in E-Bikes

    Wichita (March 5, 2021) – Bicycle and scooter rental service Lime has announced that it will invest an additional $50-million to improve its e-bike fleet. Its next-generation e-bikes will have increased motor power, phone holders, a new handlebar display that aligns with Lime’s scooters for a standardized display across vehicle types, and an automatic two-speed transmission that provides a smoother ride.

    Patterson Legal Group is pleased to learn that Wichita will have additional transportation options that are affordable. Please keep in mind that some Lime customers may be inexperienced at riding e-bikes and scooters. Should you get into a bicycle accident or scooter accident in Wichita, please note that our staff is available 24/7 to assist you. Source: Lime