Since the westward expansion, the Kansas City, Missouri area has been a transit point for people and goods coming and going. Pioneers going to stake their claim to a new life in the West would often use Kansas City as a jumping off point. Cattle from points west and south would arrive at the stockyards located in Kansas City, Missouri and be processed in meat packing houses before being put on railroads and shipped to markets in the East. Even the storied Pony Express maintained its eastern depot in St. Joseph, Missouri, near Kansas City.
In part because of its location, near the geographic center of the United States, Kansas City continues to be a major transit hub. It is one of the biggest rail hubs in the nation and is served by railroads such as BNSF, Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern and Amtrak.
Kansas City is at the crossroads of Interstate 70 (I-70), an important east-west highway and Interstate 35 (I-35) a key north-south route. Both roads carry substantial truck traffic. The Kansas City metropolitan areas is ringed by Interstate 435 (I-435). Interstate 29 (I-29) runs from Kansas City to St. Joseph, Missouri, and points north. Other Interstates serving parts of the metropolitan area include Interstate 49 (I-49), Interstate 470 (I-470), Interstate 635 (I-635) and Interstate 670 (I-670).
The Interstate Highway System was, at least in part, originally planned to provide an efficient way to transport military personnel and equipment around the country. The Interstates, in combination with our other road systems, have come to be essential infrastructure for the transportation of people and goods throughout the United States. Part of the efficiency of the Interstate system are it’s characteristics of long distance, high speed roads with limited exits.
The Interstate System has many fewer intersections and stops when compared to local streets and roads. This significantly reduces the likelihood of many types of crashes like intersection collisions which happen on local roads and streets. The down side is when crashes do occur on the Interstate System or other high speed highways, they can often be more serious with a greater chance of some of the more severe injuries like head trauma causing traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, burns, and internal bleeding. Even with the best possible medical care, some highway wreck victims may be disabled permanently. In other cases, the injuries are fatal.
There are a number of reasons for this. One is the frequently higher speeds involved. This can create greater forces in the event of a collision. Reduced time for drivers to react to dangerous situations on the road ahead is another risk factor that high speeds present. Another is the potential for multiple vehicle pileups. When there are a large number of cars and trucks traveling fast on the road and a wreck does occur, if other drivers did not react quickly enough to avoid the hazard the accident scene poses, a chain reaction collision can easily occur. These are even more likely in weather conditions involving roads made slippery by ice or rain or when driver’s visibility is limited by fog. Drivers who speed, tailgate, engage in distracted driving or drive under the influence only compound the danger.
Some other Kansas and Missouri roads serving the Kansas City area are:
At Flick Law Firm, we have decades of experience handling accidents on Kansas and Missouri roads. We know with how to litigate them and take time to gather information to build your case. We make a real effort to make sure that you informed along the way. This approach helps us obtain compensation from the at-fault party or parties insurers for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
We are familiar with the catastrophic consequences that can result from highway accidents, and the impact these accidents can have on the lives of the victims. We know the problems like medical, hospitalization, rehabilitation and prescription expenses, disability, lost time from work/income that you are going to have to deal with.
If you or your loved one was hurt in a Kansas or Missouri highway accident which was another person’s fault, consult with an attorney from Flick Law Firm right away. We are committed to putting handling your case in an effective and efficient manner. For more information, call us at 913-648-7000 and put thirty years of experience on your side.