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Truck Drivers Need to Avoid Distracted Driving

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in truck accidents on Monday, November 2, 2020. The busy roads of Kansas City, Missouri, have their fair share of traffic accidents. Those include truck accidents, which often happen because of distracted driving. For that reason, truck drivers should know some important information about distracted driving and the government's increasingly strong crackdown on it. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, both hand-held mobile phone use and texting are prohibited while driving a commercial motor vehicle that is used in interstate commerce. Drivers who are caught doing either may be subjected to fines of up to $2,750 or disqualification and being put out-of-service for a period of up to 120 days, with corresponding loss of income. The drivers' employers [...]

2020-12-02T15:48:58+00:00November 2, 2020|Truck Accidents|

4 Types of Motorcycle Accidents You Can Easily Avoid

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Friday, October 16, 2020. Motorcyclists face unique dangers on the road. Due to lack of a vehicle body, they are more likely to experience catastrophic injuries or death when involved in a collision. The Missouri Department of Transportation found that 251 motorcyclists died on state roadways between 2013 and 2015. The demographic most likely to experience a fatality are people between the ages of 21 and 25. It is vital for motorcyclists to remain defensive while driving. That means being aware of the most common accidents and knowing how to respond to them. 1. Car changes lanes directly in front of you Since motorcycles are much smaller than automobiles, they fit more easily into blind spots. A car may try to merge [...]

2020-12-02T16:00:50+00:00October 16, 2020|Motorcycle Accidents|

Should You Worry About Asbestos in Your Makeup?

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Friday, September 23, 2020. You might have heard the recent story about a mother who sent her daughter’s makeup in for testing and it reportedly contained asbestos. This can be a scary thought not only about children’s products, but about health and beauty products in general. What are the chances that Missouri residents might find a harmful ingredient like asbestos in their everyday items? According to the news story, the girls’ accessories and cosmetics chain Claire’s recalled nine products nationwide after learning about the asbestos claim. However, additional testing conducted by the store led to Claire’s officials assuring consumers that its cosmetics are asbestos-free. Additionally, they said a certified asbestos-free vendor supplies the talcum used in their products. They [...]

2020-12-02T16:00:21+00:00September 23, 2020|Asbestos|

Asbestos: Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Thursday, September 12, 2020. Although the rate of asbestos-filled residences has declined over the last few decades, many people still suffer from its presence. According to Asbestos Nation, anywhere between 12,000 and 15,000 die as a result of asbestos exposure in the United States every year. Asbestos can lead to a number of health problems, including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Anyone who owns a rental property needs to take care of any instances of asbestos before renting out to tenants. There are steps both landlords and tenants can take to ensure the house or apartment remains habitable. Steps for landlords to take Landlords should avoid renting out properties that have asbestos. However, the law may not necessarily require landlords [...]

2020-12-02T15:54:04+00:00September 12, 2020|Asbestos|

Tragic Accident Kills 3

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in car accidents on Monday, August 17, 2020. The busy roads of Kansas City, Missouri, see a huge number of vehicles each day, coming and going from work, home, school, shopping and many other places. The sheer volume of vehicles means that, of course, a plethora of car accidents each year is inevitable, and that was the case in late December, 2017. The crash resulted in the tragic deaths of three innocent young children. The children, all Neosho residents, were brothers ages 7, 4 and 2. The brothers were all pronounced dead at the site of the accident. According to a county deputy coroner, they died due to the physical impact suffered in the accident. One had been in a car [...]

2020-12-02T15:59:51+00:00August 17, 2020|Automobile Accidents|

What Are The Types of Product Defects?

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Product defects fall into at least one of three categories: design, manufacturing and marketing. A marketing defect is sometimes termed "a failure to warn" defect and is why some people joke about products that carry seemingly nonsensical warnings. Interestingly, many people purchase cotton swabs for use in the ear canal and yet the packages carry warnings that people should not use them for this purpose. They can injure the ear and damage hearing. In any case, here is a look at each type of product defect. Design When a developer or manufacturer does not test a product properly, the undiscovered flaw is a design defect. The idea is that proper testing would have revealed the design flaw. It [...]

2020-12-02T15:59:22+00:00July 21, 2020|Product Defects|

Is General Motors Creating a New Market for Deadly Distraction?

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in distracted driving on Friday, June 19, 2020. Self-driving cars may be on the horizon, but some car companies are already ignoring the driver in their decisions. General Motors has created a new app that gives drivers the power to make purchases using their infotainment systems. We can now add dashboard shopping to the list of things drivers can do rather than pay attention to the road. The app is called Marketplace and includes the handy feature of being usable while people are driving. GM dreams of a world where drivers can get a notice that the vehicle needs an oil change, schedule the service at a GM dealer and pay for it all in one seamless process. GM has apparently [...]

2020-12-02T15:58:47+00:00June 19, 2020|Car Accidents|

Parents Should Not Assume Toys Are Safe

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in Personal Injury on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Toy manufacturers face enormous pressure to succeed this time of year. Having the top toy of the season can make or break an entire year. That pressure may contribute to situations where an unsafe toy is manufactured and sold before the danger it poses can really be understood. For those looking to buy gifts for a child this year, it is easy to assume that toy makers or federal regulators have taken the proper steps to ensure that the products on the shelves are safe. That assumption is, sadly, unsupported by the weight of history. The worst of the worst There is no shortage of stories about dangerous and defective toys being sold [...]

2020-12-02T15:58:17+00:00May 20, 2020|Product Liability|

4 Things Parents Can Do About Defective Children’s Toys

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Friday, April 24, 2020. You purchase toys to make your kids happy. As the holiday season starts, it is time for toy-buying mania. You might find yourself scouring the shelves and online shops for the best selections to bring smiles into your home. Unfortunately, some toys may be dangerous and cause injuries to your children. In fact, according to a Forbes article, toys cause children to go to the emergency room every three minutes. Do not assume every product available is safe. The last thing you want as a parent is for playtime to turn into an emergency. But what can you do to keep your children safe from defective toys? Here is a guide for handling this tricky issue this and [...]

2020-12-02T15:57:44+00:00April 24, 2020|Product Liability|

What Is a Common Carrier and Why Is It Important?

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in commercial vehicle accidents on Friday, March 20, 2020. A common carrier, in the United States, is simply a vehicle that transports something for commercial purposes. A box truck could be a common carrier while transporting goods, for instance. A bus or a taxi count as common carriers while moving people from one location to another. Even larger vehicles, like commercial airliners, cruises ships and passengers trains fall into this category. One thing these have in common is that there is a fee. If you ride home with a friend after work, your friend is not a common carrier. If you pay a taxi driver to take you home, he or she is a common carrier. You're paying money for the [...]

2020-12-02T15:57:12+00:00March 20, 2020|Commercial Vehicle Accidents|
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