Kansas is known for being quite flat, and it’s also sparsely populated. This kind of topography and Kansas’s robust driving laws means that it seems as though it’d be difficult to get into an accident.
The problem is that there are often going to be a few people who are willing to break Kansas’s driving laws, and you may encounter these kinds of drivers on the roads.
You may even suffer an injury in an accident due to their negligence.
It’s always important to know the law of the land, but if you find yourself in that kind of situation, the law is a particularly powerful tool to have on your side.
It can protect you from blame, and it may even be able to help you get financial compensation.
Specific Rules in Kansas
Kansas’s specific driving rules are fairly straightforward and worth committing to memory. These are some of the ones you’ll want to pay close attention to.
Seatbelts: Everyone in the front part of the car must be wearing a seatbelt if they live in Kansas. Backseat passengers ages 17 and under also have to wear either a seatbelt or a child safety restraint. Children need to wear a child restraint from ages 3 to 7 or if they weigh up to 80 pounds.
Drunk driving: Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08 could lead to an arrest for a DUI charge, and drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to drive with a BAC higher than 0.02. Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are mandatory for first-time DUI offenders in Kansas.
Open container laws: Open containers of alcohol aren’t allowed in the passenger area of the car. However, they are allowed to be stored in a locked trunk or behind the last upright seat of the vehicle.
Distracted driving: In Kansas, nobody is allowed to text while driving. That being said, experienced drivers are still allowed to make phone calls. Drivers that still have a learner’s permit or intermediary license aren’t allowed to use cell phones at all while driving.
Distracted Driving and Your Kansas Auto Accident
The driver looked down for three seconds to read a text message. Then your cars collided, and your broke your nose and ended up with a concussion.
If something similar happened to you in Kansas, then that driver was breaking one of the state’s distracted driving laws.
This is important to know because this information could help determine who is liable. Granted, since Kansas is a no-fault state, this may not seem important; after all, in no-fault states, the injured person has to file with his or her own insurance company.
However, that isn’t the case if you have a serious injury that requires a great deal of money in medical care. A serious injury may give you the opportunity to file a personal injury claim so being able to prove liability will give you a higher chance of success.
Hiring a Personal injury Lawyer
our injury is probably making many aspects of your life much harder. Financial compensation won’t return you to the life you had before your accident, but it can make the future a bit more manageable.
A Kansas personal injury attorney can serve as an ally and warrior and get you closer to having a successful claim.